Live women’s racing – watch the 2017 Tour of Chong Ming Island, Papendal BMX Supercross World Cup Live and follow the Redlands Classic

Two women’s cycling races to watch live, and one to follow!

The Tour of Chong Ming Island, 5-7th May

This is the ninth round of the Women’s WorldTour, and the first to leave Europe.  Three stages on ChongMing Island, in the Yangtze River, connected to Shanghai by tunnel and bridge.  It’s definitely one for the sprinters, completely flat, and with the Island being 80km long and 18km wide, there’s not much variety in the course – but the nature reserves on the island make it really interesting to watch.

It’s live on Chinese TV station CCTV5, with streams popping up, posted by ProCyclingStats and Peter van der Veen, but be aware, my virus guards won’t let me into the streams because of malware.

You can also get very occasional updates on twitter, with the results and a couple of photos, on the UCI WorldTour twitter, and the #UCIWWT and #ChongMingIsland hashtags.   I can’t find a website with timings on it, but the UCI twitter is helpfully posting things like start times and route maps.  There will be daily highlights on the UCI YouTube as well, like this, from Stage 1, and on the Wiggle High5 YouTube.

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2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Papendal

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Podcast 2016 Episode 12 – Wily As A Bag Full of Foxes

Podcast logoG’day team! This week Sarah’s been in the Netherlands for the Energiewacht Tour and it was spectacular, so we recap what it was like to be at the race and to see the junior women riding as well as the elite women. We also cover the results from Redlands and the Emakumeen Saria. There’s a lot of racing to get through as we go stage by stage but lots of interesting moments to catch up on and as always a lot to be thrilled by. This episode comes free with a bag of wily foxes to listeners in jurisdictions allowed to have them*
(*no actual wily foxes are available to anyone anywhere, ever). (1:19:45 MIN / 73.0 MB)

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Sarah’s needs a bit of a sleep following her race travel but will update with a links post full of photos and videos and whatnot soon.

As always, feel free to support all the hard work she puts into bringing you the very best of women’s cycling via her Patreon page here.

 

This week’s live road racing – Energiewacht Tour and Redlands Classic 2016

You’d think 6 major road races in 6 weeks is more than enough, but of course it’s not – we dive headfirst from the Ronde van Vlaanderen for the first women’s European stage race of 2016, with junior teams running alongside them, while in North Carolina, the longest continuous-running North American race, the Redlands Classic, will possibly be streamed live.  Of course I’m here to tell you how to follow them both.

Energiewacht Tour, 6-10 April

I’ve always been a fan of Energiewacht, because although the profiles are completely flat, the wind and small roads make it an incredibly tough race.  And now I have an added bias because I worked on the race last year, and this year I’m here again, sitting behind the race twitter.  I had a great time, and sitting in the Pagedal holiday park, watching teams everywhere, I’m sure this year will be just as great.

There’s no live TV this year, but there will be daily video highlights, a liveblog on RTV Noord, lots of tweets, and photos on instagram and facebook – and lots more to follow on the #EWT16 hashtag.  It’s 6 stages over 5 days, starting with one of the few Team Time Trials on the calendar, as well as having an Individual Time Trial, and finishing on the German Wadden Island, Borkum.

The race information is on the race site, with pages for each stage, and the full technical guide.  All timings are in European CEST (UK BST +1, N American EDT +6, and Australian AEST -8 hours).

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Junior Energiewacht Tour, 6-9 April

One of the things that’s extra special about Energiewacht is their junior race, which this year is part of the brand-new UCI Junior Nations Cup,with 23 teams.  It uses the same courses as the elite women, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to spot future talent, as well as to help young riders get valuable experience of stage races and racing against international riders.  There are 4 stages, and you can follow along with the #EWTJun hashtag.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic, 6-10 April

Starting in 1985, Redlands has a stage racing for women and men, alongside para-cycling, racing for tons of age groups, sportifs and a huge festival of cycling – and this year apparently it’s going to have live streaming too (although I can’t find links etc).  All the information is on the race website, which I’m assuming where the livestreams will be.  All timings are in North American EDT (UK BST -5, Euro CEST -6, Aussie AEST -16 hours – so when Stage 1 starts on 6th April at 8:45am EDT, that’s 1:45pm BST, 14:45 CEST, 10:45am Thursday AEST)

Follow them on the Redlands Classic twitter, and use the #RedlandsClassic hashtag on twitter and instagram.  Read about them on Ella Cycling Tips too.

Podcast 2014 Episode 11 – Ronde van Amazing

Podcast logoWe wrap up the Ronde van Vlaanderen, talk about the Redlands Classic in the US (and how it’s not that fucking hard to provide some race footage!). We review a lot of blogs and videos we’ve seen through the week including ride blogs from Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson, and a great video from Matrix Vulpine. There’s also a great video from Caroline Buchanan and some more blogs from Anika Todd, Accidento Bizarro and a completely left-field shout-out to our mate Laura Moo. We quickly glance ahead to Energiewacht Tour and wonder where in the world the Tour of Thailand is (we’re pretty sure it’s in Thailand actually, but haven’t been able to confirm this online). Enjoy! (1:04:07 MIN / 61.55 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling links

We really loved Accidento Bizarro’s blog on  how harassment can be just like riding a bike – it’s a great analogy, and she always write really well, you should definitely read it.

And once you’ve read that – read this!  Chloe Hosking‘s profile of all-round superstar, bike genius and our heroine, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg

This week’s racing

Ronde van Vlaanderen

What does Marianne Vos do when she isn’t racing?  Support the team, of course!

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Podcast 2013 Episode 9 – The Sound of Sarah Blushing

Podcast logoThis week we talk through the rest of the Energiewacht Tour and there’s a LOT to cover. Sarah makes a wager with some team managers. And then Sarah renders me speechless with laughter at the thought of Fränk Schleck trying to race with the women there (seriously – it’s flat, windy, there are canals and the time trial’s important…). We talk Redlands Classic and start to get excited about Flèche Wallone. Sarah offers up some excellent race tactics (it’s easier to win if you don’t fall over? Really?). (1:06:44 MIN / 64.06 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

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