Saturday 29th July 2017
The WorldTour moves on, and Round 14 is just for the sprinters, a short 66km race on a 5.5km circuit taking in some of the top tourist attractions of London.
This is the biggest money race on the women’s road calendar – a total prize pot of €100,000, with €10,000 for the winner, and €1,000 for the first rider across the line at each of the 3 intermediate sprints plus an extra €3,000 for the overall sprint competition winner.
But best of all, the whole thing is live on TV!
It starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 CEST; midday USA EDY and 2am Aussie AEST) and the first hour is on the BBC Sport website, on this page (or via the BBC Sport Cycling page), and “web-enabled red button” – then the last 45 minutes will be live on BBC 2. You can also see BBC2 on Filmon, and there could be streams here, here or here.
There is some information on the race website, but frustratingly, not that much, so I’m using the Cycling Fever startlist.
If you can’t watch live, it should be updated on the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, with updates from the UCI WWT and Ride London twitter accounts – and of course you can ask me anything in the comments below, or on twitter.
This week we recap the Prudential Ride London Classique 2016, and Sarah shares her experiences with live commentating at the race. We then move into a full preview and breakdown of the 2016 Olympic Road Race, the teams, the riders and the course. We run down our list of favourites and riders to watch, and unsurprisingly there’s a lot of them. We also talk about one of the bigger news stores of the week which could simply be called Whereabouts in the World is Lizzie? But all is not lost because your intrepid podcasters manage to find a silver lining even there. (1:24:05 MIN / 76.9 MB)
You can get free automated updates via the iTunes store here or via our RSS feed here.
We talked about Lizzie Armitstead’s missed tests, and there’s more info on the UKAD statement, on INRNG and the Telegraph – but we hadn’t seen her own statement at that point, which answers most of Sarah’s remaining questions (we still want to see the CAS decision!)
Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:
Round 13 of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour is the Prudential Ride London Classique (formerly the Grand Prix), on Saturday 30th July – and it’ll be live!
Like last week’s La Course, it’s a shorter than usual race – just 66km long – but this year the course goes beyond the traditional route around St James’ Park, taking in some of the most iconic London sites, including the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. I’m really interested in whether the two U-Turn hotdog corners will provide opportunities to attack. It’s 12 laps of this 5.5km circuit, so while it’s flat, a bunch sprint isn’t guaranteed. And it’s not just WorldTour points up for grabs – the prize pot is the biggest in women’s cycling, an incredible €100,00, same as the men get on Sunday.
The race starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 Euro CEST; midday EDT; 2am Aussie AEST) and there are lots of options to watch. Rochelle Gilmore will be commentating for the BBC on BBC from 6pm, and their online coverage will be starting at 4:15pm BST on their red button for Connected TVs and their Cycling Portal too. I’ll be commentating with the legendary Hugh Porter for the international feed, which I think will be on the BBC feed. There’s also coverage. And it’ll also be on Eurosport 2 in the UK (and I think the Eurosport Player) from 5pm. If you need streams, have a look here, here and here once the race is on).
If you can’t watch, you can follow on twitter, via the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, and the Ride London twitter – and I’ve got a list of accounts who might be updating here. I’ll be tweeting before and after the race too – hopefully course and rider photos and quotes.
The startlist is here, and the course info here. There’s more on the race website – and if you want videos from previous years, I’ve got some from 2015 in here, and 2014 in here. There are so many great things to do around the race, too – the FreeCycle has a fantastic course (of course I always wish the women got to race the same Olympic course as the men do on Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic, but if they can’t have that, I wish the Classique got that longer FreeCycle lap) and a huge festival of cycling in St James’ Park. If you’re in London and fancy a drink or coffee after the race, drop me a tweet 🙂
G’day team! This week Sarah and Dan actually aren’t rushing around between different job things and have time to talk about the Prudential Ride London (where Sarah commentated!), Sparkassen Giro, the Para-cycling World Cup and MTB World Cup. There’s also discussion of wolves and trolls! Don’t forget to check further down the page for HEAPS of videos from the week. (50:41 MIN / 48.66 MB)
You can also sign up for automated free updates via the iTunes store here or via our RSS feed here.
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Photos on the race website, and on British Cycling’s flickr. Full results. Lots of race reports from the UCI, Cycling Australia, USA Paralympics, Dutch Federation, British Cycling, Sportswomen.ie, Cycling Ireland, Cycling Canada, Paralympics New Zealand facebook, and German Para-cycling facebook,
Aussie tricyclist Carol Cook’s great blogs about her ITT win and her road race – and Cook’s video interview with H1 handcyclist Emilie Miller, on her first ever Para Worlds. Video highlights about the New Zealand team, and from the UCI, including a profile of Megan Fisher (there’s another profile video here, of Alex Zenardi)
Video highlights from BBC Sport (may be geo-restricted) and Eurosport. Barbara Guarischi talks about winning with her team
This week we talk up a storm about the Ride London GP, the Route de France, Tour of Utah women’s race and a whole heap of mountain biking, BMX stuff, blogs, videos and… (much to his dismay) Dan’s love life. In Dan’s own words, this is our worst podcast ever (Sarah disagrees, she thinks it’s Brilliant!). And, as always, don’t forget to check out the veritable treasure trove of links, videos and things to look at below! (1:05:59 MIN / 63.35 MB)
Subscribe for free via the iTunes store here OR via our RSS feed here.
We love this blog by Chloe Hosking, on dealing with disappointment at the Commonwealth Games – every time she writes a blog we think “best blog ever”, and then she does it again!
This week’s racing
2014 Junior Track World Championships
- All the results – and reports on the UCI site from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5.
- Australia’s Macey Stweart came away with three golds – here’s a Cycling Australia profile of her just before the Worlds