Meet some of the 2016 Paralympic Cycling women – Part 1, Tandem riders

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-21-21-37Last week we got to see pretty much all the 2016 Paralympic Games Track Racing, which had some beautiful and brilliant moments, and was luxurious to see.  Unfortunately the Road Cycling won’t be shown live, so we’ll have to rely on TV stations filming finishes, live timing on the Rio 2016 website (we hope) and maybe twitter.

Because there won’t be commentators telling us about the riders, I’ve pulled together some facts about some of them.  I haven’t been able to get to every one of them, so if I’ve missed anything about your favourite rider, please do tell me in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit in the information, because there are some fantastic stories out there.

I’m starting with the Tandem riders, which I’ll do in country order, and I’ll tell you a little bit more about the Rio Tandem racing below the riders.  Simply, a visually impaired Stoker sits behind a sighted Pilot, who’s in charge of steering.  Tandem racing is all about partnership, as while racing tandems are really well engineered, they’re still a lot stiffer and harder to maneuver than a standard bicycle, especially in the corners and technical parts of the courses.

So who’s racing?  The first rider in each pair is the Stoker, and the second is her Pilot.

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Rio 2016 Paralympics – Track cycling videos, media and more

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-21-21-37I loved the 2016 Paralympic Track Cycling – so many amazing races, great riders and wonderful moments – so I’ve collected what I’ve found from it, so you can re-live it, or catch up on the racing if you missed it.  I’ve focused on the women’s racing, because overwise this would go on for days, but of course, all the sources I’ve linked to include the men, if you want to have a look for more, and the general overviews include their races too.

Unfortunately, a lot of the videos are geo-restricted – some of the Paralympics YouTube clips are only available in countries without their own TV (but it’s hard to tell, so click each one to check – sorry), and the individual TV stations and often videos on news sites are often geo-retricted to their countries.  However, you can use VPN services like Hola or Betternet, to see them (if you don’t know about VPNs, INRNG explains them)

Please forgive that fact I’ve got a lot of British-based coverage – it’s because it’s really good, and obviously because I get to see it!  I’ve got coverage from other countries when I’ve seen it, but if you’ve seen good coverage from other countries that you want to share, please do let me know, and I’ll edit it in.

First, some general links and media – the Rio 2016 Track Cycling page, including all the schedule, results, and other general information about the velodrome; UCI photo gallery from the Velodrome; the Track Cycling playlist on the Paralympics YouTube

UK-based highlights on the Channel 4 Paralympics site.  Seems like there’s lots of highlights on Team USA‘s website, but it’s all forbidden from my UK-based server.  There are lots of video highlights of the Australian Paralympics on the 7Two YouTube.

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How to watch the Rio 2016 Paralympic Cycling

It’s Paralympics time!  And we can watch and follow a lot of it!  I’ll tell you how, with a bit of information about Para-cycling, if you’re new to the sport.

The Rio 2016 Track Para-Cycling runs from 8-11th September 2016, and we should be able to watch all of it live.   The schedule and information is all on this Rio 2016 page, and startlists will turn up around 24 hours before each event when you click the “event” tab above the schedule, which will also have the results – and when there’s a “running” icon next to each race, click through it for the live-timing.  Or you can find it all on this Paralympic Games page.

Rio is in the BRST timezone, 4 hours behind UK BST, 5 hours behind Euro CEST, 13 hours behind Aussie AEST (ouch) and 1 hour ahead of North American EDT, and all morning sessions start at 10am BRST (2pm UK BST, 15:00 Euro CEST, 11pm AEST and 9am EDT), and the evening sessions (with most of the medals) at 16:30 BRST (8:30pm UK BST; 21:30 CEST; 3:30pm EDT; 5:30am AEST).  Livestreams are the internationl feeds – if they’re not available in your country, scroll down for how to watch

There’s a little guide to the main riders to watch on the UCI website.

You’ll notice that this doesn’t include the Tandem Sprinting or C1-5 Points races, and that’s very sad, as they’re such wonderful races to watch.  I don’t know why the UCI agreed this programme, but I hope they change this for the future.

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The Road Racing is from 14-17th September, and the 9:30am BRST session = 1:30pm BST; 14:30 CEST; 10:30pm AEST; 8:30am EDT.  Hit schedule on this page to get the timetables, and “event” above each page for the startlists and results – hopefully that results tab will also include live timing.  Or you can find information on this Paralympic Games page.

  • Wednesday 14th Sept – starts 8am BRST: Men’s C1-5, H2-5,T1-2, and Tandem Time Trials; Women’s C1-5, H1-5, T1-2 and Tandem Time Trials
  • Thursday 15th Sept: Handcycling Road Races – women’s H1-4 and H5 livetiming
  • Friday 16th Sept: Women’s & Men’s C1-3 and T1-2 Road Races; Mixed Handcycle Relay – livetiming for the women’s C1-3 and Trikes
  • Saturday 17th Sept: Women’s & Men’s C4-5 and Tandem Road Races – livetiming for the women’s C4-5 and the Tandems

The road races are based in Pontal, on the same roads the Rio 2016 Able Bodied Road Race and ITTs took place on – including the Tandem and C4-5 rides taking on the Grumari Circuit – that first set of climbs and descents in the Able-Bodied Road Race, and was the lap for the ITT.  Details of the courses, and what each category of riders will race, in the Spectator guide.

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Depressingly it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to watch the Road Races live, and I think this is connected to the massive budget issues, but there is live-timing.

I’ve collected some information about some of the Road Riders:

 

 

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So how do we watch and follow the racing?

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Olympic videos – Rio 2016

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We’re eventually going to see all the Olympic bike races put up on the Olympics Youtube, but until then, here’s what we can watch from the Rio 2016 women’s cycling – road race, ITT, track, BMX and MTB, with various other bits and pieces I’ve found.

If you want to compare and contrast what happened in Rio with previous Olympics, head to the Olympic Channel, where you can search by sport, and under the Rio 2016 videos, you’ll find highlights from previous years too.

A lot of the Olympic media is geo-restricted to countries (INRNG tells you more about restrictions, and how to see things despite them), so if there’s more you want to see, do try searching with your country’s broadcaster – I’ve added the BBC links because I can see them all from the UK, but hopefully you can find them in your country too. If there’s anything you especially enjoyed, please do tell me, and I’ll edit it in.

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The Road Race

We kicked off with the Road Race, which was dramatic, in so many different ways  – Dan and I talked about it in our post-race podcast.  Highlights on the Olympic Channel, and on the Olympic YT:

Anna van der Breggen talks about it in this InCycle TV interview:

Full results, and more Road race media:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 26 – The Olympic Road Race Time Trial Potato

Podcast logoThis week we do a full recap of the excitement and drama that was the 2016 Olympic Women’s Road Race in Rio. From the amazing efforts of Trixi Worrack, Marianne Vos, Ellen van Dijk, Mara Abbott and so many more, to the terrifying crash that changed the entire picture of the race we talk through each moment that lead to the final result. We also take some time to talk through the coming Individual Time Trial, who the top contenders are and who our favourites are likely to be. We include a couple of dark horse picks as well. It’s all Olympics this week, in all its glory. (1:32:05 MIN / 84.31 MB)

You can sign up for free, automated updates via the iTunes store here or via the RSS feed here.

Because the Olympics are tough like this, we can’t find unrestricted videos of the race – it is what it is, hopefully highlights and the full race turns up on the Olympic YouTube at some point, like the London 2012 one did.  If you want highlights, check with your local Olympic broadcaster, and we have found these (they may be geo-restricted, but there are ways round that):

It’s onwards to the ITT, Track, BMX and MTB – Sarah’s guide on how to watch and follow all the women’s cycling is here.

 

How to watch the 2016 women’s Olympic cycling, live

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 22.09.44Are you as excited as I am?  It’s Rio 2016, the Olympic Games, and it’s full of women’s cycling!

Here’s the timings for the races.  Rio is in the BRST timezone, 4 hours behind UK BST, 5 hours behind Euro CEST, 13 hours behind Aussie AEST (ouch) and 1 hour ahead of North American EDT

Women’s Road Race, Sunday 7th August – 1:15-4:20ish BRST (starts 5:15pm BST, 18:15 CEST, 2:15am AEST, 12:15pm EDT).  There’s a preview on Ella Cycling Tips, and the startlist will be here on the day, or use CyclingFever’s.

Women’s Individual Time Trial, Wednesday 10th August – 8:30am BRST (starts 12:30pm BST, 13:30 CEST, 5:30pm AEST, 7:30am EDT).  SO SORRY, THE TIME I PUT U BEFORE HAS CHANGED!  This is right now! The startlist will be here on the day, and hopefully we’ll see split times there too.  More startlist options on CyclingFever, or on my twitter.

If you can’t watch, or want commentary on the road races, follow #CyclingRoad on twitter.

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Track, 11th-16th August – startlists will be via that link – the #CyclingTrack hashtag is how to follow on twitter.

  • Thursday 11th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – the women’s race in this session is the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRST
  • Friday 12th:  Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST), and the women’s racing is the Team Sprint, with the Qualifying and Round 1, and the Finals from 6pm BRST (10pm BST, 23:00 CEST, 5pm EDT and 7am Sat AEST)
  • Saturday 13th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

The women’s races  the Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, from 4:19-5:10pm BRSTand the women’s race is the Keirin – finals from 5:27pm BRST (9:27pm BST, 22:27 CEST, 4:27 EDT and 6:27am Sunday AEST)

  • Sunday 14th:  Morning Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST) – includes Women’s Sprint qualifying and 1/16 finals, and Team Pursuit Round 1, and the Finals at 4:53pm BRST (8:53pm BST, 21:53 CEST, 3:53pm EDT, 5:53am Monday AEST)
  • Monday 15th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes women’s sprint racing and the first three omnium rounds.  Omnium scratch from 11am BRST (3pm BST, 16:00 CEST, 10am EDT, midnight AEST) and my favourite round of the Omnium, the Elimination from 6:17 BRST (10:17pm BST, 23:17 CEST, 5:17pm EDT and 7:17am Tuesday AEST)

  • Tuesday 16th:  Morning Session from 10am BRST (2pm BST, 15:00 CEST, 9am EDT, 11pm AEST) and Evening Session from 4pm BRST (8pm BST, 21:00 CEST, 3pm EDT, 4am AEST)

Includes the end of the women’s sprint and omnium.   Omnium final round, the Points race, from 5pm BRST (9pm BST, 22:00 CEST, 4pm EDT, 6am Weds AEST) and the Sprint finals from 5:45 BRST.

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Women’s BMX – course preview here, startlists will be here – follow the #CyclingBMX hashtag on twitter

  • Seeding Run, Wednesday 17th August, 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST)
  • Main event Friday 18th August – session starts with the Women’s semi-finals 1:30-2pm BRST (from 5:30pm BST, 18:30 CEST, 12:30pm EDT, 2:30am AEST) and women’s finals from 3pm BRST (7pm BST, 20:00 CEST, 2pm EDT, 4am Saturday AEST)

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Cross Country MTB, Saturday 20th August, 12:30-3:15pm BRST (from 5:30 BST, 18:30 CEST, 11:30am EDT, 2:30am AEST) Startlists will be here. #CyclingMountainBike is the clumsy twitter hashtag.

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I’m watching these on the BBC (they have special Olympic TV channels, which you can find here, and there’ll be web feeds from this page) but if you don’t have good TV in your country, you should be able to find streams on streaming sites like this, this and this.   And if you want to use a VPN solution to your favourite country’s streaming, INRNG explains more here.

If you have any questions – and the sport, especially if you’re new to the women’s racing, ask in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll try to help.  Of course, I’ll pull together videos, after the events

Dan and I podcast-previewed the Road Race, and you can listen to that here.

Guest blog: Peter van der Veen’s Olympic qualification update

Back in November, Peter van der Veen, one of the best women’s cycling twitterers, and stalwart of Cycling Fever, explained the qualification system for the women’s road cycling in Rio 2016.  Here he updates the situation…

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Today the qualification period for the women’s Rio Olympics road race ended, and everyone has been very curious about which countries gets to go and how many and which riders they will take. After my blog in late fall, I had a lot of fans, riders and even national coaches asking me for updates on the standings. This was because the rules are quite complex and the UCI was not very keen on providing regular updates. Below I will try to explain the rules of allocating the 67 places in the Olympic women’s road race and 25 places in the time trail. But first:

It is very important to know that I did this as a fan and so this is not close to official. Most of it was done by hand and it is possible that there are some errors in the standings. Also it is very likely a nation will turn down a spot and the UCI interprets the rules for reallocation differently than I have.

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