Podcast 2017 Episode 11 – Because Sprinters Don’t Win Flanders

So this week Sarah was not only AT the Ronde van Vlaanderen but was doing the live English commentary for the race along with Rochelle Gilmore. We talk about what it was like roadside at the race and in the commentary booth before diving into all of the attacks and moves that made up the race. It was an amazing race and there are so many highlights to appreciate. (1:08:04 MIN / 62.29 MB)

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The full stream replay, and lots more videos, photos and race reports, are in Sarah’s post here.

Check out Sarah’s twitter for more of her photos from the build-up of the race…

 

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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017 – videos, media and more

Oh Flanders!  Yesterday was one of the biggest days of the women’s cycling calendar, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and I still can’t believe I got to commentate it!  I have always wanted to watch it live, of course, and last year we came so close – but this year I saw the last 40km from the commentary box on the finish-line at Oudenaarde, so I could be biased when I say this was a hugely thrilling edition – but really, this had so much drama, fantastic racing, and a really interesting tactical decision I think we’ll be talking about for ages.

Here’s the full replay, with commentary from Rochelle Gilmore and me.  You can’t watch it from Belgium, I’m afraid, and you may need to be logged into facebook – but if you can, please give it the hits – not because it’s me, but because it’s the official stream, and demonstrating the audience really makes a difference.

There’s also an unofficial video here, for people not in Belgium/without facebook.

Dan and I podcasted about what it was like commentating the race, with photos I took on my twitter.

UCI highlights

Sporza’s official highlights (please do click for the stats) and another highlights:

There’ll be more videos to come, which I’ll edit in (and please do share anything else you see, in the comments below or on my twitter) and I have a load of great photo galleries and race reports – I definitely recommend reading these because the post-race quotes are great.

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How to watch the 2017 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen – LIVE!

Sunday 2nd April 2017

OK, this is exciting!  The Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders, is one of the high points of the women’s cycling calendar, and the end of a mini-cobbled classics season.  It’s Round 5 of the Women’s WorldTour, but more importantly, it’s a legend of the sport.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that 90% of the peloton dream of winning this – it’s up there with an Olympic Gold, a World Championships rainbow jersey, winning the Giro, because this is a race all cycling fans love, and being a winner of De Ronde is something that will bring kudos for all a rider’s life, in the key cycling country.  And this year…. WE CAN WATCH LIVE!  Not the whole race, but the last part – the fourth WorldTour race we’ve been able to see.

If you’re in Belgium, you can watch it on Belgian TV station Proximus, on channel 600 and their website, if you’re a subscriber.  You’ll need to check the local TV guide to get the exact times – I think it’s 10:55, but it may start later.  There may be feeds of this here, here or here.

If you’re NOT in Belgium, you can watch the last 35km, on the Flanders Classic facebook and on the Flanders Classic websiteThe stream will start at 13:30 European CEST (12:30pm UK BST; 7:30am USA EDT; 9:30pm Australian AEST).  The stream will be commentated by ex-pro and Wiggle-High5 owner Rochelle Gilmore, and… me!

If you missed it live, you can watch a stream replay on the Flanders Classic facebook – and of course, I’ll put up a post of links to videos etc as soon as I see them.

The women’s race finish may also be shown live during the men’s race TV coverage – if that’s not on your local TV, try the feeds here, here or here.

In addition, the team presentation will be livestreamed on the Proximus facebook. on Saturday, between 16:20 and 18:00 CET (from 3:20pm UK BST, 10:20am EDT; 1:15am AEDT)

But that’s not all!  We can also follow the race as it happens, on twitter – and read on for lots more race information.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 10 – Cobbles and Stones

We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling news and links

We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.

This week’s racing

Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem

Dwars door de Vlaanderen

Video highlights on WTV Focus

Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,

Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,

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#WeWantRVVLive – telling the world how much we want to see the women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen

Update!  Since we all started tweeting #WeWantRVVlive, there’s been a development, and it’s good news!

Now, it’s not perfect – this stream is for subscribers to Belgian TV/telecoms/internet company Proximus only… so far!  But maybe that will change too, if eg a company like Eurosport buys the rights, and we can always ask them!

Is it because of the hashtag campaign?  Very hard to tell.  We know even a few weeks ago, the Ronde van Vlaanderen organisers and Sporza were telling journalists and fans that no, there wouldn’t be a stream, because of budget issues.  So it could have been a coincidence, and they’d found the cash and this just brought the announcement forward, or it could have been a response to the campaign.

But you know what?  It doesn’t matter!  There is literally no downside to women’s cycling fans coming together and showing that hell yes, we want to see the women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen live, and that there is a ton of demand for all women’s cycling races.

It sometimes doesn’t feel like much, to write a tweet, or a facebook message, or send an email – but together, our efforts combine, and we can change the sport!

So, please do tweet to the Ronde van Vlaanderen organisers, Sporza and Proximus, and thank them for putting on the stream, or contact them on facebook, instagram, or through whatever channels you prefer (find the links on their websites: the RvV, Sporza and Proximus – you may need to scroll right down) – and please do ask your local TV broadcaster if they’ll consider buying it too.  Use the #WeWantRVVLive hashtag, and #RvVwomen while you do it, and share and like other people’s social media, and who knows, maybe we’ll have more good news!

Now, for the original story…

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Podcast 2016 Episode 11 – I Can’t Love It Enough

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Sarah’s in The Netherlands this week for the Energiewacht Tour and so we tried some skype trickery with her phone, hopefully the sound works out for the most part. In any case, the Ronde van Vlaanderen was spectacular on Sunday and it was spectacular! We catch up on our favourite parts of the race and all of the things we loved. We also discuss the issues with the streaming and what we think that means for future races. We take a quick look at the GP Dottignies and look ahead to the racing coming up. It’s a quick one, but a good one! (55:11 MIN / 50.5 MB)

With Sarah and Dan both travelling this week for race coverage and work, we haven’t had time to do the full link roundup but you can make sure you stay current on all your women’s cycling news with these:

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Check out all the videos from Flanders here!

Follow cycling highlights as Sarah finds them here!

Videos from the 2016 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen and more!

Wow, what a race!  I love the Ronde van Vlaanderen so much, Flanders never, ever disappoints, and while the English stream was pretty much a disaster, there were tons of videos, thanks to our internet Robin Hoods.  Not to mention the usual photos, race reports & more.  I’ll edit more in as I see them – and of course, please do share things in the comments, or with me on twitter, and I’ll add that too.

There are tons of mini-Sporza clips – click them all, to show the fantastic host broadcaster we love them:

7 mins highlights; on the Oude Kwaremont; final move; Paterberg; final sprint; post-race winner’s interview.

Small clip in English from SBS Cycling Central.  And here’s the full tv broadcast (Dutch, don’t worry about the grey screen, it still plays).

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