#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!

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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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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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Podcast 2016 Episode 10 – This Week in HTFU

Podcast logoThis week’s episode is an epic one. I’m not gonna lie, Sarah and I are ridiculously excited about the news leading up to the Ronde van Vlaanderen this weekend. It’s going to be amazing. Before we get into that though we catch up on everything Gent Wevelgem! There’s the Pajot Hills Classic, the first round of the Enduro World Series (from Chile!) some BMX and whole load of other interesting bits and pieces from around the web. We also have a new pinnacle of HTFU to present and some more great news about prizemoney (and all the ways in which that’s fantastic too)! We’ve got some great rider blogs and a heap of new videos to check out below as well! (1:08:59 MIN / 63.0 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Make sure you watch the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday.

This week’s racing

Women’s World Tour #4 – Gent-Wevelgem

Collection of videos, photos and links.

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Pajot Hills Classic

Photo gallery on Ella Cycling Tips and on Rabo-Liv’s website – and full results.

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2016 BMX Supercross #1, Santiago del Estero

The full videos of the season intro show, Qualifications, Time Trials and the Main Event – and the winning runs:

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Watch the 2016 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen LIVE!

Sunday 3rd April, 2016

The Ronde van Vlaanderen, aka the Tour of Flanders, is a race that almost every rider in the women’s peloton wants to win.  It’s up there with the Olympics and World Championships, and that’s partly because of the long history of the men’s race – if you talk about Flanders, pretty much every cycling fan has an idea of it.  But it’s always been a bit of a paradox for fans – a glorious race to watch in person, a fantastic experience for the peloton… but very hard for us to see, until now.

This year, everything changes – and in really exciting ways.  Not only will we get a whole hour and a half of the women’s race, unrestricted, with English commentary on Proximus TV, but Sporza, the host-broadcaster, will also be split-screening key moments of the women’s race into the men’s coverage, which is going to give us an incredible audience, and the ability to present the race in different ways to different viewers.

Believe me when I say this is a game-changer, a real milestone for women’s cycling.  First, because it’s Flanders, and secondly because for everyone who says “showing women’s races is just too hard” (never mind that tons of other races manage it) lose that argument.  We’ve demonstrated, with statistics, over and over and over that the audience is there – and when a major broadcaster at one of the biggest races in the world, shows it can be done, there are no more excuses any more!  Life’s fantastic!

So, how do we watch and follow the race?

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Now you can read Loes Gunnewijk’s advice on winning Drenthe, & more!

Podcast interview logoYesterday I put up my podcast interview with Classics star and cycling tactical genius Loes Gunnewijk, and I know I’m biased, but you should really head over and listen to that, because I love the way Loes talks about winning Classics, her London Olympic experience, and the sheer enjoyment in her voice when she talks about racing on tough cobbles in cold, windy, nasty weather!

But because I know you’re not all podcast people, I’ve adapted parts of it below for you to read, including her tips for racing the Classics, the problems for the Dutch at the Olympics, her descriptions of the Spring World Tour races, retiring from cycling and more.

It doesn’t have everything, so you’ll have to listen for Loes’ experiences on the UCI Directeur Sportif course, and tons more.  And with the second Women’s World Tour race, the Ronde van Drenthe taking place tomorrow, we’ll start with her talking about racing – and winning – at Drenthe.

Spring Classics

ProWomensCycling:  We’re in one of the most exciting times of the year, right at the beginning of the season. I always thought of you as a Classics rider, but I look at your palmares and you were good at all kinds of races.  Which did you like best?

LG:  Spring Classics! I love them, especially when you have spring weather – and my spring weather is different from what a lot of people would call nice spring weather!  My ideal spring racing weather is 6-8º, windy, maybe a little bit of rain.  Especially for the races with cobbled sections, that’s wonderful.  It has to be cold and windy – not sunny, calm and 15º, that’s for summer style.

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Sarah interviews… Loes Gunnewijk tells us how to win the Classics

Podcast interview logoLoes Gunnewijk shares some memories of her 15 years in top-class cycling – and what memories!  She talks about racing in the London Olympics, how she won the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and got onto the podium of the Ronde van Vlaanderen – and previews the Spring Classics, including Saturday’s Ronde van Drenthe, and tells the story of how she won that one too!

And for aspiring cyclists, she had tons of advice on how to race the Classics, and lots, lots more, including how riders even get selected for the Dutch Olympic team, what she’s up to now she’s retired, including the UCI Directeur Sportif course, why she retired when she did – and how you can learn her secrets.

Listen here, or read part of it over here – or click through to Soundcloud to download it directly from there

 

 

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Follow Loes – and book onto one of her cycling clinics, to learn her secrets – on her website, and her twitter.   Loes won the Ronde van Drenthe in gorgeous fashion in 2010 – here’s how to follow the 2016 version, but make sure you re-live 2010:

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