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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

#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…

Continue reading

26 minute video from the 2015 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen

I know you can’t get enough of the Tour of Flanders….  here’s the UCI’s longer highlights video.  All the other videos I’ve found are over in this post – and make sure you read Chloe Hosking’s blog and Emma Johansson’s really moving blog for different perspectives on the race too…

How to follow the 2015 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen

Round 3 of the 2015 Road World Cup is one of the most iconic of the Classics – the Tour of Flanders!

Now, let’s be up front about this – we can’t watch it live, there’s no streaming of this one, and unlike the first two rounds, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, we won’t get the hour-long video afterwards.  But all isn’t lost!  There will be some great ways to follow the race as it happens, and video to watch out for later.

The race starts on Sunday 5th April at 11:00 Euro CET (10am GMT; 7pm Aussie AEST; 5am USA EDT) and is predicted to finish between 14:42 and 15:07 CET.  First, check out the Ronde van Vlaanderen website, where they’ve got all the course information, and they link to a live ticker from Nieuwsblad.be, which is likely to be mostly men, but may have some women’s updates.

Then, of course, twitter.  Here’s the Ronde van Vlaanderen account, and as always I’ve updated my live racing twitter list so we can get as many live updates as possible.  Sporza usually put highlights of the women’s race after the men’s race finishes, and as they’re the host broadcaster, we might see that on other channels too.  They’ll have video highlights after the race, and the UCI will have a short clip on Monday and a 26 min clip on Wednesday on their youtube.

For more information, check out the previews from Podium Café, Velofocus, Velorooms and Ciclismofem.  And to get an idea of what teams are feeling right now, there are recon photos from Lotto-Soudal and a video from Wiggle Honda: