This week we recap our highlights and best parts of the 2017 women’s road season. It’s been an amazing year of racing and there’s so much to celebrate. From the spring classics through to worlds in Norway, we’ve got opinions on them all! Get your best of the year opinions now! (1:32:44 MIN / 86.91 MB)
This week we catch up after Sarah’s been away at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. There’s Plouay results to discuss, all the Dutch racing and of course what it means for worlds. Speaking of worlds, we’re two weeks out from the festivities in Bergen and so of course it’s time for the (sigh, eyeroll) polemica. This year it’s Australia’s turn to do something unforgivably stupid, and Dan’s got shoutpinions about it. (1:26:22 MIN / 79.08 MB)
This week Sarah and Dan recap the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour held in the United Kingdom, reviewing each of the stages and exploring some of the more surprising results. Along the way they accidentally reveal which one of them is the REAL comic book geek (you won’t be surprised when you hear who it is!) and of course, take some time to wrap up the other things that they’ve seen around the way over the past week. (1:00:04 MIN / 55.00 MB)
Things we saw this week
OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Here’s the link to the Ella CyclingTips article about power output in the women’s peloton that Dan found both interesting and annoying, and that Sarah found mostly annoying.
And just in case you needed it, here’s the link to CQ Ranking’s current rankings for the women.
Wow, this stage was completely thrilling! So hard to keep up with the action, and with Kasia Niewiadoma going in with a weakened team to defend her General Classification lead against the massed peloton of ravenous, attacking, ferocious big squads, it was always going to be nail-biting.
And wow, they didn’t disappoint! On the short, sharp climbs and descents, it was attacking at every opportunity, with the Leader’s jersey being passed back and forth – where would it end?
As usual, videos first, then the final Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults game – and then results, reports, more videos, photos and the usual media. As always, I’ll edit more in as I see it.
Next, shorter highlights from the race organisers and the UCI.
It was a great weekend of women’s cycling, with the start of the Classics season – and while there are just clips from the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, we have the FULL Omloop van het Hageland to be able to watch again.
If you see more, please do tell me in the comments below, or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in – and I’m including some of the sponsors, and I’d love it in you could take 5 minutes to send some of them your thanks for supporting the women’s racing, in whatever social media/communications style suits you!
This is sadly the only race highlights – if you can, please click through and watch it on Sporza to show them we really want to see the racing. Or it’s also on YT:
Interviews, from Wielerflits, with Band, Blaak, and third-placed Annemiek van Vleuten
September is always so busy with tons of racing, it’s wonderful. On of this week’s road races was the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands, with most of the big teams, and that combination of classic Dutch-style racing with wind, echelons and 1000 attacks on a mostly flat course until the final stage all over the Cauberg and the other Limburg hills. There’s always a lot of video and media from the Holland Ladies Tour, and this year lived up to expectations, so grab a cuppa, and enjoy! Of course I’ll add in more as I see it, and you can share things I’ve missed in the comments
This race had fantastic social media, with tons of updates on the race twitter, including photos and videos. The race’s own videos include the finish-line, and clips of the race, as well as interviews with the winners, and you can find photo galleries for the whole race from Boels-Dolmans, Rabo-liv, and Liv-Plantur – with more stage galleries below, too.
There’s been a heap of racing this week, with the focus firmly in North America. Racing from Canada with the Gatineau races and then the next race of the Women’s World Tour in the Philadelphia Classic. There’s downhill mountainbike racing in Fort William, Scotland. And of course we’ve got some classic Belgian racing to round out the portfolio! Strap yourselves in and enjoy! (1:22:26 MIN / 75.47 MB)
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the Keukens van Lommel Ladies Classic and Philadelphia Classic in here – Videos and media from the Fort William Downhill MTB World Cup in this post – and all three have the complete race replays, as well as highlights! If you only watch 1 video, watch this:
Photo gallery on Canadian Cyclist Magazine – and video interviews with second-placed Joëlle Numainville, and third-placed Leah Kirchmann: