Here are the highlights from Round 7 of the women’s cycling road world cup, Sparkassen Giro
More videos, photos and stuff over here in our podcast post.
G’day team! This week Sarah and Dan actually aren’t rushing around between different job things and have time to talk about the Prudential Ride London (where Sarah commentated!), Sparkassen Giro, the Para-cycling World Cup and MTB World Cup. There’s also discussion of wolves and trolls! Don’t forget to check further down the page for HEAPS of videos from the week. (50:41 MIN / 48.66 MB)
Photos on the race website, and on British Cycling’s flickr. Full results. Lots of race reports from the UCI, Cycling Australia, USA Paralympics, Dutch Federation, British Cycling, Sportswomen.ie, Cycling Ireland, Cycling Canada, Paralympics New Zealand facebook, and German Para-cycling facebook,
Aussie tricyclist Carol Cook’s great blogs about her ITT win and her road race – and Cook’s video interview with H1 handcyclist Emilie Miller, on her first ever Para Worlds. Video highlights about the New Zealand team, and from the UCI, including a profile of Megan Fisher (there’s another profile video here, of Alex Zenardi)
I love this time of year – it’s when we get all kinds of live women’s cycling, and it makes me very happy. This weekend we’ve got three live races to watch – the Downhill and Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, and the Prudential Ride London GP, a crit in the heart of London that passes Buckingham Palace. And as well as that, we can follow the 2015 Para-Cycling Road World Championships. Do you feel spoiled? I do! Here’s how to watch the MTB and crit live, and how to follow the Paracycling, and the Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup as they happen.
The race is part of the Olympic legacy weekend of racing, and while I’m sad the women don’t get to ride the Olympic road race course like the men (& sportif riders do), it’s an excellent event. The race starts at 6pm UK BST (19:00 Euro CEST, 1pm North American EDT, 3am Aussie AEDT) and it’ll be shown and streamed live – I recommend watching Rochelle Gilmore commentating on BBC2 from 6pm – and you can watch online here if you’re in the UK…. while I’m doing something super-scary, commentating my first official race, with Hugh Porter, for the international feed, which I think is on Eurosport and British Eurosport, Eurosport Asia and SKY NZ. Aaargh!
The course is the same finish as the Olympic road race, down the Mall, then round St James’ Park. If you happen to come to the race, come and hang out with some women’s cycling fans from twitter afterwards, in the ICA Café on the Mall.
It’s a perilous episode this week as we discuss the Commonwealth Games ITT and Road Races in all their glory. Both races were quite significant to us, as they were the last time Emma Pooley would be racing at the top levels of the sport, representing England and (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!) bringing home medals. This week there was also the Sparkassen Giro World Cup in Germany, which provided a great spectacle in sprinting and we discuss the importance of last-ditch attacks in igniting races. Also the Mont-Sainte-Anne-Downhill MTB took place this week, and the racing was incredibly close with less than 1 second separating the podium places. There’s an amazing video in the links below that you should definitely watch as you listen. We also accidentally stray temporarily into the fraught world of global politics AND Sarah once again demonstrates her knowledge of North American geography. It’s a very long episode this week, so you may want to make sure you’ve got extra beer on hand before you press play. (1:49:43 MIN / 105.33 MB)
If you only watch one video this week, watch this! Manon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton‘s runs at the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne Downhill MTB World Cup, put side-by-side by Red Bull Bike – it’s fascinating, watching the difference in style, where they’re stronger, and how close the run was. It’s a lovely thing to watch, and even better that they both let fans and rivals see the secrets of their runs. We really, really love what Red Bull do! More MSA videos below….
Read Sarah’s race reports on all this on Podium Café.
— Peter van der Veen (@petervdveen) August 3, 2014
Video from NOS Sport – more video from Wiggle Honda and WielerVideo video interviews after the race with Vale Scandolara, Romy Kasper and Ally Stacher on the Specialized-lululemon Project X initiative.
UPDATE! 26 mins video from the UCI, with profile of Lisa Brennauer
Here’s what’s coming up next in live women’s road cycling:
That’s what we should see live – there should be lots of videos in the intervening races too – I love the CyclingFever calendar for their great information, and Velofocus for race previews. I’ll be putting posts up about how to watch the road and the MTB live nearer each race – here’s the section for that – and you can see videos I find from the races with the video tag. And for more advice on how to follow women’s racing as it happens, here’s a guide I wrote.
This week Sarah pulls apart the UCI calendar and rebuilds it, comparing previous years so we can see what’s happened to all the races. Speaking of races, we recap Thüringen, Limousin and Cascade before launching into other ranty stuff like catching up on the petition to the ASO for a women’s Tour de France and the various reactions to it. We also talk about some of the cool things we’ve seen around the joint online and I also (mis)appropriate an idea that Craig left in the comments here about a different kind of stakeholder survey. Pour yourself a large drink and get ready to snort it out your nose. (1:27:39 MIN / 84.15 MB)
Part 1 of Sarah’s post on the changes to the women’s cycling calendar, on Podium Café – check back there for discussion in the comments and more. She’ll have more charts and more comment later in the week – keep an eye on the women’s section of Podium Café.
UPDATE! Part 2 of Sarah’s posts, with a chart showing all the changes over time, and a visual view of the 2013 season