This week we talk through the events in China at the Tour of Chongming Island. We catch up on Marianne Vos’ first win of the season. We take a look at the Women’s Tour of California (aka The Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race presented by SRAM). We catch up on the latest news from BMX and we take a few minutes to reflect back on the last five years of podcasting. That’s right, it’s our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE! There’s plenty of good things (and a couple of things that induce ranty swearing) to remind ourselves of. There’s even time to play the “if I had a time machine and were insanely rich how would I help the sport” game (the rules are easier than the name). So strap yourselves in and enjoy! (54:57 MIN / 53.01 MB)
As usual, the post below includes things we talked about this week, but also videos, articles and links to things we didn’t get around to.
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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links
This week’s racing
Tour of ChongMing Island
Links to the full race replays: Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Photos of each stage on Vélofocus.
Trofee Maarten Wynants
Short video highlights and full results
2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Papendal
Full stream replay from Day 1
Full stream replay from Day 2
Copa de España #3, Emakumeen Aiztondo Sari Nargusia
Tour Series #1, Redditch
Full highlights available on the ITV Hub for 30 days and full results
Other things we saw this week
The latest rider profile on the UCI YouTube – Chloe Hosking
Part of Dirt Magazine’s Bigger Slice of the British Pie MTB film:
Here’s what it’s like to go on one of the Strongher Ride Along with Marijn de Vries
A day in the life of British Team WNT
- Tour of Zhoushan Island 1, 10-12th May, China, UCI 2.1
- Tour Series #2, Stoke on Trent, 11th May, UK – follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4.
- 2017 Women’s WorldTour #10, Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, 11-14th May, USA. Follow on the #UCIWWT hashtag and with the race twitter. Here’s the guide to watching the highlights.
- Tour Series #3, Northwich, 12th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- 2017 Para-cycling Road World Cup #1, Maniago, 12-14th May, Italy – follow the UCI Paracycling twitter, and the #Paracycling2017 hashtag
- Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg aka the Marianne Vos Classic, 13th May, the Netherlands, UCI 1.2
- 2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #2, Heusden-Zolder, 13-14th May, the Netherlands – this will be streamed live on BMX Live TV, – streams for the Preview Show on Friday 12th, Day 1 on Saturday 13th and Day 2 on Sunday 14th, and more information on the race website.
- Lotto Cycling Cup #4, Dwars door de Westhoek, 14th May, Belgium, UCI 1.1. Check out the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter for more information.
- Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria, 16th May, Spain, UCI 1.2. Follow on the race twitter.
- Tour Series #4, Wembley Park, 16th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira, 17th-21st May, Spain, UCI 2.1. The last stage will be streamed live, maybe with daily highlights too and I’ll tell you how to watch nearer the time. Follow the excellent race twitter and the #Bira hashtag (that also has lots of photos of beer in it!).
- 2017 Para-cycling Road World Cup #2, Ostend, 18th-21st May, Belgium – follow the UCI Paracycling twitter, and the #Paracycling2017 hashtag
- Tour Series #5, Croydon, 18th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- 2017 Cross Country MTB World Cup #1, Nové Město na Moravě, 19th-21st May, Czech Republic. The women’s finals will be streamed live on Red Bull TV on 20th May and on the BIKE Channel in the UK, and I’ll put up more media nearer the time
- 2017 Trials World Cup #1, Aalter, 19th-21st May, Belgium
- Chrono de Gatineau ITT, 19th May, Canada, UCI 1.1. Race twitter and #ChronoGatineau
- GP de Gatineau Road Race, 20th May, Canada, UCI 1.1. Race twitter
- Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta, 20th May, the Netherlands, UCI 1.2
- Tour Series #6, Bath, 20th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn, 21st May, Switzerland UCI 1.2
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Dan’s sick this week, and could barely speak, let alone podcast, but there’s still been lots of racing, news and interesting *stuff* from the last week in the sport…. Here are all the links we would have talked about this week!
Last week’s racing
Videos: Pre-race, track preview, one-minute and longer highlights, and photo galleries on the EWS website and PinkBike, from practice and racing. Full results
16 year old Leah Maunsell won the u21 competition – here’s a video profile of her, from Kona:
We’ve had Stage 1, and here are the long highlights
It’s an awesome episode this week as we discuss We talk ChongMing Island Tour and World Cup, Tour of California, Venezuela and European racing. It’s big! We also play a fantastic game called “How many continents can Sarah offend in one podcast?” Place your bets now and press play to find out if you’re right! Also, at some point Dan uses the word “apace” (true story)! (1:17:55 MIN / 74.82 MB)
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This week’s racing
Videos from each of the stages by Wiggle Honda
There’s been a lot of talk this week about the various races that have gained UCI status at short notice, and with it the chance to win valuable UCI and Olympic qualification points. Various “surprise” races have appeared on the UCI women’s calendar since the 2015 season has started, and while it’s a better problem to have than the days when races would vanish with only a few week’s notice, it still brings problems. I was interested to know more about the impact this has on teams, so I asked Stefan Wyman, the manager of British-based UCI team Matrix Procycling about decisions he makes about races, how these surprise impacts affect that, and more.
How do you make the decision for which races to target? I imagine there are issues of sponsors and so on, but what makes a difference?
Stef: Personally it starts with the selection process of riders. I get the right riders in for my team. A balance of ability, costs, attitudes, ages, ambitions etc. Once I have the riders, I then speak with them about what races they’d like to do. I add to that the races I “need” to do for sponsor needs, and between us all we come up with an overall planner. Obviously, all of that needs to be done within the working budget.
How much do UCI points matter in the equation?
Stef: UCI points matter. A lot. Even more now given what we are working to over the coming two season. So next year we will have “World Tour Events”, and to get into one you’ll need to be top 20 in the team ranking at the beginning of the year unless you want to gamble on a wildcard invite. So we need to score 200 points, let’s say. If we don’t, and we have to sign riders who have points…. and therefore maybe drop riders to balance the squad/opportunity/costs. If we don’t score “WTE” points next year, we’d not be in consideration for entry to the World Tour in 2017 as far as I understand it. Points are essential. So are opportunities to score points. Continue reading
Continuing her series of special one-on-one interviews, Sarah talks with Clara Beard of Tour Tracker fame about race coverage, the technology behind updates and the challenges of covering a race without live video to guide you. They talk about what it’s like to manage the social media for races and compare their experiences with Tour of the Gila, Tour of California, USA Nationals, the Friends Life Women’s Tour and the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series. There’s also (super mature, with NO snickering) talk of dongles… (1:14:21 MIN / 71.57 MB)
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Clara Beard is Ferncoyote on twitter – and Sarah is @_pigeons_ if you want to ask them any questions (or tell Clara she’s awesome!)
Clara was working on the Tour of the Gila, where she was doing live twitter updating amongst other things. She also works for the Tour Tracker, most recently at the Tour of California and the USA National Championships, and you should install their apps, they’re great. She’ll be with them at the Tour of Utah, so keep an eye out for that.
Sarah was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour, running the live updates on the website and on twitter. You can listen to her talk about the race on that week’s podcast, and see her photos from the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series on her flickr.
Hi everyone! After Sarah’s leave of absence to go be awesome with the Friend’s Life Women’s Tour she reunites with Dan to relive all the drama and triumph of an amazing race. We go over all of the events of every stage and discuss what this might mean for the future of women’s racing. In the face of crowds comparable to those last seen at the Olympic Games, and media coverage from the major news outlets, not just the cycling press, look how far women’s cycling has come in the two years since we started talking shit on the internet! (Not that we’re claiming credit, but two years ago we didn’t have this podcast and we didn’t have the Friends Life Women’s Tour either… draw your own conclusions). We also squeeze in some time to talk quickly about Chongming Island and the Tour of California and take a quick look ahead at the racing coming up. It’s a big episode but it’s well worth the investment. Don’t forget to check the links below because they’ll lead you to that rarest of all treats in women’s cycling… comprehensive video coverage! (1:20:28 MIN / 72.25 MB)
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Awesome links guaranteed to bring joy, happiness and fulfillment into your life!*
For ALL the must-see videos of the Friends Life Women’s Tour check out Sarahs comprehensive post over at Podium Cafe (seriously there’s literally hours of video there).
And for the collection of Sarah’s audio interviews while she was on tour, check out this great post.
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