This week’s race videos – Tour of Utah, European Champs, Windham MTB World Cup

It’s been a great week for women’s races, with so much live racing – I feel spoiled! We’ve got videos, photos & more from the women’s Tour, the European Junior and u23 Road Championships, and the Windham cross country and downhill MTB World Cup.  In chronological order…

Tour of Utah

Press conference videos with Allie Dragoo, Kendall Ryan and Sam & Skylar Schneider.

Stage 1

Final kilometres below – and the full stage video here

We’ve never seen a race report like Amy Cutler’s:

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Watch LIVE women’s racing: Tour of Utah, u23 European Championships & Windham MTB World Cup

Oh August!  Three live women’s cycling races to watch this week – in the USA, the Tour of Utah stage race and the Windham MTB World Cup, and in Tartu, Estonia, the European Junior & u23 Road Championships.  And we can watch ALL of them live!  I’ll tell you all about how, but first, if you have a couple of few pounds/dollars/Euros, can you think about sending them here?

British cyclist Hannah Walker (you might remember her from this Adidas #MyGirls tv campaign) and her Team WNT rode the Ride London 100 on Sunday to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust.  Hannah put her cycling career to one side this spring to donate her bone marrow to her brother, Tom, who has Aplastic Anaemia.  It didn’t work, and Tom’s still having treatment, and Hannah and her team are raising money to support the charity, who work to promote donations.  You can read more about Hannah and Tom here, how you can help the Anthony Nolan Trust, and if you can, please do give to Hannah’s Just Giving Campaign.

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On with the racing.

Tour of Utah, 3rd-4th August

It’s a tough, hilly race for men and women, and there are 3 ways to watch.  It’s on the Tour Tracker, all over the world, and they’re juggling the women’s and men’s races together, which is great.  If you’re in the USA you can watch on Fox Sports live or on highlights – the tv timings are here.  And of course there’s twitter – the hashtag for the women’s race is #TOUWE, and Giro Jenny is giving great live updates. The race is taking place in North American MDT, and Stage 2, on Tuesday 4th August, starts at 11:30am MDT (1:30pm N American EDT; 6:30pm UK BST; 3:30am Aussie AEST) and runs until 12:45.  There’s lots of information on the race website.   The men’s race runs to 9th August.

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2015 European Junior & u23 Road Championships, 6th-9th August

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MTB videos and photos – 2014 Windham World Cup & Enduro at Crankworx Whistler

SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!  As always, videos and photos, and I love that….  BUT!  What is it with the UCI video clips?  I don’t know why, but the UCI World Cup promos are always full of crashes, and not the dramatic “OMG World Cup leader crashes and destroys her season” crashes that are necessary to the storyline, but “haha, watch this race, there’ll be loads of crashes to laugh at” that makes me roll my eyes – I mean, really?  And then their highlights videos always have tons of shots of attractive women in the crowds in short-shorts and so on, and I don’t get it at all – why is the governing body of the sport putting out videos where there are more clips of audience totty than of actual women racing?  It’s the same women flicking their hair in all three videos, too, and what are we, 1978?

At least there’s Red Bull, who have the superb race footage, great commentary and commission awesome videos from the Parkin Brothers, where the women are racing hard, jumping, battling and then talking about the actual race!  I swear, Red Bull does far more for MTB than the UCI!  And all the great stuff from teams, too, MTB really knows how to show their fans some love.

ANYWAY!

MTB World Cup #6 – Windham

Eliminator

Full race replay on Red Bull TV

Full results

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Downhill

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This weekend’s live women’s racing – Windham MTB World Cup & the Prudential Ride London GP

Continuing the summer theme of “OMG, there’s live women’s cycling to watch every weekend!”, I’m here to bring you news of what to watch this weekend – fantastic MTB action from the USA, and from London, a live crit featuring Marianne Vos, Giorgia Bronzini, Lizzie Armitstead, Tiffany Cromwell, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Dame Sarah Storey – and we can watch it all live!

Windham 2014 MTB World Cup #6, 7th-10th August

I know, it was only last weekend we had the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup, and we’re already heading south for the next one!  Windham is in New York State, and it’s looking a bit wet and very green so far.  Here’s how to watch all the live racing – click through the links to get a countdown to your timezone, race video, and after it’s over, the full coverage archived to watch again.)

  • Women’s and men’s Eliminator – Friday 7th August, Windham is in USA Eastern time, and the race starts 5:50 their time (10:50pm UK BST; 23:50 Euro CEST; 2:50pm USA PST; 7:50am Australian AEST)
  • Women’s and men’s Downhill – Saturday 8th August, 2:15pm EST (7:15pm BST; 20:15 CEST; 11:15am PST; 4:15am AEST)
  • Women’s Cross Country – Sunday 9th August, 12:45pm EST (5:45pm BST; 18:45 CEST; 9:45am PST; 2:45am Monday AEST)
  • Men’s Cross Country – Sunday 9th August, 3:15pm EST (8:15pm BST; 21:15 CEST; 12:15pm PST; 5:15am Monday AEST)

If you want to get into the mood, there are links to tons of videos and photos from Mont-Sainte-Anne in this week’s women’s cycling podcast post – scroll down past the road, and then keep going if you’d like to see some recent Enduro MTB too!

There’ll be fantastic pre-race coverage as usual, including practice runs and preview videos – keep an eye on Red Bull Bike, the UCI MTB World Cup facebook, Dirt Magazine (here’s their downhill preview and trackwalk gallery), Pinkbike (their trackwalk gallery), Vital MTB and of course, the race website and twitter.  Red Bull Bike already have some good stuff up – their live blog of rolling coverage, and Claudio Caluori’s superb-as-always GoPro preview of the downhill course – just wow! UPDATE!  And an awesome track preview with superstar Rachel Atherton

Two British Cycling video interviews about the cross country – Beth Crumpton and Alice Barnes.

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Prudential Ride London GP, Saturday 8th August

I know, it’s really annoying that the “Olympic legacy” cycling London-Surrey race has a lovely long road race for the men over the 2012 Olympic road course, and no road race for the women, instead having a crit the day before, but in silver lining time, at least this will be streamed live.  It’s not UCI registered, but it has a great line-up with real stars, and we get to watch it all live – it will be on BBC2 from 5pm on Saturday (18:00 Euro CEST, 12pm USAEST, 9am USA PST and 2am Australian AEST), and streamed live on the cycling page of the BBC Sport website or on BBC iPlayer, and if you can’t see the BBC, there are likely to be solutions – try here or here, or something like Hola or Tunnelbear can help you watch the BBC stream.  And we’ll have a livestream on Podium Café on the day, where doubtless people will help find other options.

As it’s a crit, it’ll be an hour of racing round the 1.3 mile circuit around St James’ Park, finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.  Here’s the startlist and more information about everything happening over the weekend on the race website, facebook and twitter – I’ll be at the race and tweeting photos as @_pigeons_, if you’re down there, give me a shout!

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As always, come back to the blog afterwards for any videos and things I find from the races – and remember, the next live women’s racing is the last round of the MTB World Cup in Méribel, France, 22nd-24th August, and the Open de Suède Vårgårda Road World Cup will be streamed live by Swedish tv, and, according to the UCI, on their Youtube – watch this space for more information nearer the time!