The penultimate round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and the last of the WorldTour Classics, the GP Plouay has always been a fantastic race, with really great media, and 2016 lived up to expectations – with a surprise winner to boot! I’ll edit more in as I see them – please do share anything else you find, in the comments, or on twitter.
Full stream replay:
This week Sarah makes a foolish promise as we try to cover all of the rest of the 2016 Olympic racing and the various other races that took place since we last spoke. There’s the Olympic time trial, the track racing, the bmx, the mtb along with the Route de France, the Ladies Tour of Norway and the Open de Suede Vargarda. It’s a huge amount of racing and there’s a whole bunch of other stuff in there too. Brace yourselves for all the results that are fit to print (i.e. podcast). (1:23:21 MIN / 76.32 MB)
Things we talked about this week included…
Photos from the Olympic MTB, on Pinkbike. Highlights of the MTB, and of Mariana Pajón winning the BMX:
The Team Time Trial
The Crescent Vårgårda Road Race
This week we do a full recap of the excitement and drama that was the 2016 Olympic Women’s Road Race in Rio. From the amazing efforts of Trixi Worrack, Marianne Vos, Ellen van Dijk, Mara Abbott and so many more, to the terrifying crash that changed the entire picture of the race we talk through each moment that lead to the final result. We also take some time to talk through the coming Individual Time Trial, who the top contenders are and who our favourites are likely to be. We include a couple of dark horse picks as well. It’s all Olympics this week, in all its glory. (1:32:05 MIN / 84.31 MB)
Because the Olympics are tough like this, we can’t find unrestricted videos of the race – it is what it is, hopefully highlights and the full race turns up on the Olympic YouTube at some point, like the London 2012 one did. If you want highlights, check with your local Olympic broadcaster, and we have found these (they may be geo-restricted, but there are ways round that):
- NOS (Dutch) Van der Breggen interview – and more clips at the bottom of the page, including highlights, medal ceremony, post-medals interview, responses from Vos and Van Dijk, Vos playing domestique, and clip about the awful Van Vleuten crash (it’s traumatic)
- BBC Brit-focused report, with the final kilometre highlights
- Sporza’s clips from Belgium: Highlights and Van der Breggen’s post-race response (may not be restricted) – and more videos down the side of the page, includinghighlights, Van der Breggen talking about Johansson, post-race responses from Kopecky and Vekemans,
- SBS Video with reactions from the Australians
- More clips in Ella Cycling Tips‘ post-race piece
It’s onwards to the ITT, Track, BMX and MTB – Sarah’s guide on how to watch and follow all the women’s cycling is here.
This week we recap the Prudential Ride London Classique 2016, and Sarah shares her experiences with live commentating at the race. We then move into a full preview and breakdown of the 2016 Olympic Road Race, the teams, the riders and the course. We run down our list of favourites and riders to watch, and unsurprisingly there’s a lot of them. We also talk about one of the bigger news stores of the week which could simply be called Whereabouts in the World is Lizzie? But all is not lost because your intrepid podcasters manage to find a silver lining even there. (1:24:05 MIN / 76.9 MB)
We talked about Lizzie Armitstead’s missed tests, and there’s more info on the UKAD statement, on INRNG and the Telegraph – but we hadn’t seen her own statement at that point, which answers most of Sarah’s remaining questions (we still want to see the CAS decision!)
Catch up on the Prudential Ride London Classique highlights here:
Like last week’s La Course, it’s a shorter than usual race – just 66km long – but this year the course goes beyond the traditional route around St James’ Park, taking in some of the most iconic London sites, including the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. I’m really interested in whether the two U-Turn hotdog corners will provide opportunities to attack. It’s 12 laps of this 5.5km circuit, so while it’s flat, a bunch sprint isn’t guaranteed. And it’s not just WorldTour points up for grabs – the prize pot is the biggest in women’s cycling, an incredible €100,00, same as the men get on Sunday.
The race starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 Euro CEST; midday EDT; 2am Aussie AEST) and there are lots of options to watch. Rochelle Gilmore will be commentating for the BBC on BBC from 6pm, and their online coverage will be starting at 4:15pm BST on their red button for Connected TVs and their Cycling Portal too. I’ll be commentating with the legendary Hugh Porter for the international feed, which I think will be on the BBC feed. There’s also coverage. And it’ll also be on Eurosport 2 in the UK (and I think the Eurosport Player) from 5pm. If you need streams, have a look here, here and here once the race is on).
If you can’t watch, you can follow on twitter, via the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, and the Ride London twitter – and I’ve got a list of accounts who might be updating here. I’ll be tweeting before and after the race too – hopefully course and rider photos and quotes.
The startlist is here, and the course info here. There’s more on the race website – and if you want videos from previous years, I’ve got some from 2015 in here, and 2014 in here. There are so many great things to do around the race, too – the FreeCycle has a fantastic course (of course I always wish the women got to race the same Olympic course as the men do on Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic, but if they can’t have that, I wish the Classique got that longer FreeCycle lap) and a huge festival of cycling in St James’ Park. If you’re in London and fancy a drink or coffee after the race, drop me a tweet🙂
We’ve had a week off due to migraination and so there’s twice as much racing to get through. We take a romp through La Course, Thuringen Rundfahrt, Tour de Pologne and the BeNe Ladies Tour, all while discussing the finer points of multi-year growth plans and the overall development of the sport. Of course, this is all a precursor to the climactic Olympic Games racing that is just around the corner, but first we preview the Prudential Ride London Classique coming up on the weekend. So many things to discuss, it’s an epic episode! (1:07:23 MIN / 61.60 MB)
I’ve had migraines all week, so haven’t been able to put a guide up earlier, so here’s a brief one.
La Course by Le Tour de France , the women’s race at the final stage of the Tour de France, is on Sunday 24th July 2016, and starts at 13:15 Euro CEST (12:15 UK BST; 7:15am EDT; 9:15pm AEST) – it’s about 2 hours long, and most TV seems to start between 13:45 and 14:00 CEST. You can find the broadcasters in your are by going to the race website and hitting the broadcasters tab at the bottom to see where it’s shown in your area (eg Eurosport and ITV4 in the UK) – and the usual livestream websites (here, here, here) will have feeds for you.
Follow the race before it starts with the La Course twitter and the #LaCourse hashtag. It’s a bit of a frustrating race, because of course the route is iconic – up and down the Champs Elysées, with the 2 sharp corners into and out of the underpass under the Jardins de Tuileries – but it’s a weird distance, 89km, so it’s not a Crit, with all the adrenaline-fuelled action they give us, but not a proper road race. Luckily the women’s peloton make the most of being in front of international cameras, and will race the hell out of it regardless! There are some big names missing because of Rio, but the startlist is here.