I wrote a race report over on Podium Café, but if it’s just the videos of this weekend’s women’s cycling you’re after, step right up….
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)
Things we discussed this week
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
If you want to read about what happened on Stage 3 – including the dramatic last 10km, and the finish up the 19%, cobbled, twisting, narrow streets – head over to Podium Café and read my race report – it’s full of links to other things I’ve seen. But here are the videos – including, below the jump, the full hour race report
Official race video with interview in English with Marianne Vos after the race:
On Sunday it’s the re-born Liberty Classic – aka the Philadelphia Classic, now called the Parx Casino Philly Classic – the only women’s race in the USA with a UCI ranking this year. This is great news, because the race, which has been going since 1994, was at one point cancelled for 2013 – but it’s come back bigger and better, with equal prize money for the men’s and women’s races – the winner of each gets a staggering $30,000, which is huge money for women’s cycling (winners of World Cups get a couple of thousand Euros, if they’re lucky) – and apparently it’ll also be streamed live!
The big fact you need to know about this one is that in the 2009 race, the women and men used to be on the course at the same time, and the women’s peloton caught the men’s, and as they passed them, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg told the men they were pussies, and should ride faster! No chance of that happening this year as the races are separated, but it’s always entertaining!
Now, as with all promises of women’s races being shown live, don’t get your hopes up too much! It might be live coverage, or it might just be fixed cameras etc. But here are the details: