It’s getting bigger, it’s getting better, 2016 is the year it will all change and hopefully it will be magic. Women’s World Cup has ended and they get a World Tour with many more races, like the men’s World Tour. More is getting broadcasted too so let’s follow it and cheer for our favourites
Before 2016 it’s tomorrow. Friday the 11th of December and the only day it’s possible to watch Thereabouts Reprise documentary. 4 guys riding from Boulder to Moab in epic terrain. If you don’t understand, go check www.thereabouts.com.au for the 1st video. Here is a teaser and don’t miss it tomorrow:
World Championships is going on this week in Andorra with Eliminator and Team Relay already done. Here is a replay of the eliminator race:
And here are some highlights from the Team Relay yesterday:
And this week it’s also a big women’s stage race in the Netherlands. Sadly not sent live except the last stage on sunday. Here’s the press release about it:
Following races like La Course by Le Tour de France, the last stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour will be broadcasted live on television. Main sponsor of the race Boels Rental took the initiative and with the help of several partners, television station L1 is able to broadcast the race live on Sunday, September 6th. There will also be a live stream on the internet. Sander Kleikers and Marianne Vos will commentate the race. At the moment it is still possible that more television stations are going to broadcast the race.
The sixth stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour starts in Bunde and finishes on the Cauberg. It will be the queen stage of the race, with a trail through the hills of southern Limburg. Before that the peloton has already five race days behind them. On Tuesday, September 1 the stage race starts in Zeddam. Followed by two stages in Tiel, an individual time trial in Oosterhout and a stage in Gennep. Before the live coverage on Sunday, a summary of the stage in Gennep will be shown. The best women cyclists in the world compete in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.
Don’t miss cheering on Sara Penton doing a great race so far.
A bike can’t talk but it can give signals. My cx started to collect dust and begged to go out today so announced a gravelride after work but without answers.
Tried the Peloton CXloop for the first time with my own Crux. Last time I did it on a cx it was my boss Crux Pro the 25th March. Today the plan was just to have fun, no higher goals and I succeeded. My Crux feels stiff, fast but also so quiet. Took some pictures for you:
A little after this on the gravel out to Erstavik I found my gears limit, 40-11 was a bit too easy with tailwind. 😀 Around the small lap and then back. Went pretty good with not to big effort. And then I met a guy with orange bartape, could only be one so we stopped and met. Magnus was out training too.
Had a chat that ruined my Le Peloton Stravasegment but was nice in the sun 😀 A reason to ride it again in the sun and try to beat some personal records. Maybe next saturday.
Got a personal record of the little lap out in Erstavik today but a lot segments behind the ride I did in March 😉 Then it wasn’t as dusty as today so better grip then.
Women road cyclists have a hard time, far from the men’s race not just compared salaries. The races are smaller and not as good organized, the teams are smaller with less people, the media coverage is far from what it should be. At least in Sweden where we got one of the best cyclists in the world! But women roadracers are loving the sport, even if it looks like this:
There is something that wishes all of us no matter of gender to race or watch races like this:
The man behind my favourite photo book that comes out after every cyclocross season and behind the website Cyclephotos which cover most of the big cyclocross races and this year also the women’s road season Balint Hamvas. He is in a great interview here I recommend you to read: Cyclingtips
He can show the beauty of the sport. And for next year it seems to be changes by UCI too. They are making it all a bit better. Not at the men’s level but it’s one step further. Steps are good help people and riders grow into it, and teams to develop. To have bigger races and more prize money it’s needed more professional teams with good riders that don’t have to think about others than cycling. For that it is needed sponsors, and sponsors can give more if they see they get more out of it.
First World Cup of the year is finished and what a start. Many good riders and good fights. Jolanda Neff was in the lead together with the 20 (!) years older Gunn-Rita Dahl Flesjå but took the win. Annika Langvad had some problems with wet rocks and crashed more than she hoped for loosing 3rd place to Pauline Ferrand Prevot and on last lap Catharine Pendrel. A funny thing is that everyone except Gunn-Rita on the podium is world champions in different cycling disciplines now 😉
Men elite got as excited with Jaroslav Kulhavy back in shape. Really impressed by him yesterday and even taking the win in front of Nino Schurter. Julien Absalon never reached them so ended 3rd:
My favorite women road team is Boels-Dolmans, like a womens version of Etixx-Quick Step and super great one day race team. So got happy yesterday when Lizzie Armitstead won in front of the world champion at the World Cup Trofeo Binda:
And then watched the superhard race in Belgium, Gent – Wevelgem where you can see some videos from here: Peloton
The best helper in the peloton got a win, the guy who has been racing for many victories this year but never won. Yesterday Luca Paolini showed he’s fast and can win no matter age (older than you Camilla) and became the oldest winner of Gent-Wevelgem at 38 years: