We didn't get to see the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad live on tv Saturday, but thanks to the great work of CyclingFlash at Cycling Fever, we've got some video coverage now! Read on for some videos and fun links we've found - and anything you see, add to the comments.
First of all, here's the short highlights video from Dutch tv:
Here's a bit more video - from Andre&Co, part of the fantastic Motomedia team. Here's the team presentations:
and here's around 8 minutes of footage from the race (check out the sounds of the wind!):
I went to the race with the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team and after the race, Tiffany answered my questions on how the race played out for her. Please click through and read my article on Total Women's Cycling! And you can find out more about her in Rupert Guiness' article in the Sydney Morning Herald. And omnevelnihil and I talked about the Omloop on our latest women's cycling podcast (with the usual swearing and nonsense that goes with that). I also liked Loren Rowney's mini-blog on the race - it's her first time riding the Spring Classics, and I loved how she finished the blog:
I now have a bit of an understanding why spectators and riders have this absolute love for the classics. Because only one word describes it, EPIC. So much is going on, and so many variables are thrown at you that you can’t help but love it. Sport is war, and that’s exactly how I would describe racing a spring classic.
Vuelta a Costa Rica
Over in Costa Rica, the Cogeas-Pasta Zara team dominated the race - with Inga Cilvinaite winning 2 stages and the GC, Addy Albershardt winning a stage and coming second overall, and Edita Janeliunaite and Evelyn Garcia winning the other two stages. There are videos from each stage, and a post-GC win interview with Cilvinaite - head over to Cycling Fever's page of the race videos.
There's no video from the women's Le Samyn yet - but I'll edit it in if we find any. In the meantime, it sounds like a very interesting race! Here's Carmen Small's blog about her WTF? moments and her team-mate Ellen van Dijk's win - and here's the race report from ORICA-AIS, with comments from third-placed Emma Johansson and DS Dave McPartland. Polemica? Maybe! Exergy 2016's Jackie Crowell is over in Europe racing with Team UCI, and here's her blog covering the Omloop and Le Samyn
Latest Wiggle Honda video
I'm still not sure who the Global Cycling Network are, but they seem to be doing a bit of work with the Wiggle Honda team. Here's their latest video, talking to team owner and sprinter Rochelle Gilmore about the season's objectives:
Motorpacing with Swedes
Hitec Products UCK have been doing a really good job at promoting their team - check out their Facebook page for lots of fun rider profiles, as an example. I laughed out loud at Emilia Fahlin's blog on Cyclingnews, describing bonding with team-mates, and taking Chloe Hosking out motorpacing. If Chloe has a mysterious training crash, and you lose VDS points as a result, you know who to blame - after all, this is just one quote:
I wish I had a fun episode to tell from this, but I think we're both sitting on some hidden motor-pacing talent and it all went surprisingly well. Apart from the parking ticket, broken key and shaved off numberplate.
Vos rides MTB
I fanshotted this already, but in case you missed it, current World and Olympic and Cyclocross Champion Marianne Vos has been trying her hand (legs?) at MTB this year. Here's a little teaser video of her riding - apparently there's more to come soon!
EDIT! Vos rides her first MTB race tomorrow, the Afxentia MTB stage race. Read all about it on Cyclingnews.
Finally, something serious. The UCI has put out a stakeholder consultation survey - which we can fill in, fans count as stakeholders, for sure! Please, please take 15 minutes to fill it in, and tell them what you want changing - and especially how there's so much more they can do to help women's cycling. Then at least we've tried to do our bit....
If you see anything you've enjoyed recently, add it to the comments, and I'll edit it in! Thanks so much Cycling Flash for sharing everything you find with me!