Author Topic: Women's Tour  (Read 4397 times)

jane

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Women's Tour
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:47:33 am »
http://road.cc/content/news/97864-details-released-opening-two-stages-next-mays-womens-tour
I am putting together a plan which involves a tent, a bike and looking for campsites from which I can ride to a good view of this.... and then perhaps following it to the last three stages too.  A plan which I might replicate in Yorkshire a few weeks later.

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2013, 10:59:34 am »
Very flat course . . .  going to be a chaingang fest. Will suit an Belgian cyclists "The winds are our mountains."
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2013, 02:39:27 pm »
Hinckley to Bedford stage - well, I've got a friend who used to live in Hinckley... and then moved to Bedford... but now lives near Colchester.  :-\

Very flat course . . .  going to be a chaingang fest. Will suit an Belgian cyclists "The winds are our mountains."
I thought that was the Danes? The Belgians have the Ardennes. Right though!
The unwilling rider and the one who leaves each control in turn without reluctance, with no desire to come back, obviously cannot be making the same journey, even though their brevets are identical.

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2014, 01:33:22 pm »
There seems to be very little interest in this inaugural event, less than two weeks off? Or is there another thread I've missed?
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TimC

  • Bike pilot
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2014, 01:56:00 pm »
I shall be out to watch the finish in Bury, I hope. I haven't seen the detailed route, though. It will be televised on ITV4 too, and I'll be watching that. It's a shame that the whole thing is so flat, but I hope it will go on to greater things.

gibbo

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Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014, 03:13:36 pm »
It's coming through my home town of Hadleigh then loops away and comes back through a village that's about 5 miles away so I intend to watch it twice but only if I can race across in time.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2014, 04:07:38 pm »
Stage One to
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(spoilered to allow others to watch the highlights MattC can't  ;))
The unwilling rider and the one who leaves each control in turn without reluctance, with no desire to come back, obviously cannot be making the same journey, even though their brevets are identical.

mcshroom

  • Mushroom
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 04:19:30 pm »
Just a reminder that ITV4 highlights are on 9-10pm tonight :)
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Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2014, 04:20:41 pm »
...and repeated at 8 am tomorrow ( I was about to post the same as mcshroom).
"Only the cyclist knows why the dog rides with its head out the window"

TimC

  • Bike pilot
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2014, 05:11:44 pm »
Also on Eurosport at 10 tonight.

mattc

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Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2014, 05:33:39 pm »
Just a reminder that ITV4 highlights are on 9-10pm tonight :)
Not sure I've got time ...

Stage One to
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Hoorah, thanks!

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2014, 06:41:12 pm »
Sorry.  :-[
The unwilling rider and the one who leaves each control in turn without reluctance, with no desire to come back, obviously cannot be making the same journey, even though their brevets are identical.

jane

  • Mad pie-hating female
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2014, 07:03:58 pm »
My plan delineated in the OP was scuppered by family stuff...so I'll be watching the highlights on ITV4.

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2014, 10:05:50 pm »
Exciting racing !
If the weather scuppers the pub ride tomorrow, I know what I'll be doing in the evening.




Ruth

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2014, 10:04:03 pm »
It was a good day's riding today, I was too knackered to go out after work and actually I'm glad 'cause I saw this.

mcshroom

  • Mushroom
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2014, 10:59:57 pm »
Hmm, ITV don't seem to put it on their player until after the morning repeat :(
Climbs like a sprinter, sprints like a climber!

Ruth

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2014, 09:07:26 pm »
Ratto and Vos are both amazing to watch on the telly.  Seeing those beautiful English verges and hedgerows full of white flowers is making me homesick for bike riding! 

What's with the 'they're not trying in the sprint 'cos they're not out of the saddle' shite?  Let's see you match them mile for mile Ned m'boy!

I wish there were be-suited, handsome, hunky, deferential podium boys to kiss their cheeks and give them flowers at the end.  I'd have enjoyed that.

Ruth

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2014, 09:41:25 pm »
The Wiggle team strip is actually really distinctive and striking, definitely one of the nicest.

It'd be great to see Rebecca Laws take the overall QOM.

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2014, 09:49:41 pm »
I watched the coverage until a few minutes ago.

Same old story - slow, disorganised and dull.

It wasn't holding my attention so I switched off.

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2014, 09:51:53 pm »
The Wiggle team strip is actually really distinctive and striking, definitely one of the nicest.

Agreed, although I really like the Lululemon kit too. Too bonkers for me to actually wear, but very awesome all the same.

Ruth

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2014, 10:08:20 pm »
I was just thinking how much I liked the Lululemon kit.  Really nice.

Great finish to today's race!
I watched the coverage until a few minutes ago.

Same old story - slow, disorganised and dull.

It wasn't holding my attention so I switched off.

It will never be the same as the men's racing, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  It's not worse, it's just different.

And they were all racing right up to the line today.  I loved it.

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2014, 10:15:06 pm »
Sorry that came across as really negative but I was, at least, trying to be honest. 

It's great to see women's racing getting more exposure and, in time, I'm sure this will lead it a more competitive environment and, from that, a more exciting spectacle. 

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2014, 10:16:03 pm »
I watched the coverage until a few minutes ago.

Same old story - slow, disorganised and dull.

It wasn't holding my attention so I switched off.

Slow?

I think the pace was high, especially considering the wind, and the plan was for a bunch sprint by the main contenders.

IMO, no more boring than a sprint stage in the TDF where they allow a break to go only to get caught when they decide it's time to close the gap!

TimC

  • Bike pilot
Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2014, 10:33:13 pm »
The average speed for today's stage was about 42kmh. That's pretty quick, by my reckoning. And the attacking, aggressive style of racing I find very entertaining - and probably inevitable in an essentially flat parcours with stage lengths of around 100k (as limited by the UCI).

Ruth

Re: Women's Tour
« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2014, 10:45:55 pm »
(snip) ... an essentially flat parcours with stage lengths of around 100k (as limited by the UCI).

Yeah, what is with that?  This lot are capable of so much more than that.  The highlights are almost as long as teh entire stage, ffs!