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by Anne-Marije Rook
July 31, 2015
Photography by Bigla, still image from on-bike footage
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
We’ve got an active weekend of women’s racing coming up with two single day races – one in Great Britain and one in Germany. On Sunday, the World Cup series continues in Bochum, Germany with the Sparkassen Giro.
But the weekend’s events kick off in London on Saturday, where the racing is promised to be fast and the coverage a TV’s first.
Barely a month since the Aviva Women’s Tour wrapped up in late June, some of the world’s fastest racers return to British soil for the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix.
The race, a 50-minute criterium held on a 2km course in and around the iconic St James Park in London, features an impressive start list of 100 racers, including last year’s winner Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda), 2013 winner Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling), Aviva Women’s Tour winner Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) and Thüringen Rundfahrt winner Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS). Although the race, somewhat surprisingly, lacks UCI status, it has lured a star-studded international field with the promise of prize money, appearance fees and a private flight to Germany ahead of Sunday’s World Cup.
Already a hotly contested race on the women’s calendar, the event this year gets bonus points for innovation. The race will not only be broadcasted live on BBC2, it will include live footage from on-bike cameras attached to the frames of Bronzini, Trott and Johansson.
This will be the first time this technology is used in a live, outdoor cycling event, giving viewers an unprecedented rider’s-eye view of all the action – live!
So get your VPNs ready and tune in to BBC Sport starting at 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. Euro CEST, 1 p.m. North American EDT, 3 a.m. Aussie AEST).