Women's Tour 2018

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by PeteXXX, 8 Mar 2018.

  1. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    Dates and stages announced now.

    ~Women's Tour 2018~

    Stage 2, Rushden to Daventry, passes with a few miles of my house.
    Working that day (14th June) but will book a day off!

    :smile:
     
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  2. Rooster1

    Rooster1 Hornblower

    Nowhere near me which is shame. I was lucky enough to have a drive in the Vittoria car a few years back for a stage. What a blast.
     
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  3. OP
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    PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    I've managed to get to the last few events as they've always passed close by.
    Same again this year :thumbsup:
     
  4. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Wed 13th June - Framlingham to Southwold
    14th - Rushden to Daventry
    15th - Atherstone to Leamington
    16th - somewhere north of Worcester, ride east a bit, then back to Worcester
    17th - Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay

    Still only five days, then :sad: Stage and GC prize money parity with the men's tour, but presumably having three fewer stages means it's still less money in total on offer for the women, despite this being World Tour and the men's being only HC?

    Anyone know if they tried again to expand it after BC's rejection for 2017?
     
  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Already booked the 14th off just got to decide where to watch now
     
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  6. OP
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    PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    Even if I can’t get the day off, I’ll probably go to Cogenhoe. If I’m off, I’ll try and do Cogenhoe then whizz over to Weedon Bec for a second look then Dav for the finish :smile:
     
  7. lyn1

    lyn1 Senior Member

    Difficult one as you also create anomalies if you equalise the total prize pot. For eg. TdY did that last year. Lizzie earned £17500 for her win in the ladies race, effectively the shortest stage of the men's race. The whole DDD team only earned a total of £14880 between them for 1st and 2nd on GC, 1st and 2nd stage 3, 6th stage 1, 6th stage 2 and 1st team. Even if a male won all three stages and GC, pretty much impossible given sprint and climbing stages, he would still be around £3500 short of Lizzie's figure.
    The race category has meaning within rather than across genders in that it sets a minimum. Less relevant when prize money significantly exceeds those levels as with TdY & TOB.

    Just happy to see more investment in women's sport across the board.
     
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  8. OP
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    PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    Well, I've got the day off to watch Day 2. A few mates and I are cobbling a plan together.
    Not sure yet if it'll be possible to see the start in Rushden and then have time ride to Dav for the finish!
     
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  9. brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Location:
    Clacton-on-Sea
    No live TV coverage as far as I can see
     
  10. OP
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    PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    That’s bad!
     
  11. the stupid one

    the stupid one Senior Member

    Location:
    NWUK
    I found ITV4’s coverage of the first stage a little heartless in not updating us on the condition of Abi van Twisk after her late crash. The way she was left lying unconscious in the road was horribly reminiscent of Michael Goolaert’s crash at Paris-Roubaix.

    Thankfully the Women’s Tour Twitter feed did have an update, and it’s not as bad as it looked - despite losing consciousness she may even start again tomorrow. Superhuman, the lot of them.

    EDIT: . . . and there she was, covered in gauze and elastic net, starting Stage 2. Whodathunkit?
     
    Last edited: 14 Jun 2018
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  12. OP
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    PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    A few mates and I saw them at Hartwell, QOM at Weedon Hill and at the finish. Fun day out!!

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    Hartwell

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    Weedon Hill

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    The finish.

    100k ride for me, many more than that for the proper riders!!
     
  13. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Location:
    Warrington
    The final stage in Wales on ITV4 highlights looked tough. Overall I thought that Sunweb rode a good tactical tour, but Marianne Vos is still a very dangerous opponent.
     
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  14. OP
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    PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    Location:
    Hamtun
    I’m on the tele.. About 22 minutes in at the Weedon Hill QOM finish line.
    Listen for the cowbell (That’s Garry!) I’m standing next to him..

    :becool:
     
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  15. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    Binge watched all five stages today Great racing from zero kilometre.Plenty of attack’s non of your poncy hanging till the last few kilometres before starting racing.

    Come on Channel 4 lets see more women’s racing.
     
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