Tomorrow is a very big day for the female pro peloton: it's the UCI World Championships Road Race and they'll be battling it out for the honour of wearing the rainbow stripes for the 2017 season.
Worlds so far:
The course in Qatar isn't your average 'world champs course'. Sure, they all have their characteristics - but the 134.5km route in Doha is perhaps particularly unique.
Riders will make their way out to a 15km/10mile course - repeating laps of the short circuit which includes tight bends, roundabouts and of course the notorious crosswinds of Qatar. Not only that, the 35 to 40 degree heat of the country is no doubt likely to have an effect. Sprint win hopeful, Chloe Hosking has already told us she's been training in the bathroom with the heaters on "full gas."
Riding for Team Great Britain, we have:
- Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead)
- Alice Barnes
- Hannah Barnes
- Dani King
- Laura Massey
- Annasley Park
- Abby-Mae Parkinson
- Eileen Roe
We'e expecting a sprint finish - but of course, anything could happen and the riders are getting themselves ready for a showdown tomorrow.
Riders prepare for Saturday's race
Lizzie has already said it's not 'her sort of course' - but she'll do her best, and Dani is proud as punch to support her...
Kirsten Wild is a Qatar veteran and a classic sprinter - we hope she doesn't need that helmet to perform too!
The Dutch riders have a top squad - and Annemiek probably has a point to prove after the Olympics...
Jolien is high on the list of contenders...
Drops Cycling Team have Alice Barnes and Laura Massey on the start line in GB colours - go smash it girls!
British Cycling send no GB Girls to the Junior World Champs Road Race
We were a bit gutted to note that British Cycling didn't see fit to send any junior women to the Junior World Champs race. Under 23 women will race with elite women, whilst the UCI give Under 23 men their own race.
Questions have been asked as to why none of the young British superstars - who enjoyed their first ever open road junior only road race this year (usually racing with the elite women) - were considered worthy to be sent. We've not had any answers as yet.
The event was won by Italian Elisa Balsamo. There's a pretty classy video of the girls singing the National anthem after the win...
The UCI Women’s World Championship road race takes place on Saturday 15th October at 10:45am (British Summer Time). The race will be shown live from 10:45 to 14:20 on BBC Red Button with highlights from 14:30-16:30 on BBC One.