Podcast 2014 EXCLUSIVE Special Feature – Sarah Interviews Emma Pooley About Retirement

July 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Huge news broke today as Emma Pooley announced that she’ll be retiring from pro cycling, and Sunday’s Commonwealth Games road race will be her last big race before she be moves to long course triathlon and mountain running.  As you can imagine, we’ll be so disappointed to see her leave, but we hope her all the best for the future.

Before the announcement Emma spoke exclusively with Sarah in an interview for Rouleur.  Please head through and read it for the full story on the thinking behind Emma’s decision, why she wanted to make the announcement now and what her memories of the sport will be.

In an additional exclusive for us, you can hear Sarah’s full conversation with Emma here.(right-click, save-as to download)

(please excuse all the background noise and the times the call dropped out – the life of a bike rider means using whatever internet connection you can find). (1:11:08 MIN / 68.31 MB)

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Follow Emma on her adventures in triathlon, and send her a tweet on her twitter, especially if you know a publisher who can help her achieve her cookbook dreams! Watch her race the Commonwealth Games ITT on Thursday 31st July, and the Road Race on Sunday 3rd August – here’s a guide to watching the races.

You can read about the Le Tour Entier campaign to get La Course by Le Tour de France, which Pooley was an integral part of, on the LTE website and twitter – and make Emma happy by tweeting the UCI to ask for more women’s races and email the ASO to ask for more women’s racing in Le Tour.

Here are some of our favourite Emma Pooley moments:

The final 6km in the 2010 GP Plouay World Cup (Pooley’s the short rider in the GB kit – Marianne Vos is in the white World Cup leader’s jersey)

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Wow! Marianne Vos’ on-bike video from la Course by Le Tour de France

July 29, 2014 2 comments

I’ll be hunting out video from La Course – the women’s Champs Elysées race on the final stage of the Tour de France, but until then, check this out – video from the camera on Marianne Vos‘ bike.  Look at that Rabo-Liv lead-out train in the beginning, and then how she stole a ride from Specialized-lululemon‘s Lisa Brennauer!

here’s another Rabo La Course video – the sounds of Paris.  Of course, if you find videos of the race, please let me know in the comments or on twitter - and here’s a gallery of photos on Podium Café.

If you loved La Course by Le Tour de France and want to see more live women’s cycling….

Here’s what’s coming up next in live women’s road cycling:

  • Commonwealth Games – 31st July the ITT and 3rd August the Road Race.  I’ve got the full guide to watching the races here – but there should be streams, hopefully.
  • Sparkassen Giro, 3rd August – the 5th round of the Road World Cup – it’s not live but we can follow on twitter, and there’ll be a 20min UCI videos from the race within a week.
  • Prudential Ride London, 9th August – women’s crit race, Armitstead v Vos on the Mall in London, shown live on the BBC, so there should be streams too.
  • Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups – the team time trial World Cup on 22nd August won’t be live, but the World Cup road race on 24th August will be streamed by Swedish tv, so hopefully we can watch it live, because it’s a hilly lap race, can be won in all sorts of ways.
  • GP de Plouay, 30th August – the final round of the Road World Cup, and it’s usually streamed live by French tv – always a superb race.
  • Road World Championships, 21st-27th September, there are almost always some streams.

That’s what we should see live – there should be lots of videos in the intervening races too – I love the CyclingFever calendar for their great information, and Velofocus for race previews.  I’ll be putting posts up about how to watch the road and the MTB live nearer each race – here’s the section for that – and you can see videos I find from the races with the video tag.  And for more advice on how to follow women’s racing as it happens, here’s a guide I wrote.

Help support Specialized-lululemon – the Velocio Sports Project X

This is a really interesting project – as Specialized-lululemon‘s sponsorship deals with Specialized and lululemon come to an end, team boss Kristy Scrymgeour is planning a new way of funding the team, and engaging fans in growing women’s cycling at the same time.  She’s set up an indiegogo fundraiser to try to raise $700,000 – and just donating a dollar makes you part of the Velociosports club, with more perks including t-shirts, jerseys the chance to talk to and ride with team members, and legend Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.  Click through and read all about it, and in this article on Bicycling Magazine’s site – and if you can, please donate.  The fundraiser runs until 5th September, and I’ll be watching it with interest!

Oh, and if you need further persuading, check out this team video, with Carmen Small and the team demonstrating echelons and pacelines, using attack biscuits….

Watch La Course by Le Tour de France, live!

July 24, 2014 11 comments

On Sunday 27th July it’ll be one of the most talked-about women’s races of the year, and probably the easiest race to watch live since the 2012 Olympic Games – La Course by le Tour de France.

The race is up and down the Champs Elysées, 89km, 13 laps of the 6.85 kilometre course, on the cobbles, with 2 corners at one end:

Velofocus has a race previous with streetview of the route.

It starts at 12:50 French time, CEST (11:50am UK BST; 8:50pm Aus AEST, 6:50am USA EST, 3:50am USA PST) and is due to finish around 2 hours later.  It will be shown live on a huge range of tv stations worldwide – 153 countries covered – and you can find the broadcasters at the bottom of the La Course page – or in this graphic:

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Podcast 2014 – Episode 30 – The EEEE

July 23, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoHoly moly there’s a whole lot of racing to talk about this week! Hot on the heels of the Giro Rosa came Thüringen Rundfahrt, the Tour de Bretagne and new stage race the BeNe Ladies Tour. We cover all the stages in all the races and note several outstanding achievements, including Trixi Worrack and Evie Stevens racing Thüringen and the Giro Rosa back to back, stringing together 17 consecutive days of racing before they were done, and the results of several of the smaller teams in the peloton who definitely maximised their chances to shine. We also take a few moments to talk about #WomensCyclingWeek and (spoiler!) Sarah might have feelings about this one. But it’s all a lead in to the Commonwealth Games starting (which is kind of a big deal if you’re from a Commonwealth country, sort of like the Olympics because we can’t wait a whole 4 years to win more medals) and La Course by the Tour De France on Sunday (which is being televised live pretty much everywhere and therefore will be fucking amazing!). And after we talk about all of that, there’s the usual rundown of blogs, videos, tweets and various other odds and ends we saw. In other words, brace yourselves, this one’s big! (1:17:24 MIN / 74.30 MB)

To stream the stagiest podcast available all week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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Links for things we loved and saw in last week’s women’s cycling

All the racing video and results from the 2014 Thüringen Rundfahrt (which Loren Rowney and Lisa Brennauer previewed before it started), the Tour de Bretagne and the BeNe Ladies Tour (and there’s a lot!) in Sarah’s post on Podium Café.  We liked the WielerVideo interview with Evie Stevens on her personal Grand Tour, 17 consecutive days of racing


How to clean your bike like a pro – by Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

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Watch the 2014 BMX World Championships live!

July 23, 2014 2 comments

The BMX World Champs are on this week in Rotterdam – and one of the great things about these Champs is they have races for tons of age groups, from 5 years old – and the elite finals will be streamed live on 27th July, on Red Bull tv and on the UCI youtube, and archived in the same places afterwards

The stream will start at 14:20 CEST (1:20pm UK BST, 8:20am USA EST and 10:20pm Aus AEST) (click through for a countdown to when it starts in your timezone) – and if you know anything about Dan and me, you’ll know we’ll be cheering for Caroline Buchanan to win again!  More info on the race website., facebook and follow their twitter, where they’ll be adding all the results of the other competitions as they happen – and here’s the competition promo:



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