Good news everyone! This week we talk in detail about Flèche Wallonne and the extensive tv coverage provided for the race this year (Sarah sets a limit on how much Dan’s allowed to rant, which he accepts gracefully and without comment). We also talk about the BMX Supercross Wold Cup in Manchester and the upcoming MTB Downhill racing in Cairns (and how EVERYTHING in Australia is trying to kill you). There’s blogs and videos from all over the place and two big interviews with Emma Pooley and Evelyn Stevens to highlight. As usual, there’s plenty of swearing, plenty of laughing and lots more, so strap in and prepare for almost as much mayhem as if you were sprinting over the Mur de Huy for the victory. (1:03:59 MIN / 61.42 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links….
We forgot to mention this, but truthfully, we both found it so weird that we’re not sure what we would have said anyway – but we love Ellen van Dijk! Her bizarre interaction in a beauty salon
Meet the Rabo-Liv 2014 team
Round 4 of the women’s Road World Cup, and like the other three races, a spectacular day – with brilliant racing and a marvellous podium. I’ve written my usual over-excited race report on Podium Café – but here are the videos and links – start off with Tiffany Cromwell‘s race report on Cycling Tips, she always tells a great story!
2:21 clip from Sporza, including the slightly uncomfortable podium ceremony at the end – click through, and show Sporza we want to see more!
Round 2 of the 2014 Mountainbike World Cup is in Australia, 24th-27th April – and of course we can watch it all live, on Redbull tv!
- Women’s & men’s Eliminator, 25th April – 4:15pm Aus AET (7:15am UK BST; 08:15 Euro CEST; 2:15am USA EST; 11pm Thursday USA PST)
- Women’s & men’s Downhill, 26th April – 2:15pm AET, (5:15am BST; 06:15 CEST; 00:15 EST; 9:15pm Friday PST)
- Women’s cross county, 27th April – 11:20am AET (2:20am BST; 03:30 CEST; 9:15pm EST & 6:15pm Saturday USA)
- Men’s cross country, 27th April – 1:50pm AET, (4:50am BST; 05:50 CEST; 11:50pm EST & 8:50pm PST Saturday USA)
If you want to check the timezones, click through to each link, and you’ll see a countdown to the start of the streams – and if that’s the wrong time of day for you, don’t worry, the coverage is archived there as soon as the race is over.
There’ll be a ton of information, photos and videos in the days leading up to the races, through the practice and qualifications (with mud, snakes, spiders and stinging trees) – I will be looking on Red Bull Bike, Dirt Magazine and Pinkbike, as well as the race website and facebook – and you can follow the race twitter and Cairns2014 hashtag for more information. Start with this fantastic helmetcam run, as Claudio Caluori previews the downhill course.
In her continuing series of special one-on-one interviews, Sarah sits down with Emma Pooley to discuss her reduced year last year, which included marathons, triathlons and finishing her PhD studies. They also cover what her plans are for the season ahead. Emma Pooley is one of the most interesting riders in the peloton, the 2010 World Time Trial Champion and 2008 Olympic ITT silver medallist. She’s also won some of the biggest races in the women’s calendar, including the Tour de l’Aude Grand Tour, and World Cups including the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Flèche Wallonne and the GP de Plouay, combining climbing skills with suicide attacks. She and Sarah discussed her work campaigning for women’s cycling and Amnesty International, getting through her PhD, running marathons in snowstorms, what she feels about her new team, Lotto-Belisol – and of course, coming back in time for the 4th Road World Cup, Flèche Wallonne…. (38:43 MIN / 37.18 MB)
Stream the Pooley-est of all interviews by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
It’s also available as a transcript, on Podium Café – part 1, on finishing her PhD, running marathons in the snow, campaigning for women’s cycling, and supporting Amnesty International – and part 2, previewing the Flèche Wallonne and the Friends Life Women’s Tour.
- Follow Emma through her season on her twitter, and through Lotto-Belisol‘s twitter and website.
- There’s another recent interview with her on the BBC website, where she talks about her future in triathlon, and you should definitely read it!
- More about the Le Tour Entier campaign and manifesto – and about the Half the Road documentary, including details of how you can get to see it.
- Amnesty International has portals for different countries – go in through their main international page, and see how you can help them. It’s not just about giving money – signing their petitions and writing letters really helps them out. Have a look at their activism centre (that’s the international one – this is the British one – and here’s more information about their AmnesTea campaign).
- Flèche Wallonne is on Wednesday 23rd April – guide to following it “live”
- The Friends Life Women’s Tour of Britain, 7th-11th May
La Flèche Wallonne Femmes, Road World Cup #4, 23rd April 2014
If you ever listen to our women’s cycling podcast, you can imagine Dan cursing right now, because traditionally the Flèche Wallonne doesn’t give us much. Yes, I know, it’s run by the ASO, so very well-funded. And yes, I know there are fixed cameras all the way up the Mur de Huy, so it should be easy – and maybe you’ve been, and seen the women’s race key points beamed live onto the big screens – or maybe you remember from a few years ago, when the tv broadcasters used to cut to the women on the Mur each time, because of course watching anyone race hell-for-leather up the Mur is more interesting than watching the men reel back the inevitable doomed break on the back-end of the course…. but the sad fact is, the last few years haven’t been good for us Mur-lovers.
That’s a long way of saying don’t get your hopes up for live tv or any live streams. I will continue to wish for live coverage of the women’s final Mur run in the middle of the men’s coverage, and maybe highlights of the women’s after the men’s, but I am managing my expectations – and there ARE ways to follow live and see the action afterwards, and I’ll tell you all about that after I re-live last year’s race (starting at 12:39)
So far in Shirt Week, I’ve shown you how to buy team kit and stuff from the pro teams in Europe and in the USA, so now it’s time to look closer to home, and at the UK peloton. And there’s something to celebrate here! In just a few weeks, the pro peloton will be right here for the Women’s Tour (of Britain) – now the Friends Life Women’s Tour, as the insurance company has come on board as the race’s title sponsor. And if you want to support the race, you can buy race jerseys and t-shirts from the ProVision Women’s Tour store. This has a ton of things to buy for women & men, including the replica leader’s jersey (delivered after the race!), mountains jersey and Leukaemia & Lymphona Research Best Yougn Rider jersey (they’re the official charity partner of the Tour). If jerseys aren’t your thing, there are loads of t-shirts, from patriotic to the race logo to just bikey – have a look! And if you want to know more about how this race happened, read this VeloUK interview with race organiser Guy Elliott
There’ll be one UK domestic team in the race – the fantastic, marvellous lovely Matrix-Vulpine. I love them for their racing, but also their support for the wider British women’s cycling community – especially through their twitter and the Neutral Service section of their website.
They’re sponsored by trendy cycling brand Vulpine, so of course their kit has a lovely design! You can buy women’s & men’s jersey, bib shorts, gilet, arm- and leg-warmers in the Milltag team shop. I asked on twitter for reviews of this – here’s what team fans have to say:
@_pigeons_ high quality, brilliant fit, even in larger sizes (note that it is “race cut”) Looks great. Arm and leg grippers work well.comfy
— Caroline Stewart (@swordpanda) April 17, 2014
(Vulpine have a 25% discount offer on their women’s clothing until 30th April – use the code TheNewCycling at the online checkout – just be aware they have a limited size range…)
So what about the rest of the UK peloton? These are some more jerseys you can buy, and if I miss any out, please do let me know!
It’s been a HUGE week of racing and we try our best to get through all the details in a timely fashion. It’s quite the mission as we cover road racing, para-cycling and mountain biking in the Netherlands, Mexico and South Africa. Plus lots more! Seriously, we’ve got videos, blogs, articles and UCI issues to talk about!!! It’s a huge podcast but it’s so fucking good! Also, Dan has an opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition and name a baby. To find out more about this baby naming business and how you can help, listen below. ALSO – there was literally not enough time to talk about everything this week, so make sure to check all the links and videos below as well! (1:26:58 MIN / 83.49 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news, links, videos and stuff
Sarah’s got a race report, with links to stage videos, photos, blogs etc, on Podium Café. Huge thanks to the EWT team who gave us superb ways to follow the race – if you loved it to, please thank them on twitter or on facebook!