Hello sinners! Welcome aboard for a slightly unusual week of podcasting fun and adventure. This week Sarah baits Dan mercilessly with accusations of Queenslandishness, we’ll leave it to you to decide if he doth protest too much. We also do a quick whip around the racing all over the world (there’s quite a bit of it). Dan gets excited about research reports (and possibly owes Daniel Benson an apology). There’s a bunch of other stuff, including a fair bit of laughing and a whole lot of swearing, so grab a beer, settle in and get ready to press play! (1:02:23 MIN / 59.88 MB)
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Sarah’s compiling links for you right now (aren’t you Sarah?!)! Come back in half an hour or so to have all sorts of things to click!
Sarah edit! OK, that took more than half an hour (sorry!) but here’s what we talked about this week…
Last week’s racing:
Yet another romance title generator edition of your favourite love/dating/romance/racing column! You may remember us from previous editions of excellent advice on how to solve all your romantic woes (or make them irreparably worse) like What’s the Difference? or last week’s especially sweet, tangy episode, The Right Dessert.
It’s once again time for you to solicit the advice of the singlest cycling people you (don’t really) know! The jalapeno-fuelled Heather Nielson and I are once again ready to tell you how it is and how it could be, maybe even how it should be when it comes to getting ahead in racing/love.
Drop your questions or problems in the comments below and we’ll get to work on figuring out whether it really is you or Chris Froome leading Sky for the Tour…
This week we open with Dan talking himself out of a pseudo-job while Sarah imagines stabbing him through the computer. We also recap the Luxembourg something something Elsy Jacobs race in all its sprint-tacular glory! We also take a moment to sympathise (no really!) with Team Rusvelo over the difficulty of finding Czech towns as we recap Gracia Orlova. We also take some time to celebrate the return of Evie Stevens to racing, along with Sarah’s favourite Emma Pooley. We travel to the far side of the world to point out the Tour of the Mersey Valley, a 3 stage race in Tasmania which magically proved you can put good, informative and entertaining video highlights on the internet in a timely fashion (EVERY OTHER RACE TAKE NOTE – Fleche Wallone I’m glaring at you… still). We take a look at some cool blogs and things we’ve found. [DAN: I have to apologise for totally fucking up the name of Kimberley Wells' team, which is actually Fearless Femme] We also run through the complete list of acceptable reasons for residents of the UK to not attend the Bedford 3 day race shortly coming up. In summation, this is a fine podcast of great vintage, please to be enjoying. (1:10:55 MIN / 68.09 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
We’re back again and ready to dish out the sweetest love/relationship/racing advice you’ve ever heard! (Or possibly not – I’m not a professional at this stuff). Anyway, the oracular Heather Nielson and I are here to answer your questions in simple language that we can all understand. As ever, if you need advice in how to perfect your experience of love then leave us a comment below.
Anyway let’s get on with it. Here’s the latest relationship-saving advice to help you win at love.
I have been married for over 10 years to a smart and beautiful woman who i adore. She is loving and patient, she is a wonderful mother to our children, and I love her deeply. We are very happy. Here is my question: Recently I bought a new cross frame. What brand of wheels should I run on it, and should I go tubeless? If so which brand do you recommend. Also, handlebar tape color?
This week Sarah and I digress. A lot. It’s like this game I used to play when I was at university and someone would be trying to tell a joke and I would interrupt them to ask really specific and deliberately pointless questions. Like, they’d say “A priest, a rabbi and a cowboy walked into a bar…” and I’d say things like “An orthodox rabbi?” and “What sort of priest? Catholic or Episcopalian?” or “Did the cowboy have pearl-handled pistols?” This week’s episode is exactly like that.
We also talk about a bunch of races including Omloop van Borsele, Dwars door de Westhoek, Sea Otter, Gracia Orlova, Elsy Jacobs and more. There are some excellent blogs from Ashleigh Moolman and Marijn de Vries. But even if none of that stuff grabs your attention, you should at least listen to hear Sarah try to explain what she knows about bikes. It’s fucking hilarious. (1:13:46 MIN / 70.83 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Last week’s racing – read Sarah’s report about it all on Total Women’s Cycling.
Welcome back to another round of romance and race advice! I found a really
cool, cheesy, annoying, shitty, accurate, functional romance title generator, so in future all It Takes Two subtitles will be taken from there (until I get lazy or change my mind).
Now it’s your turn! Are you unlucky in love? Are you lost on the parcours of romance? Do you struggle with positioning in the final sprint of your dates? Are you worried about how often you “solo to victory”?
Well fear not, the best (or worst) advice available on the internet is here for you!
Post your question in the comments below and we’ll let you know exactly how to make sure your strategy unfolds on the sheets and not on the roads (unless roads is your thing, in which case – get permission first). If you’re shy (like Sarah), you can even pretend you’re asking for a friend.
Help us to help you.
This week Sarah
brags talks about her adventures in the Hitec Products UCK team car. Dan is absolutely not even a little bit jealous at all. You can tell because he’s definitely not a bastard who asks snarky, jealous questions. Also, we talk about Flèche Wallone: the race, the coverage, how hard it is to live tweet a race with no information from race radio and how it’s actually possible to have worse coverage of a race than no coverage (Dan goes on a sweary rant at this point). (1:03:11 MIN / 60.57 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Hi everyone! You remember last week when we solicited your love questions?
Well, thanks for getting back to us. It turns out you’re all pretty badly fucked up when it comes to love, but that’s really not that surprising. Never fear! Super-pro Heather Nielson and myself are here to set you on the path to romantic
bliss, success, estrangement, ruin, desolation, adventures! So settle in and enjoy some of the best love advice you’re likely to read on a cycling blog today.
This week we talk through the rest of the Energiewacht Tour and there’s a LOT to cover. Sarah makes a wager with some team managers. And then Sarah renders me speechless with laughter at the thought of Fränk Schleck trying to race with the women there (seriously – it’s flat, windy, there are canals and the time trial’s important…). We talk Redlands Classic and start to get excited about Flèche Wallone. Sarah offers up some excellent race tactics (it’s easier to win if you don’t fall over? Really?). (1:06:44 MIN / 64.06 MB)