It’s winter, so it’s track season – and Jolien D’hoore just won the omnium in the first round of the 2014/15 Track World Cup, demonstrating that 2014 wasn’t just her best year yet on the road as an elite. The former Junior Road World Champion and current Belgian national road champion talked to me about why, how she combines cobbles and velodromes, her hopes for the future, and much more. (30:40 MIN / 29.42 MB)
To stream the omnium of interviews click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Watch her win the omnium in the 2014 Guadalajara Track World Cup earlier this month:
and for more of her 2014 victories, there are videos from her two stage wins at the BeNe Ladies Tour, from her Belgian National Championships, and her win and post-race interviews in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour:
So, we knew Specialized and lululemon were stepping back from title sponsoring, and only supporting one women’s team rather than two next year, but what was happening to the Specialized-lululemon team? Today we’ve found out, it’s it’s super-exciting, as from 2015 they’ll be Velocio-SRAM. SRAM are of course a very famous cycling brand, but Velocio.cc are really exciting in a different way – it’s team boss Kristy Scrymgeour‘s own clothing company. And I’m very excited about getting to see the 2015 kit – and to be able to buy it!
…and here’s who’ll be wearing it – fantastic line-up, with super-climber Alena Amialiusik, up-and-coming Italian sprinter Barbara Guarischi, and Junior ITT World Champion Mieke Kröger joining double World Champion Lisa Brennauer, attack-queens Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack, and fun riders Elise Delzenne, Karol-Ann Canuel, Tayler Wiles and Loren Rowney. Read all about it!
Koksijde, the Vlaamse Duinencross, is one of the cyclocross races I’d recommend to anyone – fans already know it’s iconic and not to be missed, and it’s one that fascinates newbies. The course is in sand-dunes on the Flanders coast (I’ve walked up them, they are steep! And the sand’s deep!). It’s Round 2 of the 2014/15 UCI Cyclocross World Cup, too, so we’ll see some of the very best riders battling it out. And best of all? Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the women’s (and men’s races) LIVE!
Saturday 22nd November 2014, women’s race 13:30 Euro CET (12:30pm UK GMT; 7:30am US EST; 11:30pm Australian AEDT) and there’s coverage on some online and real life tv channels, or the UCI’s livestream:
I started a mini-series about the 2014-15 road transfer season, and I want to come back to it. You can read the earlier parts here – Part 1, on how the announcements have been handled and Part 2 on the implications of “Super teams” – but I’ve also been thinking about what the 2014-15 transfer window might mean for the future. If you need a reminder of what’s changing, I’ve got a transfer table over here on Podium Café.
What this means for 2016 and 2017
Last week I podcast-interviewed Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM‘s Lisa Brennauer, who ended the 2014 season with two National Champion titles, and two golds and a silver from the Road World Championships, making her by far the most successful rider in Ponferrada. You can listen to that here, but thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters, I’ve also transcribed it, for people who prefer to read interviews.
You were obviously amazing at Road World Champs, and I wanted to start off by asking about that. You began by winning the Team Time Trial, which is not that surprising, because Specialized-lululemon have won for all three years.
Lisa: Yeah, it was obviously a big goal for us to win it again, but our competition was not sleeping, they’ve worked really hard at it, so in the end it was a lot of hard work to make it happen, and we were all so happy afterwards.
I’d been impressed at the Open de Suède Vårgårda Team Time Trial World Cup, where I’d thought maybe Rabobank-Liv would beat you – and then you broke the course record, even though the weather was appalling! How do you keep getting better and better every year?
For some of the riders, getting a routine that we work very hard on. We had a great camp in Sweden before the World Cup, and we were used to the course and the weather conditions there, and I think all the little parts play a big role in the end. To be honest, we were surprised as well!
It’s the 50th women’s cycling podcast on our site this year, and to celebrate, I interviewed a very special rider. I’ve always said Lisa Brennauer was a rider to watch, and she’s such a friendly, nice person, it’s really easy to be a fan – and this year she’s taken the most amazing step up, winning gold medals in the Individual and Team Time Trial and silver in the road race at the 2014 Road World Championships. She told me about that amazing week in Ponferrada, her journey here from winning the Junior ITT Worlds back in 2005, what her plans are for next year, and much more. (34:25 MIN / 33.06 MB)
To stream the Deutschiest podcast on this page, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Thanks to my generous Patreon supporters, I’ve written this up, so if you prefer to read interviews, head over here.
Follow Lisa’s twitter to see what happens next and cheer her on, especially when she gets to race her first ITT in those rainbow stripes – and keep an eye out for her new website, brennauer.com, which she’s developing this winter.
and here’s that moment she finally knew for absolute certain, that she was World ITT Champion (that still makes me smile so much!)
Videos from the 2014 Guadalajara Track World Cup and the European Cyclocross Championships (and a bit more racing!)
It was a really full weekend, with the second Track World Cup to take place in Guadalajara this year (this one launched the 2014/15 season), and the European Cyclocross World Champs – and we have video!
A bit of video here:
and a photo slideshow of the u23 race: