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This weekend’s racing – cyclocross and track

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

So I know you want some videos of the awesome women’s racing that was on this weekend – two TOUGH cyclocross races, some track, and some photos from the road.

First of all, Koksijde CX World Cup.  UCI highlights:

and the full race replay is here (if it’s restricted, try it with Hola set to the UK).  Sanne Cant‘s sixth win in a row, and her first ever World Cup!

I love the photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk – and there are photos by Kristof Ramon on CyclocrossRider, and more on CX Magazine’s site.  But that was just the first cyclocross race of the weekend…

Sunday’s race was a new one – the fifth round of the Superprestige, Francorchamps in Spa – and there are highlights of Nikki Harris winning her first race of 2014/15 on vier.be.  Photos by Kristof Ramon on Cyclocross Rider, photos on the race website and more photos on CX Magazine.

So that was Europe – over in the USA it was the Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross, three days of freezing racing, and you can find out what happened in the races thanks to the Behind The Barriers tv videos – Day 1, Day 2 (the UCI-level race) and Day 3.

If that’s not enough cyclocross for you, here’s a celebration of the women of ‘cross from PetitesReines:

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So the CX riders had mud and sand to contend with….  it was much warmer on the track, where there were two sets of races – starting at the Zesdaagse van Gent, one of the most famous Six Day races (SO much racing!). Jolien D’hoore continued her fantastic 2014, winning the women’s omnium competition, and there are video clips following her on WTV/Focus, and on Sporza.   Lots of photos too, on the Gent website.

(If you want to know more about D’hoore’s great year, and how she combines cobbles and track, I interviewed her last week – listen to the podcast over here).  Thanks Jolien and Polderspeed for showing me the Gent videos

And in the UK we had more track – round 2 of the Revolution series, and there’s video!  Wiggle Honda followed their track star Laura Trott through her wins…

and there’s also video of the Revolution’s latest crowd-pleaser, the Longest Lap, this time men against women….

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So that’s this weekend’s racing…. and it doesn’t stop there!  This coming weekend will see the first CX World Cup in Britain, at Milton Keynes, and as always, it’ll be streamed live on the UCI’s youtube – then on Sunday it’s the third round of the bpost bank trofee, KwadrO Flandriencross, in Hamme.  And for trackies, the second of the 2014/15 Track World Cups takes place in London, and we should get great tv from that…

And for roadies?  Well, check out these great photos of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Marianne Vos in South Africa

and for Australians?  Watch out for this upcoming documentary on BMX star Caroline Buchanan

and if you want to help Aussie women get into riding bikes, check out the new She Rides programme,

So much to love!  The winter doesn’t feel so cold any more, over here!  Of course, I’ll keep you updated with everything else I find, and I’ll definitely tell you how to watch as much racing as I can find live.  As always, tell me everything I’ve missed in the comments or on twitter.

I’m supported to pull together these posts thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – I really appreciate you all!

 

Podcast episode 51 – Sarah Interviews Jolien D’hoore

November 23, 2014 1 comment

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)

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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:

Shirt Week – Specialized-lululemon is no more – welcome Velocio-SRAM, and buy their kit!

November 19, 2014 2 comments


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!

They’ve got a special introductory price on the team kit bundle – click through to their new team shops for women and for men.  Here’s the kit…

…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 RowneyRead all about it!

How to watch the 2014 Koksijde Cyclocross World Cup LIVE!

November 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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:

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Thoughts on the 2014/15 transfer season (so far!) – Part 3, the future

November 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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

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Lisa Brennauer interview

November 16, 2014 1 comment

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.

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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!

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Podcast 2014 Special Feature Episode 50 – Sarah interviews Lisa Brennauer

November 13, 2014 1 comment

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).

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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.

If you want to relive Lisa’s 2014 World Championships, here are my collections of videos – Team Time Trial, Individual Time Trial, and Road Race.  Here’s her interview immediately after her win

and here’s that moment she finally knew for absolute certain, that she was World ITT Champion (that still makes me smile so much!)

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