Sean Robinson started off his Velofocus site with the best women’s cycling race previews around, that were especially well known for the fact he mapped the races onto google himself, creating the race profiles that riders use if they want to avoid “surprise” hills! He started going to races, taking photos, writing race reports and interviewing riders, and in 2015 he was pretty much full time at this, which makes me so happy. You can see all his race galleries over on his site – and now you can buy his 2016 calendar, with 13 of his favourite images from the 2015 races.
The calendar costs GB £13.99, which by today’s conversions is approx €18.90, UK $21.25 and Aus $30, and it can be shipped all over the world, the shopping cart will work out prices for you. And because I love this calendar so much, I’m doing a giveaway – if you want a free calendar from me, send me a tweet or leave me a comment with the hashtag #VelofocusCalendar and I’ll do a draw on Thursday 15th October and send one lucky winner a calendar of their own.
G’day team, first of all, apologies for the delay in getting this episode out to you. We had major technical difficulties with our server during the week and it took a little while to fix. (For those who may be interested I’ll explain a little more at the bottom of the post). Anyway, we’re up and running now, and it’s a good thing too because what an amazing week of cycling last week was!
Richmond Virginia proved to be an excellent host for worlds and continuing on from last week’s time trials, this week brought us the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races which proved to be incredibly exciting. We also discuss some controversy with Linda Villumsen and a recap of some other racing that happened in various disciplines. Enjoy! (1:10:15 MIN / 67.44 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
All the videos, photos and links from the:
Specialized catches up with Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan after their wins
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Worlds week makes me so happy, especially because it’s so easy for people who aren’t hardcore fans to get engaged with women’s cycling. It’s right there on tv, there’s tons of media around, so I like to do my bit to help, by giving people unfamiliar with the sport some riders to cheer for. People tell me who their favourite male rider is, and why they like him, and I give them the equivalent rider in the 2015 women’s road race World Championships – or if they’re completely new to cycling, their favourite kind of sports/person. I call this Equivalenting, and I’ve already made a Richmond 2015 post, full of riders who have fun, push themselves, are good team players and are underdogs, and you can see posts from previous years as well.
In this post, equivalents of Peter Sagan, Matti Breschel, Ian Stannard, Ed Clancy,
The women’s cycling peloton are super-talented, but also so friendly and generous with their time off the bike as well. Early in the week, I was lucky enough to get some Q&As with D’hoore, Elena Cecchini, Vale Scandolara, Amanda Spratt & Jessie Walker about the Richmond 2015 road race, and now I’m back with part 2, with Classics star Elisa Longo Borghini, TT and cobbles-lover Ellen van Dijk, and the u23 European Champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma.
ELB starts as one of the favourites, and this young Italian already has a bronze medal from the 2012 Worlds. She won this year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, so the cobbles won’t trouble her!
What’s it like in Richmond?
Richmond has been really welcoming to us cyclists. People have been really kind with us and it happened quite a lot that some of the car drivers came next to us while riding for wishing good luck!
What’s the road race course like?
Just as with the Junior women’s ITT World Championships, there’s no UCI video of the junior races at all. Yeah, it makes me angry, and yeah, I’m pissed off for the riders themselves, but what can we do? Well, luckily for us, some lovely people were tweeting snippets from around the course, and we have some interviews with riders below as well, along with photos, results and more.
The most successful rider at the Road Cycling World Championships in modern times has to be Marianne Vos, who started her Worlds with a win in the Juniors, and went on to win three elite gold medals and five silvers, not to mention her two Olympic golds on road and track, her two golds from Track World Champs, and her seven Cyclocross golds – and she’s still only 28!
This year, for the first time in her career, she’s not at Worlds, as she’s still recovering from the injuries and illness that derailed her 2015 road season, but the thing about Vos is she loves cycling, and has been following from home. I caught up with her to talk about the racing so far, what she thinks about the road course and who could win, her advice for juniors racing Worlds for the first time, the announcement about the brand new Women’s World Tour for 2016, and much more.
You can listen to this one, or read the transcript below…
Listen to Marianne talk here (right click, save as to download)
How are you, Marianne?
I’m good. I’m not at the Worlds this time, but I’ll be watching closely
Is it strange not being there after being there every year since you were a junior.
It’s quite strange seeing it on television, and following it on social media, seeing my team mates and the women and guys from my country racing in America, and seeing the atmosphere there. Of course it hurts a little bit, but on the other hand, I’m happy to be able to follow it from the side, and I’ll be back to be there next time.