When I sat down to talk to European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, our mutual love of talking meant the interview went on for longer than they were expecting – so it was divided into two parts. Part 1 is over here, and now you can listen to Part 2, where Helen describes cyclocross courses, tells you what to watch if you have limited time (just book November out in your diary), talks about racing road at the Friends Life Women’s Tour, and talks prize money, change, and what fans can do to help CX. It includes discussion of Helen’s rôle in getting equal prize money for the Koppenbergcross from the USA, and working with the UCI on the Cyclocross Commission…. and how Kona, and cyclocross, are like that picture-perfect family. (58:03 MIN / 55.73 MB)
To stream the greatest interview of the week/weeks/fortnight/part2, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Over the weekend, Helen came second in the first CX World Cup of the season, Valkenburg:
and if you want to watch the full replay of the entire race, it’s here, on the UCI youtube.
Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website. Koppenbergcross equal prize money was provided by USA-East Coast bike shop Twenty20 Cycling – if you need a bike (a Kona, surely!) and are nearby, buy from them!
For all the details of how to follow the European Cyclocross season, here’s Sarah’s guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.
We didn’t manage to podcast this week, but there was tons of racing and interesting things going on, so here’s my list of videos, links, transfer news and stuff from women’s cycling on the road, track, MTB trails and cyclocross courses.
This week’s racing
Long, flat race, ending with a fantastic big hill. I love this video! Photos and results on Cyclingnews.
It’s a little bit confusing why the 2014 European Track Championships are being held on an outdoor concrete, floodlit, 330m velodrome in Baie-Mahault in the Caribbean (in hurricane season no less!), but Guadeloupe is a province of France, and the birthplace of former sprint world champion Grégory Baugé, so…..
Anyway! It is possible to watch the evening (night time? Definitely for us in traditional-Europe) session live stream, via the French-language Canal 10 feed. Click that link when you think the racing is on, and see – I’m watching the Day 1 evening session right now. (scroll down a little bit, there are a couple of frames above it)
UPDATE! They seem to be showing the daytime sessions too! And you can change the size of the stream by changing the size of the window. It opens with the volume set to mute, turn it up in the bottom right-hand corner of the red bar.
Guadeloupe is in the same timezone as USA Eastern, so it’s 5 hours behind the UK and 6 behind European CEST (eg 6:30pm there is 11:30pm in UK and 00:30 CEST, 9:30am the next day, Aus AEDT).
The programme of events is here and startlist for women here, and there’s a live timing and results site. The European Cycling Association has a twitter account that’s great at answering questions, and they are adding photos to their gallery and of course they have a website. Any more questions? Ask in the comments, and I’m on twitter too, I can’t promise anything but I’ll do my best.
This is how my good friend tgsgirl describes the race: “The organisers call it a ‘Swiss’ race, but seeing those 7524 turns I’d say it’s pretty damn Dutch. Lots of steep uphill climbs and swooping flights back down” – and isn’t it great we can watch it live? Here’s the UCI English livestream for the women’s race, which will also be the archive after it’s over:
Sarah continues her series of interviews in this one-on-one talk with Helen Wyman. In it they talk about Helen’s results this season in the USA and Europe and how the two CX scenes are different, she explains start fees and prize money, why women’s CX is a really good opportunity for sponsors, and much more about the wonderful world of cyclocross. (42:12 MIN / 40.68 MB)
To stream the crossiest interview either side of the North Atlantic, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
(Note: Because Helen and Sarah both like to talk, this is just part 1 of the interview. Here’s Part 2, where Helen runs through the season. Spoiler: you should watch it all!)
There’s a video-diary from Helen’s USA trip
Ans the Kona video from Helen, and two very young riders facing their first race of the 2014/15 season:
And another recent video profile of Helen on Fans of Flanders.
You can see how Helen came second in Sunday’s bpost bank trofee Ronse on this great photo-set by Balint Hamvas on cyclephotos.co.uk, and in this little video by Sporza. The full Ronse (mostly men’s) replay is here.
If you want to see videos from the start of the 2014/5 USA CX scene, there are How the race was won from CrossVegas and the KMC Festival day 1 and Behind The Barriers TV videos from, KMC Day 2, and the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester – Day 1 won by Helen, and Day 2. Photos of CrossVegas and the dusty Gloucester on VeloNews.
And this was lovely – Alex Carleton’s blog about Helen showing her some lines at the Midnight Ride.
Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website. And Sarah’s written a guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.
The Euro Cyclocross season has started, with the first Superprestige and bpost bank trofee races having already run (video here! SP Gieten and bpost Ronse) – so it’s the right time of the year to share how I’ll be watching and following the season. (If you’d like a Spanish-language guide, here’s El Pelotón‘s)
First of all, if you’re new to the wonderful world of cyclocross, there are three big season-long series – the UCI World Cup, bpost bank trofee and SuperPrestige, as well as some standalone races. The first two have season-long competitions as well as individual race results, and I’d say that World Cup is the most important. My good friend tgsgirl, who writes most of the words in Bálint Hamvas’ gorgeous cyclocross annuals, writes an annual calendar of races for Podium Café, which describes what they’re like – I highly recommend Part 1 of the calendar, to help get an idea of what to watch. November this year looks unbelievable, with the weekend of 1st & 2nd having Koppenbergcross (the Ronde van Vlaanderen of CX! The first C1 Euro race with equal prize money for women!) and Zonhoven (in a super-steep sandpit), 22ndis Koksijde World Cup (sand-dune chaos!), and 29th the first World Cup in the UK, Milton Keynes. Happiness!
This week there was a minor twitter controversy, as in a podcast interview with Suze Clemitson about women’s cycling, for Velocast, UCI President Brian Cookson said that he wouldn’t be looking to introduce a minimum wage for women road riders this year, which had been one of his election manifesto promises, and on twitter he cited advice from the UCI Women’s Commission as a reason for this decision.
I was interested in this, and wanted to know more, so I asked Kristy Scrymgeour, who sits on the Commission as owner and manager for Specialized-lululemon, and she told me a bit more detail about why the Commission have advised this – and how the minimum wage will be addressed.