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Podcast 2015 Episode 6 – Potential!

March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Podcast logoHello everyone! This week Sarah and Dan tackle the most intense deconstruction of three paragraphs you’re likely to hear all week. As dull as that sounds, it’s guaranteed to be better than your high school poetry assessment, so there’s that! In racing news, we recap the action from Cholet-Pays de Loire and take a quick look ahead at an exciting weekend of Trofeo Binda and Gent – Wevelgem. Of course, there’s a lot more to the episode than just that, but telling you any more now would defeat the purpose of listening to it, so get excited and press play! (1:10:56 MIN / 68.10 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Last week’s racing

Cholet-Pays de Loire

Full results, and race report on the Wiggle Honda website.

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Podcast 2015, Episode 5 – We love it when a plan comes together

Podcast logoSo much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe.  Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.

(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)

As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)

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This week’s racing

Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge)

Full results and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup website

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Drentse 8

All the videos, links and things over here, including Loren Rowney’s blog on that crash from her perspective

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The Ronde van Drenthe World Cup

So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!

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Novilon Eurocup

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Sarah interviews… Chantal Blaak

March 11, 2015 3 comments

Podcast interview logoThe 2015 cycling season has hardly started, but wow, Boels Dolmans are already the team to beat, with Ellen van Dijk and Lizzie Armitstead winning at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Megan Guarnier winning Strade Bianche, and Chantal Blaak winning Le Samyn.  Blaak is such a huge talent – being part of the Team Time Trial squad that won the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT World Cup last year, and then going on to win the Road Race, finishing the season with a gold in the TTT World Championships.  She’s one of those riders that epitomises Dutch-style Classics cycling, loving the rain, cobbles, wind, breakaways, and every time the race gets hard, so who better than to talk about the first Road World Cup of the season, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup?  She tells us what it’s like to race in Drenthe, how it was to win a World Cup and World Champs gold last year, how she got into cycling, and much more. (27:10 mins, 26.1 MB)

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If you prefer to read your interviews, there’s a transcript of the first half of this interview over on Podium Café.

If you want to follow Chantal through the season, make sure you’re following her twitter and her instagram.  Check out her profile on the Boels Dolmans website, and follow their twitter too.

The Boels Rental World Cup on Saturday 14th March 2015 is one of three women’s races in Drenthe – starting with the Molecaten Drentse Acht on Thursday 12th, which Blaak won last year, and finishing on Sunday with the Novilon Eurocup on Sunday 15th.  Follow those links to find out more, and make sure you’re following the Ronde van Drenthe twitter.  There will be live streaming and tv of the World Cup on RTV Drenthe and on NOS.nl and I can give you all the details of following and watching live over here – and here’s the clip of Blaak at the 2014 Drentse 8:

Last week Chantal won Le Samyn des Dames, and you can see her beautiful long sprint in this Sporza video.  Her win at the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup was a gorgeous attacking moment, and all the videos are here.  And if you want to watch her as part of Specialized-lululemon’s gold medal winning team at the Vårgårda TTT World Cup and the 2014 TTT World Championships, click through those links.

I’m funded to do interviews like this by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you, so much, for everything you do

Podcast 2015 Episode 4 – International Women’s Day

March 8, 2015 Leave a comment

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowIt’s an amazing week of women’s cycling, and it’s also International Women’s Day so we celebrate by recapping the big races of the week Le Samyn and Strade Bianche. Lots of jokes and hilariousness along the way (and no “Dutch Style Racing” this week). With apologies in advance to the Swedes in the audience, we do love you, honest. (1:05:21 MIN / 62.74 MB)

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This week’s racing

Le Samyn des Dames

Sporza video of the excellent long sprint

Race report on Cycling Tips and photos from VelofocusEmma Johansson’s post-race blog and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio – and reports from Boels-Dolmans, ORICA-AIS, Wiggle Honda, Bigla and Rabo-Liv.

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Strade Bianche

Video previews from before the race in this post.  12 minutes post-race tv highlights, and Voxwomen’s video interview with winner Megan Guarnier

Mini videos of Loren Rowney & Elena Cecchini, Elisa Longo Borghini & Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Trixi Worrack and Alena Amialiusik (love Worrack’s oops moment) talking about what it was like to race.

UPDATE! More videos

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Podcast 2015 – Dutch Style Racing

March 3, 2015 5 comments

Podcast logoHi team, this week Sarah and Dan round up all that’s fit to know about Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, including the best of social media, blogs and videos. We also get excited about upcoming races and salute our friend Jens’ love of Dutch Style Racing. There’s some great photos and videos from around the traps, including some excellent pieces from the track world championships, some downhill mountain bike and (Sarah’s favourite) some bikecam footage. Listen now for all the insanity and more Dutch Style Racing than you can poke a stick at. (1:03:59 MIN / 61.43 MB)

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This week’s racing

Omloop het Nieuwsblad

Video highlights from WTV | Focus and Sporza.  Photos on Velofocus and on Ella Cycling Tips and their race report from Lizzie Williams.  Sarah’s race report and full results on Cyclingnews.  And here’s the race day from Wiggle Honda‘s perspective:

What were the Wiggle riders who weren’t racing doing?

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Podcast 2015 – Welcome to Women’s Cycling 101!

February 22, 2015 3 comments

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowSo you’ve heard a lot about the amazing and incredible sport of women’s cycling, but you’re just not sure how to get started on your journey to become the world’s greatest fan. That’s ok because Sarah and Dan have got your back! This week Sarah and Dan provide an intro to women’s cycling for newcomers to the sport, explaining how races work, how they’re different to men’s races and then also go into an overview of the main teams to watch, along with an overview of the 2015 races and season. It’s the perfect primer to get you started for an exciting year of racing. Already an expert? That’s cool too, because now you’ve got the perfect tool to share with your friends so they will know what the hell you’re talking about all year! (1:15:02 MIN / 71.53 MB)

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Stuff we talked about

You can view the full list of women’s registered UCI teams for 2015 here (you’ll need to change the ‘Category’ dropdown menu to UCI Women’s Teams). You can click on the name of each team to see the list of riders and learn more about them.

If you need some help spotting which team is which on the road, Sarah’s compiled some handy posts over at Podium Cafe. You can even vote for your favourite kit! Here’s the main UCI team post and here’s the post for the best of the rest.

If you’d like to take a look at the full 2015 race calendar, then this is the link for you!

Lastly, Sarah does a huge amount of work promoting women’s cycling, races and riders. Sarah’s proudly supported by a number of generous folks via her Patreon page. Thank you to all the contributors, you’re fantastic!

Podcast 2015 Episode 1 – Happy Birthday Pauline

February 8, 2015 3 comments

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowHi everybody and welcome to 2015! It’s kind of the season but not really the season which means it’s the pre-season, and pre-season means we’re talking about Ladies Tour of Qatar. Of course, we’re never satisfied with just one subject so we’re also talking about Cyclocross worlds, Para-cycling and all the crazy, funny, awesome blogs and videos and things we’ve seen about the place in the last couple of weeks. (1:09:31 MIN / 66.73 MB)

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Things we talked about

We didn’t talk about this, but we liked it – Evie Stevens in the velodrome with Specialized:

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Recent races

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