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Podcast 2015 – Dutch Style Racing

March 3, 2015 3 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 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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Sarah interviews… Tiffany Cromwell and Loren Rowney in Qatar! Podcast 2015, episode 4

February 3, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoIt’s the first big road race of 2015, the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and I caught up with Velocio-SRAM riders Tiffany Cromwell and Loren Rowney, as they relaxed in their gorgeous hotel room before Stage 1.  They told me about what the race is like to ride, how the Aussie racing has been, their hopes for the season and a lot more.

You can follow them via their social media, of course – Tiffany has her website, twitter and instagram, and Loren has her twitter and instagram – and of course you can find out more about them at the Velocio-SRAM website. (31.11 MIN / 29.94 MB)

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If you want to watch the live streams from the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and find more information on the race, I have a guide here.  And finally, keep an eye on the Cyclingnews youtube for Tiffany’s video diaries – here’s her first one:

Huge thanks as always to my wonderful Patreon supporters, who fund me to do these interviews and much more – I really appreciate you all!

Sarah interviews… Vale Scandolara – Podcast 2015, episode 3

January 14, 2015 5 comments

Podcast interview logoValentina Scandolara is a huge fan favourite because of her love of attacks, and her friendly personality, online and in races.  Continuing the recent Australian theme on the blog, she’s come from a block of training in Brazil to join her ORICA-AIS team-mates – cheering them on as they rode the Bay Crits and the National Road Championships before racing with them in the Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Ladies Tour of Qatar.  We talked about what being on ORICA’s been like, going from being “a wild animal in the city” to re-learning some cycling basics, how it felt when heart problems forced her out of the 2014 Road World Championships, the difference between winning Worlds medals as a junior and elite, and a whole lot more, including why she is so vocal about riders not being paid, and where she goes wrong in the Army…

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Links for this podcast

Find out more about Vale through her twitter, and facebook, and through the Vale Scandolara fan club site – and read her profile on the ORICA-AIS site.  Vale and her team-mate Amanda Spratt did some daily Q&As with me during last year’s Giro Rosa, and you can read them on Podium Café: pre-Giro; after Stage 2; Stage 3; Stage 4; and Stage 5.

Here are the videos from the 2014 Team Time Trial World Championships, where Vale won silver, the Bay Crits, where her team-mate Gracie Elvin won Stage 2 with Loes Gunnewijk second, and Vale’s win in the 2014 Giro del Trentino:

and talking after the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, and coming second in the 2014 Italian National Road Championships

Vale’s first races of 2015 will be the Santos Tour Down Under on 17-20th January, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 31st January, and then the Ladies Tour of Qatar, 3rd-6th February 2015.  Make sure you’re cheering for her online and in real life!

Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do these interviews – as always, I really appreciate you.

Sarah interviews…. Rochelle Gilmore – Podcast 2015, episode 2

January 9, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoIt’s definitely all about Australia in the women’s road cycling world right now – we’ve had the Bay Crits, the first road race of 2015 which was super-exciting road racing, won by Wiggle Honda’s Chloe Hosking; then straight into the Australian National Road Championships; and now we’ve had an announcement of Wiggle Honda owner Rochelle Gilmore’s latest venture,  the High5 Dream Team, a brand new Australian domestic team that will provide development and support for Aussie women to get to Europe.  It’s been a crazy-busy month for Gilmore, as on top of all this she’s been commentating the Bay Crits and RoadNats for Channel 9 and Fox Sport – but she took time out of her busy week to talk to me about all of this and a lot more, including a very ambitious goal for the first UCI-level race of the season…

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For those of you who prefer to read your articles rather than listen to them, there’s a transcript of this interview over on Podium Café.

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Find out more about Rochelle on her website, and you should be following her twitter too.  In the summer, I interviewed Rochelle for ProCycling Magazine‘s Review of 2014 issue, which is available from online magazine stores (it’s the one with Vincenzo Nibali on the cover).

There’s a lot of information about the High5 Dream Team on their website, and make sure you’re following them on facebook, twitter and youtube.  Here’s their press release and their first video:

The first races you’ll see them in are the Santos Tour Down Under on 17-20 Janaury the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 31st January and then the National Road Series from March.

Wiggle Honda has their website, of course, as well as their facebook and twitter, and all their great team videos are on their youtube.  All the videos I’ve found from the Bay Crits are collected in this post – and the videos from the Road Champs, including Dr Kimbers Wells winning the Crit Champs, and how to follow the Road Race, are in here – but here’s her moment

I’m able to do these interviews thanks to the generosity of my Patreon supporters – thank you so much, I really, really appreciate you.

Sarah Interviews…. Sabrina Stultiens – Podcast 2015, episode 1

January 4, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoIn 2014, Sabrina Stultiens came back from a knee injury to win both the European u23 Road and Cyclocross Championships, and she’s gone on the get her first CX World Cup podium place, coming second in the exhilarating Koksijde race, one of the Monuments of cyclocross, and winning her first big race, the Zilvermeercross in Mol.  But her season’s not over yet – on Sunday next week she races the Netherlands National Championships, before going all out for Worlds.  I talked to her about all of this, her tactics for trying to beat Marianne Vos, moving from Rabobank to Liv-Plantur on the road for 2015, and the differences between racing the disciplines. (29:28 MIN / 28.28 MB)

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Edit:  I got confused abut dates and thought Nationals was this weekend rather than 11th January – sorry Sabrina!

You can find out more about Sabrina on her website and facebook athlete page, and follow her on her twitter and instagram.  The new website for Liv-Plantur will be up next week, which will have more information about her too.

If you want to watch the races we talked about, here’s a short clip of Sabrina winning the Zilvermeercross in Mol. and an interview with her there.   There are photos of her winning the 2014 European u23 Cyclocross Championships here. – and a photo of her winning the 2014 European u23 Road Championships after Elena Cecchini celebrated too soon.

UPDATE!  Since I interviewed her, Sabrina won her first race of 2015 – the Soudal Classics Leuven – here are the video highlights.

We’re lucky enough to have the full World Cups streamed – thank you so much, UCI!  Here’s the highlights of Koksijde – and all the other Koksijde videos and photos are here.

Videos from last weekend’s Heusden-Zolder World Cup are here, and from Namur here.

Thank you so much to all my Patreon supporters who fund me to do these interviews – I couldn’t do it without you, and appreciate you endlessly!

Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 58 – Sarah interviews Guy Swarbrick

December 31, 2014 3 comments

I’m a huge track fan, and since we don’t get live tv from most rounds of the Track World Cups, I rely on photos and websites to keep me updated, and especially the work of Guy Swarbrick.  Guy is one of the people who’ve moved from cycling fan to working in the industry, and he provides a superb set of services for us, from his “day job” of photography to his live commentweeting from the events (results and opinion mixed into one) and running the TrackCycling.net website.  We talked about everything from photographing the World Cups, to his best and worst moments, and how track has changed over the time he’s been working on it. (1:00:44 MIN / 58.30 MB)

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Follow Guy on the @trackcycling twitter account for the commentweeting, and Trackcycling.net for the previews and news reports throughout the year.  If you’d like to have a look at more of his photos, check out his instagram – and if you want to own some, there are still a couple of copies of Guy’s superb 2015 calendar for sale, as well as prints of his other work on his cycling photography website.

There’s always more social media with Guy – two of his his facebook accounts are the trackcycling page, and for his other work too, his personal site.  And if you’d like to support his work, he’s got a Patreon account too.

I’ve got collections of videos from the 2014/15 Guadalajara and London Track World Cups – the final round of this season will be Cali, Colombia, on 17th-18th January 2015.  Here’s their race website

I’m able to do these interviews thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much, I really appreciate you all!

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