I have to admit, I’ve never really been a fan of The Hour Record, but when I read that Bridie O’Donnell is going to be making her attempt at it on 22nd January 2016, in Adelaide, I had to find out more, as I am a fan of Dr O’Donnell. So she told me all about it, including why it’s the perfect cycling challenge for a scientist, how much it will cost, and some diversions around other things she’s been up to. It’s a longer interview, but I could have listened to Bridie talk for hours about this.
Listen to Bridie talk here (1:03:31 mins/61 MB)
Bridie’s being supported in her Hour Record attempt by a lot of people, but especially Rod and Barbara Dux of Dux Dreams Foundation, Ben Young at Frank Green, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Sport Scientists Dr Stephen Lane PhD and Ken Ballhause B.Sc at HPTek. Check out everything they do! If you want to cheer her on (in fancy dress!) then it’ll be at Adelaide SuperDrome on 22nd January 2016, and streamed live worldwide too.
Follow Bridie on her website, Instagram and twitter – and if you can think of a better hashtag for her Hour than #BridiesHour, please do let her know. Her team is Total Rush Hyster, and Cycling Australia will be showing highlights of all the Subaru National Road Series races they’re competing in on their Youtube. And if you know an Irish piper who can play her in in Adelaide on 22nd January, please do let her know as well!
Bridie’s SISU Girls podcasts are available here, and if you’re in Australia, you can catch her as the resident doctor on Channel 10’s The Project tv news show. You can also listen to my previous podcast interview with Bridie from September 2014, and Part 1 and Part 2 of her appearance on Osher Günberg’s properly pro podcast from December 2014.
I’m funded to do these interviews by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much! I’ll keep you all up-to-date with Bridie’s progress here on the site.
2015 was such a great year for women’s cycling and so we take a look back at our favourite races and moments from the year. We also take a bit of time to look at the lowlights and to sum up our view of the impact of 2015 on women’s cycling overall. Also, Sarah plays a trick on Dan and also Dan laughs so hard he loses the ability to swear. (1:03:55 MIN / 61.38 MB)
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Tell us about your highlights for 2015 in the comments below or on twitter. We’d love to reminisce about anything we’ve missed!
Well team, there’s been a heap of confirmed signings along with some really interesting rumours as we head into the transfer season. In addition, there’s a bit of racing to catch up on and all sorts of cool and interesting things from around the web. Settle in and enjoy! (1:05:26 MIN / 62.94 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
We talked about transfers a lot – and we recommend the Cycling Fever transfer list for keeping up to date with what’s been announced, including rumours. Big thanks as always to Peter van der Veen for all the work he does helping us keep up to date with all the women’s cycling news.
Last week’s racing
Team – you would not believe how crazy busy Sarah’s been this past week as she’s romped happily through spreadsheet hell. It’s not normal. Seriously. She’s been comparing the calendar for the 2016 Women’s World Tour with the racing we actually had in 2015 (and to what we saw in previous years). Then she’s broken it down by type of races and and which continents/countries races are in and all so you can get an accurate and complete sense of whether 2016 is going to be a net gain or not! It’s an impressive amount of information about the number of races, the type of races and number of race days we get to see. Also, Dan swears a lot from very early on, which can be horrifying/impressive depending on your mood and outlook on life. Anyway, listen in and find out everything you need to know! (1:17:07 MIN / 74.04 MB)
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Handy Links to Enhance Your Listening Experience
Sarah’s done up an amazing series of posts that explain all of the calendar stuff in detail and have handy copies of the spreadsheets and nice images etc. So visit these posts to get all the additional info you could possibly need:
- The Women’s UCI Cycling Calendar Terminology – explaining the types of races and demystifying the whole thing
- Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 – the first breakdown of how many actual races we got this year and what’s predicted for next year
- 2016 Shape of the season – how many races clash, what parts of the world are visited at different times of the year and more
- How the Women’s Cycling Calendar has changed over time – looking way, way back to see how women’s racing has changed since 2006.
Things We Mentioned You May Want to Click On
Here’s the Q&A with UCI President Brian Cookson where he discusses the Women’s World Tour.
Also, from what we can gather, Hanna Solovey may well have been suffering under an unhealthy influence from her coach. Here’s the original article in which she speaks about it and here’s a translation via VeloRooms. As Sarah mentioned on the podcast, while we’ve complained about the manner in which Solovey has been able to come back from her ban with ease and little scrutiny and been critical of testing and so on, neither of us has held anything against her as a person. We’ve long suspected that a rider who was caught doping so young had to be encouraged and possibly even coerced into doing so and if true, these allegations simply make an already incredibly sad story even more disappointing.
BUT dear friends, we’d never leave you on such a depressing note so here’s…
How to Watch Women’s Cyclocross Live
Sarah’s neatly collected all the info for you in this post on how to watch live women’s cyclocross this season.
And Don’t Forget, Upcoming Racing
Giro dell’Emilia, 10th October
Bpost Bank Trofee Ronse Cyclocross, 11th October
Chrono des Nations ITT, 18th October
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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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…
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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.
Hi team, so far at worlds in Richmond it’s been Time Trials. Team ones, Junior Women’s ones, Elite Women’s ones, trying to un-geoblock UCI video ones. So we talk about all that and a bunch of other hilarity as well (this may be a code for Dan swears a lot as we discuss socks in Vegas and all the ways in which they just don’t work)! Anyway, it’s a great episode with lots of things to be excited about and celebrate. (1:15:22 MIN / 72.37 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos, photos and links from:
Race highlights – and here’s the full race replay on the UCI Youtube
Great photo gallery from Balint Hamvas and on the race site; more photos on CX Magazine, and their video interviews with Eva Lechner and Sanne Cant; full results and some more great stuff from In The CrossHairs – video interview with Katerina Nash, their CrossVegas radio show with Georgia Gould and their video scrapbook.