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Sarah interviews… Guy Elliott, on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour

June 24, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoYou might have already listened to my podcast talking about my experiences working on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour, one of the biggest women’s cycling events of the year – and we’re still on the same theme, because I’ve also interviewed Guy Elliott, who works for SweetSpot as one of the race controllers.  We talked about the highs and lows of this year’s race, how it compared to last year, and Guy answered questions sourced from twitter as well.  I probably laugh too much, and we definitely get confused about which breakaway was on which stage (sorry Stage 1 escapees!) but in our defense, we’re still in that post-Tour giddy zone!

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If you want to follow Guy on twitter, he’s here – and you can find out more about SweetSpot, who run the race, on their website, youtube and instagram.  Of course, make sure you follow the Aviva Women’s Tour on their website, twitter, and like them on facebook (can we get them to over 5,000 likes?).  Want to show their sponsors that women’s cycling has an audience?  Click on the Aviva Women’s Tour partner page, and click through to each of their sponsors (buy some Soreen malt loaf, Adnam’s beer, or even a Skoda car, you won’t regret it!).

And I’ll link you to all the videos etc very soon, but in the meantime, here are the race’s own highlights, and the hour-long programmes from ITV cycling (available for around 3 weeks)

Podcast 2015 Episode 14 – Smash and Grab

June 16, 2015 2 comments

Podcast logoIt’s a short episode because Sarah literally has to rush off to the Aviva Women’s Tour (thanks Patreon supporters for making this possible!). Before she goes we quickly recap Philly, the Spanish racing and almost preview the Women’s Tour. Hit play and enjoy! (30:45 MIN / 30 MB)

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Here’s some links to stuff we talked about

You can watch the full race of the Philadelphia International Women’s Race here. You can also watch the highlights of the race here:

Read all about the Emakumeen-Bira here. (Check out the awesome photo galleries!)

The Diamond Tour’s podium setup raised some questions from riders like Marijn de Vries and had the organisers quickly putting out a statement. Anna Zivarts gave us a glimpse of what it might look like the men were treated in the same way.

And, of course, the Aviva Women’s Tour is a hotly anticipated race with lots of media and Marianne Vos doing commentary for the tv highlights!

 

Podcast 2015 Episode 13 – Pigs and Spiders

June 5, 2015 2 comments

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowHi team! Dan’s been sick so this week we catch up on heaps of racing all over the planet, from China to Europe to North America. Along the way we explain some Aussie colloquialisms and have quite a bit of fun. It’s fair to say that we get pretty excited about the upcoming weekend of racing and well, everything really. (1:08:50 MIN / 66.1 MB)

To stream the week’s Philadelphia-est podcast ever, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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Things we talked about

This week’s racing (SO much to watch!)

Tour of Zhoushan Island

No media from this one – but big congratulations to winner Lauren Kitchen!

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Boels Rental Hills Classic

Photos from Boels Rental and ORICA-AIS, full results

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Podcast 2015 Episode 12 – Sarah Offends Yet Another Continent

Podcast logoIt’s an awesome episode this week as we discuss We talk ChongMing Island Tour and World Cup, Tour of California, Venezuela and European racing. It’s big! We also play a fantastic game called “How many continents can Sarah offend in one podcast?” Place your bets now and press play to find out if you’re right! Also, at some point Dan uses the word “apace” (true story)! (1:17:55 MIN / 74.82 MB)

To stream the most continental podcast of the day, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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This week’s racing

Tour of ChongMing Island Stage Race

Videos from each of the stages by Wiggle Honda

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Podcast 2015 Episode 11 – Around the World in 9 Races

May 4, 2015 1 comment

Podcast logoIt’s a huge show this week with racing from four continents to cover, so we cover it quickly. There’s also some interesting news and articles that we manage to squeeze in, along with all the swearing and joking you’ve come to love. We travel from Britain to the USofA to Luxembourg to the Netherlands to Australia to South Africa and probably some other places too! (1:17:57 MIN / 74.83 MB)

To stream the most globetrottingest podcast we’ve recorded today, click here (right-click, save-as to download).

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This week’s racing

(DEEP breath, there was SO MUCH!)

Dwars door de Westhoek

Videoresults and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup site, and Velofocus gallery (we love the photo of the Velocio-SRAM riders cheering for the podium).  Race reports from Velocio-SRAM and Wiggle Honda.

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Ronde van Overijssel

Results and photos on the race website – and race reports from Boels-Dolmans, and on Lauren Kitchen’s site.

Kitchen’s great weekend continued in the crits…

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Podcast 2015 Episode 10 – Murder We

April 26, 2015 2 comments

Podcast logoHi team, this week we discuss the extreme weather in Australia, whether it’s a good idea for Dan to let Sarah control his life (it’s most assuredly not) and we also talk about bike racing. Races we cover include the Fleche Wallone World Cup along with Omloop van Borsele, the Joe Martin Stage Race and BMX, MTB and some bonus outrage. There’s also a hint of murder… basically it’s the best podcast we’ve recorded this week (probably).

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Things we talked about

This week’s racing

All the videos and photos we’ve found from Flèche Wallonne are over here – and here’s that Ella Cycling Tips combined photo gallery and rider quotes post.  Interesting tweet from Pauline Ferrand Prévot.

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Videos and photos from the first 2015 Downhill MB World Cup, Lourdes here, and this great photo on PinkBike of Emmeline Ragot taping Tracey Hannah‘s shoulder after winning the race.

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Omloop van Borsele

Photo galleries from the Junior Stage race, elite ITT and elite road race, and finish line videos from the elite women’s road race and juniors Stage 1 and Stage 2 on the race website.  Photos on the ORICA AIS race report, and Velofocus has galleries up from the elite ITT and Road Race.  All the results for the elite women and junior women.

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BMX Supercross Manchester

GoPro rack preview, the full live coverage, semi finals, and the finals and post race interview

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Sarah interviews…. Sharon Laws

April 19, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoSharon Laws is a fascinating rider, one of those who gave up a good career to race bikes, and she’s had more than her share of adventures since then.  Last year she was racing in the USA with UnitedHealthcare, but she’s back in Europe for 2015 after signing for the reinvigorated super–team Bigla, although her season got off to a bad start when she broke her collarbone in the Tour of Qatar.

She told me about all that, and more, and previews Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne World Cup, with a great take on what it’s like to ride the Mur de Huy. (25:06 mins, 39.1mb)

Listen to the podcast interview here (Right click, save-as to download)

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You can follow Sharon on her twitter, and find out more about her on Bigla team rider profile – and of course, follow the Bigla twitter too.  And you can read my previous interviews with Sharon from 2011 and from 2013 on Podium Café, and an audio interview with her from the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour.

The women’s Flèche Wallonne Road World Cup won’t have a live stream, but there will be highlights videos on the UCI youtube and maybe some highlights on the men’s race coverage.  I’ll follow the race live with my twitter list, which is the nearest thing to a feed, and I have more ways to follow the race in my guide.  You can find out more about the course, startlist, history and more on the race website, and on Velofocus’ preview.

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