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Sarah interviews… Vale Scandolara – Podcast 2015, episode 3

January 14, 2015 4 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 2 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!

Podcast 2014 Episode 57 – Twas the Eve Before Christmas

December 24, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoThere’s been heaps going on in the world of women’s cycling. Cyclocross, parties, forthcoming races and so on. We recap 2014 and take a look at what’s up in January 2015. Jokes, swears and happy thoughts are plentiful! Sarah gives Dan the WORST Christmas present ever (unless it was a reverse present to herself, which does sort of make sense). Also, Dan shares a meme. Thanks for joining us in 2014, we look forward to talking more amazing cycling stuff with you in 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday season. And stay warm/cool as your preferences dictate! (54:15 MIN / 52.10 MB)

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Dan was talking about his day at the Roxsolt Ambassador Programme – come back soon for his post about the day very soon – and check out the Roxsolt team page and their  Roxcycl shop selling cycling kit in Australia.

Sarah loves helmetcam – if you want to see some of what she was rhapsodising about (again) there are some posts from this year here, here and here.

Some Festive messages from cyclists:

Vera Koedooder

Cycling Australia and a ton of Aussie riders

Team Lointek

and from the UCI (so many good 2014 memories!)

Read more…

Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 56 – Sarah interviews Chloe Hosking

December 18, 2014 5 comments

Aussie battler Chloe Hosking is a fan favourite, not just for her stubborn, “never-say-die” sprinting, but for the way she writes about women’s cycling.  Martin, one of my Patreon supporters, asked if I could interview her, and ask her all about joining Wiggle Honda for 2015, and the expansion of super-teams in the women’s peloton – so how could I say no?  Chloe is a lot of fun, loves to talk, and told me all about how she sees next year going, racing with Roxsolt and Wiggle for the Aussie summer season, as well as what she sees her role with the team will be for the Euro season.  We also talked about her blogging, the fall-out from those comments about Pat McQuaid, why you shouldn’t expect her to win in the Aussie National Road Race, but should definitely watch out for her in the Tour of Qatar, and a lot more!  We laugh a fair bit in this one too! (46:47 MIN / 45.09 MB)

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You can follow Chloe through her twitter, her instagram, and her excellent blog on her website – we talked about a lot of her posts, but especially her post on her influences – and this great profile of Ina-Yoko Teutenberg; dealing with disappointment; her  Women who blog about cycling list – and you should read these blogs about winning at the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour and the Omloop van Borsele.  Really you should read them all…

Here are videos of that Borsele win

And if you want to know more about the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Chloe’s first UCI race of 2015, the videos from 2014 are in here, and the ones from 2013 are over on Podium Café.

Chloe has been racing the Aussie summer season with Roxsolt, and we were singing the praises of the man behind Roxsolt, Kelvin Rundle – follow his twitter, he really lives up to his name, @crazycyclefan.  And from 1st January 2015, Chloe will be with Wiggle Honda – follow their twitter too.

I’m funded to do these interviews thanks to my incredible Patreon supporters.  Thanks to all of them, and especially Graeme for the question and Martin for suggesting I interview Chloe!

Podcast 2014 Episode 55 – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

December 13, 2014 4 comments

Podcast logoIt’s time to talk cycling survey results! So that’s what we do this week, breaking down the basic demographics of our respondents and highlighting the sections that we each found most interesting. There’s lies, damned lies and most importantly, statistics (and of course plenty of jokes and swearing to go along with it)! (55:14 MIN / 53.03 MB)

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We were talking about the women’s cycling audience survey we ran in September – and we’ll be starting a series of mini-posts talking about things we’re interested in over the next month or so – and then an overarching collation post at the end.

Huge thanks, as ever, to everyone who shared the survey, completed it themselves, posted about it, and everything else.  We really appreciate your support – and if you have any specific questions about it, please do let us know, on twitter (Sarah is @_pigeons_, Dan is @danwofficial), in the comments, or at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] come

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