It’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
Christina Siggaard is a 20-year-old Danish cyclist, who came third in the 2011 Junior Road World Championships, and 7th in the Junior ITT Worlds the following year, and after two years on Scandinavian teams, has just signed to British-based UCI team Matrix Pro Cycling. We talked about how 2014 was not a good year for her, with big team problems that ended up with both her parents working for the riders – but she’s not bitter about it, has learned all kinds of lessons from the experience, and is looking forward to moving forward. Including how she got into bike riding, what the cycling scene in Denmark is like, her favourite kinds of racing, her first team camp with Matrix, and much more. (29:00 MIN / 27.84 MB)
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My very favourite cycling journalist is Ben Atkins, who used to write about women’s cycling for Velonation, and now freelances in magazines like Peloton and elsewhere, and is the Press Reporter for Wiggle Honda. We failed to meet up in the crowds of the Milton Keynes Cyclocross World Cup, so we caught up to talk about what it was like going to the race, how the cyclocross and track season are going so far, what the 2015 road season looks like, and which races people should go to next year, if you have the chance. (1:19:31 MIN / 76.34 MB)
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You can follow Ben on twitter and read his work on the Wiggle Honda website – and to watch videos of the races we talked about, I’ve got posts full of things from Milton Keynes/Flandriencross, Koksijde, and the Guadalajara Track World Cup.
I’m able to do these podcasts because of my Patreon campaign – thanks to everyone who supports me, I appreciate you all!
Last winter, young Dutch cyclocross star Sophie de Boer had been thinking about giving up cycling – she’d had a hard season, with mechanicals, crashes and sickness, and after losing her team, it looked like she might not be able to race at all. So it’s great to see her taking a huge step up for the 2014/15 season, winning her first big race at the bpost bank trofee race Ronse, following it up with victory at one of the most famous cyclocross races, Koppenbergcross, and wearing the World Cup leader’s jersey after two rounds. We talked about the season so far, how she’s been able to take that step, what she’s learned, and much more. (36:20 MIN / 34.87 MB)
To stream the interview in all its glory, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Watch the highlights of Sophie’s great start to the 2014/15 season – her wins in the bpost bank trofee Ronse and of course the Koppenbergcross, and her podium places at the World Cups in Valkenburg and Koksijde, and SuperPrestige Gieten. And there’s a Dutch interview with her after Valkenburg here
Sophie will be racing Milton Keynes in the Cyclocross World Cup leader’s jersey on Saturday 29th November, and you can watch her live. And if you want to follow the rest of the women’s CX this season, here’s how.
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It’s winter, so it’s track season – and Jolien D’hoore just won the omnium in the first round of the 2014/15 Track World Cup, demonstrating that 2014 wasn’t just her best year yet on the road as an elite. The former Junior Road World Champion and current Belgian national road champion talked to me about why, how she combines cobbles and velodromes, her hopes for the future, and much more. (30:40 MIN / 29.42 MB)
To stream the omnium of interviews click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Watch her win the omnium in the 2014 Guadalajara Track World Cup earlier this month:
and for more of her 2014 victories, there are videos from her two stage wins at the BeNe Ladies Tour, from her Belgian National Championships, and her win and post-race interviews in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour:
It’s the 50th women’s cycling podcast on our site this year, and to celebrate, I interviewed a very special rider. I’ve always said Lisa Brennauer was a rider to watch, and she’s such a friendly, nice person, it’s really easy to be a fan – and this year she’s taken the most amazing step up, winning gold medals in the Individual and Team Time Trial and silver in the road race at the 2014 Road World Championships. She told me about that amazing week in Ponferrada, her journey here from winning the Junior ITT Worlds back in 2005, what her plans are for next year, and much more. (34:25 MIN / 33.06 MB)
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Thanks to my generous Patreon supporters, I’ve written this up, so if you prefer to read interviews, head over here.
Follow Lisa’s twitter to see what happens next and cheer her on, especially when she gets to race her first ITT in those rainbow stripes – and keep an eye out for her new website, brennauer.com, which she’s developing this winter.
and here’s that moment she finally knew for absolute certain, that she was World ITT Champion (that still makes me smile so much!)