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Helen Wyman interview part 2

October 21, 2014 1 comment

When I sat down to talk to European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, our mutual love of talking meant the interview went on for longer than they were expecting – so it was divided into two parts.  Part 1 is over here, and now you can listen to Part 2, where Helen describes cyclocross courses, tells you what to watch if you have limited time (just book November out in your diary), talks about racing road at the Friends Life Women’s Tour, and talks prize money, change, and what fans can do to help CX.  It includes discussion of Helen’s rôle in getting equal prize money for the Koppenbergcross from the USA, and working with the UCI on the Cyclocross Commission….  and how Kona, and cyclocross, are like that picture-perfect family. (58:03 MIN / 55.73 MB)

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Over the weekend, Helen came second in the first CX World Cup of the season, Valkenburg:

and if you want to watch the full replay of the entire race, it’s here, on the UCI youtube.

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Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website. Koppenbergcross equal prize money was provided by USA-East Coast bike shop Twenty20 Cycling – if you need a bike (a Kona, surely!) and are nearby, buy from them!

For all the details of how to follow the European Cyclocross season, here’s Sarah’s guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.

Podcast Special Feature Episode 45 – Sarah Interviews Helen Wyman

October 15, 2014 3 comments

Sarah continues her series of interviews in this one-on-one talk with Helen Wyman. In it they talk about Helen’s results this season in the USA and Europe and how the two CX scenes are different, she explains start fees and prize money, why women’s CX is a really good opportunity for sponsors, and much more about the wonderful world of cyclocross. (42:12 MIN / 40.68 MB)

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(Note:  Because Helen and Sarah both like to talk, this is just part 1 of the interview.  Here’s Part 2, where Helen runs through the season. Spoiler: you should watch it all!)

There’s a video-diary from Helen’s USA trip

Ans the Kona video from Helen, and two very young riders facing their first race of the 2014/15 season:

And another recent video profile of Helen on Fans of Flanders.

You can see how Helen came second in Sunday’s bpost bank trofee Ronse on this great photo-set by Balint Hamvas on cyclephotos.co.uk, and in this little video by Sporza.  The full Ronse (mostly men’s) replay is here.

If you want to see videos from the start of the 2014/5 USA CX scene, there are How the race was won from CrossVegas and the KMC Festival day 1 and Behind The Barriers TV videos from, KMC Day 2, and the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester – Day 1 won by Helen, and Day 2.  Photos of CrossVegas and the dusty Gloucester on VeloNews.

And this was lovely – Alex Carleton’s blog about Helen showing her some lines at the Midnight Ride.

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Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website.  And Sarah’s written a guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.

2014 Podcast Episode 44 – You Transferred My Battlebike!

October 8, 2014 1 comment

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowWe cover all the latest transfer news and what the hell it means for all these teams. (Who’s going to lead what now?) And more importantly what it means for us fans (MORE EXCITEMENT!) There’s racing to discuss, with the end of the MTB enduro series and the beginning of the European cyclocross season. This week it’s Sarah’s turn to go on a rant! (I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that it’s about para-cycling.) Also, we preview the 2015 racing calendar and declare it an early victory with more race days on the cards AND some very exciting looking new races to look forward to. (1:09:48 MIN / 67.01 MB)

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Links and things we talked about this week

The UCI road calendar for 2015 is here (you might need to play with the drop-down menu to get to the women) and UPDATE!  here’s part one of Sarah’s posts about it on Podium Café – with diagrams and tables, and comparisons with 2014.

Sarah’s collecting all the transfer news in a Podium Café post, and there’s tons of gossip, speculation and conversation in the comments.  This week’s big news was Wiggle Honda’s announcement that they’re hiring two-time Giro champion Mara Abbott and young British champion Anna Christian for 2015.  And Sharon Laws is another rider moving to Bigla

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This week’s racing

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Podcast 2014 Episode 43 – All Your Worldly Goods

October 1, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoHey team, what a huge week it’s been. Sarah and Dan are both on a bit of a comedown following all the action of worlds and, of course, the fact that there was some post-race polemica stuff. So, just to be fair, here’s a WARNING: This podcast may contain traces of rants (Sarah limits Dan to a maximum 5 minute rant, but he performs well in his race of truth, beating the clock with time to spare!). BUT we mostly talk about the Junior and Elite Women’s World Championship road races and a whole bunch of cool blogs, stories, videos and also the BMX Supercross World Cup at Chula Vista. Sarah also finally finds the ultimate justification for her default position of wanting everyone to win all the time. (1:15:34 MIN / 72.56 MB)

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Links to things we liked this week

Road World Championships

BMX Supercross World Cup – Chula Vista

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Podcast Special Feature – Episode 42 – Sarah Interviews Bridie O’Donnell

September 27, 2014 3 comments

In this special interview leading into the Elite Women’s World Championship road race Sarah talks to Australian Dr Bridie O’Donnell, who has raced professionally in Europe and the US, and is now racing in the Australian National Road Series. Sarah and Bridie talk about a whole raft of cycling things including what it’s like racing the NRS and how talent is developing in Australia. They also cover some of the recent controversies in the sport and Bridie shares similar experiences she’s had (like having trouble being paid and how that affects a rider’s performance). Of course they talk worlds and a whole bunch of other things too. If you know the good Doctor from either her twitter or her website, then you’ll know she’s an excellent storyteller who doesn’t shy away from the tough conversations (UPDATE: for example, her pithy response to some of the commentary on the 2014 Worlds road race) . This is a cracking interview and perfect to get you fired up for worlds!  (41:05 MIN / 39.45 MB)

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Podcast 2014 Episode 41 – WoW Part Two!

September 24, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoIt’s been a week of worldly indulgences and this week’s podcast is no exception, hell we’re barely a minute into things before Dan’s invoking our theoretical lawyers and claiming indemnities! Anyway, this week we recap the women’s trade team TTT, the junior women’s ITT, the Elite women’s ITT (where Dan rather belligerently changed the results and history to suit his preferred view of the race – also Sarah sounds her “Smugness Alert”) AND we preview the Road Race! Also there’s some complicated polemica-y stuff which is important but hard to talk about, so of course we discuss that. We also talk about how sometimes these harder stories don’t get reported much in the press, possibly because they’re so complex and there’s a lot of stuff you can’t explain easily or quickly. On top of all of that we have the latest transfer news and the week wouldn’t possibly be complete without a bonus survey, so we’ve put that in too! (1:17:42 MIN / 74.6 MB)

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This week’s links and videos

2014 Road World Championships

All the videos from…

Sarah especially loves this one – Lisa Brennauer‘s response on realising she’s won

Here’s that VeloNews report about Solovey, which we found bizarre.

Looking ahead to the Road Race on Saturday, here’s who Cyclingnews think we should watch out for

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Podcast 2014 Episode 40 – WoW Part One

September 17, 2014 4 comments

Podcast logoGuess what team?! It’s the Week of Worlds! (WoW!) That’s right we talk all things worlds (well, except for the road race because that’s going to be part two). Before we get into all the awesome things that are going to happen in Ponferrada we catch up on the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour, a race we’d rather not talk about (Giro Toscana), the Chrono Champenois with Time Trial interestingness, and THEN we start to talk about Worlds! It’s so exciting and there’s SO MUCH to talk about it’s amazing. Because we also cover some great blogs and articles we saw during the week, and of course we kind of have to talk about ~that~ kit and the kind of weirdness of a story being hyped beyond all recognition. I (Dan) mean, what else do you call a story about a nude kit that’s clearly not a nude kit even in the photo that’s allegedly nude-ish? And then on top of that, what do you say when the UCI has time to comment on that (even though according to their own rules they must have already been aware of the kit – and also, it’s gold so WTAF?) but still can’t comment on stories of riders not being paid by teams and other actual issues? Well, as it turns out, we have quite a bit to say. I know, you’re surprised. (1:19:41 MIN / 74.71 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling links

Last week’s racing

Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour

Chloe Hosking’s blog on winning her stage – including what it’s like racing without a contract for next year – we hope she gets one soon.  Lots more information, photos and results on the race website.

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