There’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.
Some Festive messages from cyclists:
Cycling Australia and a ton of Aussie riders
and from the UCI (so many good 2014 memories!)
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
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!)
Alexandra Green is a young Australian Para-cyclist, who was the 2012 C4 Individual Pursuit World Champion, and 2012 Paralympic C4 IP bronze medallist – in fact she’s never ridden at the Para-Cycling Track World Champs without bringing back a medal.
I’ve loved her blogs and photos since 2012, so of course I wanted to talk to her – all about being in the mid-point of the Paralympic cycle, what it was like racing in London and preparing for Rio, knowing her family were watching her race live at the 2014 Para-Cycling Road World Championships, and her life off the bike, including being the youngest member of the Cerebal Palsy Alliance‘s Board of Directors, finishing her degree in Mechanical Engineering, and being part of the Aussie para-cycling family. (27:38 MIN / 26.55 MB)
To stream the most medal-laden interview of the series yet, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If you prefer to read your interviews, I’ve written up a transcript of this over here.
To find out more about her, head to her website, and follow her on twitter, facebook and instagram. You can buy bikes from her at the Clarence Street Cyclery in Sydney. Here’s the video of her getting her bronze medal at the London Paralympics, and here’s a video profile of her by Cycling Australia:
It’s our highlights show, with bonus lowlights thrown in for no extra charge! We take turns to talk about our favourite moments and stories from the 2014 road season. There are a lot of them and it’s a lot of fun! We break it up in the middle with a couple of the less inspiring moments of the year (UCI, we’re looking at you). BUT because we like you we then finish off with even more highlights so you can wrap it up on a high. (1:18:42 MIN / 75.56 MB)
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As always, share your highlights from the season with us in the comments or on twitter. And if you’re looking for links and relevant information, check out our podcast archive here.
Podcast Special Feature Episode 47 – Sarah Interviews Sarah Fader and Amber Pierce on the USA cycling scene
This year I started to watch the USA Criterium series, which was made so easy by USA Cycling mandating that if races want to be included in the series, they have to get the races streamed live on the USA Crits youtube (superb move! I’d love to see other Federations follow that!). It’s high octane racing, with PREEEEEEEEEEM laps for tons of cash every 5 laps or so, and it intrigued me. So I had to take the chance to talk to Sarah Fader and Amber Pierce, to find out more.
Sarah Fader is a star of the USA Crit circuit, who’s also the co-founder and manager of the Pepper Palace team. For 2015 she’s hoping to take the team to UCI level, and expand into the USA National Racing Calendar and North American UCI-ranked races, and Amber’s one of the riders joining the team. They told me about the differences between the series, how Sarah deals with both managing and riding on the team, and the plans for stepping up, the exciting developments on the USA cycling circuit for 2015 and much more. (41:32 MIN / 39.88 MB)
To stream the Pepperiest Palaciousest interview the internet has ever seen (or heard), click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If you want to follow Sarah Fader and Pepper Palace, there’s a team website, instagram, facebook page, and twitter. Amber is on twitter, and you can follow her latest project, the Network for Advancing Athletes, on their website and twitter – if you want to know more about that, check out my recent interview with her about the project.
The USA Crits series has a website, great twitter, and of course the YouTube account, and if you’d like to get a taste of the action, try the Chris Thater Memorial race, which Sarah won – full race, and highlights video – and Sarah also recommends watching the Athens Twilight Crit - full race coverage and highlights:
and the Novant Health (Presbyterian) Invitational (those links will take you to Youtube videos, which include the women’s, elite men and various other races that happen on the same day).
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)
To stream the greatest interview of the week/weeks/fortnight/part2, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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.
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.