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Podcast 2014 Episode 32 – Now With Added Merchandise

July 31, 2014 3 comments

Podcast logo Hello cycling fans! This week’s episode Sarah and Dan are all La Course and La Awesome! Basically they’re a little bit excited about the racing, how it played out and all the amazing video and media and blogs and pictures and other things to come out of it. It’s fair to say they thought it was great. In addition to La Course, there’s some discussion of Emma Pooley’s imminent retirement from the sport (sad face) and there’s also a little bit of MTB, Commonwealth Games and BMX news to go around. We talk about one of the most interesting crowdfunding initiatives we’ve seen in the cycling space for a long time (and how you can help!), and what we think its chances of succeeding are. Also, speaking of success, we have a pretty exciting announcement of our own to make about the future of everything (but most specifically about the future of us, here, together, right now). Intrigued? You better be! (1:09:43 MIN / 65.37 MB)

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SPOILERS: THE SPECIAL BIG SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT IS TOTALLY GIVEN AWAY RIGHT HERE!!!!

We’ve got a new line of merchandise-y sort of things including (but not limited to!) stickers, cards, tshirts, cushions(!), phone covers, iPad covers and tote bags, all available via the site Redbubble:

Sometimes someone is just so dominating in a race it defies belief. Sometimes a whole team is so dominant it’s hard to find the words to describe it. That’s why we’ve found the words for you. When you need to explain that you really did just go “Stompity stompity stomp” all over the peloton.

Stompity Stompity Stomp

Sometimes Dan’s a little overwhelmed by all that’s happening in the world of women’s cycling. Sometimes he’s a little overwhelmed by the refusal of races to show footage (Flèche Wallonne, we’re looking at you here!). Sometimes he’s just thirsty, but a lot of the time he’s in need of more whisky. Now you can toast along too.

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If you’ve ever heard our podcast, you know that Sarah loves to repeat our URL with a certain relish. Now you can always be reminded of where to get your pro women’s cycling fix!

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If you know Sarah at all, you know she only has room in her heart for one rider and that rider is “ALL OF THEM!!!!”

This design celebrates Sarah’s inspiring capacity for love.

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Dan was shocked to learn that women aren’t the only people who race bikes. Obviously men’s racing just hasn’t got to the level where it’s interesting enough to catch his attention yet.

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Podcast 2014 EXCLUSIVE Special Feature – Sarah Interviews Emma Pooley About Retirement

July 29, 2014 3 comments

Huge news broke today as Emma Pooley announced that she’ll be retiring from pro cycling, and Sunday’s Commonwealth Games road race will be her last big race before she be moves to long course triathlon and mountain running.  As you can imagine, we’ll be so disappointed to see her leave, but we hope her all the best for the future.

Before the announcement Emma spoke exclusively with Sarah in an interview for Rouleur.  Please head through and read it for the full story on the thinking behind Emma’s decision, why she wanted to make the announcement now and what her memories of the sport will be.

In an additional exclusive for us, you can hear Sarah’s full conversation with Emma here.(right-click, save-as to download)

(please excuse all the background noise and the times the call dropped out – the life of a bike rider means using whatever internet connection you can find). (1:11:08 MIN / 68.31 MB)

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Follow Emma on her adventures in triathlon, and send her a tweet on her twitter, especially if you know a publisher who can help her achieve her cookbook dreams! Watch her race the Commonwealth Games ITT on Thursday 31st July, and the Road Race on Sunday 3rd August – here’s a guide to watching the races.

You can read about the Le Tour Entier campaign to get La Course by Le Tour de France, which Pooley was an integral part of, on the LTE website and twitter – and make Emma happy by tweeting the UCI to ask for more women’s races and email the ASO to ask for more women’s racing in Le Tour.

Here are some of our favourite Emma Pooley moments:

The final 6km in the 2010 GP Plouay World Cup (Pooley’s the short rider in the GB kit – Marianne Vos is in the white World Cup leader’s jersey)

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Podcast 2014 – Episode 30 – The EEEE

July 23, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoHoly moly there’s a whole lot of racing to talk about this week! Hot on the heels of the Giro Rosa came Thüringen Rundfahrt, the Tour de Bretagne and new stage race the BeNe Ladies Tour. We cover all the stages in all the races and note several outstanding achievements, including Trixi Worrack and Evie Stevens racing Thüringen and the Giro Rosa back to back, stringing together 17 consecutive days of racing before they were done, and the results of several of the smaller teams in the peloton who definitely maximised their chances to shine. We also take a few moments to talk about #WomensCyclingWeek and (spoiler!) Sarah might have feelings about this one. But it’s all a lead in to the Commonwealth Games starting (which is kind of a big deal if you’re from a Commonwealth country, sort of like the Olympics because we can’t wait a whole 4 years to win more medals) and La Course by the Tour De France on Sunday (which is being televised live pretty much everywhere and therefore will be fucking amazing!). And after we talk about all of that, there’s the usual rundown of blogs, videos, tweets and various other odds and ends we saw. In other words, brace yourselves, this one’s big! (1:17:24 MIN / 74.30 MB)

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Links for things we loved and saw in last week’s women’s cycling

All the racing video and results from the 2014 Thüringen Rundfahrt (which Loren Rowney and Lisa Brennauer previewed before it started), the Tour de Bretagne and the BeNe Ladies Tour (and there’s a lot!) in Sarah’s post on Podium Café.  We liked the WielerVideo interview with Evie Stevens on her personal Grand Tour, 17 consecutive days of racing

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How to clean your bike like a pro – by Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

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Podcast 2014 Episode 29 – Big Enough For Polemica

July 16, 2014 7 comments

Podcast logo What a Giro Rosa this year! This week Sarah and I talk about the spectacular racing, with several surprises. Among the reasons to celebrate, we enjoy the fact that the race is big enough to now generate International Fan Polemica ™ about tactics! How cool is that?! We do take the time to break down our view of events on the “controversial” stage 9 (spoiler alert: we didn’t find it that controversial really). BUT, even if all this does is encourage more international fans to love their favourite riders even more and wish for victory over their apparent nemeses, then YAY! In addition to recapping the rest of the Giro, we also talk European Championships and go through the first couple of stages from Thüringen Rundfahrt (a race close to Dan’s beer-soaked heart) and note the huge range of races coming up shortly, including La Course by the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games. It’s a huge episode, but it’s worth the listen, if only to make comprehensive notes to tell Sarah and Dan exactly why they’re wrong about everything. (Warning:  if you’re new to our ‘cast, it does have a bit of swearing!) (1:32:46 MIN / 89.06 MB)

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Cool stuff to check out:

First off, we loved this great video from Specialized-lululemon about the love of the bike and why they do what they do

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Also, this great video from Specialized NLBE with the Boels-Dolmans team about their equipment, goals and motivations


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Podcast 2014 Episode 27 – Giro Rosa Part One

July 9, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoThis week it’s literally the middle of the Giro Rosa and we recap all the excitement of the first 4 stages (including surprise climbs and stealth potholes). There’s the twilight prologue, the dominance of a team we’ll codename Labobank-Riv who have grasped every additional bonification and second on offer so far. We talk about the strange breakaways and the theory of the secret Italian attacking cup (they’re all chasing one rider down in particular). After we get through all of that, we take a look ahead at the upcoming stages, discuss the mountains and whether Mara Abbott will be able to grab enough time back on the climbs. (49:48 MIN / 47.81 MB)

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All the Giro Rosa video links you need:

Stage 4 Q&A – Spratty, Vale and Audrey Cordon

Stage 4 video roundup.

Stage 3 Q&A – Amanda Spratt & Valen Scandolara

Stage 3 video roundup.

Stage 2 Q&A – Valentina Scandolara

Stage 2 video roundup.

Stage 1 video roundup.

How to watch the Giro Rosa.

Podcast 2014 Episode 26 – One of Us Has DanFlu

July 2, 2014 2 comments

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowHi everyone! This week Dan’s sick and Sarah’s full of sympathy while we discuss the European National Championships weekend (which was full of doubles and triples and other amazing feats of cycling prowess). We also preview the Giro Rosa, the biggest stage race on the women’s calendar. We go through each of the stages analysing the route and discussing possible race scenarios. We do our best to highlight the most exciting bits of the race for you, which turned out to be really easy because the answer is that all of it is the most exciting bit! Seriously though, we highlight GC contenders like last year’s winner Mara Abbott and the indomitable Marianne Vos, but we also look at why they may not take out overall honours as there are several stages this year that under the right conditions will give big opportunities to other teams and riders to take out stage racing glory. Get ready to get excited (or to get the flu)! (1:18:12 MIN / 75.08 MB)

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Links to everything we talked about this week – and a lot we didn’t get to

Last week’s racing – National Championships

So much we loved!  Sarah has collections of the videos she’s found – the ITT Championships and the Road Races

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Non-Giro miscellany

We loved this advert – #LikeAGirl from Always

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Podcast 2014 Episode 25 – Sarah Goes Meta!

June 25, 2014 3 comments

Podcast logoHi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)

 

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Links to all the things we talked about this week, and lots we didn’t get around to….

We loved this video of Tiffany Cromwell talking trackstands while demonstrating one

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Last week’s racing

Giro del Trentino

ORICA-AIS report and photos of the lovely Valentina Scandolara’s win.  Follow her on twitter – and smile at this podium shot!

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Podcast 2014 Episode 24 – Menomena

June 17, 2014 1 comment

Podcast logo G’day team! This week is a bit of a catchup as Dan’s been travelling and managed to pick up a cold, possibly even man-flu, while doing so. The good news though, is that there is HEAPS to talk about! We discuss Basque racing, including the Durango and Bira kinds along with the North Star Grand Prix in the US, there’s a huge amount of blogs and videos to catch up on, we’ve got mountainbike action in downhill, cross-country and 4cross formats. We also talk about some great and especially honest interviews we’ve found during the last week or so and we take a moment to argue about whether or not we’ll feature the Giro Rosa theme song on next week’s podcast! And don’t forget the huge range of links to various things we have further down the page. Enjoy! ( 1:13:02 MIN /70.11 MB )

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This week’s racing dancing:

Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

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Emakumeen Bira

Lots of videos – Stage 1 highlights and finish-line, and from Lointek’s point of view; Stage 2 finish-line and highlights; Stage 3 highlights; Stage 4 from the Bizkaia-Durango team car, and highlights:

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Podcast Episode 22 – Sarah Knows US Geography Good

June 4, 2014 3 comments

Podcast logoHi everyone! This week we race the clock to try and cover all the racing we saw during the week. After a couple of slow weeks, it’s back to full tilt with the Boels Rentals Hills Classic, Gooik, Philadelphia, the Marianne Vos Classic, Edinburgh’s round of the Tour Series, Grand Prix de Plumelec and lots more. There’s also a bunch of great blogs, videos, podcasts and stuff too. Even with all of that going on there’s time for Sarah to prove that she knows US geography like (literally) nobody else! Somehow we manage to keep it under an hour without skimping on the laughs, the bickering or the swearing so strap on your headphones and enjoy! (57:09 MIN / 54.87 MB) Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff!

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Nice little Specialized-lululemon video – Evie Stevens gives top tips on the post-race interviews, and how to podium kiss, and Tiffany Cromwell demonstrates the proper use of podium bubbly

This week’s racing

Matrix GP at the Edinburgh Tour Series

Sarah’s photos on her flickr.

The tv coverage of the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series, and all the tv coverage of the other races so far – an hour for each programme, each available for 30 days after the race (geo-restricted to the UK – but you can see them from elsewhere with Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK).  MASSIVE THANKS to Matrix-Vulpine for letting Sarah hang out with them!

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Boels Rental Hills Classic

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Podcast 2014 Episode 20 – Comedy Beards and Power Rants

May 27, 2014 2 comments

Podcast logoHi everyone, it’s America week on the podcast, which means we basically open like we’re going to talk about US Nationals then get sidetracked for 45 minutes and  so on. In the meantime we do talk about some very exciting firsts, like the first woman to win a road and mountainbike world cup in the same season and the first woman to concurrently hold criterium, time trial and road national championships. We also argue about beards and Sarah goes on a power rant about races that don’t have websites or results or information or anything and what she thinks the UCI needs to do in order to help improve the situation (Dan scores the rant 3.75 bullhorns out of 5). Also there’s some innuendo and swearing just to make sure all your podcasting boxes are ticked. Don’t forget to check all the links below and for the brave among you, we’ve included a poll on beards so vote early and often for the most comedic beard of the podcast. (1:05:34 MIN / 62.95 MB)

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This week’s (invisible) UCI racing

This week’s non-UCI racing

The 2014 USA National Championships

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