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Podcast 2014 Episode 49 – Highs and Lows

October 29, 2014 1 comment

Podcast logoIt’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

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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)

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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).

The National Racing Calendar information is on USA Cycling’s site.  And all the information about the Richmond 2015 Road Cycling World Championships is on their website, and follow their twitter too.

Podcast special episode 46 – Helen Wyman interview part 2

October 21, 2014 2 comments

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 4 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 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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