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

September 27, 2014 1 comment

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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Podcast 2014 Episode 38 – Look At All The World Cups

September 4, 2014 1 comment

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-Show This week we talk our way through Plouay and what the world cups have been like this year (hint: they’ve been amazing!). Then we talk about the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. And proving that it’s been another action packed week of women’s cycling, we then turn our attention to the Tour de l’Ardeche and Boels Rental Ladies Tour, both of which started during the week. Of course it wouldn’t be a podcast if there wasn’t a bit of mountain biking and a whole lot of insanity in there too (so there is). We talk about our most amazing bits of transfer news and of course rumours. It’s a big episode and there’s something in it for (literally) everyone, so if you’re an everyone, or related to an everyone, you should probably listen up. (1:33:59 MIN / 90.23 MB)

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Last week’s racing

GP de Plouay World Cup

Videos and things from the final round of the Road World Cup here - including the full hour and a half live coverage. And wow:

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Para-Cycling Road World Championships

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Podcast 2014 Episode 36 – The Swedish Gods Unleashed Hell

August 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Podcast logoIt’s been a couple of weeks since we last recorded (sorry, but sometimes we need to take a week off, catch our breath and regroup to get through to the end of the season – think of it like us having a rest day in the middle of the grand tour that is the season). Anyway, we catch up on ALL the racing since last time we spoke which includes the Ladies Tour of Norway, Vårgårda World Cups – Team Time Trial and Road Race, the last of this year’s MTB World Cups in Méribel, and even the Tour of the King Valley in the Australian National Road Series. We also discuss how far we’ve come in the last couple of years with improved video coverage and how that results in shifting our expectations from races (in a good way), and so much other stuff. It’s an amazing episode and it’s here for you to enjoy right now! (1:32:42 MIN / 89.00 MB)

 

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Links to things we saw around the web this week

 

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Podcast 2014 Episode 34 – Not That Kind Of Podcast!

August 13, 2014 3 comments

Podcast logoThis week we talk up a storm about the Ride London GP, the Route de France, Tour of Utah women’s race and a whole heap of mountain biking, BMX stuff, blogs, videos and… (much to his dismay) Dan’s love life. In Dan’s own words, this is our worst podcast ever (Sarah disagrees, she thinks it’s Brilliant!). And, as always, don’t forget to check out the veritable treasure trove of links, videos and things to look at below! (1:05:59 MIN / 63.35 MB)

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We love this blog by Chloe Hosking, on dealing with disappointment at the Commonwealth Games – every time she writes a blog we think “best blog ever”, and then she does it again!

This week’s racing

2014 Junior Track World Championships

  • All the results – and reports on the UCI site from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5.
  • Australia’s Macey Stweart came away with three golds – here’s a Cycling Australia profile of her just before the Worlds

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Podcast 2014 Episode 33 – Comrade Sarah and Global Politics

August 6, 2014 3 comments

Podcast logoIt’s a perilous episode this week as we discuss the Commonwealth Games ITT and Road Races in all their glory. Both races were quite significant to us, as they were the last time Emma Pooley would be racing at the top levels of the sport, representing England and (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!) bringing home medals. This week there was also the Sparkassen Giro World Cup in Germany, which provided a great spectacle in sprinting and we discuss the importance of last-ditch attacks in igniting races. Also the Mont-Sainte-Anne-Downhill MTB took place this week, and the racing was incredibly close with less than 1 second separating the podium places. There’s an amazing video in the links below that you should definitely watch as you listen. We also accidentally stray temporarily into the fraught world of global politics AND Sarah once again demonstrates her knowledge of North American geography. It’s a very long episode this week, so you may want to make sure you’ve got extra beer on hand before you press play. (1:49:43 MIN / 105.33 MB)

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If you only watch one video this week, watch thisManon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton‘s runs at the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne Downhill MTB World Cup, put side-by-side by Red Bull Bike – it’s fascinating, watching the difference in style, where they’re stronger, and how close the run was.  It’s a lovely thing to watch, and even better that they both let fans and rivals see the secrets of their runs.  We really, really love what Red Bull do!  More MSA videos below….

Last week’s racing

Read Sarah’s race reports on all this on Podium Café.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

ITT highlights on the BBC and on the Commonwealth Games youtube and another of their videos

 

and Road Race highlights on the BBC and on the Commie Games site – and we love Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s blog about the race.

(these may be geo-restricted for you, but like always, Hola or Tunnelbear can help you.)

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Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup

Video from NOS Sportmore video from Wiggle Honda and WielerVideo video interviews after the race with Vale Scandolara, Romy Kasper and Ally Stacher on the Specialized-lululemon Project X initiative.

UPDATE! 26 mins video from the UCI, with profile of Lisa Brennauer

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