Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
Some videos from the women’s Omloop: two and half minutes each from Belgian news channel AVS which includes Lizzie Armitstead talking in English and Emma Johansson in Dutch – and from Focus WTV – and a minute on Sporza. All of them feature interviews with Amy Pieters. Please click through to show them all we love women’s racing!
and here’s a video featuring small team Isorex ladies, including Basque rider Irene San Sebastian, who came 11th.
This week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series. There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)
There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site cyclephotos.co.uk. If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.
It’s official! The season has started! The Ladies Tour of Qatar is now over and so we talk racing, deserts, camels, worlds in 2016 and heaps of interviews and stories we’ve seen around in the last week or so. Dan accidentally makes a very dirty camel joke, which he admits is actually better than the drinking joke that he was actually trying to make. We also talk about mental health, politics and whether it’s possible to write a book of the entire cycling season in the style of The Odyssey. So basically it’s exactly like every other podcast, except with normal levels of swearing restored! Enjoy! (1:07:11 MIN / 64.50 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
G’day everyone! We greet you in the traditional Australian fashion as this week reigning Australian national road champion Gracie Elvin joins us from Doha, Qatar to tell us about defending her champion’s jersey, all things ORICA, last year’s season and this year’s plans. Gracie talks us through what it was like to defend her national championship, the team expectations, the moment she was dropped from the lead group on the final climb and what it meant to take the win. We also talk about last year’s edition of the Ladies Tour of Qatar and the lessons ORICA-AIS learned there, before taking a glimpse at what’s ahead this week. Gracie also lets on that she’s looking for inspiration for her next series of videos on her YouTube channel this year. This is where we started talking about finger puppets. Also, at one point we suggested staring contests. General hilarity and wisdom (the wisdom was from Gracie) ensues. (45:44 MIN / 43.90 MB)
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Links to what we talked about this week
You can follow Gracie through her season on her twitter, website and youtube, and of course through the race reports on the ORICA-AIS website. And if you have any ideas for what you’d like to see in her videos and blogs this year, please do get in touch.
Gracie came second in last year’s Tour of Qatar Stage 1:
It’s our first episode for 2014 and holy shit did we go all-out to start on a high! The ever superb Marijn de Vries stopped by to talk with us, and Sarah and I were so starstruck that we forgot to swear for the entire podcast (Marijn saved that day and taught us some naughty Dutch)! We did remember to talk though. We discussed all sorts of stuff from frozen eyeballs, spring classics, racing and goals for 2014, to new teams, and MUCH more! It’s a great conversation and Marijn has a lot of keen insights, so get a large sized portion of your favourite beverage, sit back and get ready to enjoy. (1:03:16 MIN / 60.74 MB)
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Our Marijn links
If you want to follow Marijn (of course I assume you already are!) her blog in Dutch and in English – and she’s @MarijnFietst on twitter. And if you want to know more about the book she wrote with Nynke de Jong, it’s called Vrouw & Fietst, and you can buy it from Dutch bookseller Bol.com…. and if you know of any English publishers, tell them we really NEED it in English too!
Some of Marijn’s specific blog posts we talked about…
It’s a Festivus miracle! (NOTE: Festivus miracles don’t actually exist). Dan’s been away so this week Sarah catches him up on all the track, paracycling, cyclocross, MTB and other news before Christmas takes over the schedule for the coming week. We talk Vos’ return to racing, Katie Compton in cross and sponsorship news for the road in 2014. Plus a whole bunch of other stuff including a philosophical discussion about whether the UCI deserves credit for doing things it’s supposed to do. Also at one point Sarah laughs uncontrollably for over 30 seconds. Merry Festivus/Crossmas/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Whatever/BahHumbug everyone! (51:53 MIN / 49.81 MB)
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All the good news and happiness we talked about
The first ever Australian National women’s Madison Championships was won by Nettie Edmondson and Jessica Mundy. Here are photos of the race - and galleries from the National Omnium and Paracycling Championships Day 1 and Day 2.
This week we interview one of Dan’s cycling heroes! Monique Hanley joins us to talk about cycling administration and culture change. Monique is on the Executive Board of Cycling Victoria and the Women’s Commission for Cycling Australia, and she’s worked on a lot of significant projects within those roles over the last few years. Her list of achievements are many and yet she’s still gracious, humble and looking ahead to the next challenges. It’s a great interview into a side of the sport that we don’t get to hear all that much about very often. Dan’s especially excited when Monique explains to him how it’s theoretically possible to get himself appointed to all the UCI cycling commissions. It’s a cracking interview, enjoy! (1:00:01 MIN / 57.62 MB)
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Stuff we talked about includes:
Here’s a video interview with Monique from Australian Tour de France tv show Le Tour Prologue this summer, on her racing life and riding with Type 1 Diabetes, including riding across Canada, riding the Race Across America and more.
Our title comes from the fabulous Clara Beard, who talks to us about growing up as an American in Britain and what it was like to race in Europe and the US. She also tells us why she left racing and why she came back (via Tour Tracker). Later in the podcast we turn the tables somewhat and let Clara exercise her professional journalist side by interviewing Sarah and me. We talk about what changes we think need to happen in cycling (along with some of our pet peeves) and Clara explains what really happened with the coverage of the women’s time trial at the Tour of California. We also cast our minds forward to 2014 and realise we’re already very excited about what the coming year holds! (1:27:37 MIN / 84.11 MB)
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This week Helen Wyman drops by to talk to us about all things cyclocross including how it was to win Koppenberg Cross and then successfully defend her European Championship. We also talk technical stuff like her new Chicane tyres from Challenge and her disc brake setup. She gives us some insight into the ‘cross riders to be watching out for when Worlds rolls around and tells us some great stories about races from the past and more recent times. We laugh a lot and swear a bit too! ( 1:14:43 MIN / 71.73 MB)
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The season was so big and so epic and so filled with hyperbole and exaggeration that we needed a second episode to cover it, so here you go! (Also Dan swears a lot) Settle in and enjoy. (1:03:04 MIN / 60.54 MB)