Hi team, this week Sarah and Dan round up all that’s fit to know about Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, including the best of social media, blogs and videos. We also get excited about upcoming races and salute our friend Jens’ love of Dutch Style Racing. There’s some great photos and videos from around the traps, including some excellent pieces from the track world championships, some downhill mountain bike and (Sarah’s favourite) some bikecam footage. Listen now for all the insanity and more Dutch Style Racing than you can poke a stick at. (1:03:59 MIN / 61.43 MB)
To stream the best drinking game of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s racing
Video highlights from WTV | Focus and Sporza. Photos on Velofocus and on Ella Cycling Tips and their race report from Lizzie Williams. Sarah’s race report and full results on Cyclingnews. And here’s the race day from Wiggle Honda‘s perspective:
What were the Wiggle riders who weren’t racing doing?
So you’ve heard a lot about the amazing and incredible sport of women’s cycling, but you’re just not sure how to get started on your journey to become the world’s greatest fan. That’s ok because Sarah and Dan have got your back! This week Sarah and Dan provide an intro to women’s cycling for newcomers to the sport, explaining how races work, how they’re different to men’s races and then also go into an overview of the main teams to watch, along with an overview of the 2015 races and season. It’s the perfect primer to get you started for an exciting year of racing. Already an expert? That’s cool too, because now you’ve got the perfect tool to share with your friends so they will know what the hell you’re talking about all year! (1:15:02 MIN / 71.53 MB)
To stream the best seasoned podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Stuff we talked about
You can view the full list of women’s registered UCI teams for 2015 here (you’ll need to change the ‘Category’ dropdown menu to UCI Women’s Teams). You can click on the name of each team to see the list of riders and learn more about them.
If you need some help spotting which team is which on the road, Sarah’s compiled some handy posts over at Podium Cafe. You can even vote for your favourite kit! Here’s the main UCI team post and here’s the post for the best of the rest.
If you’d like to take a look at the full 2015 race calendar, then this is the link for you!
Lastly, Sarah does a huge amount of work promoting women’s cycling, races and riders. Sarah’s proudly supported by a number of generous folks via her Patreon page. Thank you to all the contributors, you’re fantastic!
Hi everybody and welcome to 2015! It’s kind of the season but not really the season which means it’s the pre-season, and pre-season means we’re talking about Ladies Tour of Qatar. Of course, we’re never satisfied with just one subject so we’re also talking about Cyclocross worlds, Para-cycling and all the crazy, funny, awesome blogs and videos and things we’ve seen about the place in the last couple of weeks. (1:09:31 MIN / 66.73 MB)
To stream the pre-season hilarity click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about
We didn’t talk about this, but we liked it – Evie Stevens in the velodrome with Specialized:
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)
To stream the noggiest of podcasts, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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)
To stream the most statistically valid podcast available on this page, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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)
To stream the Deutschiest podcast on this page, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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: