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Sarah interviews… Guy Elliott, on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour

June 24, 2015 1 comment

Podcast interview logoYou might have already listened to my podcast talking about my experiences working on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour, one of the biggest women’s cycling events of the year – and we’re still on the same theme, because I’ve also interviewed Guy Elliott, who works for SweetSpot as one of the race controllers.  We talked about the highs and lows of this year’s race, how it compared to last year, and Guy answered questions sourced from twitter as well.  I probably laugh too much, and we definitely get confused about which breakaway was on which stage (sorry Stage 1 escapees!) but in our defense, we’re still in that post-Tour giddy zone!

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If you want to follow Guy on twitter, he’s here – and you can find out more about SweetSpot, who run the race, on their website, youtube and instagram.  Of course, make sure you follow the Aviva Women’s Tour on their website, twitter, and like them on facebook (can we get them to over 5,000 likes?).  Want to show their sponsors that women’s cycling has an audience?  Click on the Aviva Women’s Tour partner page, and click through to each of their sponsors (buy some Soreen malt loaf, Adnam’s beer, or even a Skoda car, you won’t regret it!).

And I’ll link you to all the videos etc very soon, but in the meantime, here are the race’s own highlights, and the hour-long programmes from ITV cycling (available for around 3 weeks)

Podcast Episode 15 – The Aviva Women’s Tour

June 22, 2015 4 comments

Podcast logoSarah’s been off at the Aviva Women’s Tour and had an amazing week at the race. She catches Dan up on all the shenanigans and goings on. We also talk quickly about a bunch of other races that were on including Buka Europeans Champs, Giro Del Trentino and the interesting story of Carmen Small racing with the men at the North Star GP in Minneapolis. (1:17:02 MIN / 73.97 MB) WARNING: If you’re new to our podcast, do note that it’s a sweary podcast about women’s cycling. ;)

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Stuff we talked about

One of the best images from the Aviva Women’s Tour:

Sarah in her office this week (photo by the wonderful Balint Hamvas)

In my office by Balint Hamvas

And a nice intro video (Sarah’s preparing a whole post of videos, never fear!):

How to follow the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour LIVE

June 16, 2015 5 comments

It’s that time of year again – the biggest women’s bike race in the UK, and one of the biggest in the world, the Aviva Women’s Tour, which last year was the Friends Life Women’s Tour. I have to admit a massive bias about this race, because once again I’m working on it, running the live twitter and online updates – but trust me, it’s marvellous.  5 stages, from Wednesday 17th-Sunday 21st June 2015.  There’s no live tv, but there’s an hour of highlights every night at 8pm BST (21:00 Euro CEST; 3pm North American EST; 5am Aussie AEDT) on ITV4, streamed here in the UK, via filmon.com elsewhere, and there are likely to be streams on places like CyclingFans, and you need to watch this, if only because Marianne Vos is one of the commentators!  It’ll be shown on other tv channels too – check out the tv guide for more. If you want to follow the race action as it happens, I’ll be tweeting from the @thewomenstour account, and there’ll be a live ticker on the race website, where you can find everything about the race.  My audio interviews are going up on my soundcloud too, and you can find a ton of interesting things about the race on the #AvivaWT2015 twitter hashtag.  There’s a lot of video and links around about this race – I know you’ll love it as much as I will!

Podcast 2015 Episode 14 – Smash and Grab

June 16, 2015 2 comments

Podcast logoIt’s a short episode because Sarah literally has to rush off to the Aviva Women’s Tour (thanks Patreon supporters for making this possible!). Before she goes we quickly recap Philly, the Spanish racing and almost preview the Women’s Tour. Hit play and enjoy! (30:45 MIN / 30 MB)

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Here’s some links to stuff we talked about

You can watch the full race of the Philadelphia International Women’s Race here. You can also watch the highlights of the race here:

Read all about the Emakumeen-Bira here. (Check out the awesome photo galleries!)

The Diamond Tour’s podium setup raised some questions from riders like Marijn de Vries and had the organisers quickly putting out a statement. Anna Zivarts gave us a glimpse of what it might look like the men were treated in the same way.

And, of course, the Aviva Women’s Tour is a hotly anticipated race with lots of media and Marianne Vos doing commentary for the tv highlights!

 

Podcast 2015 Episode 13 – Pigs and Spiders

June 5, 2015 2 comments

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowHi team! Dan’s been sick so this week we catch up on heaps of racing all over the planet, from China to Europe to North America. Along the way we explain some Aussie colloquialisms and have quite a bit of fun. It’s fair to say that we get pretty excited about the upcoming weekend of racing and well, everything really. (1:08:50 MIN / 66.1 MB)

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Things we talked about

This week’s racing (SO much to watch!)

Tour of Zhoushan Island

No media from this one – but big congratulations to winner Lauren Kitchen!

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Boels Rental Hills Classic

Photos from Boels Rental and ORICA-AIS, full results

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Two LIVE cycling World Cups this weekend – the 2015 Fort William downhill MTB & Philadelphia Classic on the road

June 4, 2015 3 comments

Sunday 7th June is going to be fantastic for women’s cycling fans, with two explosive, beautiful races, at the highest level of road and downhill MTB – the Fort William DH World Cup in Scotland, and in the USA, round 6 of the 2015 women’s road World Cup, the Philadelphia Classic, and best of all?  They’re LIVE!

Fort William MTB World Cup, 6-7 May 2015

The elite finals are on Sunday 7th, and the wonderful Red Bull Bike are streaming the women’s and men’s races here on Red Bull TV, from 2.30pm UK BST (15:30 Euro CEST, 9:30am N American EDT; 11:3opm Australian AEST).  If you’re new to MTB, it’s the perfect introduction, Rob Warner‘s commentary combines an encyclopaedic (& first hand!) knowledge with infectious enthusiasm for the sport, it’s very easy to pick up and in the most fantastic scenery.   If you miss it live, you can watch the archive there too, and there are lots of ways to follow the action of the practice and qualifications too.

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This weekend’s LIVE women’s racing – Glencoe Grand Prix, Winston-Salem Classic Crit & Road Race, and the Albstadt MTB World Cup

May 30, 2015 3 comments

It’s lovely, this time of year, with so much live women’s cycling, and this weekend we have FOUR live women’s races – a crit, a road race, and a cross country MTB World Cup.  And this is how we can watch them….

USA Crits #2, Glencoe Grand Prix, 30th May

The cycling scene in the USA is well known for innovative live streaming, and one of the conditions of joining the USA Crits series is broadcasting the race on the internet.  The women start at 4:15pm N American CDT (5:15pm EST, 10:15pm UK BST, 23:15 Euro CEST, 7:15 am Monday Aus AEST), but there are tons more races featured on the livestream, including men’s Cat 2/3 and elite, AND women’s CAT 3/4 – the stream’s over here, there’s more information, including the schedule, on the race website, and here’s how to watch the rest of the USA Crits.

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Winstom-Salem Classic Crit & UCI Road Race, 30th-31st May

You wait for one USA live race, and two come along at the same time…  In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it’s a weekend of racing festivities, and for the women, a crit on Saturday and the UCI-ranked road race on Sunday – and both will be streamed live on Cyclingnews AND on livestream!

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