Hey 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
- All the videos from the Junior women’s road race
- All the videos from the elite women’s road race
- Tiffany Cromwell‘s great blog from the road race on Cycling Tips (if you only click one thing, click this!)
- Pauline Ferrand-Prévot answering questions about Jeannie Longo
- Nettie Edmondson‘s blog about the Team Time Trial
- This little BBC film-ette was shown after the men’s Worlds – on where we are with women’s cycling, including Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley and Evie Stevens (may be geo-restricted)
BMX Supercross World Cup – Chula Vista
The final race of the year…. Worlds! Or to be more polite about it – the Ponferrada 2014 Road Cycling World Championships. The road race 7 laps of a course with 2 climbs and that killer descent (“Killer” is not necessarily an exaggeration – not sure what I think about a descent with men with danger flags, and a Red Cross tent at the bottom). So much talent, and so many strong riders. I asked some of them what they thought about the course before the race, so had an idea about the course, but what was the race like? There are tons of videos and galleries and tweets – if I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay
One of the things I like best about the road cycling World Championships is seeing the junior riders race, the stars of the future. We have some great junior day races and stage races here in Europe, and I’ve been following the Italian junior races on the fantastic BiciTV – and we get to see a bit of the USA and Aussie juniors on their domestic circuit, but this is the only time all year that all the countries come together, and we see who’s doing well. It’s also so exiting for the riders. They’re aged between 16 and 18, and have given up so much their friends are doing, and this is their first chance to see if that’s all been worthwhile.
The big story was whether young Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen could become only the third woman to win two Junior World Championships back-to-back (the other two were Brits Nicole Cooke and Lucy Garner, and we all know what Cooke went on to do!). Last year she wasn’t the strongest, but she was the cleverest, and earlier this year she won the hilly Trofeo da Moreno, the junior equivalent of the Trofeo Binda World Cup (videos here) – but then she broke her collarbone, and she’s only just back from that…. and there was so much talent on the road….
Here’s the highlights of the Ponferrada 2014 junior women’s race, and the full race coverage, with more media below
Every year I really enjoy playing the Equivalents game, helping people enjoy Worlds a bit more. It’s for people who are new to women’s road cycling, or are fans who are interested in what I’ve got to say – but basically people tell me their favourite male cyclist, or type of rider, and I’ll give them an equivalent to cheer for in the women’s Road Race on Saturday. I’ve written one post already this year, where I gave Equivalents for Mark Cavendish, Fabian Cancellara, Tommy Voeckler, David Millar, Nico Roche and “Nice riders/underdogs”, and here’s part two.
Remember, if you’d like an Equivalent, leave me a comment, or tweet me with who you like, and most importantly why, and I’ll answer before Worlds starts! The guide to how to watch Worlds is here.
James asked for a “Jack Bauer, because he can ride, he can kill people and he totally rocks the man-bag… ;)” – and I can’t do one, but I can split it into two! Iris Slappendel is an awesome rouleur type who can make man-bags – off the bike she’s a designer who creates custom bags out of recycled cycling materials, as well as other things. She’s the current Dutch road race champion, very much liked in the peloton, and has a great blog and twitter – you’ll see her racing hard for her team-mates in Worlds.
I’m not sure Iris could kill you, though – but some other riders definitely could!
It’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
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
Such a dramatic Individual Time Trial at this year’s Ponferrada 2014 World Cycling Championships! Really interesting – and of course, there are tons of videos – starting with the UCI Highlights and full race replay