Huge news broke today as Emma Pooley announced that she’ll be retiring from pro cycling, and Sunday’s Commonwealth Games road race will be her last big race before she be moves to long course triathlon and mountain running. As you can imagine, we’ll be so disappointed to see her leave, but we hope her all the best for the future.
Before the announcement Emma spoke exclusively with Sarah in an interview for Rouleur. Please head through and read it for the full story on the thinking behind Emma’s decision, why she wanted to make the announcement now and what her memories of the sport will be.
In an additional exclusive for us, you can hear Sarah’s full conversation with Emma here.(right-click, save-as to download)
(please excuse all the background noise and the times the call dropped out – the life of a bike rider means using whatever internet connection you can find). (1:11:08 MIN / 68.31 MB)
Follow Emma on her adventures in triathlon, and send her a tweet on her twitter, especially if you know a publisher who can help her achieve her cookbook dreams! Watch her race the Commonwealth Games ITT on Thursday 31st July, and the Road Race on Sunday 3rd August – here’s a guide to watching the races.
You can read about the Le Tour Entier campaign to get La Course by Le Tour de France, which Pooley was an integral part of, on the LTE website and twitter – and make Emma happy by tweeting the UCI to ask for more women’s races and email the ASO to ask for more women’s racing in Le Tour.
Here are some of our favourite Emma Pooley moments:
The final 6km in the 2010 GP Plouay World Cup (Pooley’s the short rider in the GB kit – Marianne Vos is in the white World Cup leader’s jersey)
This is an amazing feature. Sarah has an in-depth conversation with the incredible Emma Pooley, who won three stages of the 2014 Giro Rosa and was clearly the best climber of the race. This is an absolute must listen! (28:47 MIN / 27.63 MB)
To stream the climbingest Giro Rosa interview of 2014, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If you’d rather read interviews than listen to them (or why not do both!) the transcript of this is on Podium Café.
You can read Sarah’s interview with Pooley from before the Giro Rosa, and the Q&As with her after Stage 6 and after Stage 8 on Podium Café – and to find out what she was doing in the eight months before the season started, listen to Sarah’s interview with her from April – or read Part 1 and Part 2 on the Café. And all the Podium Café coverage of the Giro Rosa is in the Storystream – and you can see all the videos right here, especially her wins on Stage 6, Stage 8 and Stage 9.
Hi everyone! Dan’s still bouncing all over Australia so we’ve made a slight change to our podcast schedule. We’ll be recording and posting a new episode this weekend, but in the meantime Sarah’s been busy keeping up her series of special one-on-one interviews. This week she talks with South African national champion (and African continental champion) Ashleigh Moolman about upcoming races like the Emakumeen Bira, her intimidating maths skills and how a nasty horse-riding accident changed her perspective on life. As regular listeners know, we’re big fans of Ash and not just her riding, but also her friendly and positive manners, along with her excellent social media. This is another great interview and well worth a listen. (49:38 MIN / 47.66 MB)
To stream the Ashleigh-est interview we’ve ever done, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If you would rather read this interview, there’s a transcript over on Podium Café - part 1 is here. UPDATE! And Part 2 is here
You can read more about Ash on her excellent blog , where there are so many great posts – head in and have a look. She’s got a fantastic twitter, too, and you can also follow her adventures through the Hitec Products website and twitter.
Last year Ash won the Boels Rental Hills Classic, and came third in the Flèche Wallonne World Cup, and Stage 4 of the Giro Rosa – watch the videos here
and here’s Sarah’s interview with Ash after Flèche, on Podium Café.
You can follow the Emakumeen Bira with our Podium Café friends, Babelia, Marcos and Saul – follow them on twitter through those links, and Babelia through the Road & Mud twitter account. Of course I’ve added them all to my live race tweeting twitter list, and we’ll have a race thread here on the Café too. There is information on the race website, and previews on
- Cobbles & Hills (Spanish or google translate)
- El Pelotón (Spanish or google)
- On Velofocus (English)
- On VeloRooms (English and forum)
And Road & Mud has a history of the Basque races, in Spanish or via google. And if you didn’t see if last year, or want to be reminded of it, check out Saul’s article on being at the race, right here on the Café!
Anika Todd has one of those stories that people daydream about on long rides. She started riding casually with her then-boyfriend, joined the Tripleshot cycling club in Vancouver, who noticed she was pretty strong, and encouraged her to start racing. She did so well that the club raised the money to send her to the Canadian National Championships…. where she came 7th in the road race and 2nd in the Time Trial – and she hadn’t even been racing for a year! Team Tibco spotted her and signed her up, and now she’s a pro!
It’s not just her great story – it’s how she tells it, on her fantastic blog that’s given us a real insight into what the Spring Classics are like. She popped by to tell Sarah about experiencing the European Spring, elbowing Kirsten Wild aside, having a day riding with Marianne Vos, and much more – including whether she still enjoys cycling! (34:45 MIN / 33.36 MB)
To stream the full interview aboot Anika, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Anika’s team, Tibco, can be followed on their website and twitter. Their mechanic, Eric Maresjo, is one of the trio of superstars who combine fixing bikes and dealing with race crises with tweeting live updates from the action – follow him too!
Our favourite Anika blogs (but you should read them all!)
- On elbowing Kirsten Wild out of the way
- Her day riding with Marianne Vos – including her photos of the Vos trophy room
- Getting her mojo back in the end of the Classics
Anika’s been supported by the Tripleshot Cycling Club – if you’re anywhere near Vancouver, you should definitely join them, they sound lovely. You can also go to her sponsor page and click through to their sites – and tell them you appreciate them supporting women’s cycling!
We talked about some of the causes Anika supports, and you can find out more about them on her website
- Healthy body image
- Brain injury – and specifically the Victoria Brain Injury Society
- Mental Health – we are both big fans of Clara Hughes, and especially Clara’s Big Ride, her huge cross-Canada ride running events to start conversations about mental health, and of how Gillian Carleton talks about depression.
Heading into the Ronde van Vlaanderen (which really is on Sunday despite Sarah saying Saturday) Sarah interviews the fabulous Ellen van Dijk. The World ITT champion and two-time World TTT champion (she’s even a Scratch Race world champion on the track!) talks about riding for Boels and what is in store for her this year. Enjoy this special feature. (27:27 MIN / 26.35 MB)
Stream the interview by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
If podcasts aren’t your thing, you can also read the transcript of this interview on Podium Café.
Watch Ellen win the 2013 Individual Time Trial gold
and re-uniting with the Netherlands National Team afterwards
Fore more on the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen, check out Velofocus’ excellent preview
This week we bring you a special feature as Sarah sits down to interview the reigning world number one, Emma Johansson! Sarah talks one-on-one with the Orica-AIS rider ahead of Trofeo Binda and Ronde van Vlaanderen which they discuss in detail and how Emma prepares for those, along with how she thinks Binda will unfold and who she’s keeping an eye on as the World Cup races continue. Sarah asks Emma about being last year’s number one rider and if she’d prefer to win the races outright or the overall. They also discuss her role promoting Belgium and tourism in Flanders, along with how she’s managed to be adopted by pretty much every country she’s ever been to (as a side note Dan reckons she totally has been adopted by Australia, her English accent is half Aussie now!!!). It’s a great interview, so enjoy! (34:26 MIN / 33.06 MB)
To stream the week’s best interview with Emma Johansson click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If podcasts aren’t your thing, you can read a transcript of the interview over on Podium Café
To follow Emma through the season, please do check out her website, and follow her on twitter – and you can follow her facebook fanpage. Emma’s team, ORICA-AIS give regular updates on her progress – follow their news section, and keep an eye on their twitter, too.
Emma made a great video for Visit Flanders, and we recommend you watch it:
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)
Stream the Elvinest interview we’ve got by clicking here. (Right-click, save-as to download)
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: