Christina Siggaard is a 20-year-old Danish cyclist, who came third in the 2011 Junior Road World Championships, and 7th in the Junior ITT Worlds the following year, and after two years on Scandinavian teams, has just signed to British-based UCI team Matrix Pro Cycling. We talked about how 2014 was not a good year for her, with big team problems that ended up with both her parents working for the riders – but she’s not bitter about it, has learned all kinds of lessons from the experience, and is looking forward to moving forward. Including how she got into bike riding, what the cycling scene in Denmark is like, her favourite kinds of racing, her first team camp with Matrix, and much more. (29:00 MIN / 27.84 MB)
To stream the most Danish interview on this site (so far!), click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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Last month I podcast-interviewed Alexandra Green, the young Australian Para-cyclist who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and who has never come home from a Track World Cup without a medal. We talked about what that was like, the mental gear-switch she had to make to go from being “able bodied with a limp” to being a disabled athlete, her work as the youngest board member of the Cerebal Palsy Alliance, being part of the Aussie Para-cycling team and much more. You can listen to the interview over here, but I’ve transcribed it too, for people who prefer to read their interviews.
You’re in middle of the Paralympic cycle, getting ready to aim for Rio. How does that feel?
Alex: Yeah, two years to go, so it’s all ramping up from now. Time has gone very quickly from London – it’s been a blur, there’s been no downtime really, and suddenly it’s two years and I’ll blink and it’ll be one year, and I’ll blink again and we’ll be there – hopefully! Hopefully I’ll be there! It’s going and it’s gone and it’s a whirlwind and there’s barely time to breathe.
Like most of the Paracyclists, you’re riding on the road and on the track – and you’ve only been riding since 2010, so when you won your bronze medal in the London Games, that was after two years of racing. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into cycling?
It’s a weird kind of thing. I grew up being told I don’t have a disability, just get on with it, so I spent my teenage years just being an able-bodied person with a limp, and then one day in 2007, I was watching a documentary about this girl trying to make the Para-equestrian team for Beijing, and it got me thinking, is my Cerebal Palsy enough to qualify me to go to a Paralympics? And I googled the Australian Paralympic Committee, they had a talent search day, I went, I was eligible, and I got into rowing, because I lived by the water and I loved the water, and I’d always wanted to learn to row.
Last winter, young Dutch cyclocross star Sophie de Boer had been thinking about giving up cycling – she’d had a hard season, with mechanicals, crashes and sickness, and after losing her team, it looked like she might not be able to race at all. So it’s great to see her taking a huge step up for the 2014/15 season, winning her first big race at the bpost bank trofee race Ronse, following it up with victory at one of the most famous cyclocross races, Koppenbergcross, and wearing the World Cup leader’s jersey after two rounds. We talked about the season so far, how she’s been able to take that step, what she’s learned, and much more. (36:20 MIN / 34.87 MB)
To stream the interview in all its glory, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Watch the highlights of Sophie’s great start to the 2014/15 season – her wins in the bpost bank trofee Ronse and of course the Koppenbergcross, and her podium places at the World Cups in Valkenburg and Koksijde, and SuperPrestige Gieten. And there’s a Dutch interview with her after Valkenburg here
Sophie will be racing Milton Keynes in the Cyclocross World Cup leader’s jersey on Saturday 29th November, and you can watch her live. And if you want to follow the rest of the women’s CX this season, here’s how.
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It’s winter, so it’s track season – and Jolien D’hoore just won the omnium in the first round of the 2014/15 Track World Cup, demonstrating that 2014 wasn’t just her best year yet on the road as an elite. The former Junior Road World Champion and current Belgian national road champion talked to me about why, how she combines cobbles and velodromes, her hopes for the future, and much more. (30:40 MIN / 29.42 MB)
To stream the omnium of interviews click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Watch her win the omnium in the 2014 Guadalajara Track World Cup earlier this month:
and for more of her 2014 victories, there are videos from her two stage wins at the BeNe Ladies Tour, from her Belgian National Championships, and her win and post-race interviews in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour:
Last week I podcast-interviewed Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM‘s Lisa Brennauer, who ended the 2014 season with two National Champion titles, and two golds and a silver from the Road World Championships, making her by far the most successful rider in Ponferrada. You can listen to that here, but thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters, I’ve also transcribed it, for people who prefer to read interviews.
You were obviously amazing at Road World Champs, and I wanted to start off by asking about that. You began by winning the Team Time Trial, which is not that surprising, because Specialized-lululemon have won for all three years.
Lisa: Yeah, it was obviously a big goal for us to win it again, but our competition was not sleeping, they’ve worked really hard at it, so in the end it was a lot of hard work to make it happen, and we were all so happy afterwards.
I’d been impressed at the Open de Suède Vårgårda Team Time Trial World Cup, where I’d thought maybe Rabobank-Liv would beat you – and then you broke the course record, even though the weather was appalling! How do you keep getting better and better every year?
For some of the riders, getting a routine that we work very hard on. We had a great camp in Sweden before the World Cup, and we were used to the course and the weather conditions there, and I think all the little parts play a big role in the end. To be honest, we were surprised as well!
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!)