Continuing her series of special feature interviews, Sarah speaks with Amber Pierce, the founder of the recently launched Network for Advancing Athletes, a mentoring program focused on helping developing and elite women athletes develop and grow in their sports. Currently based in the US, but with ambitions to grow internationally, and an online Q&A section, this project has been a true labour of love for Amber. She shares with Sarah the inspiration behind the idea and how she hopes to build a peer support and mentoring network for women across a variety of sports around the world. It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Amber and this is a conversation you will not want to miss.
To stream the networkiest, athletiest podcast of the day, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
You can find the Network for Advancing Athletes online here, with great resources including great FAQs like this one about managing depression as an athlete, and a range of articles on useful topics as well. If you are an athlete, or want to be one, you can submit your own questions here – and if you’re in North America and would like to apply to have a mentor, here’s more about it.
If you know anyone who might want to be a mentor (or want to be one yourself), here’s the page for that – and for anyone else, there’s a variety of different ways you can contribute as well.
Kristy Scrymgeour has seen cycling from all kinds of angles – she started as a cyclist in Australia and the USA, then became a cycling journalist when Cyclingnews was first starting, before moving to work for the ground-breaking HTC-Highroad team, in charge of PR and media for the men’s and women’s teams. When that team folded, she took the women’s side forward as Specialized-lululemon, who have just won their fourth Vårgårda Team Time Trial World Cup, and then backed that up with their rider Chantal Blaak winning her first solo World Cup at the Vårgårda Road Race. But alongside all this success, they’re also crowd-funding for their team to continue next year, with the Project X fundraiser.
Sarah talked to Kristy about the crowd-funding, and tons more, including how the team got through their 2013 full of injuries and dealing with the “less good” start to 2014 (and how “less good” can refer to results, but it made them stronger); how they stay on top of the TTT; running a race programme across two continents; the team goals for the rest of the season; Kristy’s work on the UCI’s women’s commission of the UCI, and changes we might see in the future.
To stream the Xiest podcast in cycling history, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If you prefer to read interviews rather than listen to them, the first part, on Vårgårda and Project X, is written up on Podium Café.
You can follow Specialized-lululemon on their website, facebook and twitter, and support the Project X fundraiser on Indiegogo. Kristy is on twitter as @kscrymo and do check out her other initiatives – the Velocio.cc clothing range, and Ally Stacher‘s Ally’s Bars, which will go big in September.
The two Project X videos are below, starting with the brand-new video featuring the team talking about what cycling means to them, as well as the project
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!
Sarah talked to the 2011 and 2012 Junior Road World Champion Lucy Garner, about the challenges of moving from the junior ranks to the elite, racing with Liv-Shimano, getting competitive with her little sister Grace – and especially about what she’s feeling about the Friends Life Women’s Tour next week. Stage 2 will go right past her house, so make sure you keep an eye out for all her friends and family! ( 20:46 MIN / 19.94 MB)
Stream the interview by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
There’ll be a transcript of the interview at some point – watch this space!
You can find out more about Lucy by following her twitter, and checking out her profile and interview at Liv-Shimano. Make sure you follow their twitter too, for updates on her progress. Here’s her profile video
and a lovely video profile of her from last year, talking about how she got into racing and what it means to her
Here’s the video of her winning Stage 1 of last year’s Tour of ChongMing Island stage race (if you click through, you’ll find the videos from the other stages, which include her, too)
And more videos of her in action – coming second in the Molecaten Drentse 8, and third in the Dwars door de Westhoek and in the GP Dottignies this year, an hour or so video of the 2011 Junior Road World Championships, and talking at the press conference after winning the 2012 Junior Worlds.