Valentina Scandolara is a huge fan favourite because of her love of attacks, and her friendly personality, online and in races. Continuing the recent Australian theme on the blog, she’s come from a block of training in Brazil to join her ORICA-AIS team-mates – cheering them on as they rode the Bay Crits and the National Road Championships before racing with them in the Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Ladies Tour of Qatar. We talked about what being on ORICA’s been like, going from being “a wild animal in the city” to re-learning some cycling basics, how it felt when heart problems forced her out of the 2014 Road World Championships, the difference between winning Worlds medals as a junior and elite, and a whole lot more, including why she is so vocal about riders not being paid, and where she goes wrong in the Army…
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Find out more about Vale through her twitter, and facebook, and through the Vale Scandolara fan club site – and read her profile on the ORICA-AIS site. Vale and her team-mate Amanda Spratt did some daily Q&As with me during last year’s Giro Rosa, and you can read them on Podium Café: pre-Giro; after Stage 2; Stage 3; Stage 4; and Stage 5.
Here are the videos from the 2014 Team Time Trial World Championships, where Vale won silver, the Bay Crits, where her team-mate Gracie Elvin won Stage 2 with Loes Gunnewijk second, and Vale’s win in the 2014 Giro del Trentino:
and talking after the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, and coming second in the 2014 Italian National Road Championships
Vale’s first races of 2015 will be the Santos Tour Down Under on 17-20th January, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 31st January, and then the Ladies Tour of Qatar, 3rd-6th February 2015. Make sure you’re cheering for her online and in real life!
Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do these interviews – as always, I really appreciate you.
It’s been a hard week, but cycling is still making me smile. I started out with one thing, then two, and the list kept growing…
- Big thanks to Bicycling.com for featuring my podcastery in their round-up of 10 podcasts to listen to on the trainer. I’m super-flattered.
- Related…. we’ve done a little bit of podcast-rebranding – the Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Show will still be Dan and me talking (laughing, swearing) about everything we love about women’s pro cycling (Dan is taking a break until the road season starts again, because he deserves it) and my interviews with pro riders and people involved in the sport are now Sarah interviews… with a snazzy new logo that I adore – thankyou so much, Ben! They have their own categories in the sidebar, but you can still get to them via the same iTunes and RSS as normal, and through the podcast section of the site. If you want to catch up with previous interviews, here are all the ones from last year.
- This is not flattering, but makes me laugh…
— Caroline Stewart (@swordpanda) January 11, 2015
- This is very flattering AND made me laugh
— Adi Oso-Groot (@middlering) January 13, 2015
- And this video is just gorgeous, and makes me wish I could do this too
OK, back to spreadsheets – thankyou, all my twitterfriends, and cycling social media types, for all being so awesome.
It’s definitely all about Australia in the women’s road cycling world right now – we’ve had the Bay Crits, the first road race of 2015 which was super-exciting road racing, won by Wiggle Honda’s Chloe Hosking; then straight into the Australian National Road Championships; and now we’ve had an announcement of Wiggle Honda owner Rochelle Gilmore’s latest venture, the High5 Dream Team, a brand new Australian domestic team that will provide development and support for Aussie women to get to Europe. It’s been a crazy-busy month for Gilmore, as on top of all this she’s been commentating the Bay Crits and RoadNats for Channel 9 and Fox Sport – but she took time out of her busy week to talk to me about all of this and a lot more, including a very ambitious goal for the first UCI-level race of the season…
To stream the High-5ingest interview of the day click here (right-click, save-as to download).
For those of you who prefer to read your articles rather than listen to them, there’s a transcript of this interview over on Podium Café.
Find out more about Rochelle on her website, and you should be following her twitter too. In the summer, I interviewed Rochelle for ProCycling Magazine‘s Review of 2014 issue, which is available from online magazine stores (it’s the one with Vincenzo Nibali on the cover).
Wiggle Honda has their website, of course, as well as their facebook and twitter, and all their great team videos are on their youtube. All the videos I’ve found from the Bay Crits are collected in this post – and the videos from the Road Champs, including Dr Kimbers Wells winning the Crit Champs, and how to follow the Road Race, are in here – but here’s her moment
I’m able to do these interviews thanks to the generosity of my Patreon supporters – thank you so much, I really, really appreciate you.
In 2014, Sabrina Stultiens came back from a knee injury to win both the European u23 Road and Cyclocross Championships, and she’s gone on the get her first CX World Cup podium place, coming second in the exhilarating Koksijde race, one of the Monuments of cyclocross, and winning her first big race, the Zilvermeercross in Mol. But her season’s not over yet –
on Sunday next week she races the Netherlands National Championships, before going all out for Worlds. I talked to her about all of this, her tactics for trying to beat Marianne Vos, moving from Rabobank to Liv-Plantur on the road for 2015, and the differences between racing the disciplines. (29:28 MIN / 28.28 MB)
Stream all the mud, wind, rain, sand and glory here (right-click, save-as to download).
Edit: I got confused abut dates and thought Nationals was this weekend rather than 11th January – sorry Sabrina!
You can find out more about Sabrina on her website and facebook athlete page, and follow her on her twitter and instagram. The new website for Liv-Plantur will be up next week, which will have more information about her too.
If you want to watch the races we talked about, here’s a short clip of Sabrina winning the Zilvermeercross in Mol. and an interview with her there. There are photos of her winning the 2014 European u23 Cyclocross Championships here. – and a photo of her winning the 2014 European u23 Road Championships after Elena Cecchini celebrated too soon.
We’re lucky enough to have the full World Cups streamed – thank you so much, UCI! Here’s the highlights of Koksijde – and all the other Koksijde videos and photos are here.
Thank you so much to all my Patreon supporters who fund me to do these interviews – I couldn’t do it without you, and appreciate you endlessly!
New Year’s Eve is that traditional time to look back at the year, and make plots and plans for the future – and in blogging terms, it’s always fun to remind myself what I’ve done. So, some highlights from the blog, and things you may have missed from 2014. I know it’s a bit self-indulgent, but hell, that’s what this time of year is for!
My most viewed posts of 2014
Unsurprisingly, the top 5 most-read posts were guides on how to watch live racing – in order, starting with the most views, how to watch La Course, the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships, the Friends Life Women’s Tour, the Commonwealth Games cycling and the Giro Rosa. I put all my guides to watching racing in real life in my Live cycling section. And if you, like me, are excited about the #WT2015, here’s their first video of the year:
The actual 4th place goes to a post I didn’t even write this year, but people keep finding (possibly through some of the more bizarre search terms):
Number 6 on the list was another rant/rage-post: I am so sick of reading these stories, all about the frustration of reading this article on La Bicicleta México, alleging Mexican riders on Estado de México-Faren weren’t paid, but to add insult to injury, also faced discrimination within the team and unacceptable treatment from team staff. My heart-felt hope is that the UCI works out a process to support riders in 2015, so these stories become a thing of the past.
After that? Shopping posts – lots of shopping posts! Check out the Shopping section for gift guides, where you can buy team kit, cycling clothing for women who are XL and above, and a lot more – just check out the date they were written on, because some of the links are broken.
My own favourite thing I wrote in 2014
I’m a huge track fan, and since we don’t get live tv from most rounds of the Track World Cups, I rely on photos and websites to keep me updated, and especially the work of Guy Swarbrick. Guy is one of the people who’ve moved from cycling fan to working in the industry, and he provides a superb set of services for us, from his “day job” of photography to his live commentweeting from the events (results and opinion mixed into one) and running the TrackCycling.net website. We talked about everything from photographing the World Cups, to his best and worst moments, and how track has changed over the time he’s been working on it. (1:00:44 MIN / 58.30 MB)
You can stream the interview by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
Follow Guy on the @trackcycling twitter account for the commentweeting, and Trackcycling.net for the previews and news reports throughout the year. If you’d like to have a look at more of his photos, check out his instagram – and if you want to own some, there are still a couple of copies of Guy’s superb 2015 calendar for sale, as well as prints of his other work on his cycling photography website.
There’s always more social media with Guy – two of his his facebook accounts are the trackcycling page, and for his other work too, his personal site. And if you’d like to support his work, he’s got a Patreon account too.
I’m able to do these interviews thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much, I really appreciate you all!