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!
Hi everyone! This week we race the clock to try and cover all the racing we saw during the week. After a couple of slow weeks, it’s back to full tilt with the Boels Rentals Hills Classic, Gooik, Philadelphia, the Marianne Vos Classic, Edinburgh’s round of the Tour Series, Grand Prix de Plumelec and lots more. There’s also a bunch of great blogs, videos, podcasts and stuff too. Even with all of that going on there’s time for Sarah to prove that she knows US geography like (literally) nobody else! Somehow we manage to keep it under an hour without skimping on the laughs, the bickering or the swearing so strap on your headphones and enjoy! (57:09 MIN / 54.87 MB) Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff!
To stream the most geographically accurate cycling podcast of the day, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s racing
Matrix GP at the Edinburgh Tour Series
Sarah’s photos on her flickr.
The tv coverage of the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series, and all the tv coverage of the other races so far – an hour for each programme, each available for 30 days after the race (geo-restricted to the UK – but you can see them from elsewhere with Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK). MASSIVE THANKS to Matrix-Vulpine for letting Sarah hang out with them!
- More video from Dutch channel L1
- Ellen van Dijk Dutch video interview after coming second
- Photos and race report from ORICA-AIS, and photos from Boels-Dolmans
- Full results
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.
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.
We wrap up the Ronde van Vlaanderen, talk about the Redlands Classic in the US (and how it’s not that fucking hard to provide some race footage!). We review a lot of blogs and videos we’ve seen through the week including ride blogs from Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson, and a great video from Matrix Vulpine. There’s also a great video from Caroline Buchanan and some more blogs from Anika Todd, Accidento Bizarro and a completely left-field shout-out to our mate Laura Moo. We quickly glance ahead to Energiewacht Tour and wonder where in the world the Tour of Thailand is (we’re pretty sure it’s in Thailand actually, but haven’t been able to confirm this online). Enjoy! (1:04:07 MIN / 61.55 MB)
To stream the amazingest Ronde van Podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s women’s cycling links
We really loved Accidento Bizarro’s blog on how harassment can be just like riding a bike – it’s a great analogy, and she always write really well, you should definitely read it.
This week’s racing
What does Marianne Vos do when she isn’t racing? Support the team, of course!
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
It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)
To stream the podcast with more bikes, crocodiles and pythons than any other, click here (right-click, save-as to download)!
Things we talked about included
DRENTHE WEEK! We love springtime in the Netherlands!
If you only click on one link this week, make it this one – Chloe Hosking’s race blog. Seriously, the best rider/team report/analysis we’ve seen.
- Videos and links from the Molecaten Drentse 8
- Videos and links from the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
- Videos and links from the Novilon Eurocup