The most successful rider at the Road Cycling World Championships in modern times has to be Marianne Vos, who started her Worlds with a win in the Juniors, and went on to win three elite gold medals and five silvers, not to mention her two Olympic golds on road and track, her two golds from Track World Champs, and her seven Cyclocross golds – and she’s still only 28!
This year, for the first time in her career, she’s not at Worlds, as she’s still recovering from the injuries and illness that derailed her 2015 road season, but the thing about Vos is she loves cycling, and has been following from home. I caught up with her to talk about the racing so far, what she thinks about the road course and who could win, her advice for juniors racing Worlds for the first time, the announcement about the brand new Women’s World Tour for 2016, and much more.
You can listen to this one, or read the transcript below…
Listen to Marianne talk here (right click, save as to download)
How are you, Marianne?
I’m good. I’m not at the Worlds this time, but I’ll be watching closely
Is it strange not being there after being there every year since you were a junior.
It’s quite strange seeing it on television, and following it on social media, seeing my team mates and the women and guys from my country racing in America, and seeing the atmosphere there. Of course it hurts a little bit, but on the other hand, I’m happy to be able to follow it from the side, and I’ll be back to be there next time.
The cyclocross season has officially begun, so it’s time for my now-traditional interview with the wonderful Helen Wyman. We talk about the first Cyclocross World Cup of 2015/6, Cross Vegas, the first big cyclocross drama of the season, the interpretation of the UCI feeding rules at Ellison Park CX, and her collaboration with Velocio.cc to create a gorgeous cycling kit. But we don’t stop there – there’s her role on the UCI CX Commission, the new u23 women’s Worlds category the impact the changes in the last few years have had on the sport, and tons more. I could always talk to Helen for hours, so this is a long one!
Listen to the podcast here (right-click, save-as to download) (50.5MB, 52:35mins)
To find out more about Helen, check out her website and her page on the Kona team website, follow her twitter and like her facebook page. And check out her cycling kit collaboration with Velocio.cc – look out the the new items, including men’s kit, that are still to come, as well as the existing women’s kit.
As well as Cross Vegas, Helen will be racing USA ‘cross the Midnight Ride in Lancaster MA on 24th September and the Grand Prix of Gloucester (MA) weekend on 26th & 27th September – if you’d like to go to her cyclocross workshops at the Midnight Ride, on 22nd and 23rd September, here’s where you can sign up.
You can find the details of the other three big cyclocross series via these links: the World Cup, the Superprestige and the bpost bank trofee (still the 2014/15 site, but likely updated soon) and the full UCI CX Calender is on their site. There’s more about the new U23 women’s category at Worlds on the UCI site too, and if you want to watch and follow this year’s women’s CX in Europe and the USA , here’s my 2014/5 guide, which I’ll update nearer the Euro season start.
If you want to check out my previous interviews with Helen, they’re here:
- my last written interview with her from January 2015,on Podium Café, before Worlds
- Podium Café interview about how she helped get equal prize money for women at the 2014 Koppenbergcross
- Podcasts with her in October 2014 on her work towards equality, the differences in European and USA CX, and much more – Part 1 and Part 2
- Her preview of the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships for Podium Café,
- Dan and I interviewed her on our women’s cycling podcast in November 2013 and in December 2012
- Podium Café interviews from start of October 2011, on her USA trip, then later that month when she won the Koppenbergcross for the first time 2011– and you can see the “crayon” drawings she did for the Café here and here.
- My first ever interview with her, on Podium Café in October 2010,
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Alright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)
To stream the most cross-disciplinary podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing:
Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:
- Days 1-4 (Eliminator, Relay, Trials Junior & u23 Cross Country)
- The elite cross country and downhill finals – great videos there, but Sarah especially loves the GoPro from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5. Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:
We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!
It’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week as there was only one short window where Sarah and Dan could coordinate their schedules to record. On the upside, it’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week! Anyway, it was cobbly and rainy in France, which kind of makes La Course a summer classic, right? In addition to recapping the multiple attacks, crashes and attempts in Paris, we also discuss the BMX World Championships and the Para-Cycling World Cup. Enjoy! (58:38 MIN / 56.3 MB)
To stream the summeriest* of all possible podcasts, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
*Not an actual guarantee, definition of summer may vary, results may vary.
We didn’t talk about it, but we loved this video from Nettie Edmondson
All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.
2015 BMX World Championships
Hi team! There’s been heaps of racing to cover in the last week, so we recap the action in France, Belgium/Netherlands and Germany. It’s been a week of highs and lows with all sorts of interesting results. There are some pretty hectic diversions in this week’s episode (when are there not?) and a reasonable amount of speculation about what may happen on Sunday at La Course. Enjoy! (1:13:11 MIN / 70.27 MB)
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Things we talked about
And you can view videos of the stages here: