I always love the people involved in women’s cycling who look at what’s not there and think “right, I’ll fix that”, so I’m a big fan of Heather Bamforth, who, when she came back to cycling after years out focusing on work and looked at what wasn’t there for women like her in the North West of England, has made a huge difference. She’s done some really interesting things, setting up a league of races in the area, with a special focus on getting first-timers racing, coordinating race skills sessions for newbies with a racing league for Category 2/3 and 4 riders, and most recently being one of the founders of the Racing Chance Foundation, which raises money to help everyone from first-timers to riders who want to make the jump to elite racing abroad.
We talked about all this and more, and you can listen to it here (click through to download it):
If you want to join the Racing Chance Foundation club, from anywhere in the UK, for just £5, the information is here. Their website is full of useful information like their calendar of race training sessions and races to enter, and you can also support them by donating to the Foundation or buying their kit and clothing. Follow them on twitter and facebook as well, and the Racing Chance Women’s Racing Forum group is on facebook.
Heather gave a lot of shout-outs to different people she works with, including (but not limited to!) Huw Williams, Colin Batchelor and Team 22, Alan Gornall, Carley Brierly and Anna Magrath – follow them too!
I have to admit, I’ve never really been a fan of The Hour Record, but when I read that Bridie O’Donnell is going to be making her attempt at it on 22nd January 2016, in Adelaide, I had to find out more, as I am a fan of Dr O’Donnell. So she told me all about it, including why it’s the perfect cycling challenge for a scientist, how much it will cost, and some diversions around other things she’s been up to. It’s a longer interview, but I could have listened to Bridie talk for hours about this.
Listen to Bridie talk here (1:03:31 mins/61 MB)
Bridie’s being supported in her Hour Record attempt by a lot of people, but especially Rod and Barbara Dux of Dux Dreams Foundation, Ben Young at Frank Green, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Sport Scientists Dr Stephen Lane PhD and Ken Ballhause B.Sc at HPTek. Check out everything they do! If you want to cheer her on (in fancy dress!) then it’ll be at Adelaide SuperDrome on 22nd January 2016, and streamed live worldwide too.
Follow Bridie on her website, Instagram and twitter – and if you can think of a better hashtag for her Hour than #BridiesHour, please do let her know. Her team is Total Rush Hyster, and Cycling Australia will be showing highlights of all the Subaru National Road Series races they’re competing in on their Youtube. And if you know an Irish piper who can play her in in Adelaide on 22nd January, please do let her know as well!
Bridie’s SISU Girls podcasts are available here, and if you’re in Australia, you can catch her as the resident doctor on Channel 10’s The Project tv news show. You can also listen to my previous podcast interview with Bridie from September 2014, and Part 1 and Part 2 of her appearance on Osher Günberg’s properly pro podcast from December 2014.
I’m funded to do these interviews by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much! I’ll keep you all up-to-date with Bridie’s progress here on the site.
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,
I’m funded to do these interviews by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much! If anyone would like to join them, for as little as $1 a month, click here.
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!