It’s our highlights show, with bonus lowlights thrown in for no extra charge! We take turns to talk about our favourite moments and stories from the 2014 road season. There are a lot of them and it’s a lot of fun! We break it up in the middle with a couple of the less inspiring moments of the year (UCI, we’re looking at you). BUT because we like you we then finish off with even more highlights so you can wrap it up on a high. (1:18:42 MIN / 75.56 MB)
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As always, share your highlights from the season with us in the comments or on twitter. And if you’re looking for links and relevant information, check out our podcast archive here.
Podcast Special Feature Episode 47 – Sarah Interviews Sarah Fader and Amber Pierce on the USA cycling scene
This year I started to watch the USA Criterium series, which was made so easy by USA Cycling mandating that if races want to be included in the series, they have to get the races streamed live on the USA Crits youtube (superb move! I’d love to see other Federations follow that!). It’s high octane racing, with PREEEEEEEEEEM laps for tons of cash every 5 laps or so, and it intrigued me. So I had to take the chance to talk to Sarah Fader and Amber Pierce, to find out more.
Sarah Fader is a star of the USA Crit circuit, who’s also the co-founder and manager of the Pepper Palace team. For 2015 she’s hoping to take the team to UCI level, and expand into the USA National Racing Calendar and North American UCI-ranked races, and Amber’s one of the riders joining the team. They told me about the differences between the series, how Sarah deals with both managing and riding on the team, and the plans for stepping up, the exciting developments on the USA cycling circuit for 2015 and much more. (41:32 MIN / 39.88 MB)
To stream the Pepperiest Palaciousest interview the internet has ever seen (or heard), click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If you want to follow Sarah Fader and Pepper Palace, there’s a team website, instagram, facebook page, and twitter. Amber is on twitter, and you can follow her latest project, the Network for Advancing Athletes, on their website and twitter – if you want to know more about that, check out my recent interview with her about the project.
The USA Crits series has a website, great twitter, and of course the YouTube account, and if you’d like to get a taste of the action, try the Chris Thater Memorial race, which Sarah won – full race, and highlights video – and Sarah also recommends watching the Athens Twilight Crit - full race coverage and highlights:
and the Novant Health (Presbyterian) Invitational (those links will take you to Youtube videos, which include the women’s, elite men and various other races that happen on the same day).
Sarah continues her series of interviews in this one-on-one talk with Helen Wyman. In it they talk about Helen’s results this season in the USA and Europe and how the two CX scenes are different, she explains start fees and prize money, why women’s CX is a really good opportunity for sponsors, and much more about the wonderful world of cyclocross. (42:12 MIN / 40.68 MB)
To stream the crossiest interview either side of the North Atlantic, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
(Note: Because Helen and Sarah both like to talk, this is just part 1 of the interview. Here’s Part 2, where Helen runs through the season. Spoiler: you should watch it all!)
There’s a video-diary from Helen’s USA trip
Ans the Kona video from Helen, and two very young riders facing their first race of the 2014/15 season:
And another recent video profile of Helen on Fans of Flanders.
You can see how Helen came second in Sunday’s bpost bank trofee Ronse on this great photo-set by Balint Hamvas on cyclephotos.co.uk, and in this little video by Sporza. The full Ronse (mostly men’s) replay is here.
If you want to see videos from the start of the 2014/5 USA CX scene, there are How the race was won from CrossVegas and the KMC Festival day 1 and Behind The Barriers TV videos from, KMC Day 2, and the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester – Day 1 won by Helen, and Day 2. Photos of CrossVegas and the dusty Gloucester on VeloNews.
And this was lovely – Alex Carleton’s blog about Helen showing her some lines at the Midnight Ride.
Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website. And Sarah’s written a guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.
We cover all the latest transfer news and what the hell it means for all these teams. (Who’s going to lead what now?) And more importantly what it means for us fans (MORE EXCITEMENT!) There’s racing to discuss, with the end of the MTB enduro series and the beginning of the European cyclocross season. This week it’s Sarah’s turn to go on a rant! (I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that it’s about para-cycling.) Also, we preview the 2015 racing calendar and declare it an early victory with more race days on the cards AND some very exciting looking new races to look forward to. (1:09:48 MIN / 67.01 MB)
To stream the transferriest (should that be transfurriest?) podcast of the week click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Links and things we talked about this week
The UCI road calendar for 2015 is here (you might need to play with the drop-down menu to get to the women) and UPDATE! here’s part one of Sarah’s posts about it on Podium Café – with diagrams and tables, and comparisons with 2014.
Sarah’s collecting all the transfer news in a Podium Café post, and there’s tons of gossip, speculation and conversation in the comments. This week’s big news was Wiggle Honda’s announcement that they’re hiring two-time Giro champion Mara Abbott and young British champion Anna Christian for 2015. And Sharon Laws is another rider moving to Bigla
This week’s racing
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.
Dan and I have been chosen as finalists in the BikeBiz Cycling Media Awards 2014, in the podcast category. We are super-grateful to anyone who nominated us – if you want to see who else has been nominated, have a look here, and if you’ve never listened to our (sweary) women’s cycling podcast, you can find the episodes here – a mix of Dan and me chatting like mates in the pub, interspersed with occasional interviews with various women’s cycling people. Of course we don’t expect to win, but we’re thrilled that we’ve got this far!