Holy fuckballs team! It’s 2013 and there’s all sorts of bike-y shit going on! So Sarah and I decided to get together and talk about it. Things we talked about include (but are not limited to):
- The Ladies Tour of Qatar, live video of races and general Arab awesomeness
- We address cycling’s first, oldest and best riddle – Q: When is a break not a break? (listen for the answer!)
- I take a moment to compare watching a race with Sarah to taking a child to see a pantomime (behind you!!!!)
- Sarah’s awful to Emma Johansson (not really Emma, it’s ok)
- We contemplate the nature of Kirsten Wild
- I talk Australian Track Nationals (super briefly, with very few left-hand turns)
- Then we discuss the Cyclocross World Championships
- Somewhere near the end we pause to consider the Pat McQuaidness of it all and then I uncover a plot by the UCI to replace Sarah with a robot
It makes more sense when you listen to it (sort of). Welcome to 2013!!!! (1:05:48 MIN / 63.31 MB)
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These are the things we talked about in this podcast:
Videos of every stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar. There are two from each stage – the GCN stage overview and the last few kilometres of each stage. It’s the last kms videos that every aspiring sprinter should watch as the master-class! Have a click around the Tour of Qatar website, to show the ASO we really like women’s racing – and if you want to know more about how the race unfolded, check out Sarah’s race report (with even more links!) on Podium Café.
If you want to find out more about Tour of Qatar winner, Kirsten Wild, check out her website, the her profile on the Argos-Shimano site and this interview Sarah did with her a few years ago, on Podium Café. Here’s the photo of Wild’s bike stem from Stage 2, and here’s the photo from Stage 3 with Wild’s happiness and Van Dijk’s dejection.
The women’s UCI road racing calendar – the next stage races are the Vuelta Internacional Femenina a Costa Rica, 21st-24th February and the Vuelta el Salvador, 28th Feb – 5th March (Here’s Amber Neben’s blog from last year’s Vuelta El Salvador, to give you an idea of what they’re like to race); while in Europe, it’s the Omloop het Nieuwsblad on 23rd February and Le Samyn on 27th (CLASSICS!!! YAY!!).
And before that, there’s the Track World Championships, 20th – 24th February, in Minsk, Belarus.
If you want to see the videos of the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships, here are all of them (!!) from the UCI’s youtube. Yes, the UCI handled the video of this really well, and no, we don’t know what’s happened to the real Sarah yet. Here’s the finish, with Marianne Vos‘ on-bike bow to thank the crowds:
This was the TENTH World Championship title Vos has won as an elite rider. Here’s a great video from Dutch tv station NOS, compiling the finishes of all ten of those races, across road, track and CX – so many great moments there! (click through there for the hits on NOS, but here’s the video too:
UPDATE: This doesn’t have much of anything to do with the podcast at all, but it was too cool to not mention. Gracie Elvin (who you will remember rides for Orica-AIS and was in the mix in Qatar quite often) has just received a GoPro video camera and is soliciting ideas for videos via twitter:
— Gracie Elvin (@gracieelvin) February 5, 2013
UPDATE TOO: Here’s Helen Wyman’s blog from CX Worlds – as always, sounding positive, despite the bad luck