Ok team, it’s another big week in podcast HQ. First off the wonderful Kathryn Bertine drops by to talk all things documentarian, cycling, Olympics and general awesome with us. Personal favourites are when she talks about some of the work she’s been doing in St Kitts and Nevis to help provide opportunities for young aspiring cyclists to get support, training and equipment; and also later when I put her on the spot by asking if all this experience in actually doing something that helps cycling might mean she’d be interested in taking a run at the UCI Presidency. In addition to Kathryn, we cover the Philly Classic race and Durango-Durango before peeking ahead at the start of the Emakumeen Bira. And what podcast is complete without a proper rant? So I (Dan) go on a bit of spree about how I don’t care how good Cookson is, he’s still not different enough to McQuaid. Of course it sounds better with all the swearwords left in so you should click below to listen to it in all its glory! (1:23:09 MIN / 79.82 MB)
Things we talked about this week – Kathryn Bertine and Half The Road
Find out more about the Half The Road film, and watch the trailer, on the Half The Road website. There are ways you can help the film:
- Donate to the indiegogo fundraising appeal
- Host a screening of the film – or share contacts with people or places that might want to host one – and if you have any suggestions of festivals the film could be entered into, or any contacts with festivals, please pass that on too – here are the contact details!
- If you know of any organisations that might want to be corporate sponsors, share the trailer with them, or pass their information onto Kathryn.
- Share the trailer and indiegogo page as widely as possible – and if you log into the indiegogo page and share it from there, you could win a prize!
To find out more about Kathryn, have a look at
- Her website – including her biography – and her twitter
- Her original So you want to be an Olympian series on ESPN, about her quest to get to the 2008 Olympic Games
- The London Calling series on ESPN-W, about trying to get to the 2012 Olympic Games (with profiles of USA riders)
- Her other articles about cycling on ESPN-w – Sarah especially liked her tips for new cyclists and her article about women cyclists supporting charities, and Dan liked her interview with Colavita boss John Profaci about why he sponsors the women’s Colavita team
- Her book about trying to get to the 2012 Olympics, As Good as Gold – on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and your favourite booksellers
More more about cycling in St Kitts and Nevis, go to the Nevis Cycling Club website
Things we talked about this week – women’s cycling news
- Sarah’s article about the race on Total Women’s Cycling
- Photo gallery on Cyclingnews
- We loved this post-race tweet from Janel Holcomb:
Fun racing @phillycycling & coming back to my phone to see how many people were watching online. Pro race, pro coverage, pro fans!
— Janel Holcomb (@janelholcomb) June 2, 2013
- Race report, results and photos on womenscycling.net
- Race reports on the Rabobank-Liv/Giant site, and on the ORICA-AIS site
- It was Sharon Laws‘ first race back after a crash in March left her with injuries including fractured vertebrae. We’re really happy to see you back, Sharon, onwards and upwards!
Survived! Not the part of the peloton I’m used to riding in but have to start somewhere. Thx to those who made me feel welcome #goodtobeback
— Sharon Laws (@SharonNLaws) June 4, 2013
UPDATE! I’ve interviewed Sharon for Podium Café, where she told me all about her injuries, recovery, not being picked for the Olympics, racing in South Africa and much more – click through and read it!
- We loved this pre-race tweet exchange between Ellen van Dijk and the Rabobank-Liv/Giant team – Rabobank took Ellen’s ITT bike to Spain for her, and when it arrived, it had a little addition…
— Ellen van Dijk (@ellenvdijk) June 4, 2013
Her wheels had been delivered in Rabo bags – but this is how they got them back!
— Sem Versteeg (@semversteeg) June 4, 2013
We were worried last week about Charlotte Becker leaving Argos Shimano, so we were really pleased to see she’s signed to Wiggle Honda!
We talked a bit about Brian Cookson announcing his bid for UCI presidency, and Pat McQuaid’s response – if you haven’t read it already, check out the questions Sarah would like both of them to answer in their manifestos.
We’re big fans to Tracey Gaudry and wish she’d stand for UCI President…. Find out more about her in this interview with her on Cycling Tips, and this one on Cyclingnews – and we both love the work of the Amy Gillett Foundation in Australia – working towards safe cycling in Australia, and also supporting a women’s cycling scholarship every year.
The Emakumeen Bira, 6th-9th June 2013
- Previews on Les Déesses de la Route and Velofocus, by Amanda Spratt and another one on the ORICA-AIS website and Velorooms
- Preview in Spanish on Cobbles & Hills
- Saul from Cobbles & Hills will be tweeting from the race over the weekend, in English as well as Spanish – thanks so much, Saul! You can follow him at @kapelmuur29 – and keep an eye out on Cobbles & Hills for his photos and reports after the race!
The first Downhill World Cup of the 2013 season – Fort William, 9th June 2013
- The race website
- Watch it live on 9th June, on Red Bull tv
- Video series about the Atherton family of MTB superstars: The Atherton Project on Red Bull tv in 2011, and Four by Three, the 2012 series – and the other videos on the GT Factory Racing website – follow Rachel Atherton on twitter
We didn’t mention these, because we ran out of time…
- The Redditch round of the British Johnson Health Tech GP Series at the Tour Series of crits – thanks Johnson’s Fitness for sponsoring it!
- If you’re in London on Saturday, go and watch the London Nocturne – lots of races, including for penny farthings – but we’re especially looking forward to the women’s race – and if you can’t see it in person, watch the highlights on Channel 4. Thanks Rapha for sponsoring the women’s race, and ensuring equal prize money for the women and men
- Marijn de Vries’ blog advice for single women looking for love – don’t buy a dog, by a bike!
- This gallery of photos on the Vulpine website from British women’s races by Paul Douglas – the brilliantly-named Come on then if you think you’re hard enough! Tough women, tough racing indeed – especially the Mule bar Girl rider with a bloody nose and a big smile. (Paul is a great person as well as a great photographer – if you want to see more, check out his facebook, and follow him on twitter)
- Gracie Elvin has a nice little video on how to catch bidons (our favourite tip is to not get dropped!)
- Lovely little video profile of Specialized-lululemon‘s Ally Stacher (more videos featuring Specialized riders on their youtube)