Podcast 2014, Episode 4 – Always Send Whisky

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowThis week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)

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Things we talked about included…


The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series.  There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)

There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site cyclephotos.co.uk. If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.

We were also really pleased to hear that the Koppenbergcross will be the first ever C1 cyclocross race to give equal prize money to women and men – and were really interested that this has come about thanks to an American bike shop, Twenty20 Cycles.  You can see Sarah’s interview with Helen Wyman, who helped set this up, and other relevant links, here.


Oceania Cycling Championships

Lots of information and photos on Peloton Café – Day 1 wrap-up; junior women’s ITT; elite women’s ITT; Day 2 wrap-up; junior women’s road race; elite women’s road race; interview with Chloe McConville on “what could have been”.

Great guest blog by elite women’s road race winner, Jess Allen, on Chloe Hosking’s website


New races

The Vuelta a España is talking about having a women’s race from 2015, which we’re really excited about.  And the Tour of California has added a second day of women’s racing and we have feelings about it.  We hope that Paris-Roubaix will be the next ASO race to add a women’s race….


A deadline!

If you want to play the Podium Café virtual Directeur Sportif game (and why wouldn’t you?  It’s superb!) you’ve got until the end of Friday 28th February to make a team.  It’s really, really simple, and a lot of fun (and frustration!) – if you’re still not sure, here are Sarah’s resources in a handy list – and our friend Jens has written a guide to making a women’s team to crush the Classics on Podium Café, that’s great to read even if you don’t have a team (I love his explanation of how Flandriennes are from the Netherlands!)


Photos of the week

Dan says these are his favourite photos of the week:

and this is Sarah’s:

Happy Birthday, @MelissaMHoskins! Hope your day is rockin’! pic.twitter.com/L61tLqPTfb

— ORICA-GreenEDGE (@Orica_GreenEDGE) February 24, 2014


Things to Watch

Swedish tv clip visiting Emma Johansson training in Flanders.  Watch it, even if you don’t understand Swedish!


Interview with Elisa Longo Borghini on Italian cycling tv show, Radiocorsa – she’s on around the 40-minute mark (in Italian, unsurprisingly)


The Specialized-lululemon riders are really good at promoting their sponsors’ products.  We really want all the Lezyne tools after seeing the team talk about them at the 2014 team camp!  Sarah also really likes the Spec-lulu rider photos on their 2014 team page., and the team camp photos by Emily Maye on the Specialized facebook (including Teute tattoos!)


Wielerreview’s video on the Boels-Dolmans team launch, including Ellen van Dijk talking about the upcoming season (Dutch, but lots of great images even if you don’t understand!)


Hutchinson United Ride downhill MTB team had their launch in Chile, with the marvellous Tracey Hannah.  Here’s their video


Anneke Beerten getting read for the 2014 MTB season with her GoPro (Sarah LOVES on-bike footage!)


Lindsay Bayer (whose blog has the best tag-line ever) posted this example of how to train


Promo video for The Women’s Tour [of Britain] – this isn’t where they’ll be riding, but it looks great!


If you like Downton Abbey and/or the Tour de France, here’s a video promo for the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, starring Lizzie Armitstead and Jessie Walker among others



We’re big fans of Specialized-lululemon’s Carmen Small.  In her most recent blog, she says that her next one will be answering fan questions, so read it, and send her an email!


We love Monique Hanley‘s Women’s Wednesday Word on the Cycling Victoria website, a mix of information about cycling and races in Victoria, Australia, news about how their riders are doing, and interviews with them.  Look out for it!


Photo gallery from the Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategy women’s team launch


Interview with French cyclist Audrey Cordon on Cobbles & Hills


Anna, who runs the From The Pits CX and MTB site, has published her university thesis on her site – the history of British women’s cycling in the inter-war years, part 1 and part 2.


If this podcast isn’t enough for you, here’s another one looking at women’s cycling history by Cycling Victoria, all about Iris Dixon (née Bent) who rode in Australia in the 1940s and 50s.

Clara Beard interviewed USA cyclist Coryn Rivera on the latest Broken Spokes podcast (keep an eye on their site, because both Sarah and Dan have been talking nonsense on their ‘casts, to go up very soon)

And if that’s not enough, Scott and John interviewed Scottish cyclist Charline Joiner about breaking her back just seven weeks ago on their latest Velocast podcast – listen to it here.


We REALLY want a piece of Accidento Bizarro‘s marzipan-and-madeira velodrome cake!  Click through that link to see more photos of it!


This week’s races

2014 Track Cycling World Championships, Cali, 26th February – 2nd March

Here’s Sarah’s guide to watching & following the competition live, wherever you are in the world.  And here’s the outdoor/indoor velodrome:

Vuelta Femenina a Costa Rica, 26th February – 2nd March

Facebook information, including startlists

Omloop het Nieuwsblad, 1st March

The start of the road season!  Preview on VeloFocus.

UPDATE!  Sarah interviewed Tiffany Cromwell about the Omloop, Specialized-lululemon and much more – read Part 1 and Part 2 on Podium Café.


8 thoughts on “Podcast 2014, Episode 4 – Always Send Whisky

  1. Woo hoo!! My team’s loaded for bear for both the Omloop and Le Samyn..

    And also, check this out: I’m not sure if this is the first time they’ve done this, but the (I would assume predominantly-male) ProCycling magazine has Marianne Vos on the cover:

  2. As ever, thank you for all the effort you both put in to publicising women’s cycling. I would be happy to compete in a pdcvds sub-league. My team is GoldenBest, Dan would approve, it’s the beer I drink.
    Also, have you seen that in UK, Half the Road is being shown at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival on the 6 April? I believe it’s the UK premiere. I already have my ticket but I don’t know how well overall sales are going. I am guessing any publicity would be good.

    • Excellent, I need to get my arse in gear and make a sub-league – as soon as I work it out, I’ll add you! 😉

      And yeah, I saw that re Half The Road – exciting! I wish I was even vaguely close so I could go and see it!

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