Podcast 2014 EXCLUSIVE Special Feature – Sarah Interviews Emma Pooley About Retirement

Huge news broke today as Emma Pooley announced that she’ll be retiring from pro cycling, and Sunday’s Commonwealth Games road race will be her last big race before she be moves to long course triathlon and mountain running.  As you can imagine, we’ll be so disappointed to see her leave, but we hope her all the best for the future.

Before the announcement Emma spoke exclusively with Sarah in an interview for Rouleur.  Please head through and read it for the full story on the thinking behind Emma’s decision, why she wanted to make the announcement now and what her memories of the sport will be.

In an additional exclusive for us, you can hear Sarah’s full conversation with Emma here.



(please excuse all the background noise and the times the call dropped out – the life of a bike rider means using whatever internet connection you can find). (1:11:08 MIN / 68.31 MB)

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Follow Emma on her adventures in triathlon, and send her a tweet on her twitter, especially if you know a publisher who can help her achieve her cookbook dreams! Watch her race the Commonwealth Games ITT on Thursday 31st July, and the Road Race on Sunday 3rd August – here’s a guide to watching the races.

You can read about the Le Tour Entier campaign to get La Course by Le Tour de France, which Pooley was an integral part of, on the LTE website and twitter – and make Emma happy by tweeting the UCI to ask for more women’s races and email the ASO to ask for more women’s racing in Le Tour.

Here are some of our favourite Emma Pooley moments:

The final 6km in the 2010 GP Plouay World Cup (Pooley’s the short rider in the GB kit – Marianne Vos is in the white World Cup leader’s jersey)


The Cervélo Test Team videos from the Open de Suède Vårgårda  in 2010


The45 mins video from Emma’s super-dramatic Giro Rosa Stage 6 win

More videos, photos and links from Stage 6, on Podium Café – and all the same from the Stage 8 Queen Stage and the Stage 9 Madonna del Ghisallo final mountain stage.

And Sarah’s Giro Rosa interviews with Emma – pre-race, Stage 6 Q&A, Stage 8 Q&A and the big post-Giro interview (audio and written).  And if you want more, Sarah’s interview with Emma before she started the 2014 season, on finishing her PhD, triathlon and more – audio and written, part 1 and part 2.


Winning the 2010 World ITT Championships in Geelong (Full coverage part 1 and part 2)


Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup 2011 Part 1, Part 2 (Pooley attack 13:44), Part 3 and Part 4


If you have favourite Emma moments, tell us in the comments, and link videos.  We could keep going forever….


8 thoughts on “Podcast 2014 EXCLUSIVE Special Feature – Sarah Interviews Emma Pooley About Retirement

    • So cool, thankyou! It was great when they were together on Cervélo and AA Drink – I always loved Lizzie and Sharon attacking early, then Emma doing her thing later… I loved Cervelo, I miss that team

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