Podcast 2014 Episode 33 – Comrade Sarah and Global Politics

Podcast logoIt’s a perilous episode this week as we discuss the Commonwealth Games ITT and Road Races in all their glory. Both races were quite significant to us, as they were the last time Emma Pooley would be racing at the top levels of the sport, representing England and (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!) bringing home medals. This week there was also the Sparkassen Giro World Cup in Germany, which provided a great spectacle in sprinting and we discuss the importance of last-ditch attacks in igniting races. Also the Mont-Sainte-Anne-Downhill MTB took place this week, and the racing was incredibly close with less than 1 second separating the podium places. There’s an amazing video in the links below that you should definitely watch as you listen. We also accidentally stray temporarily into the fraught world of global politics AND Sarah once again demonstrates her knowledge of North American geography. It’s a very long episode this week, so you may want to make sure you’ve got extra beer on hand before you press play. (1:49:43 MIN / 105.33 MB)

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If you only watch one video this week, watch thisManon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton‘s runs at the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne Downhill MTB World Cup, put side-by-side by Red Bull Bike – it’s fascinating, watching the difference in style, where they’re stronger, and how close the run was.  It’s a lovely thing to watch, and even better that they both let fans and rivals see the secrets of their runs.  We really, really love what Red Bull do!  More MSA videos below….

Last week’s racing

Read Sarah’s race reports on all this on Podium Café.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

ITT highlights on the BBC and on the Commonwealth Games youtube and another of their videos


and Road Race highlights on the BBC and on the Commie Games site – and we love Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s blog about the race.

(these may be geo-restricted for you, but like always, Hola or Tunnelbear can help you.)


Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup

Video from NOS Sportmore video from Wiggle Honda and WielerVideo video interviews after the race with Vale Scandolara, Romy Kasper and Ally Stacher on the Specialized-lululemon Project X initiative.

UPDATE! 26 mins video from the UCI, with profile of Lisa Brennauer


Mont-Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup

Tons of videos and photos etc…

Eliminator full race replay on Red Bull tv, and UCI highlights:


Cross Country

Full race replay, photos on Pinkbike, and post-race video interviews with Emily Batty and Catharine Pendrel – and video from Multivan Merida, including Gunn-Rite Dahle Flesjåa


Tour of the Murray River


More things we liked

How come there are so many top Welsh cyclists?  The Maindy Flyers club has been doing fantastic work getting kids into cycling – here’s an article about their work.

One of the riders who started racing there was Nicole Cooke – read all about it in her book – and another great book is here, Balint Hamvas‘ review of the 2013/14 cyclocross season, really lovely, buy it now!

Good news for the UK domestic scene – Matrix-Vulpine will be stepping up to become a UCI-level team next year – read all about it.


More videos

Cosmo Catalano‘s latest Week In Bike, with commentary on women’s cycling and the media, again


Behind the scenes at La Course by Le Tour de France


Anneke Beerten at the Colorado round of the Enduro MTB World Series – and the full Dirt Magazine 25-minute video from the race


What happened to Caroline Buchanan at the BMX World Championships?


Upcoming races

Windham MTB World Cup – 7th-10th August – watch the Eliminator, Downhill and women’s cross country via those links, and keep an eye on Red Bull Bike, Dirt Magazine and PinkBike for all kinds of great coverage.

Prudential Ride London GP, 9th August – will be live on BBC1 and streamed on the BBC cycling page.

Route de France, 10th-16th August – follow their twitter and preview to follow on Velofocus.

Ladies Tour of Norway, 15th-17th August – preview to follow on Velofocus.


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