It’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)
If you only watch one video this week, watch this! Manon 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.
— Peter van der Veen (@petervdveen) August 3, 2014
Video from NOS Sport – more 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
Tons of videos and photos etc…
Eliminator full race replay on Red Bull tv, and UCI highlights:
- Practice day photo-essays on Dirt Magazine, with audio interviews with Rach Atherton, and photos on Pinkbike, and fantastic highlights video by Red Bull.
- Qualifying day photos on Pink Bike, and Dirt, with audio interviews from Tahnée Seagrave and Manon Carpenter, and the great Red Bull highlights video.
- Finals superb highlights video on Red Bull, and photos on Pink Bike, and Sarah’s favourite, Dirt, with post-race audio interviews from Tahnée Seagrave and Rach Atherton.
- Photo-essay following the Madison-Saracen team, with Manon Carpenter’s Downhill win, on Pinkbike, and the downhill videos from Commençal Riding Addiction and Lapierre Gravity Republic (including third-placed Emmeline Ragot)
More things we liked
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!
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
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.