This week we talk our way through Plouay and what the world cups have been like this year (hint: they’ve been amazing!). Then we talk about the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. And proving that it’s been another action packed week of women’s cycling, we then turn our attention to the Tour de l’Ardeche and Boels Rental Ladies Tour, both of which started during the week. Of course it wouldn’t be a podcast if there wasn’t a bit of mountain biking and a whole lot of insanity in there too (so there is). We talk about our most amazing bits of transfer news and of course rumours. It’s a big episode and there’s something in it for (literally) everyone, so if you’re an everyone, or related to an everyone, you should probably listen up. (1:33:59 MIN / 90.23 MB)
Last week’s racing
Videos and things from the final round of the Road World Cup here – including the full hour and a half live coverage. And wow:
— pioneercyclo (@pioneercyclo) August 31, 2014
All the results, and photos – or it might be easier to follow them via Sarah’s Tumblr, where she’s titled photos and matched them with results. Aussie tricyclist Carol Cooke blogged about her ITT (scary anxiety dream!) and road race, and this is our favourite photo, the tandem road race photo-finish:
Both started yesterday, and already there’s tons of interesting stuff about them. Check out Sarah’s post on Podium Café, which has videos and links and a kind of preview, but if you want to know what they’re like, Velofocus has previews of BRLT and l’Ardèche, and if you only want one thing from each of their first stages, we like Chloe Hosking’s blog from Stage 1 of l’Ardèche, where she unbelievably ended up in the Queen of the Mountains jersey, and video highlights from BRLT Stage 1
UPDATE! Oh, and Wiggle Honda’s cameraman, Aaron, is at l’Ardèche – here’s their Stage 1 video
(Since Sarah gathered these links, Day 2 of each race is over, so some more….. Chloe Hosking’s excellent blog on l’Ardèche Stage 3 suicide attacks and being a sprinter in the hills; and video with Carmen Small talking about the break that nearly succeeded in BRLT Stage 2
L’Ardèche Stage 3? It’ll be like this:
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— rachel neylan (@rachneylan) September 4, 2014
It was the green mountain Stage Race over in the USA – read the Optum/Kelly Benefit blog about it!
News and Stuff
It’s transfer time! Check out Sarah’s women’s cycling transfer carousel on Podium Café to keep up-to-date, but here’s this week’s big news…
We told you last week about Amber Pierce‘s Network for Advancing Athletes initiative – here are three answers to a young college athlete asking about depression and sport, including Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.
Video from Liv-Giant about Shannon Galpin’s work on women’s cycling in Afghanistan
If you haven’t read Nicole Cooke‘s book, The Breakaway, and are wondering whether you should Feargal McKay has reviewed in on Podium Café – read Part 1, which includes the history of the Grand Boucle, and Part 2.
Brazilian cyclist Flávia Oliveira is chasing UCI points to try to get to race her home Olympics in Rio – but she needs to fund it herself, and is crowd-sourcing support. Can you help? She’s just $500 away from her $3,000 goal, and any little bit helps. Find out more.
Riders who win the Novilon Eurocup, part of the Drenthe week of racing, get a luxury floor as their prize, and it always makes Sarah happy to see them claim it!
— Kirsten Wild (@kirsten_wild) September 3, 2014
Thankyou to everyone who nominated us for a BikeBiz Cycling Media Award!
and here’s the video from the XCo team relay (1 junior, u23 and elite man and one woman in each team)