Podcast 2015, Episode 5 – We love it when a plan comes together

Podcast logoSo much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe.  Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.

(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)

As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)

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This week’s racing

Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge)

Full results and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup website


Drentse 8

All the videos, links and things over here, including Loren Rowney’s blog on that crash from her perspective


The Ronde van Drenthe World Cup

So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!


Novilon Eurocup

Full results


If you’ve loved being able to watch the racing in Drenthe this week, please do thank the tv stations who showed it: RTV Drenthe twitter & facebook; NOS.nl twitter & facebook; TV Oost twitter and facebook; and OF COURSE please do thanks the race organisers, via twitter & facebook too.


Other things we liked

Well, “liked” might be the wrong word, but these two things are important – Jolien D’hoore talking about anorexia in the peloton, in Dutch on Nieuwsblad.be and via google translate – and Aussie track star Sarah Kent talks about her depression and the impact on her cycling, on Peloton Watch.


For International Women’s Day, Pinkbike asked a range of women involved in the MTB world, whether riders or industry professionals, about the state of women’s MTB.

More MTB!  We loved the Madison Saracen profile of Manon Carpenter talking about the upcoming 2015 Downhill MTB season, and riding in her local skatepark and on the South Wales DH trails


Ally Stacher is giving up road cycling to focus on MTB, cyclocross and her business.


BMX star Caroline Buchanan has launched a range of balance bikes for kids


Bikecam from Laura Trott‘s race at the most recent track Revolution


Dame Sarah Storey talks about how her “second sport” has become her first love


Want to watch more bike videos?  The Bicycle Film, all about cycling and the UK, is for sale on Region 2 DVD, and to download.


Chloe Hosking‘s great blog on what to do when you’re faced with dog attacks on the bike.


No Marianne Vos in the next few Road World Cups – heal fast, Marianne!


Upcoming races

The Absa Cape Epic MTB stage race (“the Tour de France of MTB”) started today and runs until 22nd March.  There’s tons of information on the race website, you can follow their twitter, and there’s live tv in various countries.  There’ll also be tons of videos on the race Youtube and from various teams, like these two from the Prologue:

Cholet Pays de Loire, 22nd March – watch out for a preview on Velofocus.

The 2015 Para-cycling Track World Cup, 26th-29th March – lots of information on the race website and the UCI portal.


I’m funded to pull these posts together and do the cycling things I do by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you for everything, I appreciate it endlessly.


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