Podcast 2016 Episode 5 – Omloops!

Podcast logoG’day team! There’s not one, but two Omloops this week, so of course we talk all about them! There’s also heaps of media and interviews to discuss. The track world championships are coming up. Evelyn Stevens is about to attempt the Hour World Record. Basically there’s a lot to talk about and we discuss it all with great joy. Spring is upon us and about to bloom in full, cobbled, torturous glory! (58:40 MIN / 53.7 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

The Aviva Women’s Tour great, melodramatic 2016 promo video


Marianne Vos‘ interview on Ella Cycling Tips about returning to racing.


Also coming back this season, Olga Zabelinskaya’s doping ban is up.  Unrelated (sort of) is inrng’s excellent article on the grey areas around doping and cheating and the UCI.


You have by close of play Friday 26th February to complete your women’s Virtual Directeur Sportif teams for the Podium Café and Chicabikes games (here’s why Sarah loves fantasy cycling, for ‘experts’ and newbies alike – and here’s advice from Jens on picking your team).


Chris Garrison wrote about 5 ways cycling media fails on gender – and an article on SingleTrackMag asking if MTB has a sexism problem – and the League of American Bicyclists‘ report on how bike shops can do better on gender – with Bicycling.com‘s article about female-friendly bike shops.


Check out Manon Carpenter‘s Saracen Myst downhill MTB for the 2016 season on Pinkbike.


It’s been ten years of the Amy Gillett Foundation – check out their fantastic work in Australia on promoting road safey for cyclists and more, in memory of Amy Gillett.



If you’re British, and 18-25, and want to go on a bike adventure for at least 6 months, the Janapur Grant can help you. Emily Chappell wrote about it, and travelling by bike alone, on the Guardian.


What’s it like to retire form pro cycling?  Sarah talked to Martine Bras about that (listen and read) and USA rider Sarah Rice has a very honest blog about it.


More videos to watch

This Paralympics Ireland video about Rio 2016 is gorgeous


Cycling Australia are putting out lots of videos about the upcoming Track World Champs – their tips for flying long-haul, what they pack and who’s best and worst to sit next to.  Keep an eye out on the CA You Tube for more.


Episode 1 of Aussie BMX rider Caroline Buchanan‘s 2016 series:


Annemiek van Vleuten training in the snow


The Afghan Women’s Cycling Team has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Here’s a trailer for the upcoming film about them:


Q&A with downhill MTB siblings Gee and Rachel Atherton


Lensworld-Zannata’s training camp video:


Upcoming racing

Omloop het Nieuwsblad, 27th February, Belgium – Sarah’s guide to following live.

Evelyn Stevens’ Hour Record, 27th February, USA – follow Evie’s twitter for more information – stream will be shown on the UCI website and Sarah’s guide to other ways to follow live.

Lotto Cycling Cup #1, SPAR Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge), 28th February, Belgium.  This will be streamed live on the race livestream and Sarah’s guide to other ways to follow live.

2016 Track World Championships, London, 2nd-6th March – guide to watching live coming soon, UCI’s Worlds portal.

Le Samyn, 2nd March, Belgium

Arad Dimona Arad, 3rd March, Israel

Massad Arad, 4th March, Israel

Dead Sea Scorpion Pass, 5th March, Israel

Strade Bianche, 5th March, Italy

Sarah’s guides to more road races we can watch this year, and how to follow road races that aren’t streamed.


As always, Sarah is funded to do her cycling work thanks to her Patreon Supporters – you can join them from as little as £1.50/€2/$2 a month, all the information is over here.

  1. Natalia
    February 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    The Omloops will have a historic flavor for me. I believe Diana Peñuela will be the first COL ever to line up in a women’s spring race. I’ll be crossing my fingers so she manages to finish both, there is a lot that doesn’t agree with us Colombians, cold, wind and the brutal cobbled climbs..

    So exciting.

    • Natalia
      February 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      And she finished OhN!!!!! I know, look at me celebrating a 90th finish, but it was her fisrt classic and she survived.

      • Sarah Connolly
        March 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        Don’t be sorry about celebrating it, it’s a fantastic result – just finishing the OhN is a major achievement, especially the first time, especially coming from such a different cycling environment as Colombia!🙂

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