Podcast 2016, Episode 14 – It’s OK, he’s an Aussie

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G’day from sunny Manchester this week team! Dan’s on holiday and enjoying the snow in the English spring. This week we’ve got heaps to talk about and it’s not all scandals involving Australians in Manchester. We also talk the end of the Assos Girl, the penalties for motor doping, crowd-funding and that big Marianne Vos crash.

On top of that, there’s heaps of racing to cover off. We’ve got Joe Martin Stage Race in the US, Omloop van Borsele, Dwars door Westhoek, and heaps of Cairns MTB activity. Of course there’s the usual hilarity and this week an added bonus of technical difficulties (which we’ve done our absolute best to correct, but sorry/not sorry).

Before you do anything else, make sure you vote for all the great cycling-related entries in the 2016 #BeAGameChanger awards – voting closes on 1st May, so hurry!

Things we talked about included….

This week’s racing

2016 Cairns MTB World Cup – Sarah’s collection of video and media

Junior Omloop van Borsele Stage race

Finish line videos from Stage 2 and Stage 3 – Podium photos on the race facebook and full results here.

Omloop van Borsele ITT

Canyon-SRAM race report and photos on their facebookFull results

Omloop van Borsele Road Race

Video highlights and video interview with winner Barbara Guarischi in here and finish-line video here.  Canyon-SRAM’s report and photos on facebookFull results.


Dwars door de Westhoek –

finish-line videoElla has a great set of photos of Marianne Vos’ crash, and Vos’ take: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” and Rabo-liv report. UPDATE! And highlights:


Other things we talked about

Great InCycle feature on Roxane Knetemann, talking about her father, cycling legend Gerrie Knetemann, and more


British Cycling – Isla Rush’s blog, Sarah’s incomplete list of issues British Cycling have had with women over the years and Jenny Copnall’s piece on the MTB-specific issues.


The UCI announced the penalties for Femke van den Driessche‘s motorised bike being found at the 2016 U23 Cyclocross World Championships – a full result will follow.


Assos have finally said they’re going to start portraying women in the same way they portray men – as athletes.  Read about it on Ella Cycling Tips, and see more recent cycling marketing Sarah loves.


Two cycling crowdfunders that are very different – help support Lauren de Crescenzo, who’s in hospital with horrible head injuries after a racing crash.  And funding for a film about USA Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong‘s goal of getting to ride Rio.


Emily Chappell (who you might remember from Sarah’s interview) wrote about a new venture she’s involved with, the Adventure Syndicate, of amazing women who have adventures on bikes, and are aiming to inspire others to do the same.  Follow them on twitter, instagram and facebook


Isabelle Clement is a Director for the Wheels for Well-being charity supporting and campaigning for disabled cyclists.  She wrote an excellent piece rebutting the “bike lanes hurt disabled people” argument – it’s about London, but applicable everywhere.  (If you’re interested in cycling and disability, check out the charity, and the work of the excellent Dr Rachel Aldred, her website and Sarah’s interview with her in December.


Want to ride what the Canyon-SRAM do?  Buy their bike from Canyon.


Upcoming racing

Gracia-Orlová, 28th April-1st May, Czech Republic – twitter and facebook, and follow with #GraciaOrlova

Festival Elsy Jacobs, 29th April-1st May, Luxembourg – follow their brand-new twitter and the #Elsy16 hashtag

Tour de Yorkshire, 30th April, UK – this one will be streamed live!  https://prowomenscycling.com/2016/04/28/tour-de-yorkshire-2016/>Here’s Sarah’s guide to watching the race.

Silver City Tour of the Gila, USA, 4th-8th May – follow their twitter

Vuelta Costa Rica, 5th-8th May

Women’s World Tour #7 Tour of ChongMing Island, 6-8th May

Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg, 7th May – part of the Marianne Vos Cycling Festival


Sarah’s funded to do all this kind of thing through her Patreon – you can join her wonderful supporters funding her from as little as 2 of your currency every month! And listen to her talk about what that Patreon support means, and how she built an audience, over on the Patreon podcast:


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