Podcast 2017, Episode 15 – the octuplets

If last week was the treble, with three big races, this week it was octuplets!

Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes.  Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more.  And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.

We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week.  Of course I recommend it!

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling.  Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen.   It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video).  It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!

This week’s racing

Videos, media and more from:


The Festival Elsy Jacobs

Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:

Full results on the race website

Gorgeous photos from Sean Robinson on Vélofocus:  Prologue, Stage 1 (love that victory photo!) and Stage 2.

Race reports and galleries:



Full results, and photo galleries on the race website and race facebook (including the children’s races!).  Finish-line videos from the stages on the race facebook.


USA Crits Speed Week

Six fast and furious crits in eight days – and three of them were streamed live!  Re-live the livestreams here (you may need to add an email address, but it doesn’t need to be yours…  You’ll also need to fast-forward to find the elite women’s races, as there’s a lot more racing in those streams

Full results of each of the races via the Speed Week website.


GP Liberazione PINK


Other things we saw this week

While I was in London, I was on the Wheel Suckers podcast with London Bike Kitchen director Jenni Gwiadowski, and Look Mum No HandsAlex Davis, trying to persuade Jenni to love the women’s TdY, and talking about the vexed issue of podium girls.  Listen to that here, and please do sign up to their excellent podcast, on Soundcloud or iTunes.


The Woman’s Hour programme talked about saddle sore, and if you want to know more, read Emily Chappell‘s piece on it on Casquette – and order the latest FREE! edition of Casquette, or pick one up in these UK locations.


Two great videos featuring one of our top favourites, BMX superstar Caroline Buchanan.  I really liked the video of her jumping the Nitro Circus Mega Ramp, but even more, I loved the video of her being coached through it, admitting how scared she was – and then doing it anyway!  Aamazing!


Video interview with Australian tricyclist Carole Cooke


Australian track star Melissa Hoskins has announced her retirement


The latest UCI profile videos are the Canyon-SRAM team, and sprinter Lotta Lepistö of Cervélo-Bigla:


How do riders pack for long-haul trips to races?  Wiggle High5 riders on getting to China for the Tour of ChongMing Island


Three articles on Ella Cycling Tips:


Two films from Rapha:  riding in Boulder with the first ever female Olympic road cycling champion, Connie Carpenter, and riding in San Francisco


Two films about cycling and New York City by Street Films.  Talking to Amsterdam’s Cycling Mayor, Anna Luten, including on whether NYC have a cycling mayor too, and 2017 Earth Day, when Broadway was closed to cars.


You all know how much I love MTB media…

Riding the Aosta Valley in the Alps – a video that’s as much about the ancient history of the area as it is about the riding

Dirt Magazine’s long film, A Bigger Slice of the British Pie, featuring all kinds of stars of British MTB riding their favourite and local trails

This month the Cross Country MTB World Cup starts.  Here’s a profile of one of the stars, Olympic MTB champion Jenny Rissveds


Upcoming Racing

To keep up with the road racing that will be shown live in 2017, bookmark my collection of races we can watch this year.


If you want to talk to us about anything in this week’s podcast, or women’s cycling in general, leave us a comment, below, or tweet us: Sarah is @PWCycling and Dan is @DanWOfficial.

Big thanks to all of my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do all my women’s cycling work, including these round-up posts. You can join them here.


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