Podcast 2017 Episode 24 – Do Better and Be Better

This week we follow up on the second race from La Course by Le Tour de France; the chase held on the weekend with the top 19 riders from the Col d’Izoard stage raced it out on the streets of Marseille. We talk through the excitement and also the issues that this new format of race revealed. There’s positives and negatives, we take our time with both and also explore ways that we think the format could be improved for the future. (53:56 MIN / 49.39 MB)

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THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT

Here’s a handy link to the Cycling contacts on the ASO’s website (we note in particular the Marketing and Creation of New Events email addresses).

 

Podcast 2017 Episode 23 – The Humblebrag Episode

Look, we do understand that not all weeks can be huge weeks of racing, but honestly this week was definitely a HUGE week of racing. We had stage racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. We also had the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour in East Germany. With races suiting different types of riders and different types of racing there was no shortage of surprises and feats of phenomenal prowess to be impressed by. All of that before we get into the high mountains for the Col d’Izoard and La Course by Le Tour de France. We also quickly cover some Canadian racing and talk about a couple of other news items from the week. (1:03:46 MIN / 58.39 MB)

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Don’t forget to watch the thing (not a stage two) – La Course Race! Details here.

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Sarah interviews… Marianne Vos, on healing, 2017 goals and her most memorable Giro moments

Marianne Vos‘ life in cycling just keeps on as a roller coaster.  After a well documented bad couple of years with injury and recovery issues, she had a fantastic cyclocross season, but narrowly missed out on winning the 2017 CX World Championships, after an ill-timed chain slip, then had a frustrating Classics season.   She was back on top, winning Gooik in incredible style, and came second behind her team-mate Kasia Niewiadoma in Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour… but then crashed in Stage 3, breaking her collarbone, forcing her to miss some huge goals, the Dutch National Championships and the Giro Rosa.

This week she returns to racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour, and she told me all about how her recovery has gone, and what it was like, watching the team she owns, WM3 Procycling, win the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, and struggle in the Giro.

We also talked about some of her most memorable Giro Rosa moments, and what it’s like to deal with some of the race’s frustrations, with advice for wannabe Giro winners on how to approach it.  I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did.

 

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You can find out more about Marianne Vos on her website, and follow her on her twitter, instagram and facebook.

The BeNe Ladies Tour runs from 13th-16th July, and there’s a lot of information on the race website, and facebook, and we can follow on their twitter and the #BNLT17 hashtag.

We talked about some incredible Giro Rosa moments – click through the stage links for lots more videos and links to how the stages went down.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 22 – Giro Rosa WrapUp – With Top Quality Evil

The Giro Rosa has finished for 2017 but we’re far from done with it. With great racing every day, it’s perhaps best summed up by Neal Rogers talking about Lucinda Brand when he said: “Only thing more badass than “no one in the photo”? No one in the photo with blood trickling down your arm”. Sarah and Dan recap the biggest stage race on the calendar and all of the highs and lows the second week of racing brought us. After that they continue with the overview on the Tour de Feminin in Poland before wrapping up with some quick results in other disciplines and a glimpse of the calendar ahead, and in 2018. (1:00:00 MIN / 54.94 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling links and videos

The Giro Rosa

The biggest women’s cycling stage race, the only women’s Grand Tour. Catch up with our podcast about stages 1-6, including links to the posts of each stage’s videos, photos and media. And for the rest of the race:

If you want to find out a bit more about some of the people who make the media that help us follow the race, Sarah’s podcast interviews with Rose Manley, who makes the videos on the UCI YouTube, and with Vélofocus, aka Sean Robinson and Balint Hamvas, who take the amazing photos.

And here’s the Neal Rogers tweet about Lucinda Brand’s stage win:

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The Tour de Féminin

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Podcast 2017 Episode 21 – It Was a Genuine Giro Miracle!

We’re at the halfway point through the 2017 Giro Rosa with five stages completed. We cover each of the stages so far, from the opening TTT through to the ITT and all the travails and changes on GC in between. There has been more than a fair share of surprise Giro geomorphology including some truly brutal climbs and so on. An incredibly close sprint finish and more. There’s lots to cover and lots more to speculate on as we continue into the second half of the stages. (Spoiler Warning: We do actually cover the end of stage 6 so bail out early if you don’t want us to reveal the winner for you). (1:06:11 MIN / 60.69 MB)

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Sarah’s been collecting all the videos, photos and media of the race so far in handy posts:

And here’s our reminder of how to follow the rest of the race.

Rose Manley tells the secrets of cycling TV highlights

It’s the Giro Rosa this week, ten days of grueling racing in Italy, the biggest women’s stage race in the world, and one of the best ways to keep up with the action is the daily highlights videos on the UCI YouTube.

These are part of their commitment to supporting the Women’s WorldTour, and this year, they’re made by Rose Manley, of InCycle TV.  I’ve always enjoyed Rose’s work, so I was delighted when she came on the podcast and told me all about the effort that goes into producing these, and the features she’s been making on various riders throughout the season.

It’s a hard job, for sure, but one that’s so valuable, and I loved her walking through what her (VERY long) day at a race is like, and the highs and lows of working on the WorldTour this season.  Here’s hoping she’s able to get some sleep in Italy!

Listen here, or download from Soundcloud.

 

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You can find all of Rose’s 2017 WorldTour highlights and features on the UCI YouTube, and more  within the InCycle TV programmes.  Make sure you’re watching the Giro Rosa features every day!

Rose is also on twitter and instagram, and I recommend you follow her there too.

We talked about three specific features that were highlights of Rose’s 2017 so far – the profiles of Kasia Niewiadoma before Strade Bianche, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio talking about her recovery from her horrible accident, and hanging out with Coryn Rivera at home in California:

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Podcast 2017 Episode 20 – The 2017 Giro Rosa Preview

This week we preview all the stages of the 2017 Giro Rosa, from the Team Time Trial all the way through to the climb of Mount Vesuvius. There’s stages to suit the sprinters, the puncheurs, the roleurs and the climbers. Who is suited to each stage? Which teams have the strongest rosters? Who are the riders to watch? How is the race likely to unfold? We answer all of these questions and more. We even unlock the age-old secret of how to interpret the race book (It’s Idiosyncratic, Unless It’s the Exact Opposite). (50.05 MIN / 45.86 MB)

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Here’s our guide to following the race live!