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Emily Chappell on changing the world

November 16, 2016 4 comments

Podcast interview logo2016 has been tough for a lot of people, and what with politics, the economy, Daylight Savings Times in the northern hemisphere, and so on, a lot of people are feeling bleak right now.  So when Emily Chappell suggested we podcast on how the women’s cycling world is changing for the better, and how we can all have positive impacts on that, I jumped at the chance.

We talked about Emily’s own year – winning the women’s TransContinental race (read her blog about that!), and her other successes (including having her book published) and also about the Adventure Syndicate.  I can’t quote believe it hasn’t been around for even a year, but wow, those women have done so many great things.  All this, and more – including Emily’s and my pledges for our own 2017 cycling challenges (Emily says she’ll try cyclocross, if someone will show her how, so if that’s you, get in touch with her!).  Listen to it all – and scroll down for the usual tons of links.

You can find Emily on her website, her twitter and her instagram – and of course, please buy her (first) book – What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story(If you’re not sure, Feargal McKay reviewed the book on Podium Café, and I interviewed Emily about it which you can listen to or read some of).

The Adventure Syndicate has a fantastic website, and a great twitter you should be following, an instagram and facebook too, of course.  I talked to Emily and Lee Craigie about their hopes for the Syndicate back in May, which you can listen to if you want to see how it compares to now!

Posts about the Adventure Syndicate’s North Coast 500 record-breaking ride, and the trip with (extra)ordinary women later on.

The Syndicate is running a Winter Training Camp for female endurance cyclists in Girona, in January 2017 – find out more and book places here.

You can support the Syndicate’s Crowdfunder for that gorgeous-looking book about Lee and other riders’ adventures at the Highland Trail 550it closes on Friday 22nd November 2016, but it’ll also be for sale afterwards through the Adventure Syndicate website.  Check out the blogpost about how the initial crowd-funder reached it’s goal in 24 hours, so they’ve added stretch goals, to help support the Syndicate’s work inspiring and enabling women and girls to have their own cycling adventures.

You can get a little taster in this interview with Lee Craigie on BikePacking.com.  And because I love this project so much, I’ll buy a basic crowdfunder copy of this for one blog reader – leave me a comment below, or tweet me by 21st November 2016 telling me you want this, and I’ll pull a name out of a hat.

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If you want to read more books by Adventure Syndicate members’ cycling feats, check out Juliana Buhring‘s book This Road I Ride: My incredible journey from novice to fastest woman to cycle the globe (and read Feargal McKay‘s review on Podium Café) and Sarah Outen’s second book about her quest to kayak and cycle across the globe despite illness and crazy conditions, Dare to Do: Taking on the planet by bike and boat.

Emily is on the cover of the first edition of the new women’s cycling magazine, Casquette (her and Nicole Cooke!)  You can pick up that mag for free from lots of mostly London-based places, or get it posted to you for shipping costs, with your choice of covers, via this page, and the article about Emily is on the website.

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VeloVixen, the online store for women’s cycling clothing, were the people behind the Women’s Cycling Hub at the Birmingham Cycle Show – if you want to watch (or re-live) any of the talks from that, watch the videos.

Emily wrote a great piece for Total Women’s Cycling about women who are beating the men in cycling – something she predicted would happen, back on this 2012 blog.

Linked to that, we mentioned Sarah Hammond‘s fantastic Ultra-Endurance riding – you can listen to an interview with her after she finished the TransAm and watch her videos from Race to the Rock on Ella Cycling Tips.

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Emily and I talked about our own cycling pledges for 2017 – and if you have an idea of one that you need helping out with, but don’t know where to start, please do leave a question in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll find you someone who can help.

I’m funded to do this kind of women’s cycling work thanks to my super-generous Patreon supporters, who pay from £/€/$ 2 a month – thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Podcast 2016 Episode 36 – EPIC (That’s a Technical Term)

November 13, 2016 5 comments

Podcast logoHey remember that time a few days ago when Sarah and Dan started talking about all the Best of the Year categories that VeloVoices are going to be holding voting on this week, and it took them an hour to get through the first category? Well they’re back! And this time they’re determined to get through all of the other categories (including the two extra ones that Sarah made up so that she could fit everyone in that she wanted to) no matter how long it takes!

Look, we’re not gonna lie, this podcast is EPIC (that’s a technical term). It’s huge. It’s long enough to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s got more plot, more drama and more action than your standard Hollywood blockbuster, so there’s that! How could it not be when we’re discussing Best Race Finish of the Year, Best Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Unsung Heroines of the Peloton for the Year, Unsung Heroes/Heroines Behind the Scenes and Step-Up Rider of the Year?

So many great and worthy nominees, so much to argue about! Make sure you’re stocked up on time and refreshments, this one’s perfect for that long drive to see all your extended family for the holidays. Here goes… (1:59:50 MIN / 109.72MB)

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And listen to, and read, our nominations for 2016 women’s cycling Rider of the Year.

Best race finish

There were so, so many fantastic racing moments this season, and it was especially exciting as we got more live racing, and long highlights, than ever before.  In chronological order…

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Podcast 2016 Episode 35 – So Many Great Riders

November 10, 2016 10 comments

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 Our friends at VeloVoices are preparing their end of year voting and asked Sarah to help them come up with a short list of nominees in a whole raft of categories, from Rider of the Year to Best Race Finish of the Year to Breakout Performance of the Year (and a whole bunch more). Of course, to make it challenging the inimitable @kittyfondue told Sarah she needed to keep it to a list of 5 finalists per category.

Sarah dutifully stuck to that requirement (and simply invented new categories when she needed to go over😉 – no really) and so here we are with the first instalment where we discuss our nominees for Rider of the Year, including a couple of honourable mentions and a couple of riders we considered, but ultimately couldn’t include. We review their seasons, the highs, the lows and the reasons for and against. Will our top pick be the same as yours? (1:01:11 MIN / 56.02 MB)

Part 2, with all the other categories (Best race finish, Unsung heroes, Breakthrough riders and Step-up riders) can be heard and read here.

Rider of the year

This is probably the most open competition in years, with all kinds of riders taking steps up, or consolidating their positions.  But some have stood head and shoulders above the rest.  In chronological order of their achievements….

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Podcast 2016 Episode 34 – The Dystopic Science Fiction Architectural Cycling Digest

October 19, 2016 1 comment

Podcast logoThis week we catch up on everything that happened in the Junior Women’s and Elite Women’s World Championship Road Races, including all of the things that surprised and delighted us. We do a bit of a wrap up of the latest news in UCI rule changes (there have been a lot of them for track in particular) and there are a couple of points of unavoidable controversy. We do our best to tackle them from a glass half full perspective but we’ll let you decide how well me managed to pull that off. (1:10:46 MIN / 64.8 MB)

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Stuff We Talked About

It’s all here in Sarah’s wrap-up post with videos, highlights, the stories and whatnot from both the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races.

 

 

Podcast 2016 Episode 33 – Sarah Is Not Allowed On Mountain Bikes

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Podcast logoThis week we talk about all of the worlds time-trialling in Doha. The heat in Qatar showed up in full force and played havoc with the Team Time Trial. There was plenty of riders suffering from heatstroke and heat related stress which was deeply concerning. We also talk about how this impacted on the results. There’s the Junior and Elite women’s Individual Time Trials to discuss as well, with some interesting and surprising results there. Although fortunately with less dramatic heat. We catch up on the latest cyclocross and mountainbike news and round the episode out with a bit of gossip. (1:23:00 MIN / 75.99 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included

This week’s racing

2016 Road World Championships!

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Cyclocross

Sarah’s guide to watching and following the 2016/7 Cyclocross

SuperPrestige #1, Gieten

Gorgeous photos by Balint Hamvas

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IJsboerke Ladies Tophy (DVV Trophee) #1, Ronse

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Podcast 2016 Episode 32 – And Some Need More Luck Than Others

October 5, 2016 9 comments

Podcast logoThis week we preview the TTT, the ITT and the Road Races in Qatar for the Junior and Elite women (would it surprise you if we said there was controversy?). We also took a look at all the latest transfer news and who is confirmed to be going where for 2017.

Press play to enjoy the best World’s preview we’ve recorded today! (1:16:08 MIN / 69.72 MB)

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Podcast 2016 Episode 31 – Melbourne’s Name is Mud

September 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Podcast logoThis week we take a deep breath as Qatar’s World Championships is just around the corner. We’ve got a few races to talk about in the Giro dell’Emilia and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. There’s also been the latest US leg of the Cyclocross World Cups and in classic fashion we manage to find heaps of controversy to discuss along the way. This includes everything from the latest UCI publicity around the Women’s World Tour, the TTT event in Qatar, TUEs, hacking and more. Dan also potentially manages to offend entire states in both Australia and the US. Just another week on the podcast! (1:14:13 MIN / 67.95 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included

Recent racing

Cyclocross World Cup #2, Jingle Cross

Highlights and full race replay

Fantastic photos from the awesome Balint Hamvas, on Cyclephotos.co.uk, and full results.

Giro Dell’Emilia

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