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Podcast 2017 Episode 1 – Is the World Tour Less Worldly?

January 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Podcast logoIt’s the first week of 2017 and we’re already knees deep in a whole bunch of racing, it’s been fantastic! Dan anoints another honorary Australian and we celebrate the joys of the diversity of Orica Scott tactics. There’s a new Australian national criterium champion and there’s a HUGE amount of changes in the 2017 UCI Racing Calendar to discuss. There’s also some cyclocross, some Vos and some other goss to cover. It’s a big and exciting start to the new year. (1:30:25 MIN / 84.77 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included…

Sarah’s posts on the 2017 women’s road calendar:

  • Part 1: How the 2016 Road Calendar changed between publication and racing – and how 2016 compares to 2017
  • Part 2: How many races we’ve lost in 2017, and how that fits into patterns over time
  • Part 3:  Where the change have happened

This week’s racing

IJsboerke Ladies Trophy #7 – GP Sven Nys, Baal

Results, photos on Cyclephotos.co.uk and the DVV Trophy website, IJsboerke Trophy Rankings with one race to go, and video highlights:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 38 – The Year Ahead (Part 2)

December 28, 2016 3 comments

Podcast logoFollowing on from last week’s episode we round out our review of the 2016 season and talk a little more about how we think things will shape up in 2017. There’s been a fair bit of movement among the teams, with some really interesting new line ups. Can Boels Dolmans dominate again? Will they achieve the same level of winning as their astonishing 2016? Will some other team step up to challenge their dominance? What will Marianne Vos’ new team look like? And how will other teams find their feet? We discuss all of this and more, including the important new investigation from the Dutch federation. There’s lots to cover, just in time to round out the year! (Also, Dan wants to note that yes, he’s given this Part 2 episode a different title from Part 1 because he’s a lovable rogue who enjoys breaking conventions so you’ll just have to deal with it). (1:07:55 MIN / 62.19 MB)

Things we talked about this week included

Upcoming racing

DVV Trofee Azencross Loenhout, 29th December 2016 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, (the Bay Crits!) 1st-3rd January 2017, Australia

DVV Trofee GP Sven Nys, Baal, 1st January 2017 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.

How to watch the cyclocross

Podcast 2016 Episode 37 – The Shape of Things to Come (Part 1)

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Podcast logoIt’s time for our review of the 2016 season, what the first year of the Women’s World Tour brought us and some speculation around what we can expect for 2017. There’s some really interesting things that have happened. We get into some of the bigger questions about how the WWT has (or hasn’t) changed things, and we take a bit of a look at the Zwift and Canyon project along with heaps more. In our classic style, what we planned for one podcast is now a part one, so enjoy your Christmas and we’ll be back next week with a part two! (1:03:08 MIN / 57.81 MB)

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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