Vale Scandolara’s 2016 Australian Adventures – the Q&A

Podcast interview logoJust before she won Stage 3 of the fantastic Bay Crits, I interviewed Italian star Valentina Scandolara, about her Australian adventures, setting up her own Aussie team, escaping in the 2015 Road Worlds, and what she’s hoping for from 2016, including with her new team, Cylance Procycling.  You can listen to that interview here, but because she’s so much fun, I’ve written it up as well.

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ProWomensCycling:  You’ve been having a fun time in Australia – you were all over the podium in various races before Christmas, and now you’re racing in the Bay Crits.

Vale Scandolara: I always try to have fun, with cool people, and nice places, and races to do.  I did some races before Christmas.  I was focusing on training, and I went to these races with the Roxsolt team, and Carlee Taylor and Julie Leth, and some other Australians and New Zealanders, and it was lots of fun.  I saw some new places, like Bright, in the mountains in Victoria, and it was amazing.  Not quite Italy, but it was quite amazing!

PWC:  I saw from your twitter that you’ve been forcing yourself to endure the horrors of the beach too

Vale:  It’s very hard – you have to work on your tan-lines, but I’m coping!

And then I had the chance to organise a team, Alé Cycling, for the Bay Crits.  It was very nice for me, I got in contact with my ex-sponsor when I was in Alé-Cipollini, Alé clothing in Italy, and they got in contact with Alé Australia, and they were really interested in my proposal to make a team for Bay Crits,   so I called some girls.  Carlee Taylor was supposed to race with us, but she was sick and is resting before Nationals, so I’m sorry she’s not here, but we’re having a fair bit of a laugh as well.

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Australian Adventures! Sarah interviews Valentina Scandolara

Podcast interview logoVale Scandolara is a fan favourite for her exciting racing, and for her friendly and positive personality, and given she’s such a sunny person, it only seems right that she’s escaped the European winter to race in the Australian Summer of Cycling.  She told me how Italian bike clothing company Alé enabled her to set up her own team for the Bay Crits, what it felt like being in that final break in the 2015 Road World Championships and to nearly make it, and about her plans for 2016, with her new team Cylance.  This includes a bonus extra chat with Vale’s Bay Crits team-mate Julie Leth, who’s back from injury, finally, and just became officially Australian, having won the Aussie Madison Championships with Nettie Edmondson.

Listen to the podcast here, and click through to Soundcloud to download it, or if podcasts aren’t your thing, read the Q&A over here.

 

 

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Make sure you follow Vale on her adventures with her twitter and instagram, and keep an eye on her YouTube for the very best rider-made videos out there.  And for more Vale, Read her Q&As after she came second on Giro Rosa Stage 3, listen to my longer interview with her from last January.   Vale’s 2016 team is Cylance – make sure you check out  their website, and follow their instagram and twitter too.

Follow Julie Leth on her twitter and instagram, and find out more about her team, Hitec Products, on their website.

Watch Vale win Bay Crits Stage 3, and talk about it after the stage:

Catch up with all the news, photos and action from the Bay Crits so far on the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic website, and video highlights on SBS Cycling Central – and follow the last two stages with the #BayCrits hashtag, and via the @SummerOfCycling twitter, who’ll also be keeping us updated on the Santos Women’s Tour.  There’s a lot more information about the Aussie January races in this podcast with Monique Hanley.

Vale went on to win Stage 3, and you can see photos here.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 29 – Worlds Apart

Podcast logoG’day team, first of all, apologies for the delay in getting this episode out to you. We had major technical difficulties with our server during the week and it took a little while to fix. (For those who may be interested I’ll explain a little more at the bottom of the post). Anyway, we’re up and running now, and it’s a good thing too because what an amazing week of cycling last week was!

Richmond Virginia proved to be an excellent host for worlds and continuing on from last week’s time trials, this week brought us the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races which proved to be incredibly exciting. We also discuss some controversy with Linda Villumsen and a recap of some other racing that happened in various disciplines. Enjoy! (1:10:15 MIN / 67.44 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

2015 Road Cycling World Championships

All the videos, photos and links from the:

Specialized catches up with Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan after their wins

and we approve of this:

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Videos, photos & more from the 2015 women’s Road Race World Championships

When ever the women’s cycling peloton race Worlds, it’s always super-attacking, exciting, explosive racing, and Richmond 2015 was no exception, even if it wasn’t the hardest Worlds course.  There’s tons of video and race reaction, whether you watched live or are just catching up.

First, the UCI highlights

More highlights videos, from the BBC (UK), Universal Sports (USA), NOS (Netherlands), Sporza (Belgium) & SBS Cycling Central (24 mins, Australia) (these may be geo-restricted).   Next the last 35k:

Next, the full race replay, also from the UCI.  If you’re in the UK, the full BBC race replay or their highlights programme with half an hour looking at who’s who, and at the sport, are on iPlayer until 27th October.

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Equivalenting 2015: Richmond too

Worlds week makes me so happy, especially because it’s so easy for people who aren’t hardcore fans to get engaged with women’s cycling.  It’s right there on tv, there’s tons of media around, so I like to do my bit to help, by giving people unfamiliar with the sport some riders to cheer for.  People tell me who their favourite male rider is, and why they like him, and I give them the equivalent rider in the 2015 women’s road race World Championships – or if they’re completely new to cycling, their favourite kind of sports/person.  I call this Equivalenting, and I’ve already made a Richmond 2015 post, full of riders who have fun, push themselves, are good team players and are underdogs, and you can see posts from previous years as well.

In this post, equivalents of Peter Sagan, Matti Breschel, Ian Stannard, Ed Clancy,

Peter Sagan

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2015 Road World Championships Q&As Part 2: Elisa Longo Borghini, Ellen van Dijk & Kasia Niewiadoma

The women’s cycling peloton are super-talented, but also so friendly and generous with their time off the bike as well.  Early in the week, I was lucky enough to get some Q&As with D’hoore, Elena Cecchini, Vale Scandolara, Amanda Spratt & Jessie Walker about the Richmond 2015 road race, and now I’m back with part 2, with Classics star Elisa Longo Borghini, TT and cobbles-lover Ellen van Dijk, and the u23 European Champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma.

Elisa Longo Borghini

ELB starts as one of the favourites, and this young Italian already has a bronze medal from the 2012 Worlds.  She won this year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, so the cobbles won’t trouble her!

What’s it like in Richmond?

Richmond has been really welcoming to us cyclists. People have been really kind with us and it happened quite a lot that some of the car drivers came next to us while riding for wishing good luck!

What’s the road race course like?

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Videos & more from the 2015 Junior Road Race World Championships

Just as with the Junior women’s ITT World Championships, there’s no UCI video of the junior races at all.  Yeah, it makes me angry, and yeah, I’m pissed off for the riders themselves, but what can we do?  Well, luckily for us, some lovely people were tweeting snippets from around the course, and we have some interviews with riders below as well, along with photos, results and more.

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