Holy shit kids, it’s been a weird week! Cycling news has trailed off a little bit with the conclusion of worlds and whatnot. Sarah and I were talking earlier in the week about what we’d talk about on this week’s podcast and she said “Dan, should we do our end of season wrap-up?” and I was all glib and overly-confident “Pssshhhht, there’s no need to rush into that Sarah, we’ve got HEAPS to talk about.”
And then we got to time to get ready to record tonight’s podcast and it turned out that (this is painful for me to admit) I made a mistake.
You see, dear friends, what I took from our conversation was “We’re going to talk about our end of season wrap-up and highlights”. What Sarah took from the conversation was my assurance that we could do that NEXT week.
Sorry Sarah, and sorry friends. It’s ALL MY FAULT.
Here, to help you cope until next week when we wrap-up the season, is a list of most excellent links of stuff from the last week:
Road World Cup
- We enjoyed this video from the UCI, talking with Michael Anderson, one of the managers of the Open de Suede Vårgårda World Cups, on what goes into organising the races (so many women’s race are run by volunteers, we really recommend emailing them the ones you liked this year, to say thanks for all their work. If you loved Vårgårda, here are their contact details)
This week Sarah is suffering from a terrible chest infection/cough-of-doom and might possibly die before the end of the episode. So in order to avoid recording her death rattle we rush through the latest news on Toscana (actually we didn’t rush because this one made us angry), UCI rule changes, World’s broadcasting and a real tragedy that occurred during the week. We do try to end the show on a good note though, and fortunately there’s some good news to help us achieve that. It’s a bit of an emotional ride this week, but we do our best to get you through it all. Oh, and at some point Sarah challenges Brian Cookson to a swordfight. (1:20:57 MIN / 77.71 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
It’s that time of year, where team presentation videos are popping up all over the place, so, for your delectation and delight, here are some I’ve seen – please feel free to point out any I’ve missed in the comments, or to me over on twitter. But first, before teamy things, I’m already excited about the first World Cup of the year, the Ronde van Drenthe, on 9th March 2013 – if you don’t know the race, it’s a superb Dutch Spring Classic, with a section through a building (seriously!), racing over slimy, mossy cobbled sections through forest, and about 3 times over the VAMberg, a man-made hill that used to be a municipal dump, with some great steep inclines. I love this race!!! Here’s Marianne Vos riding recon over the “new” route:
More video fun below the jump – including Emma Pooley, a brass band and a boat….
When Dan and I interviewed British CX star Helen Wyman for our podcast, she told why she thinks the future of women’s cyclocross is in the USA – so it seemed appropriate that this instalment of my Social Media series had a look at the USA cyclocross riders. I’ll tell you about some of the riders and how to follow them – and then at the end I’ll give you links to how to follow the USA CX scene. I’ve already talked about Katie Compton in my previous CX social media post, but as always, if you know people or links I’ve forgotten, add them to the comments, or let me know on twitter – and don’t forget to click through to the riders’ and team pages, and click on all their sponsors, to do your bit to help women’s cycling!
You might remember Georgia Gould from when she won the cross country MTB bronze medal in the London Olympic Games, but she’s also well-known on the cyclocross scene, not just for her great riding, but also for her work for equality in women’s racing. She’s been campaigning for years for equal pay for women’s racers, and as a member of the UCI Athlete’s Commission, she was one of the riders who persuaded the UCI to give equal prize money to the men and women World Champions across the cycling disciplines – starting with the 2013 CX Worlds.
But cool as all that is (and it is VERY cool!) the reason Gould is in this post is because of her fantastic social media presence. She’s got a great website with a lovely blog that’s always got good photos (I like her “I will murder you” face) – and her twitter is at @GouldGeorgia. You can find lots of video interviews with her on cyclingdirt and on youtube – and definitely read this interview with her after the UCI athletes’ commission, and why she thinks things are moving in the right direction for women’s cycling.
It’s cold and grey outside in Britain – and probably far too hot to go outside in Australia – so here are some videos to remind you that cycling continues.
6 minutes from the women’s CX Soudal Classic Leuven, won by Belgian Sanne Cant, with USA’s Amy Dombroski on her first European podium this year, in second place.
Speciliazed-lululemon have been on their team camp, and there have been some great blogs coming out of it on the team site – and now a load of video interviews from Shane Stokes, the editor of Velonation. Here’s 10 minutes from Evelyn Stevens, with some really fantastic hand gestures: