It’s our first episode for 2014 and holy shit did we go all-out to start on a high! The ever superb Marijn de Vries stopped by to talk with us, and Sarah and I were so starstruck that we forgot to swear for the entire podcast (Marijn saved that day and taught us some naughty Dutch)! We did remember to talk though. We discussed all sorts of stuff from frozen eyeballs, spring classics, racing and goals for 2014, to new teams, and MUCH more! It’s a great conversation and Marijn has a lot of keen insights, so get a large sized portion of your favourite beverage, sit back and get ready to enjoy. (1:03:16 MIN / 60.74 MB)
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Our Marijn links
If you want to follow Marijn (of course I assume you already are!) her blog in Dutch and in English – and she’s @MarijnFietst on twitter. And if you want to know more about the book she wrote with Nynke de Jong, it’s called Vrouw & Fietst, and you can buy it from Dutch bookseller Bol.com…. and if you know of any English publishers, tell them we really NEED it in English too!
Marijn will be racing for Argos-Shimano in 2014 (under their soon-to-be-announced new name) – make sure you follow them on twitter and like them on facebook.
Some of Marijn’s specific blog posts we talked about…
This is the second year of the Lotto Tour – the final event in the season-long Lotto Cycling Cup, a series of Belgian races. Last year it was the three-stage Lotto Decca Tour – this year we’re up to four stages, with a new sponsor and name, the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour! And like all the Lotto Cup races, there are videos. Don’t scroll down too far below the videos, there are spoilers.
Before you start, read Jessie Maclean’s race preview on the ORICA-AIS website.
I wonder what happens when the women’s peloton race a TTT?
After last week’s ranting and misanthropy we found a lot to love in this week’s racing. Enough that Sarah actually got her mojo back! We’re all grateful for that and so we start by embarking on a romp through the races. Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, Boels Rental Hills Classic, US Nationals and so on. Dan loses that ability to tell if he’s being dirty or not. Sarah asks for access to all of Dan’s social media accounts (he declines). We divert through some classic Helen Wymanisms and take a quick look at The Milk Race in the UK. We catch up with the results of Gracie Elvin’s twitter experiment and then things take a turn for the dark as Dan reviews Pat McQuaid’s op-ed for Cycling News about the UCI Stakeholder Survey (hint: he calls it “18 kinds of fucked” and then has a rage-blank). We do suggest you stick around for the bit where he triple-dares Pat to the world’s shortest policy debate. This is a super-long episode (sorry, sort of but not really) so make an extra cup of tea or pour twice as much whisky and get ready. (1:34:07 MIN / 90.36 MB)
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UPDATE: Swordpanda knocked up this briliant rough sketch for Dan’s dream commuting bike!
Things we talked about this week
All the racing at Gooik, Aalburg, Holland Hills and the USA Nationals – check out Sarah’s report on Total Women’s Cycling, and all the videos of the races Sarah has found so far – and how this weekend gave Sarah her mojo back.
Saturday Sunday 12th May, it’s the fifth round of the UCI Road World Cup, the Tour of ChongMing Islandin China. This is a race on the long, wide, flat roads of ChongMing Island in the Yangtze river, connected to Shanghai by the beautiful bridge and tunnel, and the race uses both.
It’s very definitely a race for the sprinters. The “mountains” point comes when they ride up the ramp onto the bridge, and the roads have meant while riders have dropped off the back, and there can be echelon-ing, it ends up in a bunch sprint. It is usually very rainy, though, and the wind can make it a very tough race indeed – certainly no easy ride, this one!
The website is mostly in Chinese, and google translate hates that, but there’s some information on the parcours in English in this report of the press conference (google translated into English) – but if you want some more on the race, Melissa Hoskins has a race preview on the ORICA-AIS website of the World Cup and and the Tour of ChongMing Island stage race, which ran 8th-12th May. Because the Island isn’t a large one, the stage race runs on a lot of the same roads. Here’s the video we’ve had of that so far, and much more info below the jump:
Hitec before the Flèche Wallonne – Sarah Connolly
I was so incredibly lucky to spend the 2013 women’s Flèche Wallonne with the fantastic Hitec Products UCK. I’ve got some stories and galleries of photos about my adventures on Podium Café – part 1 is all about the race preparations, and part 2 is about seeing the race from the team car, and the post-race experience. You can also see more of my photos on flickr, and listen to Dan and me talk about it on our podcast.
For other people’s views of the race, Jane Aubrey reported on it for Cyclingnews and CJ Farquharson has a race report and photos on her womenscycling.net, and more photos on CJFoto and on Cyclingnews. There are team reports from ORICA-AIS, Argos-Shimano, a blog by Loren Rowney on the Specialized-lululemon site, a blog by Ashleigh Moolman on her first World Cup podium, and a blog about his first time at a women’s pro race from the head of Wiggle, Humphrey Cobbold.
And of course, there are videos – here are all the ones I’ve found so far. I’ll be posting interviews with Hitec riders next week – keep an eye out on the Podium Café women’s section. Massive, huge, enormous thanks to Karl Lima, Hitec’s manager, for organising such an amazing time – I loved every moment, and appreciate it totally!
Edit! Here are the first interviews – with Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini and Lotto-Belisol‘s Ashleigh Moolman, after the podium results – on Podium Café here. And here’s my interview with Rachel Neylan, on the race, and triumphing over adversity to win silver at Worlds.
Edit again! And my interview with Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen
Having a fortnight between the Ronde van Drenthe and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda gave the women’s peloton some time to get training – so there’s been a flurry of videos from team camps. In alphabetical order, we’ll start with Argos Shimano, with Lucy Garner, Kirsten Wild and Esra Tromp talking about training (and doesn’t this make you want to get on your bike?)
Holy fuckballs team! It’s 2013 and there’s all sorts of bike-y shit going on! So Sarah and I decided to get together and talk about it. Things we talked about include (but are not limited to):
- The Ladies Tour of Qatar, live video of races and general Arab awesomeness
- We address cycling’s first, oldest and best riddle – Q: When is a break not a break? (listen for the answer!)
- I take a moment to compare watching a race with Sarah to taking a child to see a pantomime (behind you!!!!)
- Sarah’s awful to Emma Johansson (not really Emma, it’s ok)
- We contemplate the nature of Kirsten Wild
- I talk Australian Track Nationals (super briefly, with very few left-hand turns)
- Then we discuss the Cyclocross World Championships
- Somewhere near the end we pause to consider the Pat McQuaidness of it all and then I uncover a plot by the UCI to replace Sarah with a robot
It makes more sense when you listen to it (sort of). Welcome to 2013!!!! (1:05:48 MIN / 63.31 MB)
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These are the things we talked about in this podcast: