Hey 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.
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…
This year’s Road Cycling National Champs weekend were the usual mix of predictable and completely un-guessable, which I love. Check out the race report collection on Ella Cycling Tips – and here’s a little collection of videos and results – and of course, if you have more that I’ve missed, please do let me know, either in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in. In alphabetical order…
Video highlights on Sporza – and this made me grin:
Little video interview with winner Kaat Hannes, after the race. Race report on Lensworld-Zannata’s website, and full results from the Road Race and ITT.
The Road Race was won by Annie Foreman-Mackey
Video interviews with second-placed Joëlle Numainville, and Leah Kirchmann in third. Elite women’s results and U23 and Junior women.
In the ITT, it was Foreman-Mackey’s The Cyclery-Opus team-mate Tara Whitten, back from really nasty head and neck injuries:
Full results from the elite women, and the U23 and junior women’s ITTs.
Audrey Cordon-Ragot is one of those riders who makes me smile. I love her aggressive, attacking riding, especially when she’s racing for Elisa Longo Borghini on Wiggle High5, and I really enjoy her social media presence, with her fun twitter and instagram. When she was too ill to race last year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, she joined in following the race on twitter with fans, and was just delightful, talking about the race and cheering on her teamies.
If you’d like to show your support for Audrey, she’s got a t-shirt for sale on her website. It costs €15 (I’m guessing plus postage if you’re outside France) and if you’d like to buy one, fill in the form on the Contact page with your name, size and address and they’ll tell you how to pay.
Hello everyone! This week Sarah and Dan tackle the most intense deconstruction of three paragraphs you’re likely to hear all week. As dull as that sounds, it’s guaranteed to be better than your high school poetry assessment, so there’s that! In racing news, we recap the action from Cholet-Pays de Loire and take a quick look ahead at an exciting weekend of Trofeo Binda and Gent – Wevelgem. Of course, there’s a lot more to the episode than just that, but telling you any more now would defeat the purpose of listening to it, so get excited and press play! (1:10:56 MIN / 68.10 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Last week’s racing
Full results, and race report on the Wiggle Honda website.
We didn’t manage to podcast this week, but there was tons of racing and interesting things going on, so here’s my list of videos, links, transfer news and stuff from women’s cycling on the road, track, MTB trails and cyclocross courses.
This week’s racing
Long, flat race, ending with a fantastic big hill. I love this video! Photos and results on Cyclingnews.
Holy moly there’s a whole lot of racing to talk about this week! Hot on the heels of the Giro Rosa came Thüringen Rundfahrt, the Tour de Bretagne and new stage race the BeNe Ladies Tour. We cover all the stages in all the races and note several outstanding achievements, including Trixi Worrack and Evie Stevens racing Thüringen and the Giro Rosa back to back, stringing together 17 consecutive days of racing before they were done, and the results of several of the smaller teams in the peloton who definitely maximised their chances to shine. We also take a few moments to talk about #WomensCyclingWeek and (spoiler!) Sarah might have feelings about this one. But it’s all a lead in to the Commonwealth Games starting (which is kind of a big deal if you’re from a Commonwealth country, sort of like the Olympics because we can’t wait a whole 4 years to win more medals) and La Course by the Tour De France on Sunday (which is being televised live pretty much everywhere and therefore will be fucking amazing!). And after we talk about all of that, there’s the usual rundown of blogs, videos, tweets and various other odds and ends we saw. In other words, brace yourselves, this one’s big! (1:17:24 MIN / 74.30 MB)
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Links for things we loved and saw in last week’s women’s cycling
All the racing video and results from the 2014 Thüringen Rundfahrt (which Loren Rowney and Lisa Brennauer previewed before it started), the Tour de Bretagne and the BeNe Ladies Tour (and there’s a lot!) in Sarah’s post on Podium Café. We liked the WielerVideo interview with Evie Stevens on her personal Grand Tour, 17 consecutive days of racing
How to clean your bike like a pro – by Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
It’s been a hard few years to be a cycling fan. On the men’s side, relentless doping stories, more and more and more depressing information about how institutions have turned a blind eye, or actively condoned the shitstorm. As an engaged fan, it is more a confirmation of things we already know, but still, if I never have another “You like cycling – what do you think about Lance Armstrong?” conversations, it’ll be too soon.
And then on the women’s side, it’s been a hard few years, with endless news about races being lost, teams folding, and reading about how all that shit on the men’s side disproportionately affects the women, even though they don’t have the cash for that industrial-level, institutional doping. Another conversation I can do without? Those people who pay NO attention to the women’s racing, but can tell me I’m stupid not to “know” the women’s side is just as awash with drugs. No, it’s not. YES, there are doping cases, but it’s a different culture, the patrons like Vos, Bronzini, Teutenberg are outspoken about how much they hate doping, and actively work to stop it. The stupidest thing I was told last year? The instant-expert who told me, totally seriously, that he wouldn’t be surprised if the doping doctors like Fuentes and Ferrari gave big discounts on EPO regimes to women, so they could do it too. Because they’re altruistic like that…