Sarah interviews…. Lisa Jacobs Rides Happy – Cyclocross and Australia

Podcast interview logoLisa Jacobs has always been a fascinating pro cyclist – she used to combine forays into European road racing with the Australian National Team with her day job as a lawyer, and now she’s embraced the emerging cyclocross scene in Australia, and taking time off work to come and race – and all the while having one of the best cyclist blogs out there on her Ride Happy website.

She’s just back from a month and a half racing Belgian cyclocross, which didn’t go as well as she’d hoped, but she’s still looking up.  We talked about all of that, how an Aussie gets into CX in the first place, and what the scene’s like there, why she lets her alter-ego of “Lisa’s Mum” loose on the blog, and lots more, including her most Aussie cyclocross experience to date…

Listen to the interview here, or download it directly from the Soundcloud page.  I’ll be back with a partial transcript of it later in the week.

 

 

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Follow Lisa (and Lisa’s Mum) on her website, twitter and instagram.  And head to her sponsor page and click through to them all, to show you care – especially Rapha Australia and Focus.  I especially like her recent posts on the Mojo Rollercoaster, and Lisa’s Mum answering all your questions about Belgian mud.

If you’d like to find out more about Australian cyclocross, and even start yourself, the National Series is coordinated by Mountain Bike Australia, with dates for 2016 (but no venues yet, which is a bit of an issue for a country as large as Australia!) on their website.   The details about the Victorian CX series are on the Cycling Victoria website, and there’s the fantastic Dirty Deeds 4-race series in Melbourne too, which has been running since 2010.  If you’re in or near Adelaide, check out the Focus CX twiLITE evening race on 15th March – why not give it a go, or at least head out and cheer!  And there’s more Aussie cyclocross news, information and stuff on the Australian Cyclocross Magazine website and twitter.

I’ve collected the videos from the women’s races at the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships here, and there are more CX videos, news, thoughts and interviews in the Cyclocross section of the site

I’m funded to do these interviews thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!  If you want to join them from just £1.50/$2 a month, there’s more information here.

 

 

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Podcast 2016 Episode 5 – Omloops!

Podcast logoG’day team! There’s not one, but two Omloops this week, so of course we talk all about them! There’s also heaps of media and interviews to discuss. The track world championships are coming up. Evelyn Stevens is about to attempt the Hour World Record. Basically there’s a lot to talk about and we discuss it all with great joy. Spring is upon us and about to bloom in full, cobbled, torturous glory! (58:40 MIN / 53.7 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

The Aviva Women’s Tour great, melodramatic 2016 promo video

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Marianne Vos‘ interview on Ella Cycling Tips about returning to racing.

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Watch & follow the 2016 Aussie Road Nats LIVE

2016 Australian National Road Cycling Championships, 6-10 January

This year’s Australian Road Racing started with a bang on New Year’s Day with the Bay Crits and their Summer of Cycling continues with the National Road Cycling Championships.  We can watch the road races, and I’ll tell you how to follow the other races live – but forgive me if the information’s complicated, it’s timezones!

We’re in Ballarat as usual, and the schedule, with links to the courses, startlists and so much more, is here,. Ballarat is in  Victoria, and in the AEDT timezone, so 10 hours ahead of European CET, 11 hours ahead of UK GMT, and 16 hours ahead of North American EST, so double check dates if you’re not in Aus.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 34 – Solstice-Mas

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Merry Solstice/Crossmas/Stuff team! Our now traditional Christmas Eve episode (or Solstice of whatever)! We catch up on the world of cyclocross, talk about the ASO vs UCI nonsense and a couple of other dumb things that are annoying before getting back to being full of joy and good cheer as we look ahead to 2016 and all that it entails. (56:15 MIN / 51.5 MB)

Enjoy a safe and merry Christmas, have a happy New Year and we’ll speak with you again soon in January. Don’t forget to support Sarah’s Patreon!

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Podcast 2015, Episode 33 – Australia!

Podcast logo Dan is busy right now, so I swapped him for another Australian, to explain all about the Aussie Summer of Cycling, and why we should all be meeting up in Melbourne and Adelaide for January 2017.  Monique Hanley is a former bike racer who does a ton of work promoting cycling, especially women’s cycling, and especially through her roles on the Executive Board of Cycling Victoria, and as chair of Cycling Australia’s Women’s Commission, and she’s one of my very favourite people in cycling.

January is an amazing month for Australian road cycling, and it’s fantastic to see the strong UCI mini-season for the women back Down Under.  We talked about how cycling has changed for the country – and given Monique’s roles in Cycling Federations, we also talked about the recent Genèvieve Jeanson podcast and story on Cyclingnews, and what cycling bodies can learn from her experience, and prevent anything similar happening in the future.

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Things we talked about this week

The Australian Summer of Cycling:

There’s always great information on the Cycling Australia website, and on their twitter, and there are great videos on their YouTube – we wish all races would use their format, of riders telling the stories of the races.  I’ll put links to watching the races live nearer the time.

UPDATE!  Here’s Cyclingnews’ video preview:

The Kirsten Frattini’s Genèvieve Jeanson podcast and story are on Cyclingnews – and I wrote about it here.  The Australian Sports Commission have a strong Play By The Rules section to support athletes in all sports, and their  member protection policies and documents are here, with all their other Integrity In Sport policies.  If you in Australia and affected by domestic abuse in any way, there are organisations here  that can provide help, advice and support.

Follow Monique on her twitter, and listen to the interview about her cycling story Dan and I did with her pretty much exactly two years ago.  You can find out about all the work Cycling Victoria do on their website, including their pages for women and girls, and their resources for clubs.

Bridie O’Donnell helps Sarah fall in love with The Hour

Podcast interview logoI have to admit, I’ve never really been a fan of The Hour Record, but when I read that Bridie O’Donnell is going to be making her attempt at it on 22nd January 2016, in Adelaide, I had to find out more, as I am a fan of Dr O’Donnell.  So she told me all about it, including why it’s the perfect cycling challenge for a scientist, how much it will cost, and some diversions around other things she’s been up to.  It’s a longer interview, but I could have listened to Bridie talk for hours about this.

Listen to Bridie talk here (1:03:31 mins/61 MB)

 

 

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Bridie’s being supported in her Hour Record attempt by a lot of people, but especially Rod and Barbara Dux of Dux Dreams Foundation, Ben Young at Frank Green, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Sport Scientists Dr Stephen Lane PhD and Ken Ballhause B.Sc at HPTek.  Check out everything they do!  If you want to cheer her on (in fancy dress!) then it’ll be at Adelaide SuperDrome on 22nd January 2016, and streamed live worldwide too.

Follow Bridie on her website, Instagram and twitter – and if you can think of a better hashtag for her Hour than #BridiesHour, please do let her know.  Her team is Total Rush Hyster, and Cycling Australia will be showing highlights of all the Subaru National Road Series races they’re competing in on their Youtube. And if you know an Irish piper who can play her in in Adelaide on 22nd January, please do let her know as well!

Bridie’s SISU Girls podcasts are available here, and if you’re in Australia, you can catch her as the resident doctor on Channel 10’s The Project tv news show.  You can also listen to my previous podcast interview with Bridie from September 2014, and Part 1 and Part 2 of her appearance on Osher Günberg’s properly pro podcast from December 2014.

I’m funded to do these interviews by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!  I’ll keep you all up-to-date with Bridie’s progress here on the site.

Guest blog: Gethin and Nikki preview the women’s Tour Down Under

It’s still road racing time in Australia, and we’re so lucky, our good friends Nikki and Gethin are down at the Tour Down Under, blogging for us – here’s their race preview!  Come back for more throughout the race, follow them on twitter and on their travel blog.

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We’re away travelling at the moment and more by luck than judgement we find ourselves in Australia at the height of their road racing season. At this time of year, most of Australia’s best riders are home from Europe & join the domestic riders for a number of events either side of the Aussie nationals – held last week in Ballarat, Victoria (a couple of hours from Melbourne).  We’d already blogged for Neutral Service about the Bay Crits in Melbourne, then we were delighted to discover that the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide is also running a 4 stage women’s race alongside the UCI-rated men’s event. We’d already thought about going over and combining the men’s race with a couple of days indulging our inner wine-ponce in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The women’s race sealed the deal, so here we are in Adelaide….

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