Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 56 – Sarah interviews Chloe Hosking

Aussie battler Chloe Hosking is a fan favourite, not just for her stubborn, “never-say-die” sprinting, but for the way she writes about women’s cycling.  Martin, one of my Patreon supporters, asked if I could interview her, and ask her all about joining Wiggle Honda for 2015, and the expansion of super-teams in the women’s peloton – so how could I say no?  Chloe is a lot of fun, loves to talk, and told me all about how she sees next year going, racing with Roxsolt and Wiggle for the Aussie summer season, as well as what she sees her role with the team will be for the Euro season.  We also talked about her blogging, the fall-out from those comments about Pat McQuaid, why you shouldn’t expect her to win in the Aussie National Road Race, but should definitely watch out for her in the Tour of Qatar, and a lot more!  We laugh a fair bit in this one too! (46:47 MIN / 45.09 MB)

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You can follow Chloe through her twitter, her instagram, and her excellent blog on her website – we talked about a lot of her posts, but especially her post on her influences – and this great profile of Ina-Yoko Teutenberg; dealing with disappointment; her  Women who blog about cycling list – and you should read these blogs about winning at the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour and the Omloop van Borsele.  Really you should read them all…

Here are videos of that Borsele win

And if you want to know more about the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Chloe’s first UCI race of 2015, the videos from 2014 are in here, and the ones from 2013 are over on Podium Café.

Chloe has been racing the Aussie summer season with Roxsolt, and we were singing the praises of the man behind Roxsolt, Kelvin Rundle – follow his twitter, he really lives up to his name, @crazycyclefan.  And from 1st January 2015, Chloe will be with Wiggle Honda – follow their twitter too.

I’m funded to do these interviews thanks to my incredible Patreon supporters.  Thanks to all of them, and especially Graeme for the question and Martin for suggesting I interview Chloe!

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How HAS women’s cycling changed in the last few years?

I was asked this question earlier today, and it really got me thinking.  I’m still riding the high of hanging out at the British National Road Championships, and talking to inspiring riders like Emma Pooley (read my post-ITT, pre-Giro interview with her on Podium Café) – and of course last month I was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour (you can listen to me talk about that here and here, and see all the videos I collected from the race on Podium Café), but I genuinely think we’re on an upwards wave at the moment.  The question is always “how do we keep moving in the right direction?” but it’s important to take a moment to be happy about what’s going well.

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Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Sarah interviews Anika Todd

Anika Todd has one of those stories that people daydream about on long rides.  She started riding casually with her then-boyfriend, joined the Tripleshot cycling club in Vancouver, who noticed she was pretty strong, and encouraged her to start racing.  She did so well that the club raised the money to send her to the Canadian National Championships…. where she came 7th in the road race and 2nd in the Time Trial – and she hadn’t even been racing for a year!  Team Tibco spotted her and signed her up, and now she’s a pro!

It’s not just her great story – it’s how she tells it, on her fantastic blog that’s given us a real insight into what the Spring Classics are like.  She popped by to tell Sarah about experiencing the European Spring, elbowing Kirsten Wild aside, having a day riding with Marianne Vos, and much more – including whether she still enjoys cycling! (34:45 MIN / 33.36 MB)

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Anika links

Follow Anika on her website, twitter and facebook athlete page

Anika’s team, Tibco, can be followed on their website and twitter.  Their mechanic, Eric Maresjo, is one of the trio of superstars who combine fixing bikes and dealing with race crises with tweeting live updates from the action – follow him too!

Our favourite Anika blogs (but you should read them all!)

Anika’s been supported by the Tripleshot Cycling Club – if you’re anywhere near Vancouver, you should definitely join them, they sound lovely.  You can also go to her sponsor page and click through to their sites – and tell them you appreciate them supporting women’s cycling!

We talked about some of the causes Anika supports, and you can find out more about them on her website

Stories from the Flèche Wallonne Femmes

Team Hitec, before the Flèche Wallonne

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 Cafépart 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

Marketing, cycling and women

It’s been one of those weeks, where suddenly I’m seeing all kinds of things about marketing, cycling and women, so here’s a selection of links to some things I found interesting.

Firstly, I am still in love with the adidas #mygirls campaign.  You can read my thoughts here, but more and more things keep hitting me about it – for example, isn’t how they show hair interesting?  Usually sports adverts have women with long, glossy hair cascading out behind the woman – and I have to say, that’s never how my (admittedly long, blonde) hair looked in any sports I did.  There’s the interesting cultural differences highlighted in Bara’ah in Jordan wearing her hijab, and Asisat in Nigeria with hers in plaits, that adds to the whole “united around the world” vibe, while feeling very natural – but Hannah‘s hair is tied back and hidden by a bike helmet, and Ingrid‘s is tied back and wet from the water – and I think that just accentuates the aspirational, real vibe – this is how we look when we do sports, and don’t we look great?

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I’ve mentioned Collyn Ahart‘s writing on the blog before, but there are some articles she wrote that she linked to in her #mygirls post that I really liked.  Collyn does a lot of work on marketing and brand strategy, and I loved her post on sports marketing to women, the issues with the three main ways sports brands target women:

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Celebrating social media – part 11 – Cyclocross in the USA

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!

Georgia Gould Luna Pro Team

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.

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Celebrating Social Media – part 10 – Cyclocross!

I love cyclocross – ever since tgsgirl first told me about this muddy, sadistic, crazy, beautiful sport, it’s intrigued me and made me very happy.  And one of the reasons is the way the riders engage with fans, and all the fabulous social media we get.  Riders don’t just race these exhausting, exhilarating races – they tell us all about it.  So it’s time for another episode of my women’s cycling social media series, this time looking at the CX riders who give us a fantastic insight into the sport.  I’ll be running this over a couple of posts, so don’t get annoyed if I’ve missed your favourite rider here – and there will be some links at the bottom to help you follow the women’s racing online – starting with how to see video from the races…

Helen Wyman Kona Factory Racing

I can’t start anywhere else than with one of my absolute superstars of cycling and social media, Helen Wyman.  She’s the current European Champion, has won the justifiably-iconic Koppenbergcross twice, and the British national championship seven times.  All that’s impressive, but she combines it with one of the very best cycling social media presences anywhere in cycling, men’s or women’s.  I’ll tell you more about her in a moment, but first of all, here’s a video of her winning the Euros, courtesy of Petitesreines…  and more on them, and how to watch women’s CX races, below!

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