Podcasting on podcasting – the meta interview with Lindsay Bayer and Abby Mickey

I have always been a fan of how women bike riders have made their own media, so I was really excited when two American riders started their separate, and very different podcasts.  Abby Mickey, who rides for Colavita-Bianchi, has been interviewing riders she’s raced alongside, and with; while Lindsay Bayer, who’s the co-owner, manager and rider for Hagens Berman-Supermint, is talking to people involved in women’s cycling in different ways, and a different setting (mostly involving alcohol).

I wanted to know more about them both – so I invited them on for probably my most meta podcast ever – podcasting about podcasting!  We talk about a lot more too – why Bayer started her own team, how both of them have almost always ridden for female-run teams, how to spot Mickey’s mother at races, and much more.  Have a listen – it’s only half an hour long!

 

 

You can find Lindsay Bayer on her website, the Dirtfield, and on her twitter, facebook and instagram, and her podcast, Dirtfield Recordings, is part of the Wide-Angle Podium network, and also on iTunes and the podcast twitter.  She also writes a regular column at Peloton Magazine.  The team she co-owns, Hagens Berman Supermint, has a website, twitter, facebook and instagram.

Abby Mickey‘s podcast, Wheel Talk, is on her website, on the Wheel Talk podcast page and iTunes, and also on the Wheel Talk twitter, and you can follow her personal social media, too: twitter and instagram.  Mickey rides for, Colavita-Bianchi, which you can follow via their website, twitter and instagram too.

Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who generously fund me to do this kind of work.

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Sarah interviews…. Ellen Noble on her amazing cyclocross season

Podcast interview logoThe 2016/17 cyclocross season has been an amazing one for Ellen Noble, the 21-year-old American rider who not only won the U23 Cyclocross World Cup series (and came 6th overall in the elite women’s series), but finished the season coming second in the U23 Cyclocross World Championships, with some incredible descending skills.

She tells me all about how it’s been, what’s helped her get here, and where she wants to go next, with a lot more – including how she felt when the USA cycling media said there was no chance of an American getting onto the podium at the U23 Worlds!  Listen to our interview here:

 

 

You can find out more about Ellen on her website, and follow her adventures on her twitter, her instagram and her facebook.  Ellen’s teams are Aspire Racing in cyclocross, and she’ll race the 2017 road season with Colavita Bianchi.

Watch the videos of the women’s races at the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships – both the U23 and elite races are some of the best you’ll ever see!

Big thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing.

Shirt week! Summer shopping, Part 2: 2016 USA domestic team kits

We’ve just finished a wonderful mini-season of North American UCI bike races – including the Amgen Tour of California, USA National Championships and Winston Salem races, GP Gatineau racs in Quebec, and the fantastic Philadelphia Classic (click through those links for videos) – and one of the great things about the series is the domestic teams and riders getting international exposure.  If you’ve loved watching the women’s teams race, and want to support them – or just like their style – here’s how you can buy their cycling kit.

These are the USA team kits I can find – with the American WorldTour teams in Part 1 of my summer shopping special.  If there are any I’ve missed, please do link me up in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.

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The team kit’s in that Bianchi Celeste, and you can buy the jersey and bibshorts in unisex cuts (they advise women buy a size down, as they’re sized for men) along with arm-warmers, baseball cap and cycling cap.  These are all on the cycling store page of Colavita’s online shop, where you can buy all kinds of Italian food, coffee and gift ideas.  They’ve been a sponsor of USA women’s racing for years, so why not buy something from them, and tell them it’s because of the links to the team!  And for an extra link to the squad, the team website includes pages of recipes from the team, riders and their friends.

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Shirt week – how to look like the peloton part 2 – USA teams

On Friday it’s the first of only two UCI women’s bike races in the USA – the Winston-Salem Classic, and we can watch it live!  So in honour of that, and to remind people unfamiliar with USA racing about the jerseys from the USA women’s peloton, here’s part two of my guide to buying cycling kit & stuff from women’s teams.

Colavita

I think the Colavita team store is one of my favourites, because not only can you buy the team kit in women’s and men’s sizes,  you can also get all the other things Colavita sell – including sweets and coffees.  I’m such a child!

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Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies

I’ve got a real soft spot for the Optum kit, especially the back of it.  You can buy their team kit, in women’s and men’s cut in pro and basic specifications, on the Borah store, as well as a team hoody and hat – and the women’s sizing goes up to 4XL, which is great, because not everyone is a small! Continue reading

Presents for women’s cycling fans – part 3

I love women’s cycling fans – they definitely deserve the best presents, whether at Christmas, Hanukkah, for their birthdays, or just to show them how great they are.  So to this end, I’ve been pulling together some lists of presents I really hope someone will send me will inspire you.  Part 1 and Part 2 are full of art, clothing, photography, jewellery, books, delicious oils and much more – and Part 3 will have more of that – including recommendations from all kinds of real-life women (and men) who love bikes, and ideas for things to buy from companies that support women’s cycling.  Gift ideas for every budget – get shopping!  As always, I’ve got no personal connection with any of these, and buying them doesn’t benefit me in any way…  but it will benefit you, as your favourite women’s cycling fans think you’re fantastic!

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Glacier Glove sponsor one of Dan and my favourite riders, Amber Pierce, and she raves about their gloves, especially for cycling in cold conditions.  Ask her all about them on her twitter – she’s VERY enthusiastic!  They also host her superb live Q&As on their facebook, so they’re more than worth a promote.  I asked her why she likes them so much, and she said:

The Cyclocross Gloves keep your hands warm and let your palms breathe in cold, inclement weather – perfect for those crazy souls grinding it out in the mud of winter ‘cross races. But if you’re facing longer rides in freezing or sub-freezing temperatures, nothing will keep your hands toasty like the Perfect Curve, my personal favorite for warmth and – importantly – uncompromised dexterity for shifting and braking. For those who might need to race in freezing temps or in cold rain, the Super G Race Glove is super light, allows full dexterity, and keeps those digits warm and ready to shift on instinct. Great for classics-style racing!

If you want to buy some of these, Glacier Glove have given us a special discount code “amber” (no quotes) which will get people 25% off their purchase (no immediate expiration on the code…) on the glacierglove.com website – even more incentive!

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Marketing and bullshit (Ratatat remix)

Alright, it’s been a while since the last episode in my ongoing saga of posts about marketing and cycling and how the two are inextricably linked. We were previously caught up in the wonder of all things Social Media Jersey and since then Sarah’s been busy working out what you should all get her for Christmas (seriously, if you want to send Sarah a Christmas present, let me know and I’ll totally facilitate shenanigans).

Anyway, today the inimitable Kathryn Bertine shared a great interview with Colavita marketing VP John Profaci and it prompted me to get back into the minutiae of selling your soul to shill for corporate hacks (like me). It seems we (women’s cycling fans) have been thinking in this direction a bit lately, also spurred on by Amber Pierce’s excellent blogs, especially her Continuing the Dialogue article and the REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT READ – Click Thru Thursdays. So it’s clearly time for us to get back into it.

Before we do that though, it’s really important to set the right mood and the best possible way to do that is to hit play on this great remix of the Notorious B.I.G. classic and let it roll while you read the articles linked above:

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