Talking television with Helen Wyman

Podcast interview logoThe 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour was a fantastic race, and Dan and I talked about the racing action in our latest podcast (spoiler alert: so exciting!) – but I had a pretty unique view of the race this year, because I was doing commentary for ITV4.  I was doing the “as live” commentary with Hugh Porter, while cyclocross superstar and general all-round cycling guru Helen Wyman did the presenting at the start and finish of each show with Ned Boulting.  I had so many questions about her experience – so we chatted about it all, with a foray at the end into how the TV coverage of women’s cyclocross has already changed the sport after one season – have a listen!

 

 

If you missed any of our TV commentary, they’ll be archived for a few more weeks here on the ITV Hub.  You can also find tons of clips from the race, including highlights with some of me, on the Aviva Women’s Tour YouTube – and of course more fantastic media on the race website.

Find out more about Helen on her website and by following her great twitter, and check out her fantastic cycling kit collaboration with Velocio Apparel, for women and for men…

As always, I am funded to do this kind of thing by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!  You can join them from as little as £/$/€ 2 a month, over here.

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I might not be the smartest rider

So last night Sarah and I were talking while we watched the Vårgårda World Cup race, as it streamed live on the UCI YouTube channel. A miracle that I hadn’t dared to hope would come true. In between moments of sheer delight and joy at seeing real live coverage of a women’s race (with a fucking helicopter even!), there was much else to be enjoyed.

We were spoiled, my friends, utterly spoiled. Live video of the race, actual expert commentary from Rochelle Gilmore (supported by Jose Been) and amazing Swedish countryside, weather and racing. Sheer luxury as they used to say. I used to dream of seeing a World Cup race broadcast live. Amazing.

It’s been a tradition for Sarah and I to watch this race together, and over the last three years we’ve seen the coverage grow from one camera in a fixed position, to two fixed cameras, to yesterday’s wonderful spectacle. It was great.

I admit that it went to my head a little bit. I was giddy with delight. So I couldn’t help but crack up laughing at one point when the commentators were trying to find a nice way to explain why a certain rider’s attack may not be the smartest move.

 

And that’s when the magic really happened. Former World Champion track rider and HTC road rider, and sometimes live tv commentator, Kate Bates shared one of her favourites:

Of course, Sarah joined in with some great ones too:

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Our dear friend Jens was enjoying racing so close to home (and he got it live on Swedish TV, no streaming for him!) and decided to add his two kronor worth:

To which Kate had the rejoinder:

Lots of fun, and it left me wondering. What are your favourite euphemisms for poor tactical decisions? Leave us your best efforts in the comments below.