Podcast 2014 Episode 33 – Comrade Sarah and Global Politics

Podcast logoIt’s a perilous episode this week as we discuss the Commonwealth Games ITT and Road Races in all their glory. Both races were quite significant to us, as they were the last time Emma Pooley would be racing at the top levels of the sport, representing England and (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!) bringing home medals. This week there was also the Sparkassen Giro World Cup in Germany, which provided a great spectacle in sprinting and we discuss the importance of last-ditch attacks in igniting races. Also the Mont-Sainte-Anne-Downhill MTB took place this week, and the racing was incredibly close with less than 1 second separating the podium places. There’s an amazing video in the links below that you should definitely watch as you listen. We also accidentally stray temporarily into the fraught world of global politics AND Sarah once again demonstrates her knowledge of North American geography. It’s a very long episode this week, so you may want to make sure you’ve got extra beer on hand before you press play. (1:49:43 MIN / 105.33 MB)

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If you only watch one video this week, watch thisManon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton‘s runs at the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne Downhill MTB World Cup, put side-by-side by Red Bull Bike – it’s fascinating, watching the difference in style, where they’re stronger, and how close the run was.  It’s a lovely thing to watch, and even better that they both let fans and rivals see the secrets of their runs.  We really, really love what Red Bull do!  More MSA videos below….

Last week’s racing

Read Sarah’s race reports on all this on Podium Café.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

ITT highlights on the BBC and on the Commonwealth Games youtube and another of their videos

 

and Road Race highlights on the BBC and on the Commie Games site – and we love Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s blog about the race.

(these may be geo-restricted for you, but like always, Hola or Tunnelbear can help you.)

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Sparkassen Giro Road World Cup

Video from NOS Sportmore video from Wiggle Honda and WielerVideo video interviews after the race with Vale Scandolara, Romy Kasper and Ally Stacher on the Specialized-lululemon Project X initiative.

UPDATE! 26 mins video from the UCI, with profile of Lisa Brennauer

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Podcast 2014 Episode 32 – Now With Added Merchandise

Podcast logo Hello cycling fans! This week’s episode Sarah and Dan are all La Course and La Awesome! Basically they’re a little bit excited about the racing, how it played out and all the amazing video and media and blogs and pictures and other things to come out of it. It’s fair to say they thought it was great. In addition to La Course, there’s some discussion of Emma Pooley’s imminent retirement from the sport (sad face) and there’s also a little bit of MTB, Commonwealth Games and BMX news to go around. We talk about one of the most interesting crowdfunding initiatives we’ve seen in the cycling space for a long time (and how you can help!), and what we think its chances of succeeding are. Also, speaking of success, we have a pretty exciting announcement of our own to make about the future of everything (but most specifically about the future of us, here, together, right now). Intrigued? You better be! (1:09:43 MIN / 65.37 MB)

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SPOILERS: THE SPECIAL BIG SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT IS TOTALLY GIVEN AWAY RIGHT HERE!!!!

We’ve got a new line of merchandise-y sort of things including (but not limited to!) stickers, cards, tshirts, cushions(!), phone covers, iPad covers and tote bags, all available via the site Redbubble:

Sometimes someone is just so dominating in a race it defies belief. Sometimes a whole team is so dominant it’s hard to find the words to describe it. That’s why we’ve found the words for you. When you need to explain that you really did just go “Stompity stompity stomp” all over the peloton.

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Sometimes Dan’s a little overwhelmed by all that’s happening in the world of women’s cycling. Sometimes he’s a little overwhelmed by the refusal of races to show footage (Flèche Wallonne, we’re looking at you here!). Sometimes he’s just thirsty, but a lot of the time he’s in need of more whisky. Now you can toast along too.

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If you’ve ever heard our podcast, you know that Sarah loves to repeat our URL with a certain relish. Now you can always be reminded of where to get your pro women’s cycling fix!

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If you know Sarah at all, you know she only has room in her heart for one rider and that rider is “ALL OF THEM!!!!”

This design celebrates Sarah’s inspiring capacity for love.

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Dan was shocked to learn that women aren’t the only people who race bikes. Obviously men’s racing just hasn’t got to the level where it’s interesting enough to catch his attention yet.

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If you loved La Course by Le Tour de France and want to see more live women’s cycling….

Here’s what’s coming up next in live women’s road cycling:

  • Commonwealth Games – 31st July the ITT and 3rd August the Road Race.  I’ve got the full guide to watching the races here – but there should be streams, hopefully.
  • Sparkassen Giro, 3rd August – the 5th round of the Road World Cup – it’s not live but we can follow on twitter, and there’ll be a 20min UCI videos from the race within a week.
  • Prudential Ride London, 9th August – women’s crit race, Armitstead v Vos on the Mall in London, shown live on the BBC, so there should be streams too.
  • Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups – the team time trial World Cup on 22nd August won’t be live, but the World Cup road race on 24th August will be streamed by Swedish tv, so hopefully we can watch it live, because it’s a hilly lap race, can be won in all sorts of ways.
  • GP de Plouay, 30th August – the final round of the Road World Cup, and it’s usually streamed live by French tv – always a superb race.
  • Road World Championships, 21st-27th September, there are almost always some streams.

That’s what we should see live – there should be lots of videos in the intervening races too – I love the CyclingFever calendar for their great information, and Velofocus for race previews.  I’ll be putting posts up about how to watch the road and the MTB live nearer each race – here’s the section for that – and you can see videos I find from the races with the video tag.  And for more advice on how to follow women’s racing as it happens, here’s a guide I wrote.

Commonwealth Games 2014 – how to watch the cycling live

The Commonwealth Games are something that are pretty specific, but if you’re not a Commonwealth country, Glasgow 2014 will still be a lot of fun to watch – and it’s live cycling, which is always great, especially for track fans, despite the lack of parity, and I’ll tell you how to watch it.  Aschwin Kruders of WielerVideo asked Lizzie Armitstead and Gracie Elvin to explain the Games

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