Sarah interviews… Helen Wyman, on her 2017

British cyclocross rider Helen Wyman has always been a fan favourite, and it seems like her racing is getting better than ever.   Winning her fourth Koppenbergcross this season, she was on the podiums of the last two Cyclocross World Cups, and with the weather turning wet, rainy and muddy, just as she likes it, this could be just the beginning of an exciting season.

We talked about what’s made a difference, and how the sport has changed over the last five years – including how Helen’s work on the UCI Cyclocross Commission has contributed to that.   It’s not all 100% positive, and we also talked about the changes Helen would like to see in the future, as well as losing her sponsor at a tricky time.

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Follow Helen on her instagram, where you can see the videos we talked about, on her twitter, facebook and website.

If you want to re-live some of the races we talked about, there are videos! Bogense CX World Cup highlights and full race replay; Zeven World Cup highlights and full race replay; and highlights of that Koppenbergcross win:

 

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Sarah interviews… Isla Rowntree, on transforming cycling

Isla Rowntree is most well-known for starting IslaBikes, a company that transformed children’s bicycles, with all kinds of child-friendly innovations.  If you look up reviews, or ask online, they’re always the top recommendation and influencer, and right now there are kids everywhere loving cycling because of Rowntree’s work.

But she’s also helped transform women’s cycling before that, being a key figure in the fight to let women race cyclocross.  When Rowntree started, the GB National Championships were only for men, as were the World Cups and World Championships – and she was a major part of the fight to change that.

And she doesn’t stop taking risks and fighting for change.  Rowntree is currently working on the Imagine Project, to make children’s bikes sustainable, in a future where resources will become scarcer – through recycling, but also exciting new models of renting rather than buying bikes.  It’s a fascinating project – and as she says, a risky one personally and for her company.

We talk about all that, the challenges of effecting change – and you can listen to our conversation, or read the transcript below.

We didn’t get into the questions specifically about children’s bikes, because there are a lot of interviews with Rowntree about that out there.  A selection of interviews and articles:

And more about the Imagine ProjectBBC news item on the Circular Economy and on the project, and interviews on the Guardian and Cyclesprog – and watch the video:

Find out more about Islabikes on their website, twitter, facebook, instagram and YouTube – including their great articles on teaching a child to ride, cycling to school, and lots of ideas and tips including riding as a family, starting kids racing and more. And you can follow Isla Rowntree on her twitter too.

If you want your child to test-ride a bike, there are events all over the UK – including the Islabikes pop-up shop in Battersea, on 7-9th April 2017.

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ProWomensCycling:  Can you start by telling us a little bit about how you got into cycling?

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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.

Podcast 2016 Episode 30 – Cynical Like a Fox

Podcast logo We’re back after a small break due to illness and straight into a wealth of racing information with all of the main highlights from the Paralympics in Rio. Sarah’s collected a heap of information and as much video as possible, so do make sure to check it all out. We also have MTB worlds to cover, the Lotto Belgium Tour, The Madrid Challenge, and the Giro Toscana. In time-trial action there’s the Chronos de Champenois, and to top it all off cyclocross season is kicking off. Brace yourselves kids, this one’s a heck of a ride. (1:02:41 MIN / 57.40 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included

Recent racing

Video collections from:

We loved this video from our friend Coreen Mazzochi, who made Giro Toscana highlights videos in the collection above, but also made this backstage video diary, showing what it’s like to cover the race:

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2016 European Road Cycling Championships, Plumelec

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JingleCross, Round 2 of the 2016/7 Cyclocross World Cup, LIVE!

Saturday 24th September 2016

We’ve had the first round of the 2016/7 Telenet Cyclocross World Cup, CrossVegas (and if you missed it, you can watch the replay of the women’s race and the men’s race, interview with winner Sophie de Boer, and check out Balint Hamvas’ gorgeous photos) and almost immediately we’re crossing the USA to Iowa City for Round 2, Jingle Cross, the first time this race has been a World Cup.

The World Cup is part of a HUGE festival of cyclocross, with over 60 races for a whole ton of categories and courses, fireworks, music, partying and tons more – and you can find the full schedule here.  But the World Cups are the most important ones, and they’re on Saturday 24th September:

  • The women’s race is at 3:30pm CDT (4:30pm USA EDT; 9:30pm UK BST; 22:30 Euro CEST; 6:30am Aussie AEST) – UCI livestream here
  • The men race at 5pm CDT (6pm EDT; 11pm BST; 00:00 CEST; 8am AEST) – UCI livestream here

The UCI’s TV guide is here, and the women’s and men’s races will be live on Play TV and RTBF in Belgium, and on TV channels in the Czech Republic, Denmark, USA.

For the rest of us, we can watch the races live on the UCI YouTube Channel, and if you miss it, the race will be archived for you at the same links – here’s the women’s race:

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CrossVegas! The first Cyclocross World Cup of 2016/7

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Cyclocross is here!  Well, OK, desert CX, but it’s still the first World Cup of the season – CrossVegas 2016, the 10th edition of this race – and it’ll be live!

The women race at 8:15pm USA PDT (11:15pm EDT; 4:15am UK BST; 05:15 Euro CEST; 1:15pm Thursday Aussie AEST) and the men at 9:30pm PDT, and the full programme is here.

The races will be streamed on the UCI YouTube, with this stream for the women, and this one for the men, and it should be available there as well after the race is over, so if you miss the races, hit those links for the full replay.  And if you’re in the USA, it’s on Universal HD and the NBC Sports App 11PM–2AM EDT and on September 22nd on Premiere Universal HD – 6-8PM EDT.

(USA types, you may need a VPN like Hola, Tunnelbear or BetterNet, set to eg the UK, to watch the UCI stream – if you’re new to them, inrng explains VPNs here)

Lots of information on the CrossVegas website, including the course map, a Cyclocross primer and description of the main riders on the front page.  Startlists here on the UCI site (scroll down).

Follow CrossVegas on their twitter, and there’s tons on the #CrossVegas hashtag.  The hashtag for the World Cup is the un-snappy #TelenetUCICXWC.

Want a reminder of the past?  Lots of photos on the race site, and videos on their YouTube.

Live cycling! Bridie’s Hour Record & the 2016 Hoogerheide Cyclocross World Cup

Isn’t January amazing?  The racing never stops!  And this week we’ve got some big name events – Bridie O’Donnell taking on the Hour Record on the Adelaide track, and the final round of the 2015/6 Cyclocross World Cup, in Hoogerheide.  And yes, we CAN watch them live!

Bridie O’Donnell’s Hour Record

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