Podcast 2017 Episode 30 – You Just Danned The Ending

This week it’s been a week of trials, time trials! World Championship Time Trials! We talk through what happened in Bergen with the Team Time Trial and then both the Junior and Elite Women’s Individual Time Trials. There are some spectacular results and the racing has been absolutely top notch. We talk through the start of Cyclocross season, and how the American races have gone thus far. There’s a bunch of other topics we get through quickly before taking a look ahead at the road race and the scenarios we’re hoping to see play out on the road. (1:17:41 MIN / 71.14 MB)

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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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Podcast 2017 Episode 5 – The Weather Looks Horrendous

cropped-podcast-logo.jpgThis week we preview the first of the Spring Classics! Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Tielt-Winge are on this weekend (the weather looks horrendous!!!!! Yay!). We review the Cali Track World Cup and the results from the last cyclocross race of the season in Leuven. There’s some tougher news that we need to talk about, but it’s positive in the sense that good journos like Laura Weislo are doing some great work in following up on these stories. Most importantly it’s time for round two of our kit vote, so make sure to get in and vote for your favourites! (1:36:14 MIN / 88.11 MB)

NOTE: We do apologise for some background noise on this week’s recording – there were builders working next door to Sarah….

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Things we talked about included

Don’t forget to vote in Part 2 of Sarah’s 2017 women’s cycling Best Kit voteTibco-SVB won Part 1, the vote for the WorldTour teams (the top 20 UCI teams who get automatic invitations to the 2017 Women’s WorldTour stage races) – this is a selection of smaller teams, all of whom have been nominated by readers/twitterati, and there are some great designs in there.

This week’s racing

UCI Highlights and full broadcast from the Round 3 of the 2016/7 Track World Cup, in Cali, Colombia.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 4 – Why Make It Harder?

cropped-podcast-logo.jpgThis week we talk through the last few cyclocross races of the season. We also take a quick look at all the track racing that’s coming up soon, including the Paracycling Track World Championships. We take some time to kick off the great team kit voting challenge for 2017, so make sure to visit the post to see the pictures, videos and (of course) to vote! We do talk about some of the tougher stories to have come out recently regarding the types of abuse that have been uncovered in the sport. It’s tough reading and listening, but it is good for the sport to bring these problems to light. (58:23 MIN / 53.47 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Sarah has pulled together the kits for the top 20 women’s teams into one big post, with links to where you can buy them, and most importantly, the 2017 Best Kit poll.  Head over here, check them all out, and VOTE!

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Four sobering pieces on bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and other unacceptable practices within women’s cycling:

One of the things that’s being done about these issues is the Dutch Cycling Federation’s project to find out the scope of bullying and harassment in Dutch Cycling – listen to Sarah’s podcast with KNWU’s Anne Loes Kokhuis to find out more.

Recent racing

IJsboerke Ladies Trophy #8, 2017 Krawatencross Lille

Such an exciting way to round of the series – and it finished with Sarah’s absolute number 1 favourite cycling move!  Full race replay, and highlights:

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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.

Watch the last cyclocross race of the 2016/7 season – Middelkerke NoordZeeCross

Saturday 11th February

It’s been a fantastic cyclocross season, not least because every major women’s race has been shown live, as well as a ton of minor ones – but all good things must come to an end, and this weekend it’s the last big race of the season, and the final round of the 2016/7 Hansgrohe SuperPrestige – the NoordZeeCross at Middelkerke.

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Two Cyclocross races to watch this weekend! 2017 Krawatencross and Hoogstraten

The elite women’s race at the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships was one of the all-time greatest cycling races I’ve ever seen, and I loved the whole weekend.  And the best thing?  Not only was the 2016/7 season the first time we got to see all the major women’s CX races live (and a whole load of the minor ones too!) – but there are three races left to come from the season – and we can watch them live too!  Here’s how to watch the Krawatencross in Lille on 4th February, and SuperPrestige Hoostraten on the 5th.

IJsboerke Ladies Trophy (DVV Trophee) #8 –  Krawatencross, Lille

Saturday 4th February, coverage from 13:40 European CET (12:40pm UK GMT, 7:40am USA EST, 11:40pm Australian AEST)

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