Sarah interviews… Catherine Marsal, on her amazing career in cycling

Catherine Marsal is a legend of women’s cycling and French cycling in general. Racing her first Olympic Games at 17, becoming the first ever Junior Road World Champion, and then the first woman to ever be Junior and Elite Road World Champion; winning World Championships golds as a Junior on the track in the Individual Pursuit and in the Team Time Trial; winning the Giro d’Italia, and another of the (now lost) Grand Tours, the Tour de l’Aude twice; and becoming the World Hour Record champion… and much more.

After she finished racing, she was a Directeur Sportif for Team SATS, and then after a break from cycling to do a degree and work in business, three years ago she took the job of women’s coach/manager for the Danish National Team – which has, of course, included being team coach when Amalie Dideriksen became the 2016 Road World Champion.

We talked about her amazing life in cycling, the ups and downs, racing with/against Jeannie Longo, and of course, the incredible results of the Danish women, and a lot more.  Marsal is fantastic to talk to, and was super-patient despite technical issues in the call, and if you’re at all interested in how cycling’s change since the 1990s, the experience of young riders who become World Champions, or Danish cycling, please do listen!

Update!  If you prefer to read interviews, I’ve written up part of it, over here.

You can follow Marsal on her twitter, and on facebook.

If you want to see the videos of some of the races we talked about, links to the 2016 Road World Championships, the 2017 Ronde van Drenthe, and Marsal breaking that Hour Record:

Podcast 2016 Episode 36 – EPIC (That’s a Technical Term)

Podcast logoHey remember that time a few days ago when Sarah and Dan started talking about all the Best of the Year categories that VeloVoices are going to be holding voting on this week, and it took them an hour to get through the first category? Well they’re back! And this time they’re determined to get through all of the other categories (including the two extra ones that Sarah made up so that she could fit everyone in that she wanted to) no matter how long it takes!

Look, we’re not gonna lie, this podcast is EPIC (that’s a technical term). It’s huge. It’s long enough to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s got more plot, more drama and more action than your standard Hollywood blockbuster, so there’s that! How could it not be when we’re discussing Best Race Finish of the Year, Best Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Unsung Heroines of the Peloton for the Year, Unsung Heroes/Heroines Behind the Scenes and Step-Up Rider of the Year?

So many great and worthy nominees, so much to argue about! Make sure you’re stocked up on time and refreshments, this one’s perfect for that long drive to see all your extended family for the holidays. Here goes… (1:59:50 MIN / 109.72MB)

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And listen to, and read, our nominations for 2016 women’s cycling Rider of the Year.

Best race finish

There were so, so many fantastic racing moments this season, and it was especially exciting as we got more live racing, and long highlights, than ever before.  In chronological order…

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2016 Road World Championships – videos, photos & media from the Road Races

We haven’t had a flat Road World Championships since Copenhagen in 2011, so the sprinters were rubbing their hands with glee.  We’d seen the Team Time Trials and the Individual Time Trials on the course, but how would the peloton take it?  Find out with videos, photos, links and results from the Junior and Elite women’s road races – so exciting, and some amazing moments!

I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you have media you loved, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Junior women’s road race

Highlights and full race replay:

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing,  click here for the final 1.5km, for a textbook sprint finish – high-speed, perfect lead-out.  Keep going until the last group crosses the line, because that was a really cute moment – but whatever you do, make sure you keep watching until the slo-mo overhead, it’s perfect racing.  I adore the final lead-out rider, Chiara Consonni, cheering for Elisa Balsamo’s win before she’s even crossed the line – so confident!  And I really, really love the Italians singing along with the anthem:

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2016 ITT World Championships – videos, photos and more

The 2016 Road World Championships have moved from the trade team Team Time Trial, and into the national team events, starting with the Individual Time Trials.  Two women’s races, over two days – here’s my collection of videos, photos and media from the Juniors and then the Elites.  As always, I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you see fun things I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Junior Women’s Individual Time Trial

Highlights and full race replay

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2016 Team Time Trial World Championships – videos, photos and more

The first race of the 2016 Road World Championships in Doha was the women’s Team Time Trial – here’s my collection of videos, race reports, tweets I liked and more media.

Highlights and full race replay (may be geo-restricted)

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How to watch the 2016 Road World Championships

It’s Road Worlds!  Later than usual, but the cycling season has been weird this year, with the combination of the Olympic Games, and the Road Worlds in Doha, Qatar, they’ve been pushed back to try to make sure they’re not TOO hot.  Here’s my guide to watching and following the races live.  We should be able to watch some every race..

The UCI have already said that because the temperatures are likely to be very high, the races may be cut short, to protect the riders, so the information is about the original plan.  Click through the links to get to the course information…

UCI stream for the women’s and men’s TTTs here

If you miss the races live, those streams will have the full races archived after they’re over.

So, how can we watch?

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Which 2016 women’s road races can we watch live?

2016 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for women’s road cycling.  It’s only February, and we’ve already had 2 stage races streamed live, the Tour Femenino de San Luis and the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and the season hasn’t really started yet.  The first ever Women’s WorldTour promises us more racing footage than ever, and Belgian TV station Sporza will be showing part of the Ronde van Vlaanderen live, in a move I hope will have a knock-on effect on other broadcasters.  Of course an Olympic year always gives us extra, but it looks like the last two summers, with live races every week for around 6 weeks, was just the beginning.  So it feels like a good time for a guide to what we might be able to watch live, and what has significant highlights of at least 30 minutes.  I’ll come back to MTB later in the year, so this is just road.

Of course, a caveat before we start.  This is basically guesses, based on what we’ve seen in previous years, so please don’t take it as set in stone, as it might not be accurate.   And of course, more might be added!   I’m focusing on road races, but I’ll put a guide to Crits in the USA and UK below – and you can find my tried-and-tested ways of staying in touch with races that aren’t being shown over here.

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