Podcast 2017, Episode 15 – the octuplets

If last week was the treble, with three big races, this week it was octuplets!

Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes.  Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more.  And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.

We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week.  Of course I recommend it!

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling.  Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen.   It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video).  It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!

This week’s racing

Videos, media and more from:

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The Festival Elsy Jacobs

Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 28 – Danned If You Do

Podcast logoThis week Sarah and Dan recap the Trophee d’or and GP Plouay races along with a broader discussion about the summer block of racing and how it’s gone this year with the Olympics. Sarah manages to “dan” the results of at least one race and we also preview the impending cycling at the paralympics. We get stuck into the latest news in transfers and also talk about a couple of interesting new teams on the horizon. (52.52 MIN / 49.40 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included:

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Podcast 2015 Episode 11 – Around the World in 9 Races

Podcast logoIt’s a huge show this week with racing from four continents to cover, so we cover it quickly. There’s also some interesting news and articles that we manage to squeeze in, along with all the swearing and joking you’ve come to love. We travel from Britain to the USofA to Luxembourg to the Netherlands to Australia to South Africa and probably some other places too! (1:17:57 MIN / 74.83 MB)

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This week’s racing

(DEEP breath, there was SO MUCH!)

Dwars door de Westhoek

Videoresults and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup site, and Velofocus gallery (we love the photo of the Velocio-SRAM riders cheering for the podium).  Race reports from Velocio-SRAM and Wiggle Honda.

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Ronde van Overijssel

Results and photos on the race website – and race reports from Boels-Dolmans, and on Lauren Kitchen’s site.

Kitchen’s great weekend continued in the crits…

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Shirt Week – Specialized-lululemon is no more – welcome Velocio-SRAM, and buy their kit!


So, we knew Specialized and lululemon were stepping back from title sponsoring, and only supporting one women’s team rather than two next year, but what was happening to the Specialized-lululemon team?  Today we’ve found out, it’s it’s super-exciting, as from 2015 they’ll be Velocio-SRAM.  SRAM are of course a very famous cycling brand, but Velocio.cc are really exciting in a different way – it’s team boss Kristy Scrymgeour‘s own clothing company.  And I’m very excited about getting to see the 2015 kit – and to be able to buy it!

They’ve got a special introductory price on the team kit bundle – click through to their new team shops for women and for men.  Here’s the kit…

…and here’s who’ll be wearing it – fantastic line-up, with super-climber Alena Amialiusik, up-and-coming Italian sprinter Barbara Guarischi, and Junior ITT World Champion Mieke Kröger joining double World Champion Lisa Brennauer, attack-queens Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack, and fun riders Elise Delzenne, Karol-Ann Canuel, Tayler Wiles and Loren RowneyRead all about it!

Videos from the 2013 National Cycling Championships

While I’m getting over-excited about the Giro Rosa starting tomorrow, here’s a selection of video from last week’s National Championships.  If you know of any more, add it to the comments and I’ll edit it in!

The Netherlands

First up is probably the biggest women’s cycling nations, the Netherlands.  There was no surprise when Ellen van Dijk won the ITT – she’s on fantastic form this season, getting better and better every year.

Here’s a highlights video from NOS and another video:

The road race was an interesting one.  By all rights, Marianne Vos should have been the favourite, but there’s no advantage to Rabobank-Liv/Giant if she won, because she’s already wearing the rainbow jersey – and it’s a good reward for a hard-working team-mate.  Lucinda Brand attacked in the second lap and solo-ed for 100km, while Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten and their team-mates enjoyed burnign off all the competition, attacking on the hills and frustrating the chase on the flat.  Eventually, only Van Dijk could keep up with them, until a mechanical on the penultimate lap took her out of contention.  My favourite parts were watching Vos and AvV soft-pedal when they realised Van Dijk was in trouble, and only race away when they realised she was out – and how they waited until it was clear Brand had won before attacking each other mercillessly!

NOS video of the Road Race highlights and the full final kilometres:

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