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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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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Podcast 2016 Episode 27 – It DID Come Down To a Sprint Finish!

Podcast logoThis week Sarah makes a foolish promise as we try to cover all of the rest of the 2016 Olympic racing and the various other races that took place since we last spoke. There’s the Olympic time trial, the track racing, the bmx, the mtb along with the Route de France, the Ladies Tour of Norway and the Open de Suede Vargarda. It’s a huge amount of racing and there’s a whole bunch of other stuff in there too. Brace yourselves for all the results that are fit to print (i.e. podcast). (1:23:21 MIN / 76.32 MB)

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Things we talked about this week included…

Photos from the Olympic MTB, on Pinkbike.  Highlights of the MTB, and of Mariana Pajón winning the BMX:

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Crescent Vårgårda World Tour

The Team Time Trial

The Crescent Vårgårda Road Race

Want to see the full race coverage? It’s here – Part 1 and Part 2

And highlights:

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Podcast 2014 Episode 25 – Sarah Goes Meta!

Podcast logoHi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)

 

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Links to all the things we talked about this week, and lots we didn’t get around to….

We loved this video of Tiffany Cromwell talking trackstands while demonstrating one

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Last week’s racing

Giro del Trentino

ORICA-AIS report and photos of the lovely Valentina Scandolara’s win.  Follow her on twitter – and smile at this podium shot!

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Podcast 2014 Episode 24 – Menomena

Podcast logo G’day team! This week is a bit of a catchup as Dan’s been travelling and managed to pick up a cold, possibly even man-flu, while doing so. The good news though, is that there is HEAPS to talk about! We discuss Basque racing, including the Durango and Bira kinds along with the North Star Grand Prix in the US, there’s a huge amount of blogs and videos to catch up on, we’ve got mountainbike action in downhill, cross-country and 4cross formats. We also talk about some great and especially honest interviews we’ve found during the last week or so and we take a moment to argue about whether or not we’ll feature the Giro Rosa theme song on next week’s podcast! And don’t forget the huge range of links to various things we have further down the page. Enjoy! ( 1:13:02 MIN /70.11 MB )

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This week’s racing dancing:

Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

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Emakumeen Bira

Lots of videos – Stage 1 highlights and finish-line, and from Lointek’s point of view; Stage 2 finish-line and highlights; Stage 3 highlights; Stage 4 from the Bizkaia-Durango team car, and highlights:

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Podcast 2013 Episode 27 – The Bacon Sarnie

Podcast logoThis week Sarah and I talk our way through the Vårgårda races, TTT and road (they were excellent!). We also discuss some interesting details on funding women’s cycling that came from Stef Wyman and why it’s a good thing to shift the nature of conversation around funding teams to how much can be achieved (and quite cheaply!). We also talk about cool things we’ve seen around the web, like the Wheel Women and the Mastering the Road projects. (1:11:52 MIN / 68.99 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

The Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups

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Videos from the 2013 Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cups

This week we were back in Road World Cup territory, this time in Sweden, for the Open de Suède Vårgårda Team Time Trial and Road Race.  I’ve written about the Road Race on Podium Café – I think was the best edition of the race I’ve ever followed (and I LOVE this race!)  – but here are the videos from the weekend.  There are going to be more to follow, and I’ll edit them in later…

Here’s the UCI’s video from both events – in English, commentated by the lovely Ben Atkins, and with little interviews with the likes of Evie Stevens, Emma Johansson, Giorgia Bronzini, Emilia Fahlin and of course Marianne Vos:

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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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