Podcast 2016 Episode 12 – Wily As A Bag Full of Foxes

Podcast logoG’day team! This week Sarah’s been in the Netherlands for the Energiewacht Tour and it was spectacular, so we recap what it was like to be at the race and to see the junior women riding as well as the elite women. We also cover the results from Redlands and the Emakumeen Saria. There’s a lot of racing to get through as we go stage by stage but lots of interesting moments to catch up on and as always a lot to be thrilled by. This episode comes free with a bag of wily foxes to listeners in jurisdictions allowed to have them*
(*no actual wily foxes are available to anyone anywhere, ever). (1:19:45 MIN / 73.0 MB)

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This week’s live road racing – Energiewacht Tour and Redlands Classic 2016

You’d think 6 major road races in 6 weeks is more than enough, but of course it’s not – we dive headfirst from the Ronde van Vlaanderen for the first women’s European stage race of 2016, with junior teams running alongside them, while in North Carolina, the longest continuous-running North American race, the Redlands Classic, will possibly be streamed live.  Of course I’m here to tell you how to follow them both.

Energiewacht Tour, 6-10 April

I’ve always been a fan of Energiewacht, because although the profiles are completely flat, the wind and small roads make it an incredibly tough race.  And now I have an added bias because I worked on the race last year, and this year I’m here again, sitting behind the race twitter.  I had a great time, and sitting in the Pagedal holiday park, watching teams everywhere, I’m sure this year will be just as great.

There’s no live TV this year, but there will be daily video highlights, a liveblog on RTV Noord, lots of tweets, and photos on instagram and facebook – and lots more to follow on the #EWT16 hashtag.  It’s 6 stages over 5 days, starting with one of the few Team Time Trials on the calendar, as well as having an Individual Time Trial, and finishing on the German Wadden Island, Borkum.

The race information is on the race site, with pages for each stage, and the full technical guide.  All timings are in European CEST (UK BST +1, N American EDT +6, and Australian AEST -8 hours).

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Junior Energiewacht Tour, 6-9 April

One of the things that’s extra special about Energiewacht is their junior race, which this year is part of the brand-new UCI Junior Nations Cup,with 23 teams.  It uses the same courses as the elite women, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to spot future talent, as well as to help young riders get valuable experience of stage races and racing against international riders.  There are 4 stages, and you can follow along with the #EWTJun hashtag.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic, 6-10 April

Starting in 1985, Redlands has a stage racing for women and men, alongside para-cycling, racing for tons of age groups, sportifs and a huge festival of cycling – and this year apparently it’s going to have live streaming too (although I can’t find links etc).  All the information is on the race website, which I’m assuming where the livestreams will be.  All timings are in North American EDT (UK BST -5, Euro CEST -6, Aussie AEST -16 hours – so when Stage 1 starts on 6th April at 8:45am EDT, that’s 1:45pm BST, 14:45 CEST, 10:45am Thursday AEST)

Follow them on the Redlands Classic twitter, and use the #RedlandsClassic hashtag on twitter and instagram.  Read about them on Ella Cycling Tips too.

Podcast 2016 Episode 11 – I Can’t Love It Enough

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Sarah’s in The Netherlands this week for the Energiewacht Tour and so we tried some skype trickery with her phone, hopefully the sound works out for the most part. In any case, the Ronde van Vlaanderen was spectacular on Sunday and it was spectacular! We catch up on our favourite parts of the race and all of the things we loved. We also discuss the issues with the streaming and what we think that means for future races. We take a quick look at the GP Dottignies and look ahead to the racing coming up. It’s a quick one, but a good one! (55:11 MIN / 50.5 MB)

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Check out all the videos from Flanders here!

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Podcast 2015 Episode 9 – Technically Germany

Podcast logoHey team, it’s only fair that we warn you straight up this week might be one of our best episodes ever (especially with the epic troll Sarah pulls on Dan about two-thirds of the way through). Sarah’s just got back from volunteering at the Energiewacht Tour (or possibly from Technically Germany, though Dan’s suspicious that it’s not a real place) and there’s so much to talk about. Sarah’s sleep deprived and Dan’s coffee deprived. Somehow we manage to discuss the race in detail and laugh maniacally along the way. It’s probably the fault of the seals. We also quickly recap Redlands and some other stuff. (1:17:11 MIN / 74.1 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Energiewacht Tour

Check out the videos for the stags (These videos start with the “samenvatting”, the highlights, and down the side have the full coverage – “deel 1 van 3” is part 1 of 3 etc)

All of Sarah’s audio interviews from the race are on the Energiewacht Tour Soudcloud – and her photos are all through the Energiewacht Tour twitter (here’s the photostream)

Here’s Gracie Elvin‘s video diary

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This was adorable – Nettie Edmondson congratulates her brother Alex on his u23 Tour of Flanders win

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UnitedHealthCare’s TTT camp

How to watch the Energiewacht Tour LIVE!!

This is a very, very special week for women’s cycling – the first women’s stage race to be streamed live on live, and shown on TV stations – so it’s no surprise it’s the Energiewacht Tour, who make a point of being more ambitious every year.

I have to admit bias here – the race is hosting me so I can be part of their huge volunteer team that runs it – you can find me on their social media throughout 8th-12th April.  But that’s happened because I love it, not the reason why I do.

It’s so “women’s cycling”: on paper it always looks like flat, easy stages, but this race is always about the peloton using the wind to rip each others’ legs off.  It’s all about how well riders can echelon, how they can use tactics to outsprint the bunch sprinters – or how the sprinters can foil the endless attacks.  It has a Junior women’s race on the same roads as the elite women, one of only 3 or 4 women’s team time trials, and it always has great tv, but this year they’re going one better, going live.

You can watch it on Podium.tv, live, repeated and on demand – and there’ll be highlights shows and a documentary too – check out the tv schedule.  If you’re in the Netherlands you can watch it on Dutch tv channel 12, ZIGGO.

There are 6 stages over 5 days, and here’s the schedule:

  • Prologue Wednesday 8th April – live 19:00-22:00 Euro CEST (6-9pm UK BST; 1-4pm N American EDT; 3-6am Aussie AEST)
  • Stage 1, Thursday 9th April – 14:00-17:00 CEST (from 1pm BST; 8am EDT, 11pm AEST)
  • Stage 2a, the TTT & Stage 2b, Friday 10th April – from 14:00
  • Stage 3, Saturday 11th April – from 12:00 CEST (11am BST; 6am EDT; 8pm AEDT)
  • Stage 4, on the German island of Borkum, Sunday 12th April, from 12:00

Click through to each link for stage details, or check out Velofocus’ great race preview.

You can also keep up with the action on the race twitter, twitter hashtag #EWT15 and through their facebook.  If you miss my interviews, I’m putting little short ones up on the race Soundcloud. If you’ve any questions about it while I’m here, I’m @_pigeons_ on twitter, or you can ask me below.  Can’t wait for this, it’s going to be great!

Podcast 2015 Episode 8 – Cobbles (and the cobbly cobblers who cobble them)

Podcast logoHi team, it’s been a big week of cobbles and racing so we give a big recap to the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the kind of recap a monument deserves. We also cover GP Dottignies and Sarah has some exciting news about the Energiewacht Tour. There’s plenty of blogs and videos to check out below as well. Along with some Mountain Bike inspiration and a modest amount of bickering. Basically everything you want in a podcast, all in one neat package. (1:03:44 MIN / 61.19 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

All the photos and videos from the Ronde van Vlaanderen

GP Dottignies

Photos from the GP Dottignies from Velofocus and the Lotto Cycling Cup – and full results.

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For those who prefer their cycling a bit more dirty…

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Podcast episode 51 – Sarah Interviews Jolien D’hoore

It’s winter, so it’s track season – and Jolien D’hoore just won the omnium in the first round of the 2014/15 Track World Cup, demonstrating that 2014 wasn’t just her best year yet on the road as an elite.  The former Junior Road World Champion and current Belgian national road champion talked to me about why, how she combines cobbles and velodromes, her hopes for the future, and much more. (30:40 MIN / 29.42 MB)

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Watch her win the omnium in the 2014 Guadalajara Track World Cup earlier this month:

and for more of her 2014 victories, there are videos from her two stage wins at the BeNe Ladies Tour, from her Belgian National Championships, and her win and post-race interviews in the Boels Rental Ladies Tour: