Podcast 2013 Episode 12 – Stabby Stabby

Podcast logoThis week we open with Dan talking himself out of a pseudo-job while Sarah imagines stabbing him through the computer. We also recap the Luxembourg something something Elsy Jacobs race in all its sprint-tacular glory! We also take a moment to sympathise (no really!) with Team Rusvelo over the difficulty of finding Czech towns as we recap Gracia Orlova. We also take some time to celebrate the return of Evie Stevens to racing, along with Sarah’s favourite Emma Pooley. We travel to the far side of the world to point out the Tour of the Mersey Valley, a 3 stage race in Tasmania which magically proved you can put good, informative and entertaining video highlights on the internet in a timely fashion (EVERY OTHER RACE TAKE NOTE – Fleche Wallone I’m glaring at you… still). We take a look at some cool blogs and things we’ve found. [DAN: I have to apologise for totally fucking up the name of Kimberley Wells’ team, which is actually Fearless Femme] We also run through the complete list of acceptable reasons for residents of the UK to not attend the Bedford 3 day race shortly coming up. In summation, this is a fine podcast of great vintage, please to be enjoying. (1:10:55 MIN / 68.09 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Last week’s racingthe videos we’ve found and Sarah’s round-up of all the action on Total Women’s Cycling

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Podcast 2013 Episode 11 – Digressions

Podcast logoThis week Sarah and I digress. A lot. It’s like this game I used to play when I was at university and someone would be trying to tell a joke and I would interrupt them to ask really specific and deliberately pointless questions. Like, they’d say “A priest, a rabbi and a cowboy walked into a bar…” and I’d say things like “An orthodox rabbi?” and “What sort of priest? Catholic or Episcopalian?” or “Did the cowboy have pearl-handled pistols?” This week’s episode is exactly like that.

We also talk about a bunch of races including Omloop van Borsele, Dwars door de Westhoek, Sea Otter, Gracia Orlova, Elsy Jacobs and more. There are some excellent blogs from Ashleigh Moolman and Marijn de Vries. But even if none of that stuff grabs your attention, you should at least listen to hear Sarah try to explain what she knows about bikes. It’s fucking hilarious. (1:13:46 MIN / 70.83 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Last week’s racing – read Sarah’s report about it all on Total Women’s Cycling.

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Podcast 2013 Episode 6 – Polemica is delicious and tasty

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowIt’s a feast of treats for you this week! First off we recap last week’s racing, making sure to check in on Emma Johansson breaking her streak of 3rd places, fortunately for her she did it by snagging a win. We also take stock of who’s been crashing (and I take over Sarah’s usual role of being the bastard in the podcast for a few minutes). We invent the best tasting cycling cocktail ever! We also discover that Sarah is a failure at pop culture, shocking I know. We also talk through some Exergy news and Sarah tells us about her favourite team launch event of all time. There’s a lot to cover so you’d best get listening now! (1:01:55 MIN / 59:45 MB)

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And of course, here’s the big list of links and videos for the week:

Sarah’s latest Monday round-up of women’s cycling news and results on Total Women’s Cycling

Giorgia Bronzini of Wiggle Honda won the Classica Città di Padova:

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Presents for women’s cycling fans – part 1

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve been thinking about things I’d love to receive in my Christmas stocking how to show all my friends how much I love them…  so here’s a selection of lovely things you can all buy me gift ideas for any women’s cycling fans in your life, for Christmas or any other reason.  I don’t know what the online equivalent of leaving a catalogue/advert lying covered in giant circles around what you’d most like to receive, as a super-subtle hint to your nearest-and-dearests, but feel free to do that with this!

I’m always on the look out for fun things, so if you see present ideas you think I should know about, leave me a comment, email me at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet me on @_Pigeons_.  I’ve had some great suggestions already on twitter, so I’ll put up another post next week with people’s recommendations.

Lovely post-ride massage oils

I love Simon Lamb’s Il Dolore oils, but my favourite is Rosa, his post-ride recovery oil.  Here’s the description:

A unique blend of six essential oils specifically selected to help physical restoration and mental balance. The completely natural ingredients, which include Arnica, Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile are also reputed to reduce swelling and inflammation and improve recovery from the muscle pains associated with cycling.

I’m allowed to say this, as I’m a girl, but those oils are very good for period-related fun – and I also love pouring this into the bath, and just mellowing out, because it smells SO good.  Plus Simon is a great guy, very generous and kind – the reason I blog about women’s cycling is because he asked me to guest-post on his old website, years ago – so I’m extra-happy to promote him.  But I’d never recommend you spend money on presents for me anything just because I like the person – this is bloody good, whoever made it!

Read on for more lovely things

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More cyclists raising money for good causes

One of the fun things about sending out prizes for the Social Media Jersey has been hearing what riders are doing with the money.  Whether it’s being put towards helping them travel to races, enabling them to have a lovely treat, or just going towards living costs, it’s made me really happy that all of us, working together, have made a little difference in the riders’ lives.  And some of them have asked that we donate their prizes to causes close to their hearts – so I think it’s time for a second edition of cyclists (and a cyclist’s relative) raising money for charity – some Jersey winners and some not, but all great causes that I’m sure they’d love if you could support.

Emma Johansson is a long-term supporter of the Barncancer Fonden, a Swedish children’s cancer charity who run an annual fundraising bike ride through Sweden, the Ride of Hope.  Emma is using her $300 Jersey prize to kickstart a campaign for this year’s Ride, and you can support it here.  You might need google translate to help with the page, but it’s very easy indeed, and SUCH a good cause!  Emma’s fundraising drive runs right through to next year’s Ride, ending on 31st August 2013.  And yeah, I *am* thinking that cycling through Sweden for a great charity sounds like the perfect holiday!

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Podcast Episode 21 – 2012 Sic Transit Gloria

Well this week Sarah and I reveal our highlights (and some lowlights) of the 2012 season. We try not to get too down about the lowlights, or the fact that the season has ended. Instead we look ahead to transfers and the unique charms of the off-season (that’s code for ‘cross). Anyway, it’s a bloody good episode and well worth the listen, so go on, have a listen. (1:04:40MIN / 62.08MB)

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Things we talked about in this podcast:

  • Sarah’s favourite photo of one of her favourite moments – Sharon Laws on the British National Championships podium (photo by Sarah):

Champagne fun!

When I grow up I want to ride like Marianne Vos

I really, really love this t-shirt, and as soon as I get paid, I’m buying one, if there are any left!  It’s made by Jenny Wilson, who’s @freebirdvelo on twitter, and blogs at freebirdvelo.blogspot.com.  These t-shirts are on limited release on her Etsy store – click through for the unisex fit here, and the women’s fit here and buy one before they go!

25/11/12 Update: Those t-shirts have sold out, but there are some sizes still left – a large and an extra-large women’s fit t-shirt, and hoodies in small and medium sizes.  She’s also got a t-shirt inspired by Evelyn Stevens – “Evie would attack

28/11/12 Update: I’ve included information about these and other freebirdvelo t-shirts on my guide to Presents for women’s cycling fans – have a look at lots of great gift ideas for the men and women in your life who love women’s racing!

08/01/13 Update: There’s a new Freebirdvelo Marianne Vos design – check out my post on it!