Women’s cycling round-up – a podcast post without the podcast!

Dan’s sick this week, and could barely speak, let alone podcast, but there’s still been lots of racing, news and interesting *stuff* from the last week in the sport…. Here are all the links we would have talked about this week!

Last week’s racing

2016 Enduro World Series #3, Wicklow

Videos:  Pre-race, track previewone-minute and longer highlights, and photo galleries on the EWS website and PinkBike, from practice and racingFull results

16 year old Leah Maunsell won the u21 competition – here’s a video profile of her, from Kona:

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Amgen Tour of California

We’ve had Stage 1, and here are the long highlights

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Podcast 2016, Episode 14 – It’s OK, he’s an Aussie

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G’day from sunny Manchester this week team! Dan’s on holiday and enjoying the snow in the English spring. This week we’ve got heaps to talk about and it’s not all scandals involving Australians in Manchester. We also talk the end of the Assos Girl, the penalties for motor doping, crowd-funding and that big Marianne Vos crash.

On top of that, there’s heaps of racing to cover off. We’ve got Joe Martin Stage Race in the US, Omloop van Borsele, Dwars door Westhoek, and heaps of Cairns MTB activity. Of course there’s the usual hilarity and this week an added bonus of technical difficulties (which we’ve done our absolute best to correct, but sorry/not sorry).

Before you do anything else, make sure you vote for all the great cycling-related entries in the 2016 #BeAGameChanger awards – voting closes on 1st May, so hurry!

Things we talked about included….

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Podcast 2016 Episode 7 – Dan Will Fight You In Real Life (Over Your Commentary)

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This week we catch up on the highs and lows of Strade Bianche (which was an AMAZING race), and also talk about a little bit of controversy that befell several riders. There’s the last of the Track World Championships to cover, and there’s some interesting news about electric bikes and a great story out of the US about Black Girls Do Bike. Also Dan possibly challenges a commentator to a fight. There’s heaps to catch up on, so strap yourself in and enjoy! (1:08:16 MIN / 62.48 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Videos and links from the 2016 Strade Bianche – including all the race reports we talked about.  Sarah was also on a Velocast Round Table talking about the Women’s World Tour & Strade Bianche, which you can listen to here.

Videos from the last 3 days of the 2016 Track World Championships.

Dead Sea-Scorpion Pass, with incredible scenery

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Talking Cyclocross with Adam Myerson

Podcast interview logoAdam Myerson is one of my favourite personalities in cyclocross.  He’s recently retired from being a pro cyclocross and road racer, has been running CX races in the USA for over 25 years, and has a fantastic online presence as a cyclocross analyst.

We talked about the 2015-6 European season, the state of USA CX (and why referring to it as a single scene is a misnomer), how the sport has changed, and everything from “Why can’t Sanne smile?” to Femke van den Driessche’s motorised bike at the 2016 CX Worlds, with a focus on the women but talking a lot about the men’s side of the sport as well.  And we’re joined by Myerson’s baby son Flynn, leading to a conversation about Adam’s new life as a stay-at-home dad, as well as the book he’s writing.

Listen to the ‘cast here, or click through to Soundcloud to download it.

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To find out more about Adam, follow him on twitter, instagram and facebook.  Adam started a cycling coaching company, Cycle-Smart, and you can find out all about them on the company website, and about him specifically, on his coach’s page.

Adam’s been organising the Cycle-Smart Northampton International Cyclocross race, the oldest UCI CX race in the USA, since he was 19 and also runs the Vittoria North East Series of races in New England – click through and check them out, and follow the race series twitter.

I’ve collected videos from the women’s races at the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships, and if you want more videos and interviews from the 2015/6 CX season, check out the Cyclocross section of the website.

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On teenaged bike cheats

Obviously, one of the biggest stories from the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships was Femke van den Driessche being caught with a motorised bike.  Of course she’s denying it (along the lines of “I sold the bike to a friend, who motorised it, and it weirdly got added to my bikes in the pits but it was nothing to do with me” – click the link, or if you understand Dutch, this video, or this video in English), and there’s a great couple of summaries about the case so far on Ella Cycling Tips and inrng, who sets out the rules and possible next steps.  I am gutted for all the u23 riders who rode their hearts out in a wonderful, historic race, the first time there’s been more than one category for the women riders.  But I’m also gutted, because when teenagers are done for doping or cheating, it always makes me really worry about them.

I should stress, I’m not saying teenagers aren’t culpable for their own actions, but I think about when I was 19, and passionate about achieving things, and made some of those mistakes that are part of growing up.  And I’m glad I was brought up to think for myself, and have an education in critical thinking – but I know that’s luck, too.  I can totally understand how kids fall under the sway of a charismatic coach or an overbearing parent – and I also can’t help remembering the stories of Genèvieve Jeanson and other riders, whose coaches doping them was just the tip of an awful iceberg.   I’m not saying that’s happening here at all, but that’s an extreme example of how sometimes riders who dope can also be victims.

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Videos from the 2016 u23 and Elite women’s Cyclocross World Championships

Wow, what a weekend of racing, so much drama – absolutely fantastic racing, that really shouldn’t be overshadowed by the mechanical doping scandal (and the bottom line on that, it’s great it’s getting caught – I’ve got some links about that too, if you scroll down).  I’ve got some videos, photos and media for you from the women’s races, starting with the first EVER u23 Cyclocross World Championships…

u23 women’s race

Update! I love this new UCI video, on the impact of the new World Champs – it’s good that they’re celebrating this, and the awesome riders (spoiler, includes the first ever u23 winner’s interview!)

Highlights and full race reply

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