It’s been four years in the making but this week’s podcast is possibly the most special of them all so far for the simple reason that for the very first time Sarah and Dan are recording in real life, together in the same room. Is this the episode in which someone is murdered? Is this the episode in which bickering and fighting ends the whole project? Or do we simply discuss the Tour de Yorkshire, GP Elsy Jacobs, Gracia Orlova, the forthcoming para-cycling and a bunch of cool cycling events? The only way to find out is to press play and enjoy the ride! (1:00:53 MIN / 00.0MB)
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Things we talked about this week included…
This week’s racing
Make sure you all follow the wonderful Matt Stephens, Eurosport commentator extraordinaire!
Elena Cecchini became one of the latest young Italian rider to join a more international team this year, joining Lotto-Soudal, and proceeding to animate the races throughout the Spring Classics, then winning a stage at the prestigious Festival Elsy Jacobs. Last year she’d won the Italian National Road Championships, one of the very hardest of the road champs, and in June she became one of a very select set of riders to win twice in a row, which she followed by racing the Giro Rosa for the first time, and coming home with two podium places, and four stitches in her chin. I talked to her about all this and more, including the secrets of her season, and her advice to future first-time riders, and much more. She’s a really interesting rider, with a lot to say, so settle in, and either listen to her talk, or read the transcript below.
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You’ve just come back from finishing the Giro – how do you feel?
It’s quite nice when you finish a hard race, and you know that it’s all about recovery, so I’m just enjoying some rest days at home. I was missing my family so much, and my cat, and my grandmother and grandfather, so today I did a small training on my bike, just to restart, because next week I will race the BeNe Ladies Tour, and I have to be in form. It’s really strange to go slowly, because we had really fast and furious stages at the Giro, so it’s nice to be home and just wake up in the morning and have nothing to do!
And it was your first ever Giro!
It’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!)
Video – results 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.
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…
So it’s a busy, busy weekend for top tier women’s cycling, with 3 UCI-level races. And here’s how you follow them:
- Silver City Tour of the Gila, USA, 29th April – 3rd May. Follow their twitter and the #TouroftheGila hashtag, watch videos on their Youtube and more information on their website.
- Gracia-Orlová, Czech Republic, 30th April – 3rd May. Velocio-SRAM are live-tweeting from the race, and using the #GraciaOrlova hashtag. Reports on their site, and photos on Bell x one‘s. Preview by Velofocus and info on the race website.
- Festival Elsy Jacobs, Luxembourg, 1st-3rd May. Use the #ElsyJacobs hashtag, and follow my live-tweeting list below. Lots of info on their website, and preview by Velofocus.
If you want a one-stop-shop for all three, I’ve updated my twitter list with everyone I can find who’s live-tweeting from the races, with photos and more. Hopefully they’ll all be hashtagging like crazy so it should be relatively easy to follow – and I’ll put links to any videos I find into Monday’s podcast post.
This 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 racing – the videos we’ve found and Sarah’s round-up of all the action on Total Women’s Cycling
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If you want to read about last week’s racing, check out my report on Total Women’s Cycling
Last week’s racing:
Post-prologue video interviews (in English) with Annemiek van Vleuten, with Nettie Edmondson and with Christine Majerus