Podcast 2014 Episode 49 – Highs and Lows

Podcast logoIt’s our highlights show, with bonus lowlights thrown in for no extra charge! We take turns to talk about our favourite moments and stories from the 2014 road season. There are a lot of them and it’s a lot of fun! We break it up in the middle with a couple of the less inspiring moments of the year (UCI, we’re looking at you). BUT because we like you we then finish off with even more highlights so you can wrap it up on a high. (1:18:42 MIN / 75.56 MB)

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Podcast special episode 46 – Helen Wyman interview part 2

When I sat down to talk to European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, our mutual love of talking meant the interview went on for longer than they were expecting – so it was divided into two parts.  Part 1 is over here, and now you can listen to Part 2, where Helen describes cyclocross courses, tells you what to watch if you have limited time (just book November out in your diary), talks about racing road at the Friends Life Women’s Tour, and talks prize money, change, and what fans can do to help CX.  It includes discussion of Helen’s rôle in getting equal prize money for the Koppenbergcross from the USA, and working with the UCI on the Cyclocross Commission….  and how Kona, and cyclocross, are like that picture-perfect family. (58:03 MIN / 55.73 MB)

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Over the weekend, Helen came second in the first CX World Cup of the season, Valkenburg:

and if you want to watch the full replay of the entire race, it’s here, on the UCI youtube.

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Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website. Koppenbergcross equal prize money was provided by USA-East Coast bike shop Twenty20 Cycling – if you need a bike (a Kona, surely!) and are nearby, buy from them!

For all the details of how to follow the European Cyclocross season, here’s Sarah’s guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.

Podcast Special Feature Episode 37 – Sarah Interviews Guy Elliott

Continuing with her special series of one-on-one interviews, this time around Sarah speaks with Guy Elliott from SweetSpot about the Friend’s Life Women’s Tour, what it was like to bring a major new women’s stage race to life and what the response has been like – including statistics about television coverage.  With lots of detail about how the UCI rules effect race organising, and lots more backstage secrets. (1:22:26 MIN / 79.13 MB)

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This is a long one, so Sarah will be posting an article with the major points very soon – and if you’d like to know more about the Friends Life Women’s Tour, click through to their site, and check out the videos – and there’s lots of information about the Tour Series, and the Matrix Fitness GP women’s series on their site.  Follow Guy on his twitter, and find out more about what SweetSpot do here.

How HAS women’s cycling changed in the last few years?

I was asked this question earlier today, and it really got me thinking.  I’m still riding the high of hanging out at the British National Road Championships, and talking to inspiring riders like Emma Pooley (read my post-ITT, pre-Giro interview with her on Podium Café) – and of course last month I was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour (you can listen to me talk about that here and here, and see all the videos I collected from the race on Podium Café), but I genuinely think we’re on an upwards wave at the moment.  The question is always “how do we keep moving in the right direction?” but it’s important to take a moment to be happy about what’s going well.

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3 more videos from the Friends Life Women’s Tour

You remember how in love with the Friends Life Women’s Tour I was, right?  I podcasted all about what happened and what the atmosphere was like, and again in this ‘cast-interview with Clara Beard where we talked about our experiences working on races, from the “backstage” perspective – and I collated all the videos and STUFF I found from the race in this post on Podium Café.  Well, today I’m nostalgic all over again, as the race organisers have released 3 videos that I love.  Firstly, this feature from the ITV4 coverage, talking to Marianne Vos’ parents, Henk and Connie, and featuring their cat, Sjekkie

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Podcast Special Feature – Sarah discusses race social media with Clara Beard

Continuing her series of special one-on-one interviews, Sarah talks with Clara Beard of Tour Tracker fame about race coverage, the technology behind updates and the challenges of covering a race without live video to guide you. They talk about what it’s like to manage the social media for races and compare their experiences with Tour of the Gila, Tour of California, USA Nationals, the Friends Life Women’s Tour and the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series. There’s also (super mature, with NO snickering) talk of dongles… (1:14:21 MIN / 71.57 MB)

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Clara Beard is Ferncoyote on twitter – and Sarah is @_pigeons_ if you want to ask them any questions (or tell Clara she’s awesome!)

Clara was working on the Tour of the Gila, where she was doing live twitter updating amongst other things.  She also works for the Tour Tracker, most recently at the Tour of California and the USA National Championships, and you should install their apps, they’re great.  She’ll be with them at the Tour of Utah, so keep an eye out for that.

Sarah was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour, running the live updates on the website and on twitter.  You can listen to her talk about the race on that week’s podcast, and see her photos from the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series on her flickr.

Podcast 2014 Episode 18 – Women on Tour

Podcast logoHi everyone! After Sarah’s leave of absence to go be awesome with the Friend’s Life Women’s Tour she reunites with Dan to relive all the drama and triumph of an amazing race. We go over all of the events of every stage and discuss what this might mean for the future of women’s racing. In the face of crowds comparable to those last seen at the Olympic Games, and media coverage from the major news outlets, not just the cycling press, look how far women’s cycling has come in the two years since we started talking shit on the internet! (Not that we’re claiming credit, but two years ago we didn’t have this podcast and we didn’t have the Friends Life Women’s Tour either… draw your own conclusions). We also squeeze in some time to talk quickly about Chongming Island and the Tour of California and take a quick look ahead at the racing coming up. It’s a big episode but it’s well worth the investment. Don’t forget to check the links below because they’ll lead you to that rarest of all treats in women’s cycling… comprehensive video coverage! (1:20:28 MIN / 72.25 MB)

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For ALL the must-see videos of the Friends Life Women’s Tour check out Sarahs comprehensive post over at Podium Cafe (seriously there’s literally hours of video there).

And for the collection of Sarah’s audio interviews while she was on tour, check out this great post.

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