This week we’re back after Sarah’s been working doing the commentary for the television coverage of the Aviva Women’s Tour. We discuss all things British stage racing. We also catch up on the Giro del Trentino and the North Star GP. We take a quick look ahead and start to prepare ourselves for the excitement of the Giro Rosa. Our title this week is a tribute to the amazing Alison Tetrick who raced most of the Women’s Tour with four cracked ribs. (1:11:19 MIN / 65.3 MB)
Valentina Scandolara is a huge fan favourite because of her love of attacks, and her friendly personality, online and in races. Continuing the recent Australian theme on the blog, she’s come from a block of training in Brazil to join her ORICA-AIS team-mates – cheering them on as they rode the Bay Crits and the National Road Championships before racing with them in the Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Ladies Tour of Qatar. We talked about what being on ORICA’s been like, going from being “a wild animal in the city” to re-learning some cycling basics, how it felt when heart problems forced her out of the 2014 Road World Championships, the difference between winning Worlds medals as a junior and elite, and a whole lot more, including why she is so vocal about riders not being paid, and where she goes wrong in the Army…
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Links for this podcast
Find out more about Vale through her twitter, and facebook, and through the Vale Scandolara fan club site – and read her profile on the ORICA-AIS site. Vale and her team-mate Amanda Spratt did some daily Q&As with me during last year’s Giro Rosa, and you can read them on Podium Café: pre-Giro; after Stage 2; Stage 3; Stage 4; and Stage 5.
Here are the videos from the 2014 Team Time Trial World Championships, where Vale won silver, the Bay Crits, where her team-mate Gracie Elvin won Stage 2 with Loes Gunnewijk second, and Vale’s win in the 2014 Giro del Trentino:
and talking after the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, and coming second in the 2014 Italian National Road Championships
Vale’s first races of 2015 will be the Santos Tour Down Under on 17-20th January, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 31st January, and then the Ladies Tour of Qatar, 3rd-6th February 2015. Make sure you’re cheering for her online and in real life!
Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do these interviews – as always, I really appreciate you.
It’s been a slow week for women’s cycling race video, but here’s the short UCI video from the Tour of ChongMing Island World Cup
and here’s Wiggle Honda‘s:
If you want more, there’s the Wiggle Honda video from the ChongMing Stage Race, great Cycling Australia video from the Battle on the Border, results from the Trofee Maarten Wynants, and bad news about the women’s Giro del Trentino, all on my Podium Café post.
UPDATE! And 26 minutes World Cup video from the UCI too
Sarah and I get a little manic-depressive this week because there’s so much awesome racing to talk about and celebrate, but… well we almost called this episode “Riders that we love who aren’t riding the Giro Rosa”. All’s not lost though because we realise that it’s going to be fucking great race anyway! Along the way we recap the Nature Valley GP from Minneapolis-St Paul and the Giro del Trentino. We round up the various national race results and I come up with a theory about how Vos defies the laws of physics by tearing holes in the fabric of time and space. I also have a theory (which Sarah disputes) about Emilia Fahlin having the evil heart of an assassin. Sarah also does her best to convince me that I should let her run my life and then starts to solicit dates for me. Then we take a moment to be encouraged and impressed by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg’s interview with Heidi Swift where she discusses the physical and psychological impacts of her crash and head injury earlier this season. We wrap things up by trying to predict how the Giro Rosa may go given all the news about who is and isn’t able to ride it this year. All up there’s more good than bad, more up and than down and more to listen to than usual because we’re spanning two weeks in one handy podcast! ( 1:31:32 MIN / 87.78 MB )
UPDATE!!! Sarah’s asking riders about the Giro this week, for Podium Café, and the lovely team of ORICA-AIS are going to do a video Q&A for them – if you have any pre-race questions you want to ask them, go to the Podium Café post, email prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet Sarah on @_pigeons_! Questions need to be in by Wednesday evening, but there may be in-race opportunities too….
Sarah will be updating the post shortly with all the links and videos and things that make the post awesome. Until then, here’s a musical tribute to my fear that Sarah and I have somehow jinxed all these riders we love that can’t ride the Giro Rosa this year:
UPDATED UPDATE!!!!: It occurred to me today that instead of posting Alice Cooper above (still awesome), I should have instead posted this song by Why? called Simeon’s Dilemma in tribute of Sarah’s accusations of stalking (and the fact that it mentions fixies):
Things we talked about this week
This week’s episode starts with Sarah claiming that she will beat me in an episode long bicker-fest. Cast your votes in the comments! (or don’t) Following that Sarah and I wrap up the Emakumeen Bira stage-by-stage and along the way Sarah makes a very bold prediction about who will win the Giro Rosa. She challenges me to come up with my prediction and then proceeds to pick it apart (in the nicest possible way). We also recap the Tulsa Tough racing in Oklahoma, the London Nocturne racing and the Woking race in the UK. Then Sarah goes on a massive love-fest for all things Downhill MTB which results in me begging her to promise that she will never, ever actually try downhill mountain biking, for her own safety and that of innocent bystanders and wildlife anywhere near the mountain at that time. I even go to the trouble of asking Swordpanda to illustrate why Sarah shouldn’t do it. (Spoiler alert: results below!) We also talk about Sarah’s new art project and how you can help to make beautiful art, and I briefly mention a great interview with Tracey Gaudry on the Australian cycling chat show, Cycling Central. Another jam-packed full of awesome episode waiting for you to press play. (1:19:09 MIN / MB)
UPDATE: We’ve also had confirmation from Twitter that Emma Johansson and Gracie Elvin will be on this week’s episode of Cycling Central, so Aussie fans make sure to watch it and we’ll point you towards the interviews when they’re available online.
— Katherine Bates (@KatherineLBates) June 13, 2013
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
- Video from the start of Stage 1