This week’s podcast is a little bit of a catchup as we cover off the impact that May has had on the peloton with races going on in the USA, the Basque country, Belgium and more. Riders and teams have had to choose where to apply their focus and resources and it’s made for a very interesting month. We take a particular look at how the Tour of California and the Emakumeen Bira played out and then how they contributed to the way that Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik was raced. As always, there’s plenty to laugh about and more than a few diversions along the way! (50:37 MIN / 46.35 MB)
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Recent women’s cycling road & MTB racing
Watch the full race replay (with English commentary!) on the Motomedia Livestream – and highlights:
10 minutes highlights videos from eitb.eus from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 4. Final kilometres of the last stage
So this week Sarah was not only AT the Ronde van Vlaanderen but was doing the live English commentary for the race along with Rochelle Gilmore. We talk about what it was like roadside at the race and in the commentary booth before diving into all of the attacks and moves that made up the race. It was an amazing race and there are so many highlights to appreciate. (1:08:04 MIN / 62.29 MB)
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Oh Flanders! Yesterday was one of the biggest days of the women’s cycling calendar, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and I still can’t believe I got to commentate it! I have always wanted to watch it live, of course, and last year we came so close – but this year I saw the last 40km from the commentary box on the finish-line at Oudenaarde, so I could be biased when I say this was a hugely thrilling edition – but really, this had so much drama, fantastic racing, and a really interesting tactical decision I think we’ll be talking about for ages.
Here’s the full replay, with commentary from Rochelle Gilmore and me. You can’t watch it from Belgium, I’m afraid, and you may need to be logged into facebook – but if you can, please give it the hits – not because it’s me, but because it’s the official stream, and demonstrating the audience really makes a difference.
There’s also an unofficial video here, for people not in Belgium/without facebook.
Dan and I podcasted about what it was like commentating the race, with photos I took on my twitter.
Sporza’s official highlights (please do click for the stats) and another highlights:
There’ll be more videos to come, which I’ll edit in (and please do share anything else you see, in the comments below or on my twitter) and I have a load of great photo galleries and race reports – I definitely recommend reading these because the post-race quotes are great.
We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links
We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.
This week’s racing
Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem
Video highlights on WTV Focus
Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,
Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,
G’day team! It’s a crazy amount of racing to cover this week (Sarah even had to split screen multiple races at one point!) and so we dive into it, catching up on US racing including the US national time trial and road race. There’s been a wealth of European road racing as well with Plumelec, Gooik and more. There’s the latest round of the MTB Cross Country World Cup, there’s BMX world championships and a bit of discussion about the Olympics and what national teams might look like. As usual there’s heaps of interesting blogs and articles to mention as well! And possibly our best joke ever. (1:08:23 MIN / 62.62 MB)
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Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Videos from the 2016 BMX World Championships, and the La Bresse Cross Country MTB World Cup in this post.
Video highlights on L1.nl. Photo gallery from Boels Dolmans, and their race report, and report and photos from ORICA-AIS. Full results.
All the American Winston-Salem races!
G’day team! This week Sarah’s been in the Netherlands for the Energiewacht Tour and it was spectacular, so we recap what it was like to be at the race and to see the junior women riding as well as the elite women. We also cover the results from Redlands and the Emakumeen Saria. There’s a lot of racing to get through as we go stage by stage but lots of interesting moments to catch up on and as always a lot to be thrilled by. This episode comes free with a bag of wily foxes to listeners in jurisdictions allowed to have them*
(*no actual wily foxes are available to anyone anywhere, ever). (1:19:45 MIN / 73.0 MB)
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Sarah’s needs a bit of a sleep following her race travel but will update with a links post full of photos and videos and whatnot soon.
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This week we talk up a storm about all the racing that’s happened over the last week (and how it’s nice to get live video this week!). We catch up on Drenthe, Drentse8 and the ABSA Cape Epic. There’s another very open video from Wiggle High5 about their performance on the weekend. There’s been some really interesting articles come out that caught our attention as well – and as always we have heaps of links, videos, articles and more in the post below. Dan doesn’t actually pick a fight with anyone this week but we do invent a new board game. It’s a long one and it plumbs new depths of nerdery! (1:23:02 MIN / 76.02 MB)
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Things we talked about
This Cylance team intro video is like some promo for an awesome TV show:
This week’s racing