I’m down a rabbit-hole of MTB videos, and loving every moment!
First, it’s the Absa Cape Epic, the most crazy-beautiful-tough, and yes, EPIC! South African MTB stage race. There are tons of videos on the race Youtube, including this one of Kathrin Stirnemann descending, and these ones focusing on the women’s race from Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 but my favourite video so far is this one on the Specialized Youtube, following Annika Langvad and Ariane Kleinhans as they talk about picking up a time penalty in Stage 2 and then fighting back in Stage 3.
In the Downhill world, the Athertons are training in Malaga, and there’s this gorgeous video on Red Bull Bike, with Rachel Atherton talking about helmetcam (my favourite thing) and tons of helmetcam shots. Love it! And if you want to see what they’ll be riding this year, Dirt MTB looks at the new 2015 GT Fury (love that colour, Rach!)
If Enduro’s more your thing, here’s a team video from the Commençal Vallnord Enduro Team, including Cécile Ravanel (I first saw this on Pinkbike)
Something else I saw on Pinkbike, and it’s so appropriate… first, a film following the building of a MAXX Fat Bike (guess the colour) and then this lovely film, including ice fishing, outdoor cooking, snow riding and a beer sponsor…. typical Bavarian life! It all looks like so much fun…. and this, people, is why I love MTB!
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.
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Sarah’s racing round-up on Total Women’s Cycling
The Emakumeen Bira
- Video from the start of Stage 1