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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Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 13 – Sarah interviews Emma Pooley

In her continuing series of special one-on-one interviews, Sarah sits down with Emma Pooley to discuss her reduced year last year, which included marathons, triathlons and finishing her PhD studies. They also cover what her plans are for the season ahead. Emma Pooley is one of the most interesting riders in the peloton, the 2010 World Time Trial Champion and 2008 Olympic ITT silver medallist. She’s also won some of the biggest races in the women’s calendar, including the Tour de l’Aude Grand Tour, and World Cups including the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Flèche Wallonne and the GP de Plouay, combining climbing skills with suicide attacks.  She and Sarah discussed her work campaigning for women’s cycling and Amnesty International, getting through her PhD, running marathons in snowstorms, what she feels about her new team, Lotto-Belisol – and of course, coming back in time for the 4th Road World Cup,  Flèche Wallonne….  (38:43 MIN / 37.18 MB)

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It’s also available as a transcript, on Podium Café – part 1, on finishing her PhD, running marathons in the snow, campaigning for women’s cycling, and supporting Amnesty International – and part 2, previewing the Flèche Wallonne and the Friends Life Women’s Tour.

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Podcast 2014 Episode 5 – What’s the Capital of Delaware?

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-Show Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)

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Things we talked about included…

The 2014 Omloop het Nieuwsblad

Some videos from the women’s Omloop:  two and half minutes each from Belgian news channel AVS which includes Lizzie Armitstead talking in English and Emma Johansson in Dutch – and from Focus WTV – and a minute on Sporza.  All of them feature interviews with Amy Pieters.  Please click through to show them all we love women’s racing!

and here’s a video featuring small team Isorex ladies, including Basque rider Irene San Sebastian, who came 11th.

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Podcast 2014, Episode 3 – We need to talk to each other!?

Podcast logoIt’s official! The season has started! The Ladies Tour of Qatar is now over and so we talk racing, deserts, camels, worlds in 2016 and heaps of interviews and stories we’ve seen around in the last week or so. Dan accidentally makes a very dirty camel joke, which he admits is actually better than the drinking joke that he was actually trying to make. We also talk about mental health, politics and whether it’s possible to write a book of the entire cycling season in the style of The Odyssey. So basically it’s exactly like every other podcast, except with normal levels of swearing restored! Enjoy! (1:07:11 MIN / 64.50 MB)

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Things we talked about included…

The Ladies Tour of Qatar

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Time to tip the scales

Hey team, this one’s just a quick post to remind you of Kathryn Bertine’s excellent documentary project Half the Road. You may have heard Sarah and I talking about it on recent podcasts, or even heard the episode where we interviewed Kathryn about the project and her career.

Half the Road is an important documentary and a project I believe in very much because it provides an almost unique opportunity to tell a compelling story about professional women’s cycling in a medium that would normally be beyond it. A lot of credit has to go to the drive and determination Kathryn herself has shown in shooting and working tirelessly on the documentary.

About 4 weeks ago Kathryn launched an IndieGogo fundraising campaign to help raise the money needed to secure Olympic footage (which is VERY expensive), enter the film in competitions, complete the editing and assist with other associated costs. I commented at the time that the EP credit reward option was probably the easiest and cheapest EP credit I’ve seen. Someone has definitely paid attention and just a few days ago Half the Road got great news.

Today we (I say “we” collectively, because all fans of women’s cycling, cycling, sport and women stand to gain so much from this) are super close to getting this project funded. At the time of writing this, there’s a bit over $10,000 that needs to be raised. So, if you haven’t already I’m calling on you now to donate, tweet, facebook, email, go door-to-door in your neighbourhood. Maybe rob your local drug dealer (NOTE: For legal reasons I can’t recommend that you actually rob your local drug dealer, or anybody for that matter. So don’t rob anyone.)

But the point is that it’s time for us to tip the scales and make this thing happen. Let’s do it.

Podcast 2013 Episode 17 – No Liability Accepted In Any Jurisdiction

Podcast logo Ok team, it’s another big week in podcast HQ. First off the wonderful Kathryn Bertine drops by to talk all things documentarian, cycling, Olympics and general awesome with us. Personal favourites are when she talks about some of the work she’s been doing in St Kitts and Nevis to help provide opportunities for young aspiring cyclists to get support, training and equipment; and also later when I put her on the spot by asking if all this experience in actually doing something that helps cycling might mean she’d be interested in taking a run at the UCI Presidency. In addition to Kathryn, we cover the Philly Classic race and Durango-Durango before peeking ahead at the start of the Emakumeen Bira. And what podcast is complete without a proper rant? So I (Dan) go on a bit of spree about how I don’t care how good Cookson is, he’s still not different enough to McQuaid. Of course it sounds better with all the swearwords left in so you should click below to listen to it in all its glory! (1:23:09 MIN / 79.82 MB)

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Things we talked about this week – Kathryn Bertine and Half The Road

Half the Road

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Podcast 2013 Episode 16 – There Are No Left Turns on the Rollers

Podcast logoAfter last week’s ranting and misanthropy we found a lot to love in this week’s racing. Enough that Sarah actually got her mojo back! We’re all grateful for that and so we start by embarking on a romp through the races. Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, Boels Rental Hills Classic, US Nationals and so on. Dan loses that ability to tell if he’s being dirty or not. Sarah asks for access to all of Dan’s social media accounts (he declines). We divert through some classic Helen Wymanisms and take a quick look at The Milk Race in the UK. We catch up with the results of Gracie Elvin’s twitter experiment and then things take a turn for the dark as Dan reviews Pat McQuaid’s op-ed for Cycling News about the UCI Stakeholder Survey (hint: he calls it “18 kinds of fucked” and then has a rage-blank). We do suggest you stick around for the bit where he triple-dares Pat to the world’s shortest policy debate. This is a super-long episode (sorry, sort of but not really) so make an extra cup of tea or pour twice as much whisky and get ready. (1:34:07 MIN / 90.36 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

All the racing at Gooik, Aalburg, Holland Hills and the USA Nationals – check out Sarah’s report on Total Women’s Cycling, and all the videos of the races Sarah has found so far – and how this weekend gave Sarah her mojo back.

More below….

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