Sarah interviews… Helen Wyman, on her 2017

British cyclocross rider Helen Wyman has always been a fan favourite, and it seems like her racing is getting better than ever.   Winning her fourth Koppenbergcross this season, she was on the podiums of the last two Cyclocross World Cups, and with the weather turning wet, rainy and muddy, just as she likes it, this could be just the beginning of an exciting season.

We talked about what’s made a difference, and how the sport has changed over the last five years – including how Helen’s work on the UCI Cyclocross Commission has contributed to that.   It’s not all 100% positive, and we also talked about the changes Helen would like to see in the future, as well as losing her sponsor at a tricky time.

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If you want to re-live some of the races we talked about, there are videos! Bogense CX World Cup highlights and full race replay; Zeven World Cup highlights and full race replay; and highlights of that Koppenbergcross win:

 

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016 – Part 2: things made by professional cyclists

I always laugh at myself for my inability to write snappy, SEO-able titles, but I’m proud that I’ve managed to edit this down from “Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Solstice/Any-other-celebration/secular/birthday/payday gifts for women’s cycling fans, women who love bikes, and cycling fans in general I guess, that are made by, or with, or help support professional women riders”.  I’m ridiculous!

But it’s a category I always really enjoy, because there are always interesting things to see, and of course I really love things that support the riders.  You can find the 2014 edition here, and last year’s.  Have a look at all of them, because a lot of those things are still for sale.

Let’s start with things that support professional women’s cycling teams.  I pulled together posts of how to buy 2016 team kit and other goodies earlier in the year, and these always make good gifts – you can find the post full of 2016 WorldTour team shops, and USA domestic squads as well.

And another one, from a great UK domestic team, who I really like:

As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do leave a message in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll edit it in.  And I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these links – I just enjoy it, and hope you will too.

So in no particular order…

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Talking television with Helen Wyman

Podcast interview logoThe 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour was a fantastic race, and Dan and I talked about the racing action in our latest podcast (spoiler alert: so exciting!) – but I had a pretty unique view of the race this year, because I was doing commentary for ITV4.  I was doing the “as live” commentary with Hugh Porter, while cyclocross superstar and general all-round cycling guru Helen Wyman did the presenting at the start and finish of each show with Ned Boulting.  I had so many questions about her experience – so we chatted about it all, with a foray at the end into how the TV coverage of women’s cyclocross has already changed the sport after one season – have a listen!

 

 

If you missed any of our TV commentary, they’ll be archived for a few more weeks here on the ITV Hub.  You can also find tons of clips from the race, including highlights with some of me, on the Aviva Women’s Tour YouTube – and of course more fantastic media on the race website.

Find out more about Helen on her website and by following her great twitter, and check out her fantastic cycling kit collaboration with Velocio Apparel, for women and for men…

As always, I am funded to do this kind of thing by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!  You can join them from as little as £/$/€ 2 a month, over here.

What riders are saying about the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships – Marianne Vos, Helen Wyman and Hannah Payton

On Saturday cyclocross makes history, as we have not only the Elite women’s 2016 CX World Championships, we also have the first ever Worlds for the u23 riders!  I’ve been asking riders what they’re thinking about the Zolder World Champs, and in what’s hopefully Part 1 of a mini-series, I have Q&As from Marianne Vos, Helen Wyman and British u23 Hannah Peyton.

Don’t forget, if you want to watch the races as they happen, or find out more about them,  even the men’s races (do men race bikes too?) I’ve got a guide here.

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Marianne Vos

Marianne Vos is one of the all-time legends of women’s cycling, but especially cyclocross, with 7 World Championships golds, a silver and a bronze to her name.  After a really horrible 2015, with various injuries, she’s focusing on recovery, and is very disappointed to be skipping Worlds this year.  But she’s not just the best cyclist in the world, she’s also one of the biggest fans, so rather than hiding from Worlds, she’s promoting the sport, and will be doing analysis on the Sporza stream before and after the elite women’s race.

ProWomensCycling:  Who do you think the favourites are for the race?

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Videos from the 2015 Scheldecross and Namur CX World Cup

It’s been a fantastic weekend of cyclocross, with two very different courses, and two races that played out differently, but were fantastic to watch.  December CX is fantastic!  And what made it better is how easy it was to watch – even if we didn’t see the races live.  I’ve got videos, interviews and photos, but before I start, I want to show you something fun – the wonderful Renaat Schotte, who works for Belgian TV channel Sporza, has been sharing the viewing figures for the women’s races.  These are just the figures from Sporza, so it’s not even all of Belgium, and of course doesn’t include the pirate streams….

How great is that?  And this is just the first year Sporza has been showing women’s racing!

So, on with the videos… I’m focusing on the women, but if you want to see the men’s races too, the same YouTube accounts have videos of them, too.

bpost bank trofee #4 – Scheldecross

Highlights, and full race replay

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Sarah interviews… Helen Wyman

Podcast interview logoThe cyclocross season has officially begun, so it’s time for my now-traditional interview with the wonderful Helen Wyman.  We talk about the first Cyclocross World Cup of 2015/6, Cross Vegas, the first big cyclocross drama of the season, the interpretation of the UCI feeding rules at Ellison Park CX, and her collaboration with Velocio.cc to create a gorgeous cycling kit.  But we don’t stop there – there’s her role on the UCI CX Commission, the new u23 women’s Worlds category the impact the changes in the last few years have had on the sport, and tons more.  I could always talk to Helen for hours, so this is a long one!

 

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To find out more about Helen, check out her website and her page on the Kona team website, follow her twitter and like her facebook page.  And check out her cycling kit collaboration with Velocio.cc – look out the the new items, including men’s kit, that are still to come, as well as the existing women’s kit.

As well as Cross Vegas, Helen will be racing USA ‘cross the Midnight Ride in Lancaster MA on 24th September and the Grand Prix of Gloucester (MA) weekend on 26th & 27th September – if you’d like to go to her cyclocross workshops at the Midnight Ride, on 22nd and 23rd September, here’s where you can sign up.

You can find the details of the other three big cyclocross series via these links:  the World Cup, the Superprestige and the bpost bank trofee (still the 2014/15 site, but likely updated soon) and the full UCI CX Calender is on their site.  There’s more about the new U23 women’s category at Worlds on the UCI site too, and if you want to watch and follow this year’s women’s CX in Europe and the USA , here’s my 2014/5 guide, which I’ll update nearer the Euro season start.

If you want to check out my previous interviews with Helen, they’re here:

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Podcast 2015 Episode 26 – Sarah Counts Everything

Podcast logoAlright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing:

Videos, photos and links from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:

Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5.  Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:

We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!

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