Posts Tagged ‘interview’

Giro Rosa 2016 Q&As – Leah Kirchmann, Thalita de Jong, Kasia Niewiadoma, Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot

July 15, 2016 3 comments

Podcast interview logoI’m always fascinated to find out how the Giro Rosa was for riders – so I asked some of the riders from this year’s race.  Big thanks to stage winners Leah Kirchmann and Thalita de Jong, Best Young Rider Kasia Niewiadoma, and super-domestiques Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot for answering my questions.

Leah Kirchmann

Kirchmann is a Canadian rider who’s having a fantastic 2016 with Liv-Plantur, and part of that has been racing the Giro, where she came 8th overall after winning the Prologue – all the more impressive when we think it’s her first ever Giro!

ProWomensCycling:  You won the first stage of your your first ever Giro!  How did that feel?

Leah Kirchmann:  It was an incredible feeling to win the first stage of my first ever Giro! I had high expectations for the race, but I didn’t necessarily expect it to start off so well.

PWC:  What had you been told about the Giro before you started?  And how was it different in real life?

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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.

Inspiration and aspiration – Emily Chappell and Lee Craigie on The Adventure Syndicate

Podcast interview logoI’m really excited about this brand new cycling-and-women project, The Adventure Syndicate, that brings together nine amazing women who have incredible adventures on (and off) the bike, to share their stories, and inspire other women (and men too) to have their own cycling experiences too.  I interviewed two of the Syndicate members about it – cycle courier, solo round-the-world-ish cyclist, and author Emily Chappell, and Scottish cross country MTB star and Cycletherapy founder Lee Craigie.  They told me how it came about, who else is involved, and where they want to take it all in the future – including how everyday cyclists can get involved in their North Coast 500, and hang out with them in Inverness on the weekend of 16th May.



This is just the start, so make sure you bookmark The Adventure Syndicate website, and follow them on twitter, instagram and facebook. There’s more information about each of the Syndicate cyclists here, including links to their personal sites.

You can find Lee at her website and on twitter, and learn more about the Cycletherapy Project.

Emily is on her twitter and website – and if you missed my interview with her about her excellent book, What Goes Around, the audio is here, and a partial transcript is on Podium Café.

Emily wrote about the North Coast 500 here – and you can follow them on the Adventure Syndicate media – and join them en route, as well as before and after in the Velocity Café in Inverness, on 14th and 17th May.  Emily’s post about riding up Mont Ventoux is here.

Emily and Lee talked about Findra, the Scottish cycling clothing company for women (which men are wearing too!) – and here’s that snowboarder being chased by a bear…

Big, big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do interviews and lots more women’s cycling work – you can join them from as little as #/€/$ 2 a month over here.

Sarah interviews… Stefan Wyman answers your questions

March 13, 2016 2 comments

Podcast interview logoStefan Wyman has been around women’s cycling for years, managing his road team, Matrix Procycling, and in his role as Helen Wyman’s mechanic, soigneur and more in her cyclocross career.

Stef always has lots of opinions, so we took to twitter to give everyone the chance to ask him some questions…  which resulted in some really fun, and some quite tricky questions – I had a great time asking them all, thank you to everyone who contributed.

It’s a long interview, covering things like the state of women’s racing in the UK, why the team’s no longer UCI-ranked, how British women can get into racing and develop bike skills, Laura Trott, how we as fans can help the sport, and a lot more.

Listen to it here, or download it directly from Soundcloud.


You can get automated free updates for all my women’s cycling podcasts and interviews via the iTunes store (leave us a review too!) or via our RSS feed.

Follow Stefan on his twitter, and make sure you’re following Matrix Procycling on their website, twitter, facebook and instagram.  Stef, Steven Fry of M2 Sports Management recently took part in a Velocast round-table on the UCI Women’s World Tour, and you can listen to that here.

The British Cycling calendar starts here, and you need to filter it for road, women etc, and the British Cycling’s Women’s Road Series page is here. Stef says that the best thing women’s cycling fans can do is go to races and cheer, if you’re in the UK, check out what’s happening near you.  Stef’s recommendations of great races to go to include:

I’m funded to do these interviews, and most of my women’s cycling work, by my wonderful Patreon supporters.  If you’d like to join them, from as little as £1.50 a month, there’s more information here.

Now you can read Loes Gunnewijk’s advice on winning Drenthe, & more!

Podcast interview logoYesterday I put up my podcast interview with Classics star and cycling tactical genius Loes Gunnewijk, and I know I’m biased, but you should really head over and listen to that, because I love the way Loes talks about winning Classics, her London Olympic experience, and the sheer enjoyment in her voice when she talks about racing on tough cobbles in cold, windy, nasty weather!

But because I know you’re not all podcast people, I’ve adapted parts of it below for you to read, including her tips for racing the Classics, the problems for the Dutch at the Olympics, her descriptions of the Spring World Tour races, retiring from cycling and more.

It doesn’t have everything, so you’ll have to listen for Loes’ experiences on the UCI Directeur Sportif course, and tons more.  And with the second Women’s World Tour race, the Ronde van Drenthe taking place tomorrow, we’ll start with her talking about racing – and winning – at Drenthe.

Spring Classics

ProWomensCycling:  We’re in one of the most exciting times of the year, right at the beginning of the season. I always thought of you as a Classics rider, but I look at your palmares and you were good at all kinds of races.  Which did you like best?

LG:  Spring Classics! I love them, especially when you have spring weather – and my spring weather is different from what a lot of people would call nice spring weather!  My ideal spring racing weather is 6-8º, windy, maybe a little bit of rain.  Especially for the races with cobbled sections, that’s wonderful.  It has to be cold and windy – not sunny, calm and 15º, that’s for summer style.

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Sarah interviews… Loes Gunnewijk tells us how to win the Classics

Podcast interview logoLoes Gunnewijk shares some memories of her 15 years in top-class cycling – and what memories!  She talks about racing in the London Olympics, how she won the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and got onto the podium of the Ronde van Vlaanderen – and previews the Spring Classics, including Saturday’s Ronde van Drenthe, and tells the story of how she won that one too!

And for aspiring cyclists, she had tons of advice on how to race the Classics, and lots, lots more, including how riders even get selected for the Dutch Olympic team, what she’s up to now she’s retired, including the UCI Directeur Sportif course, why she retired when she did – and how you can learn her secrets.

Listen here, or read part of it over here – or click through to Soundcloud to download it directly from there



You can get automated free updates for all my women’s cycling podcasts and interviews via the iTunes store (leave us a review too!) or via our RSS feed.

Follow Loes – and book onto one of her cycling clinics, to learn her secrets – on her website, and her twitter.   Loes won the Ronde van Drenthe in gorgeous fashion in 2010 – here’s how to follow the 2016 version, but make sure you re-live 2010:

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Sarah interviews…. Lisa Jacobs Rides Happy – Cyclocross and Australia

Podcast interview logoLisa Jacobs has always been a fascinating pro cyclist – she used to combine forays into European road racing with the Australian National Team with her day job as a lawyer, and now she’s embraced the emerging cyclocross scene in Australia, and taking time off work to come and race – and all the while having one of the best cyclist blogs out there on her Ride Happy website.

She’s just back from a month and a half racing Belgian cyclocross, which didn’t go as well as she’d hoped, but she’s still looking up.  We talked about all of that, how an Aussie gets into CX in the first place, and what the scene’s like there, why she lets her alter-ego of “Lisa’s Mum” loose on the blog, and lots more, including her most Aussie cyclocross experience to date…

Listen to the interview here, or download it directly from the Soundcloud page.  I’ll be back with a partial transcript of it later in the week.



You can get automated free updates for all my women’s cycling podcasts and interviews via the iTunes store (leave us a review too!) or via our RSS feed.

Follow Lisa (and Lisa’s Mum) on her website, twitter and instagram.  And head to her sponsor page and click through to them all, to show you care – especially Rapha Australia and Focus.  I especially like her recent posts on the Mojo Rollercoaster, and Lisa’s Mum answering all your questions about Belgian mud.

If you’d like to find out more about Australian cyclocross, and even start yourself, the National Series is coordinated by Mountain Bike Australia, with dates for 2016 (but no venues yet, which is a bit of an issue for a country as large as Australia!) on their website.   The details about the Victorian CX series are on the Cycling Victoria website, and there’s the fantastic Dirty Deeds 4-race series in Melbourne too, which has been running since 2010.  If you’re in or near Adelaide, check out the Focus CX twiLITE evening race on 15th March – why not give it a go, or at least head out and cheer!  And there’s more Aussie cyclocross news, information and stuff on the Australian Cyclocross Magazine website and twitter.

I’ve collected the videos from the women’s races at the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships here, and there are more CX videos, news, thoughts and interviews in the Cyclocross section of the site

I’m funded to do these interviews thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!  If you want to join them from just £1.50/$2 a month, there’s more information here.