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.
Well this week Sarah and I reveal our highlights (and some lowlights) of the 2012 season. We try not to get too down about the lowlights, or the fact that the season has ended. Instead we look ahead to transfers and the unique charms of the off-season (that’s code for ‘cross). Anyway, it’s a bloody good episode and well worth the listen, so go on, have a listen. (1:04:40MIN / 62.08MB)
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Things we talked about in this podcast:
- Karl Lima’s twitter – everyone should follow him!
- The article with Cycling Australia’s statement on why they weren’t fining Chloe Hosking. If you’re not already following Chloe’s twitter, do so right now!
- Marijn de Vries‘ blog – in English, and in Dutch (which has more stuff on it)
- Giro Donne videos:
- Stage 3 – where Evie Stevens, Emma Pooley and Fabiana Luperini escaped, Marianne Vos so nearly caught them, and then Evie went on to win the stage and take the Maglia Rosa – 50 mins video or the 4:30 organisers’ vid
- Stage 4 – where Vos won the stage, and took the Maglia Rosa back, after a spectacular catch on the descent – 50 mins of 4:30 mins
- Tiffany Cromwell winning Stage 5 in a hugely long breakaway – the 50 minute version or the 4:32 video
- Tiffany Cromwell’s “packing tips for cyclists” video – and her answering some questions about her stage win on Podium Café
- That photo of Marianne Vos winning the Olympics – Dan’s cycling photo of the year
- Sarah’s favourite photo of one of her favourite moments – Sharon Laws on the British National Championships podium (photo by Sarah):
- Video of Iris Slappendel winning the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup – and the link to a really bizarre NSFW google translate of Iris’ blog on breaking her collarbone in the Worlds TTT (follow her blog here)
- Cycling Fever’s fantastic page of the videos of women’s races they find
- Le blog de Gwéna – who knows everything about all things French women’s cycling, follow her on twitter, too
- The videos from the excellent EnergieWacht Tour on the Dutch channel RTL – and all the videos on Cycling Fever
- Judith Arndt winning the Ronde van Vlaanderen (David Harmon-narrated video)
- Specialized-lululemon‘s blog pages and their great team page
- Helen Wyman‘s website and twitter – follow Helen, everyone!
I loved the Worlds road race – and Dan told us how much HE loved the Worlds – but looking down the results, it struck me how many of the top 20 riders have fantastic social media! So I thought, what better way to update my social media series, before I hit you with the cyclocrossers next week. Check out all these riders – click their blogs and follow them on twitter, I know you won’t regret it!
1. Marianne Vos
Marianne Vos’ win at the Worlds was spectacular, and she’s not only great on the road, she’s also fantastic online. I’ve already told you about how much I love Vos’ twitter – it’s a lot of fun, she’s friendly, funny, and tells us all about her life and racing. You can also catch up with all her news on her website, especially the video section.
It still makes me smile, remembering Neylan’s spectacular ride for silver. I’ve been a fan of her for ages – her story is really inspiring, and she’s always told it so well on her blog. She’s an enthusiastic social media user, with accounts on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn – I really liked her twitter, when she was so excited to be selected for the Worlds, but ever since the race it’s been adorable, thanking everyone for all their support, and emphasising that her silver is a team effort. Here’s her story, from her website, and here’s an interview I did with her for Podium Café last year – yes, yes, I know it sounds like shameless self-promotion, but it’s evidence how happy she is to interact with fans, and online life!
Our 2012 bronze medallist has a fantastic twitter account, where she tweets in Italian and English, and she comes across as friendly, intelligent and funny. She also has a website, which has a blog section – it’s having piccoli problemi at the moment, but damn, she’s been riding SO hard, I’m sure she’ll get around to it in the off-season, so check back regularly for more updates on her. She’s a huge talent, and at only 20, is just getting started…
Sarah reviews the TTT brilliantly, and then Dan screws up the review of the ITT by forgetting Ellen van Dijk’s name [ED: I’m SO, SO sorry!!!!!] and at one point accuses Evie Stevens of murder. We improve trans-Tasman relations and Dan explains how to get Australian citizenship. He also makes a rock-solid prediction for the road race on Saturday and gift cycling with a new name for the climbs on the course.
(37:33MIN / 36.07MB)
With the Worlds Road Race nearly upon us, I’m playing my favourite game on Twitter again – if people tell me their favourite male riders, or types of riders, I’ll match them with a female pro cyclist, to cheer for on Saturday. I always love this – I did it for the Olympics, and it’s always a fun way of sharing stories about some of my favourite riders – and hopefully it gives people who want to know more about women’s cycling a jumping off point. So here are some of the riders I’ve matched up so far – if you want to play – or think you have better suggestions – tell me YOUR favourites in the comments, or tweet me at @_pigeons_ and you can get ready for Limburg!
So, who do I think is who? Here’s part 1 – more to follow before the Worlds.
Loads of people have asked who the female Jens Voigt is, and my equivalents are Sharon Laws and Ellen van Dijk. Both are riders who will turn themselves inside out and upside down for their team-mates – if you were watching the Olympic road race, you’ll have seen Van Dijk Voigting the hell out of the peloton, attacking over and over and over again before the race got anywhere near Box Hill. Wasn’t that race spectacular? I’m going to have to read Dan’s Post-Coital Race Recap all over again!
This one’s a little bit early because the women’s ITT is tomorrow (and Sarah’s going to see it!). So we first review the Road Race from Sunday. Following that I give a very special shoutout to majope and then conduct our first ever poetry reading. Sarah and I exchange opening ceremony stories and I describe the worst moment of Olympic commentary I’ve ever experienced.
Then Sarah gets into the details of the ITT, and it turns out that she’s surprisingly ambivalent about whether or not Emma Pooley wins. It’s possible that I called Emma a golddigger (do you spell that with 2 ‘d’s?). (56:50MIN / 54.55MB)
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