It’s been a couple of weeks since we last recorded (sorry, but sometimes we need to take a week off, catch our breath and regroup to get through to the end of the season – think of it like us having a rest day in the middle of the grand tour that is the season). Anyway, we catch up on ALL the racing since last time we spoke which includes the Ladies Tour of Norway, Vårgårda World Cups – Team Time Trial and Road Race, the last of this year’s MTB World Cups in Méribel, and even the Tour of the King Valley in the Australian National Road Series. We also discuss how far we’ve come in the last couple of years with improved video coverage and how that results in shifting our expectations from races (in a good way), and so much other stuff. It’s an amazing episode and it’s here for you to enjoy right now! (1:32:42 MIN / 89.00 MB)
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Links to things we saw around the web this week
While the UCI Congress was going on, and on, and ON, the junior women were racing their Road cycling World Championships. In some ways it was the most interesting course – no run-in, just 5 laps of the hilly finishing course. And even though we couldn’t watch it live, Monique Hanley’s tweets and Giulia de Maio‘s livetext updates on TuttoBici made the race sing.
…the UCI World Championships are so different from different disciplines for women?
As far as I know, it goes like this:
- Track – Elite World Champs and a separate Junior World Champs competition (European Championships is u23 and juniors only)
- Road – Elite and junior World Champs, different races at the same competition
- Cross Country (XCo) MTB – Elite, u23 and junior World Champs races, different races at the same competition
- Downhill MTB – Elite and junior World Champs, different races at the same competition
- Eliminator MTB – Elite World Champs only
- BMX – Elite and junior World Champs, different races at the same competition
- Cyclocross – Elite women World Champs only
Hi everyone! This week Sarah and I catch up on the Route de France, Junior Track Worlds in Glasgow and the Mont Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup races. I find out Sarah’s been seeing other podcasts behind my back and we argue about the podcast pre-nup. This may result in lawyers at 20 paces before it’s all said and done (depending on who can afford the best/most lawyers). We also talk about a whole bunch of interesting and cool things, from the SBS Cycling Central episode on women’s cycling through to the latest in transfer and stagiaire news. It’s another cracking episode with something for everyone. (1:28:53 MIN / 85.33 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Ever wondered what we look like podcasting? Swordpanda drew us this, it’s eerily accurate
I always love the Junior Track World Championships, because it’s not only the chance to spot stars of the future, but it’s also great to watch the young riders learning and developing – and their huge emotion when they win, and realise that all that hard work over the years has paid off. It’s lovely!
This year’s Track World Champs were shown live, so if you missed them, here are the videos – highlights shows and the full sessions – and I’ve put in the timings for the full races, if you want to find your favourites.
While I’m getting over-excited about the Giro Rosa starting tomorrow, here’s a selection of video from last week’s National Championships. If you know of any more, add it to the comments and I’ll edit it in!
First up is probably the biggest women’s cycling nations, the Netherlands. There was no surprise when Ellen van Dijk won the ITT – she’s on fantastic form this season, getting better and better every year.
Here’s a highlights video from NOS and another video:
The road race was an interesting one. By all rights, Marianne Vos should have been the favourite, but there’s no advantage to Rabobank-Liv/Giant if she won, because she’s already wearing the rainbow jersey – and it’s a good reward for a hard-working team-mate. Lucinda Brand attacked in the second lap and solo-ed for 100km, while Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten and their team-mates enjoyed burnign off all the competition, attacking on the hills and frustrating the chase on the flat. Eventually, only Van Dijk could keep up with them, until a mechanical on the penultimate lap took her out of contention. My favourite parts were watching Vos and AvV soft-pedal when they realised Van Dijk was in trouble, and only race away when they realised she was out – and how they waited until it was clear Brand had won before attacking each other mercillessly!
NOS video of the Road Race highlights and the full final kilometres: