Podcast 2016 Episode 11 – I Can’t Love It Enough

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Sarah’s in The Netherlands this week for the Energiewacht Tour and so we tried some skype trickery with her phone, hopefully the sound works out for the most part. In any case, the Ronde van Vlaanderen was spectacular on Sunday and it was spectacular! We catch up on our favourite parts of the race and all of the things we loved. We also discuss the issues with the streaming and what we think that means for future races. We take a quick look at the GP Dottignies and look ahead to the racing coming up. It’s a quick one, but a good one! (55:11 MIN / 50.5 MB)

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2014 – the booklist

Every now and then I do posts about gift ideas for women’s cycling fans and women who cycle.  It’s always a case of things I like, or that are recommended to me, I don’t get any personal benefit – I just want to help you buy nice presents for the nice people in your life!

Now, I love reading, so I’m starting with books, and I’m pretty sure there’s something here to suit every taste.  I’m roughly dividing this into books by women cyclists, about women and cycling, and books about cycling written by women, but it includes everything from autobiography to poetry, chicklit, history, science fiction, economics, books about men’s races and more.  My big thanks to Feargal McKay, whose reviews have introduced me to a lot of these (I’ll link to the reviews, to give you more of an idea about the books).  The link to each book title takes you to the publisher’s page where possible, which usually has information on how to buy. Update! I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these books, BUT I’ve just set up an Amazon Associates account, so if you buy though my links, I get a little cut of Amazon’s costs (don’t worry, this doesn’t affect the writers’ royalties, it just helps me!)

Of course there are tons more books out there, so if you have any recommendations of womensy-cyclingy books, please get in touch, and I’ll put together an second post.

Books by women cyclists

Nicole Cooke:  The Breakaway (Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1471130335)

If you’re interested at all in women’s cycling in the UK, you have to read this one.  Cooke was the first cyclist to win the Olympic and World Championships road race in the same year, in 2008, and she fought all the way, on and off the road.  She wrote this without a ghost-writer, so it’s very much her own voice, and if you know anything about Cooke, you’ll know she doesn’t pull her punches.  Read the reviews by Feargal on Podium Café (part 1 and part 2) and on the Guardian.

My Amazon Associates link: The Breakaway

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Marianne Vos/Rick Booltink:  Op de Troon (ISBN 9789462280564)

From one World and Olympic champion to the next – this is the story of Vos’ 2012, where author Rick Booltink followed her around for the year. It’s very honest, talking about how she became anorexic in the push to win the Olympics, and then came back from that to win, and she talks about all the pressure and doubts.  Vos is this incredible character, and this is very honest…  but! it’s only available in Dutch!  It’s available on Dutch book-seller Bol.com, and my Amazon Associates link is here: Op de troon: Marianne Vos fietsmalle wielerkoningin

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Podcast 2014 Episode 32 – Now With Added Merchandise

Podcast logo Hello cycling fans! This week’s episode Sarah and Dan are all La Course and La Awesome! Basically they’re a little bit excited about the racing, how it played out and all the amazing video and media and blogs and pictures and other things to come out of it. It’s fair to say they thought it was great. In addition to La Course, there’s some discussion of Emma Pooley’s imminent retirement from the sport (sad face) and there’s also a little bit of MTB, Commonwealth Games and BMX news to go around. We talk about one of the most interesting crowdfunding initiatives we’ve seen in the cycling space for a long time (and how you can help!), and what we think its chances of succeeding are. Also, speaking of success, we have a pretty exciting announcement of our own to make about the future of everything (but most specifically about the future of us, here, together, right now). Intrigued? You better be! (1:09:43 MIN / 65.37 MB)

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We’ve got a new line of merchandise-y sort of things including (but not limited to!) stickers, cards, tshirts, cushions(!), phone covers, iPad covers and tote bags, all available via the site Redbubble:

Sometimes someone is just so dominating in a race it defies belief. Sometimes a whole team is so dominant it’s hard to find the words to describe it. That’s why we’ve found the words for you. When you need to explain that you really did just go “Stompity stompity stomp” all over the peloton.

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Sometimes Dan’s a little overwhelmed by all that’s happening in the world of women’s cycling. Sometimes he’s a little overwhelmed by the refusal of races to show footage (Flèche Wallonne, we’re looking at you here!). Sometimes he’s just thirsty, but a lot of the time he’s in need of more whisky. Now you can toast along too.

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If you’ve ever heard our podcast, you know that Sarah loves to repeat our URL with a certain relish. Now you can always be reminded of where to get your pro women’s cycling fix!

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If you know Sarah at all, you know she only has room in her heart for one rider and that rider is “ALL OF THEM!!!!”

This design celebrates Sarah’s inspiring capacity for love.

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Dan was shocked to learn that women aren’t the only people who race bikes. Obviously men’s racing just hasn’t got to the level where it’s interesting enough to catch his attention yet.

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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 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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La Course by Le Tour de France – women’s racing on the Champs Elysées this year!

It’s a big day for women’s cycling, with the Cyclocross Worlds, and a huge announcement from the ASO – this summer, during the final stage of the 2014 Tour de France on 27th July, there’ll be a women’s race on the Champs Elysées, in front of the huge crowds and international tv – “La Course by Le Tour de France”.

This is the first time that women have been able to race Le Tour alongside the men since 1989, and it’s a big deal.  It’s also proof that social media campaigns really do work, as this is in response to the Le Tour Entier petition that was set up during the 2013 Tour by Kathryn Bertine, Chrissie Wellington, Emma Pooley and Marianne Vos, calling for a women’s Tour de France.  The ASO were not happy at the time, but with Brian Cookson taking over at the UCI and pledging support for women’s cycling – not to mention the huge audiences tuning into the London Olympic road race – it seems like this was something that had to happen.

As to whether it’s going to be a one-off or a step into a full women’s race, well, we’ll have to wait and see – but one thing I know is that the Le Tour Entier team aren’t going to rest on their laurels!  I can imagine that the first race will be spectacular, and unlike the Tour of California “women’s invitational time trial”, which really is a side-show, this is a proper race, given 1.1 accreditation by the UCI.  And it’s a perfect course for the women, who are more than used to cobbled sprinting.  Hopefully we’ll be able to see the sprint heroines like Vos, Kirsten Wild, Giorgia Bronzini, Chloe Hosking and Lizzie Armitstead fight every inch of the way!

For more on La Course, have a look at the Le Tour Entier announcement, and their follow-up piece including quotes from Specialized-lululemon team boss Kristy Scrymgeour.  And there’s a report from British Newspaper the Guardian, and doubtless a lot more to come – keep up with it all by following the Le Tour Entier twitter.

UPDATE! Interview with Kathryn Bertine on VeloNation, with quotes from Emma Johansson.  I especially liked this, about what fans can do:

Bertine outlines what she believes are the most important things in year one. “Securing media and sponsorship will be the key factors, and of course, the fans of cycling can play an enormous role by supporting this year’s La Course race.

“Click on the links, watch the news programs, talk about the incredible change taking place…this is something we can all do to drive change. If we create the demand, opportunity and business potential for women’s pro cycling the thrive, then ASO will continue to see the value.”