I’ve always liked Lauren Hall’s racing for her attacking nature, team-player attitude, and for just how happy she always seems to be riding her bike, no matter what the weather. She started 2015 really strongly, but after a couple of nasty crashes, the year took a downturn, until she came back in the autumn, winning a stage of the tough Boels Rental Ladies Tour, and being part of the Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air squad that came 5th in the Team Time Trial World Championships, the highest placed USA team in the race. We talked about her bouncing back from her hard year, coming from racing in the USA to Europe, what she loves about cycling, how her soccer/football helps her cycling, and a lot more, including cordon bleu recipes for roadkill….. we laugh a lot, as you can imagine!
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Watch Lauren win the 2014 Gent-Wevelgem, and Stage 3 of the 2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour:
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Have you missed our women’s cycling podcast this week? I’ve been living and breathing the Friends Life Women’s Tour – and you can see what I was up to on the live blog and the race twitter, but I’ve also been doing audio interviews, and posting the press conferences. Listen to them on my Soundcloud list or click through to these:
This week we discuss Trofeo Binda, Gent Wevelgem, the ABSA Cape Epic and racing in El Salvador, plus a whole heap of blogs. It’s been a great week for blogs, seriously. We’ve got rider race reports from Tiffany Cromwell and Chloe Hosking as well as very thoughtful blogs from Bridie O’Donnell and Anika Todd. There’s so many things to enjoy, including some great interviews from our friend Clara Beard, especially the one about the Saddle Sore book. We also have a look ahead to Flanders!!! It’s a great variety of topics with heaps of laughter and mayhem. Settle in and enjoy! (1:19:09 MIN / 75.98 MB)
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Last week’s women’s cycling news
We’re starting with something very close to a lot of women’s, erm, hearts….
Our friend Clara Beard interviewed Molly Hurfurd about Molly’s book Saddle Sore – a whole book about women’s genitalia and cycling. Read the interview on Girl Bike Love, and then find out more on the Saddle Sore website. Buy the e-book, for you or for the women in your life!
Clara also interviewed Rachel Heal, on DSing for United Healthcare – and being the first ever woman to DS at Milan-Sanremo. Read the Q&A, it’s really interesting.
Last week’s races
I wrote a race report over on Podium Café, but if it’s just the videos of this weekend’s women’s cycling you’re after, step right up….