Podcast 2015 Episode 29 – Worlds Apart

Podcast logoG’day team, first of all, apologies for the delay in getting this episode out to you. We had major technical difficulties with our server during the week and it took a little while to fix. (For those who may be interested I’ll explain a little more at the bottom of the post). Anyway, we’re up and running now, and it’s a good thing too because what an amazing week of cycling last week was!

Richmond Virginia proved to be an excellent host for worlds and continuing on from last week’s time trials, this week brought us the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races which proved to be incredibly exciting. We also discuss some controversy with Linda Villumsen and a recap of some other racing that happened in various disciplines. Enjoy! (1:10:15 MIN / 67.44 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

2015 Road Cycling World Championships

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Specialized catches up with Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan after their wins

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Podcast 2015 Episode 28 – TTTEWITT

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowHi team, so far at worlds in Richmond it’s been Time Trials. Team ones, Junior Women’s ones, Elite Women’s ones, trying to un-geoblock UCI video ones. So we talk about all that and a bunch of other hilarity as well (this may be a code for Dan swears a lot as we discuss socks in Vegas and all the ways in which they just don’t work)! Anyway, it’s a great episode with lots of things to be excited about and celebrate. (1:15:22 MIN / 72.37 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

The 2015 Road World Championships at Richmond

Videos, photos and links from:

Here’s how to follow/watch the Junior and Elite road races – and if you’re new to women’s racing, here are some riders you might to cheer for.

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CrossVegas Cyclocross World Cup

Race highlights – and here’s the full race replay on the UCI Youtube

Great photo gallery from Balint Hamvas and on the race site; more photos on CX Magazine, and their video interviews with Eva Lechner and Sanne Cant;  full results and some more great stuff from In The CrossHairs – video interview with Katerina Nash, their CrossVegas radio show with Georgia Gould and their video scrapbook.

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Other things we talked about this week

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Videos and more from the 2015 ITT World Championships

Oh my goodness, the ITT at Richmond!   In layman’s terms, the women’s Individual Time Trial championships at the 2015 Road Cycling Championships.   There is a LOT of video and photos and blogs – here’s my collection, and I’ll edit in more as I see it.

The UCI highlights

The full race replay is archived here on the UCI website.

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Videos from the 2015 Australian (& Kiwi!) #RoadNats

Right now it’s the 2015 Australian National Road Championships – the #RoadNats – and we’re 2 races in, with just the road races to come on Saturday 10th January for the women and Sunday 11th January for the men.  But we have video already – here’s what’s happened so far – and I’ll update this post as I see more throughout the weekend.  The good news for Aussies is that there will be tv coverage (schedule here) – the bad news is that the women’s race isn’t shown live, and will only have v short highlights in the middle of the Aussie night, and not online….

Crit Champs

The Criterium Champs kick off the RoadNats, and because the road race course is always, always hilly, this is the only jersey the sprinters can get, so they go hard.  Hell, they’re Aussies, it’s always “go hard or go home”!

Here’s a video preview of the course, by Peta Mullens – and here’s 45 mins of tv highlights, with the u23, women’s and men’s races:

Or if you want a very short clip…

Full results here – and photos from the race on Peloton Café.

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Equivalents Too – 2014 edition

Every year I really enjoy playing the Equivalents game, helping people enjoy Worlds a bit more.  It’s for people who are new to women’s road cycling, or are fans who are interested in what I’ve got to say – but basically people tell me their favourite male cyclist, or type of rider, and I’ll give them an equivalent to cheer for in the women’s Road Race on Saturday.  I’ve written one post already this year, where I gave Equivalents for Mark Cavendish, Fabian Cancellara, Tommy Voeckler, David Millar, Nico Roche and “Nice riders/underdogs”, and here’s part two.

Remember, if you’d like an Equivalent, leave me a comment, or tweet me with who you like, and most importantly why, and I’ll answer before Worlds starts!  The guide to how to watch Worlds is here.

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Jack Bauer

James asked for a “Jack Bauer, because he can ride, he can kill people and he totally rocks the man-bag… 😉” – and I can’t do one, but I can split it into two!  Iris Slappendel is an awesome rouleur type who can make man-bags – off the bike she’s a designer who creates custom bags out of recycled cycling materials, as well as other things.  She’s the current Dutch road race champion, very much liked in the peloton, and has a great blog and twitter  – you’ll see her racing hard for her team-mates in Worlds.

I’m not sure Iris could kill you, though – but some other riders definitely could!

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Podcast 2014 Episode 40 – WoW Part One

Podcast logoGuess what team?! It’s the Week of Worlds! (WoW!) That’s right we talk all things worlds (well, except for the road race because that’s going to be part two). Before we get into all the awesome things that are going to happen in Ponferrada we catch up on the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour, a race we’d rather not talk about (Giro Toscana), the Chrono Champenois with Time Trial interestingness, and THEN we start to talk about Worlds! It’s so exciting and there’s SO MUCH to talk about it’s amazing. Because we also cover some great blogs and articles we saw during the week, and of course we kind of have to talk about ~that~ kit and the kind of weirdness of a story being hyped beyond all recognition. I (Dan) mean, what else do you call a story about a nude kit that’s clearly not a nude kit even in the photo that’s allegedly nude-ish? And then on top of that, what do you say when the UCI has time to comment on that (even though according to their own rules they must have already been aware of the kit – and also, it’s gold so WTAF?) but still can’t comment on stories of riders not being paid by teams and other actual issues? Well, as it turns out, we have quite a bit to say. I know, you’re surprised. (1:19:41 MIN / 74.71 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling links

Last week’s racing

Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour

Chloe Hosking’s blog on winning her stage – including what it’s like racing without a contract for next year – we hope she gets one soon.  Lots more information, photos and results on the race website.

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News, links, videos – a podcast post without the podcast!

This week real life got on top of us, so we won’t be ‘casting this week (if you miss us, check out the ‘cast archive, to listen to things you might have missed), but we have the usual links and videos and stuff we’ve loved this week – and I wanted to have a look at some stats about the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.  If you don’t know about the Tour, it’s one of those fantastic Dutch races – starting with an ITT, 3 stages of pancake-flat roads with crazy winds that are probably harder to race in than hills, and two hilly Valkenberg stages.  For more info, check out the race website, the Velofocus preview and here’s the race highlights video, with finish-line footage, and post-race interviews with all the winners (subtitled to English!)

So, Dutch racing – and I would expect Dutch riders to dominate.  OK, some big names were out (Loes Gunnewijk is still out injured, Marianne Vos pulled out halfway through as she wasn’t recovering well, Annemiek van Vleuten is training for Worlds), but look at my stats

Year

Stage winners

Overall GC

Country

Top 10 GC

2014 2 x Ned & Bel,1 x Ger & Swe Evelyn Stevens

USA

2 x USA, Ger, Italy, Pol1 x Ned & Swe

2013

3 x Ned1 x Ger, Aus, Italy(plus TTT, Speclulu) Ellen van Dijk

Ned

4 x Ned, 2 x Ger1 x GB, Italy, USA, Pol

2012

4 x Ned2 x Ger(plus TTT, Speclulu) Marianne Vos

Ned

2 x Ned, Ger, Italy1 x USA, Swe, NZ, Bel

2011

5 x Ned1 x Bel Marianne Vos

Ned

6 x Ned1 x Swe, Aus, Can, Italy

2010

6 x Netherlands1 x Germany Marianne Vos

Ned

5 x Netherlands,3 x Ger, 2 x Swe

Now, I know I’m geeky about cycling, but I find that so interesting.  What I think is happening is that riders from other countries have been learning about how to race Dutch-style – it’s especially nice that Evie Stevens won this year, because two years ago she wrote about how she used to feel about these races:

Constant sideway winds, torrential cold rain, 1000 exceedingly tall women all fighting me for position 999, a million tricky corners, roads too small for cars, road furniture jumping out at me left and right, the sight of the 999 tall women stretched out in front of me and the winning break disappearing into the cold midst, me adding as much value to the team’s performance as a rain jacket on a sunny day …this horrifying vision used to pop into my brain when I thought of racing in Holland. It is true, I used to suffer from Dutch Anxiety.

I love that blog! Every time I think of it, it makes me grin!

So what will the Dutch need to do?  Is the Holland Ladies Tour turning into the International Ladies Tour? Do they need more rain and wind, more cobbles?  Or will we find the Dutch riders getting revenge?  I suppose, with Vos winning three Giros, maybe they’re already stealing the Italian races….  Or maybe we’ll see the Dutch women getting revenge next year, with 7 of them getting into breaks at kilometre 15, echeloning the peloton into submission, and attacking even more than normal?  I love it, I can’t wait!

Update!  I know, I know, there was also no Kirsten Wild, or Lucinda Brand in the Boels Tour, and it was weirdly un-windy this year – and I’m not being 100% serious about the Dutch riders losing the ability to win Dutch races – I’m just interested in the profile of who does well in this race, and enjoying myself immensely!  Anyway, onwards to….

More things from last week’s racing

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