Sarah interviews…. Lisa Jacobs Rides Happy – Cyclocross and Australia

Podcast interview logoLisa Jacobs has always been a fascinating pro cyclist – she used to combine forays into European road racing with the Australian National Team with her day job as a lawyer, and now she’s embraced the emerging cyclocross scene in Australia, and taking time off work to come and race – and all the while having one of the best cyclist blogs out there on her Ride Happy website.

She’s just back from a month and a half racing Belgian cyclocross, which didn’t go as well as she’d hoped, but she’s still looking up.  We talked about all of that, how an Aussie gets into CX in the first place, and what the scene’s like there, why she lets her alter-ego of “Lisa’s Mum” loose on the blog, and lots more, including her most Aussie cyclocross experience to date…

Listen to the interview here, or download it directly from the Soundcloud page.  I’ll be back with a partial transcript of it later in the week.



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Follow Lisa (and Lisa’s Mum) on her website, twitter and instagram.  And head to her sponsor page and click through to them all, to show you care – especially Rapha Australia and Focus.  I especially like her recent posts on the Mojo Rollercoaster, and Lisa’s Mum answering all your questions about Belgian mud.

If you’d like to find out more about Australian cyclocross, and even start yourself, the National Series is coordinated by Mountain Bike Australia, with dates for 2016 (but no venues yet, which is a bit of an issue for a country as large as Australia!) on their website.   The details about the Victorian CX series are on the Cycling Victoria website, and there’s the fantastic Dirty Deeds 4-race series in Melbourne too, which has been running since 2010.  If you’re in or near Adelaide, check out the Focus CX twiLITE evening race on 15th March – why not give it a go, or at least head out and cheer!  And there’s more Aussie cyclocross news, information and stuff on the Australian Cyclocross Magazine website and twitter.

I’ve collected the videos from the women’s races at the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships here, and there are more CX videos, news, thoughts and interviews in the Cyclocross section of the site

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What riders are saying about the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships – Sophie de Boer, Thalita de Jong and Lisa Jacobs

We’re getting closer and closer to the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships at Zolder, and I’ve been asking riders what they’re thinking about the race.  Part 1 was Q&As from Marianne Vos, Helen Wyman and British u23 Hannah Peyton; Part 3 has Ellen van Loy and Åsa Erlandsson, along with a selection of other pre-race media; and in this post, I get answers from winner of the last CX World Cup, Sophie de Boer, Dutch champion Thalita de Jong and Australian Champion Lisa Jacobs, with a preview video from Canadians Ruby West and Maggie Coles-Lyster.

Don’t forget, if you want to watch the races as they happen this weekend, or learn more about them,  even the men’s races (do men race bikes too?) I’ve got a guide here.


Sophie de Boer

After a difficult start, Sophie de Boer is already having a fantastic 2016, having won the Soudal Classics Leuven race, and then last week, her first ever CX World Cup in Hoogerheide.  One of the super-strong Dutch ‘Cross contingent, she races for Kalas-NNOF in the mud.

ProWomensCycling: How are you feeling?

Sophie de Boer: I’m feeling good and looking forwards to Saturday.

PWC: You had a bit of a difficult season, but it seems 2016 has been wonderful so far, with your win in Leuven, and better yet, your first ever World Cup win!  Can you tell us a little bit more about the season, and how it turned round for you?

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