Podcast 2015 Episode 34 – Solstice-Mas

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Merry Solstice/Crossmas/Stuff team! Our now traditional Christmas Eve episode (or Solstice of whatever)! We catch up on the world of cyclocross, talk about the ASO vs UCI nonsense and a couple of other dumb things that are annoying before getting back to being full of joy and good cheer as we look ahead to 2016 and all that it entails. (56:15 MIN / 51.5 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

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Podcast 2015, Episode 33 – Australia!

Podcast logo Dan is busy right now, so I swapped him for another Australian, to explain all about the Aussie Summer of Cycling, and why we should all be meeting up in Melbourne and Adelaide for January 2017.  Monique Hanley is a former bike racer who does a ton of work promoting cycling, especially women’s cycling, and especially through her roles on the Executive Board of Cycling Victoria, and as chair of Cycling Australia’s Women’s Commission, and she’s one of my very favourite people in cycling.

January is an amazing month for Australian road cycling, and it’s fantastic to see the strong UCI mini-season for the women back Down Under.  We talked about how cycling has changed for the country – and given Monique’s roles in Cycling Federations, we also talked about the recent Genèvieve Jeanson podcast and story on Cyclingnews, and what cycling bodies can learn from her experience, and prevent anything similar happening in the future.

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The Australian Summer of Cycling:

There’s always great information on the Cycling Australia website, and on their twitter, and there are great videos on their YouTube – we wish all races would use their format, of riders telling the stories of the races.  I’ll put links to watching the races live nearer the time.

UPDATE!  Here’s Cyclingnews’ video preview:

The Kirsten Frattini’s Genèvieve Jeanson podcast and story are on Cyclingnews – and I wrote about it here.  The Australian Sports Commission have a strong Play By The Rules section to support athletes in all sports, and their  member protection policies and documents are here, with all their other Integrity In Sport policies.  If you in Australia and affected by domestic abuse in any way, there are organisations here  that can provide help, advice and support.

Follow Monique on her twitter, and listen to the interview about her cycling story Dan and I did with her pretty much exactly two years ago.  You can find out about all the work Cycling Victoria do on their website, including their pages for women and girls, and their resources for clubs.

This week’s racing videos – Essen & Namur cyclocross, and Aussie track

So much racing, so much fun – and the next fortnight will be full of muddy winter CX excitement.  The weekend kicked off in Essen for the 5th round of the 2014/15 bpost bank trofee, the GP Rouwmoer.  Here’s the short Sporza highlights video – and there are the usual lovely photos on cyclephotos.co.uk.

Full results on the race website, more photos of all the Essen races, race report on Cyclingnews, and a race report with a few photos on CX Magazine’s site.

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Then Sunday, and on of the most gorgeous courses in cyclocross, the Namur World Cup.  Oh, it’s beautiful, and oh it’s tough – all sharp climbs, steep descents and an off-camber section that’s just brutal.  Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the full race replay video – but I do caveat that the technical side was a bit wonky, so we don’t have any of the course noise, or atmosphere.  It may be geo-restricted in some countries – if it is for you, try Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK and refresh (turn your tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation).  Here’s the highlights video, with an interview with the winner, Kateřina Nash:

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Podcast 2013 – Episode 40 – Festivus Crossmas

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowIt’s a Festivus miracle! (NOTE: Festivus miracles don’t actually exist). Dan’s been away so this week Sarah catches him up on all the track, paracycling, cyclocross, MTB and other news before Christmas takes over the schedule for the coming week. We talk Vos’ return to racing, Katie Compton in cross and sponsorship news for the road in 2014. Plus a whole bunch of other stuff including a philosophical discussion about whether the UCI deserves credit for doing things it’s supposed to do. Also at one point Sarah laughs uncontrollably for over 30 seconds. Merry Festivus/Crossmas/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Whatever/BahHumbug everyone! (51:53 MIN / 49.81 MB)

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All the good news and happiness we talked about

Australia!

The first ever Australian National women’s Madison Championships was won by Nettie Edmondson and Jessica Mundy.  Here are photos of the race –  and galleries from the National Omnium and Paracycling Championships Day 1 and Day 2.

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Podcast 2013 Episode 39 – Monique Hanley Teaches Us How To Change the World

Podcast logo This week we interview one of Dan’s cycling heroes! Monique Hanley joins us to talk about cycling administration and culture change. Monique is on the Executive Board of Cycling Victoria and the Women’s Commission for Cycling Australia, and she’s worked on a lot of significant projects within those roles over the last few years. Her list of achievements are many and yet she’s still gracious, humble and looking ahead to the next challenges. It’s a great interview into a side of the sport that we don’t get to hear all that much about very often. Dan’s especially excited when Monique explains to him how it’s theoretically possible to get himself appointed to all the UCI cycling commissions. It’s a cracking interview, enjoy! (1:00:01 MIN / 57.62 MB)

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Stuff we talked about includes:

If you want to know more about Monique, here are the two parts of a recent interview with Australian sports site The Roar – part 1 and part 2.  And you can always contact her on her twitter.

Here’s a video interview with Monique from Australian Tour de France tv show Le Tour Prologue this summer, on her racing life and riding with Type 1 Diabetes, including riding across Canada, riding the Race Across America and more.

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