Podcast 2016 Episode 38 – The Year Ahead (Part 2)

Podcast logoFollowing on from last week’s episode we round out our review of the 2016 season and talk a little more about how we think things will shape up in 2017. There’s been a fair bit of movement among the teams, with some really interesting new line ups. Can Boels Dolmans dominate again? Will they achieve the same level of winning as their astonishing 2016? Will some other team step up to challenge their dominance? What will Marianne Vos’ new team look like? And how will other teams find their feet? We discuss all of this and more, including the important new investigation from the Dutch federation. There’s lots to cover, just in time to round out the year! (Also, Dan wants to note that yes, he’s given this Part 2 episode a different title from Part 1 because he’s a lovable rogue who enjoys breaking conventions so you’ll just have to deal with it). (1:07:55 MIN / 62.19 MB)

Things we talked about this week included

Upcoming racing

DVV Trofee Azencross Loenhout, 29th December 2016 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, (the Bay Crits!) 1st-3rd January 2017, Australia

DVV Trofee GP Sven Nys, Baal, 1st January 2017 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.

How to watch the cyclocross

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Anne Loes Kokhuis talks about the KNWU research on intimidation and harasment in cycling

Podcast interview logoAnne Loes Kokhuis works for the KNWU, the Dutch Cycling Federation, and talks about the research project they’re starting, looking into bullying, intimidation and harassment, including sexual harassment, across all the Dutch cycling disciplines, and for all cyclists, of any gender and age. The Federation is passionate about preventing all these, and she talks about the background, and the next steps.  The project is just the start of a long piece of work, and the KNWU should be applauded for taking a pro-active approach.

The project is partly a response to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission brief mention of sexual harassment in professional women’s cycling, as well as to bullying issues in other Federations.  It became more necessary in the light of international scandals, including the sexual abuse scandal in British football, and KNWU board member Marijn de Vries talked about that, and her own experiences, in this article on TROUW.nl, and on this NOS.nl video.

If any Dutch cyclist is experiencing issues please do contact KNWU before the research project starts – and if you are a cyclist who’s being affected by bullying, harassment, or sexual harassment, please do contact your national cycling federation – there’s a list here on the UCI website (and a set of British-based contacts at the bottom of this piece about Genevieve Jeanson).

Olympic.org, the official website of the Olympic movement, has a portal on harassment and abuse in sport that includes how to spot it, international resources, and what people can expect sports federations to do about harassment and abuse.

Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016 – Part 2: things made by professional cyclists

I always laugh at myself for my inability to write snappy, SEO-able titles, but I’m proud that I’ve managed to edit this down from “Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Solstice/Any-other-celebration/secular/birthday/payday gifts for women’s cycling fans, women who love bikes, and cycling fans in general I guess, that are made by, or with, or help support professional women riders”.  I’m ridiculous!

But it’s a category I always really enjoy, because there are always interesting things to see, and of course I really love things that support the riders.  You can find the 2014 edition here, and last year’s.  Have a look at all of them, because a lot of those things are still for sale.

Let’s start with things that support professional women’s cycling teams.  I pulled together posts of how to buy 2016 team kit and other goodies earlier in the year, and these always make good gifts – you can find the post full of 2016 WorldTour team shops, and USA domestic squads as well.

And another one, from a great UK domestic team, who I really like:

As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do leave a message in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll edit it in.  And I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these links – I just enjoy it, and hope you will too.

So in no particular order…

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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

All the videos, photos and links from the:

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

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Sarah interviews Marijn de Vries – on her retirement, looking back at her career, & more!

Podcast interview logoMarijn de Vries has been one of the most interesting voices in women’s cycling, ever since she started sharing her unique journey into professional cycling at age 30.  Over her six seasons in the peloton, her blogs and columns have shared the ups and downs of racing, full of fascinating insights into what it’s really like on the road.  There’s been nothing like her little vignettes – and she hasn’t shied away from the dark side of the sport either, whether raising serious issues or making us laugh at how ridiculous it can be – but in everything she writes, her love for cycling has always shone through.

Now, as hip disease ends her racing career, we talked about how she got started, her best and worst memories, and much, much more – including how she’ll stay in the sport, running bike trips for women, and much more.

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This is a long one, but it’s worth it!  I’ll transcribe some of it over the next week, but there’s all sorts of things to click on too.

You can follow Marijn on her website, in Dutch and in English, on her twitter, facebook, instagram and Strava – and if you’d like to go on one of the bike trips and workshops she runs, in Girona or the Netherlands, there’s more information on her site here, in Dutch, or in English.

The book Marijn wrote with Nynke de Jong, about everything women need to know about cycling, Vrouw & Fietst, is available from Dutch bookseller Bol.com, or in German as Frau & Rennrad from Amazon.de – and if you know of any English publishers, tell them we really NEED it in English too!

Marijn’s blogs and articles we talked about:

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2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour – videos, photos and more

Last week was jam packed with amazing women’s cycling, and in the Netherlands it was the last Dutch race of the year – four tough sprinty stages, and ITT and then the final stage all over the glorious Valkenburg hills…  all with the Dutch weather making the racing hard, and the peloton making it even harder with 1000 attacks.  I’ve got videos, photos, results and more, so read on…

Boels Rental Ladies Tour

First the whole-race highlights – but there’s LOTS more from each stage too

Stage 1

Videos!  Stage 1 winner interview with Jolien D’hoore – and watch the finish sprint and podium with second-placed Lucy Garner.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 25 – Sarah Loves a Premature Celebration

Podcast logoG’day team, this week we catch up on the last World Cup race in Plouay! We also find out how the rest of the Trophee d’Or went and we discuss a bunch of news and announcements from teams, riders and the UCI. There’s a heap of great videos down below and a lot of exciting stuff. Sit back, crack a cold one and ignore the other commuters on the bus/train, and enjoy! (1:00:51 MIN / 58.43 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Trophée d’Or

Videos from Stage 2 and Stage 3, which we talked about last week.

Stage 4 – with a premature celebration! Photos and results,

Stage 5 photos and results, and the final General Classification results.

GP de Plouay Road World Cup

All the videos and race reports etc are over here – this was one of the very best races of the season, WOW!

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Other things we saw this week

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