This week Sarah and I talk our way through the Vårgårda races, TTT and road (they were excellent!). We also discuss some interesting details on funding women’s cycling that came from Stef Wyman and why it’s a good thing to shift the nature of conversation around funding teams to how much can be achieved (and quite cheaply!). We also talk about cool things we’ve seen around the web, like the Wheel Women and the Mastering the Road projects. (1:11:52 MIN / 68.99 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week didn’t have as much racing as the last few weeks have had but somehow we still managed to fit in the Sparkassen Giro, BMX World Championships, Vallnord MTB World Cup and more before getting into the substantial number of issues, comments, interviews and general things that happened during the week. It’s a long episode, but it’s mostly happy (except for the title which is dedicated to someone rather special)! ( 1:34:10 MIN / 90.41 MB)
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Here’s what we talked about this week….
Sarah got a bit excited about this weekend’s BMX World Championships and Vallnord MTB World Cup – she’s collected the videos from the races in one handy post.
Marianne Vos raced Vallnord XCo and didn’t do so well – but we love her even more for this tweet:
Okay, that was crap… I’ll skip the feeling from today’s race and look at the whole mtb experience this year. Happy I took this challenge!
— Marianne Vos (@marianne_vos) July 27, 2013
We love that she keeps pushing herself and learning – and admitting when things don’t go her way, and finding the good in it.
On Saturday 8th June 2013, it’ll be be the IG Nocturne – a whole series of races in the Smithfield area of London, including urban cyclcocross, penny farthing and folding bike races – and elite criteriums for men and women. These elite crits are great for the British scene, with equal prize money for the women and the men – and big thanks to Rapha for sponsoring the women’s race (now there’s an excuse to buy their shirts!).
In honour of the Nocturne, it’s time for the UK edition of Shirt Week, and I’ll tell you how you can buy women’s cycling team jerseys for the British peloton. If you know of more teams with their shirts for sale, tell me in the comments – and although I’ve posted them before, follow these links to buy kit for Wiggle Honda, Specialized-lululemon and Vanderkitten. But first, let me tell you a little bit more about the race….
It’s a feast of treats for you this week! First off we recap last week’s racing, making sure to check in on Emma Johansson breaking her streak of 3rd places, fortunately for her she did it by snagging a win. We also take stock of who’s been crashing (and I take over Sarah’s usual role of being the bastard in the podcast for a few minutes). We invent the best tasting cycling cocktail ever! We also discover that Sarah is a failure at pop culture, shocking I know. We also talk through some Exergy news and Sarah tells us about her favourite team launch event of all time. There’s a lot to cover so you’d best get listening now! (1:01:55 MIN / 59:45 MB)
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And of course, here’s the big list of links and videos for the week:
Sarah’s latest Monday round-up of women’s cycling news and results on Total Women’s Cycling
Giorgia Bronzini of Wiggle Honda won the Classica Città di Padova:
I’ve been a fan of Stefan Wyman‘s women’s teams for years, and he’s one of those people I’ve “met” on the internet, and become a real friend. He took me to the Luxembourg races and Thüringen Rundfahrt in 2011, and, less glamourously, to Stoke on Trent, so when he asked if I’d like to be involved in the 2013 Matrix Fitness Racing Academy, I jumped at the chance. I may get a bit more hyperbolic than usual, in this, so I won’t mind if you skip to the photos!
So, Sarah’s in London for the afternoon and evening as the Matrix Fitness Racing Academy and the London Women’s Road Cycle League conduct their joint season launch at the world-famous (I’m in Australia and I’ve heard of it so it totally counts) Look Mum No Hands!
It’s on Old Street (I know, how fucking ridiculous that London only has one Old Street?!!!) from 6pm and if you live in the Greater London Area then I am commissioning you to attend this event, meet some awesome bike racers and BUY SARAH A BEER! I’m reliably informed that she doesn’t bite, although she might squeal with delight and hug you, but that’s probably ok right? I mean, it’s Sarah, she’s adorable.
Plus you’ll be helping to show your support for women’s cycling in the UK and Look Mum No Hands has a fine selection of Belgian beers at the ready.
What’s not to love about this idea? So in short London, I will be holding each and every one of you personally responsible if you don’t send Sarah home reeling drunk and make her wake up with a terrible hangover.
This week we recap the Snowmageddon that was the Drenthe weekend. Sarah catches us up on some interesting developments in the world of marketing for women’s cycling. I teach Sarah about farming (including how to plant a chicken) and we swear a bit too. Early on I extol the virtues of the metric system and we take a look at the upcoming races this weekend.
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Things we talked about this week:
The Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
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