Sarah’s been off at the Aviva Women’s Tour and had an amazing week at the race. She catches Dan up on all the shenanigans and goings on. We also talk quickly about a bunch of other races that were on including Buka Europeans Champs, Giro Del Trentino and the interesting story of Carmen Small racing with the men at the North Star GP in Minneapolis. (1:17:02 MIN / 73.97 MB) WARNING: If you’re new to our podcast, do note that it’s a sweary podcast about women’s cycling. 😉
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Stuff we talked about
One of the best images from the Aviva Women’s Tour:
Sarah in her office this week (photo by the wonderful Balint Hamvas)
And a nice intro video (Sarah’s preparing a whole post of videos, never fear!):
Gethin and Nikki are back with more race reporting – and there’ll be videos added below as they turn up
It was a successful day for both Italian riders at Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under as action moved back onto the road. A tough 71km course from Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region, to Campbelltown on the outskirts of Adelaide whittled the peloton down to 9 riders at the finish as Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle) won the bunch sprint. The group contained race leader Valentina Scandolara (Orica AIS) who finished with the same time to make sure she retained the Blue Leader’s Jersey and put herself in an excellent position to take the GC after tomorrow’s final crit.
Our friends Nikki and Gethin are out in Adelaide, and sending us daily reports from the women’s Tour Down Under. Thank you so much! I’ll be adding any videos of the day’s stage to the bottom of the post as I find them.
Action moved to the 2km long city centre Crit course in Rymill Park, central Adelaide for Stage 2 of the Santos Women’s Tour. The women were sharing the stage with the People’s Choice Classic – the traditional curtain raiser for the men’s event which followed on immediately afterwards, so benefited from much bigger crowds than at Stage 1 yesterday.
It was another great day for Orica AIS as Mellisa Hoskins beat out Kimberly Wells of High 5 Dream Team. The bunch sprint meant that Valentina Scandolara retained the leader’s jersey that she gained in an attack-fest Stage 1.
It’s been a a great couple of days from the Track World Champs in Cali, with all kinds of action – and it’s been strangely affected by the weather. Track riders are usually in these very tightly controlled environments, with perfect heat and humidity, but the Cali velodrome has a roof, but no walls, so there have been issues with wind that riders will never usually have to deal with.
I’ve got a collection of videos and links from the women’s scratch race, team sprint, team pursuit and 500m – and remember, if you want to watch the next three days live, here’s my guide.
I’m starting with my favourite race so far, and the first medal race of Worlds, the women’s scratch:
This week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series. There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)
There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site cyclephotos.co.uk. If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.
It’s official! The season has started! The Ladies Tour of Qatar is now over and so we talk racing, deserts, camels, worlds in 2016 and heaps of interviews and stories we’ve seen around in the last week or so. Dan accidentally makes a very dirty camel joke, which he admits is actually better than the drinking joke that he was actually trying to make. We also talk about mental health, politics and whether it’s possible to write a book of the entire cycling season in the style of The Odyssey. So basically it’s exactly like every other podcast, except with normal levels of swearing restored! Enjoy! (1:07:11 MIN / 64.50 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
It’s Monday, so time for some racing videos and links from the world of women’s cycling, including road, cyclocross, track, a bit of MTB and some random stuff I’ve liked.
The first UCI race of the season has already happened, with daily streams and great coverage across social media. The results are all here, and there are photos on facebook – Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5