It’s a perilous episode this week as we discuss the Commonwealth Games ITT and Road Races in all their glory. Both races were quite significant to us, as they were the last time Emma Pooley would be racing at the top levels of the sport, representing England and (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!) bringing home medals. This week there was also the Sparkassen Giro World Cup in Germany, which provided a great spectacle in sprinting and we discuss the importance of last-ditch attacks in igniting races. Also the Mont-Sainte-Anne-Downhill MTB took place this week, and the racing was incredibly close with less than 1 second separating the podium places. There’s an amazing video in the links below that you should definitely watch as you listen. We also accidentally stray temporarily into the fraught world of global politics AND Sarah once again demonstrates her knowledge of North American geography. It’s a very long episode this week, so you may want to make sure you’ve got extra beer on hand before you press play. (1:49:43 MIN / 105.33 MB)
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If you only watch one video this week, watch this! Manon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton‘s runs at the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne Downhill MTB World Cup, put side-by-side by Red Bull Bike – it’s fascinating, watching the difference in style, where they’re stronger, and how close the run was. It’s a lovely thing to watch, and even better that they both let fans and rivals see the secrets of their runs. We really, really love what Red Bull do! More MSA videos below….
Last week’s racing
Read Sarah’s race reports on all this on Podium Café.
ITT highlights on the BBC and on the Commonwealth Games youtube and another of their videos
and Road Race highlights on the BBC and on the Commie Games site – and we love Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s blog about the race.
(these may be geo-restricted for you, but like always, Hola or Tunnelbear can help you.)
Video from NOS Sport – more video from Wiggle Honda and WielerVideo video interviews after the race with Vale Scandolara, Romy Kasper and Ally Stacher on the Specialized-lululemon Project X initiative.
UPDATE! 26 mins video from the UCI, with profile of Lisa Brennauer
It’s been a while since we had a MTB World Cup, and now we’ve got 2 in quick succession – Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada, this week and Windham in the USA next. Here’s the Mont-Sainte-Anne trailer
Click through the links below for the streams – before they start, there’ll be a ticker to count down to the start time, and after the races the full coverage will be archived there.
- Women’s and men’s Eliminator, Friday 1st August. Mont-Sainte-Anne is in the EDT timezone, and the race starts 5:50pm there (10:50pm UK BST; 23:50 Euro CEST; 2:50pm USA PST, 7:50am Saturday Aus AEST)
- Women’s and men’s Downhill, Saturday 2nd August, 2:15pm EDT (7:15pm UK BST; 20:15 Euro CEST, 11:15am USA PST and 4:15am Sunday Aus AEST)
- Women’s Cross Country, Sunday 3rd August 12:45pm EST (5:45 UK BST, 18:45 Euro CEST, 9:45am USA PST and 2:45am Monday Aus AEST)
- Men’s Cross Country, Sunday 3rd August, 12:45pm EST (5:45 UK BST, 18:45 Euro CEST, 9:45am USA PST and 2:45am Monday Aus AEST)
Like always, there’ll be all sorts of action before the finals, including practice runs and preview videos – keep an eye on Red Bull Bike, the UCI MTB World Cup facebook, Dirt Magazine , (here’s their preview), Pinkbike, Vital MTB and of course, the race website.
To get you in the mood, here are the videos I found last year, and here’s a lovely Red Bull video profile of young Welsh Downhill star Manon Carpenter.
UPDATE! And here’s the awesome helmetcam preview of the Downhill course by the always entertaining Claudio Caluori, on Red Bull Bike. And fun bikecam preview of the XCo course by Catharine Pendrel
Hi everyone! This week Sarah and I catch up on the Route de France, Junior Track Worlds in Glasgow and the Mont Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup races. I find out Sarah’s been seeing other podcasts behind my back and we argue about the podcast pre-nup. This may result in lawyers at 20 paces before it’s all said and done (depending on who can afford the best/most lawyers). We also talk about a whole bunch of interesting and cool things, from the SBS Cycling Central episode on women’s cycling through to the latest in transfer and stagiaire news. It’s another cracking episode with something for everyone. (1:28:53 MIN / 85.33 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Ever wondered what we look like podcasting? Swordpanda drew us this, it’s eerily accurate
This weekend, as well as the Junior Track World Championships, it was the Monte-Sainte-Anne round of the 2013 Road World Cup, with cross country and downhill rounds, and lots of great video.
XCo World Cup
The Cross Country World Cup started with a track walk video from Canadian star, Emily Batty. It was a gorgeous day and a beautiful course, with steep climbs and descents, and heavy rock section through the woods.
World and Olympic Champion Julie Bresset, was out solo early, attacking in the first lap. She’s been injured this year, so it was great to see her there – but she was chased hard by Tanja Zakelj, Katerina Nash and Maja Wloszczowska – and was caught in the penultimate lap by World cup leader Zakelj…. then in the last lap, Nash and Wloszczowska caught them too, and it was all attacks and action on the climbs!
Here’s the full race video – with the explosive, exciting last lap starting at 1:27:42 – and here’s the highlights video:
There are some fun videos around today, so here’s a collection – with some links for watching cycling live this week.
Firstly, a little UCI video about life on the road for women’s pro riders – with Katie Colclough of Specialized-lululemon and ORICA-AIS riders Jessie Maclean, Gracie Elvin, Sungeun Gu and Shara Gillow:
UPDATE! and here is video from Stage 1 of the Route de France, won by Giorgia Bronzini ahead of Valentina Scandolara and Emma Johansson:
There’s more video, with Evie Stevens translated into French, here, and more videos, that may only be viewable from France, on Le Blog de Gwéna.
This week Sarah and I discuss races in London and France (along with some others). Then I fail at live-ish Twitter searching and we discuss a whole bunch of ways in which you can help make the sport better. It’s good news everybody! (Also don’t forget to check all the links below, especially the things we forgot to mention in the podcast, particularly the links to live coverage of the junior track worlds!). (59:39 MIN / 57.27 MB)
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