Podcast 2015, Episode 5 – We love it when a plan comes together

Podcast logoSo much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe.  Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.

(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)

As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)

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This week’s racing

Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge)

Full results and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup website

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Drentse 8

All the videos, links and things over here, including Loren Rowney’s blog on that crash from her perspective

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The Ronde van Drenthe World Cup

So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!

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Novilon Eurocup

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Sarah interviews… Chantal Blaak

Podcast interview logoThe 2015 cycling season has hardly started, but wow, Boels Dolmans are already the team to beat, with Ellen van Dijk and Lizzie Armitstead winning at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Megan Guarnier winning Strade Bianche, and Chantal Blaak winning Le Samyn.  Blaak is such a huge talent – being part of the Team Time Trial squad that won the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT World Cup last year, and then going on to win the Road Race, finishing the season with a gold in the TTT World Championships.  She’s one of those riders that epitomises Dutch-style Classics cycling, loving the rain, cobbles, wind, breakaways, and every time the race gets hard, so who better than to talk about the first Road World Cup of the season, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup?  She tells us what it’s like to race in Drenthe, how it was to win a World Cup and World Champs gold last year, how she got into cycling, and much more. (27:10 mins, 26.1 MB)

 

If you prefer to read your interviews, there’s a transcript of the first half of this interview over on Podium Café.

If you want to follow Chantal through the season, make sure you’re following her twitter and her instagram.  Check out her profile on the Boels Dolmans website, and follow their twitter too.

The Boels Rental World Cup on Saturday 14th March 2015 is one of three women’s races in Drenthe – starting with the Molecaten Drentse Acht on Thursday 12th, which Blaak won last year, and finishing on Sunday with the Novilon Eurocup on Sunday 15th.  Follow those links to find out more, and make sure you’re following the Ronde van Drenthe twitter.  There will be live streaming and tv of the World Cup on RTV Drenthe and on NOS.nl and I can give you all the details of following and watching live over here – and here’s the clip of Blaak at the 2014 Drentse 8:

Last week Chantal won Le Samyn des Dames, and you can see her beautiful long sprint in this Sporza video.  Her win at the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup was a gorgeous attacking moment, and all the videos are here.  And if you want to watch her as part of Specialized-lululemon’s gold medal winning team at the Vårgårda TTT World Cup and the 2014 TTT World Championships, click through those links.

I’m funded to do interviews like this by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you, so much, for everything you do

Podcast 2014 Episode 7 – How to Improve the Scenery in New Zealand

Podcast logo It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)

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Things we talked about included

DRENTHE WEEK!  We love springtime in the Netherlands!

If you only click on one link this week, make it this one – Chloe Hosking’s race blog.  Seriously, the best rider/team report/analysis we’ve seen.

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The final 2014 Drenthe race – video from the Novilon Eurocup

It’s been a week of exciting racing at the Ronde van Drenthe, and after the Road World Cup, you’d forgive riders for taking it slowly….  but no!  The women’s peloton don’t think like that!  Yesterday was the Novilon Eurocup, which ended up in a small group and a battle between the sprinters and escape artists.

I wish I could have seen that live, because I’m imagining Kirsten Wild chasing down every break, just like she did in the Tour of Qatar.

Full results – and Velofocus has some really great photos.  I especially like his ‘backstage’ shots, and how happy the whole Liv-Shimano team look.  That’s been one thing about all these Drenthe races – all the winners crediting and thanking and loving their team, and that makes me smile, every time.

How to watch the 2014 Ronde van Drenthe World Cup – Live!

On Saturday 15th March it’s the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe, the first round of the 2014 Road Cycling World Cup, one of the biggest competitions in women’s cycling.  The World Cup is 9 races across the year, with a series winner, and this year, a Best Young Rider, Mountains and Sprint prize.  Here’s the trailer for this year’s series:

The Ronde van Drenthe is a lovely race – in the Netherlands, with one of my very favourite climbs the peloton face, the VAM-berg, a man-made hill created from rubbish.  The course has changed this year, so as well as going over the VAM three times, they also take in stretches of “cobbles” that are much rougher than the Belgian versions, and this year, more sections have been added.   It’s a fantastic course, with lots of opportunities for attacking, and all kinds of ways it can be won, from solo attack to big bunch sprint, but most often small group action.  It’s always an exciting race, the start of the real Spring Classics for women.  Here’s the highlights from last year

But the best thing is, you can see it on tv and on streams!

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