It’s the last full Spring Classics weekend, and it goes out with a bang! There’s the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the climax of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, but before that, the EPZ Omloop van Borsele: a cobbley sprinters’ Classic, with an ITT for the elite women, and a three-stage Junior women’s race, the last round of the UCI’s Nations Cup.
Of course, Liège is the biggest race, but sadly we can’t expect a livestream. We can hope for highlights to be shown in the men’s race coverage, and a Periscope view of the finishline, but I’ll tell you how we can follow the race live… But first, Borsele.
G’day from sunny Manchester this week team! Dan’s on holiday and enjoying the snow in the English spring. This week we’ve got heaps to talk about and it’s not all scandals involving Australians in Manchester. We also talk the end of the Assos Girl, the penalties for motor doping, crowd-funding and that big Marianne Vos crash.
On top of that, there’s heaps of racing to cover off. We’ve got Joe Martin Stage Race in the US, Omloop van Borsele, Dwars door Westhoek, and heaps of Cairns MTB activity. Of course there’s the usual hilarity and this week an added bonus of technical difficulties (which we’ve done our absolute best to correct, but sorry/not sorry).
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Things we talked about included….
Hi team, this week we discuss the extreme weather in Australia, whether it’s a good idea for Dan to let Sarah control his life (it’s most assuredly not) and we also talk about bike racing. Races we cover include the Fleche Wallone World Cup along with Omloop van Borsele, the Joe Martin Stage Race and BMX, MTB and some bonus outrage. There’s also a hint of murder… basically it’s the best podcast we’ve recorded this week (probably).
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Things we talked about
This week’s racing
All the videos and photos we’ve found from Flèche Wallonne are over here – and here’s that Ella Cycling Tips combined photo gallery and rider quotes post. Interesting tweet from Pauline Ferrand Prévot.
Videos and photos from the first 2015 Downhill MB World Cup, Lourdes here, and this great photo on PinkBike of Emmeline Ragot taping Tracey Hannah‘s shoulder after winning the race.
Photo galleries from the Junior Stage race, elite ITT and elite road race, and finish line videos from the elite women’s road race and juniors Stage 1 and Stage 2 on the race website. Photos on the ORICA AIS race report, and Velofocus has galleries up from the elite ITT and Road Race. All the results for the elite women and junior women.
BMX Supercross Manchester
GoPro rack preview, the full live coverage, semi finals, and the finals and post race interview
This week Sarah and I digress. A lot. It’s like this game I used to play when I was at university and someone would be trying to tell a joke and I would interrupt them to ask really specific and deliberately pointless questions. Like, they’d say “A priest, a rabbi and a cowboy walked into a bar…” and I’d say things like “An orthodox rabbi?” and “What sort of priest? Catholic or Episcopalian?” or “Did the cowboy have pearl-handled pistols?” This week’s episode is exactly like that.
We also talk about a bunch of races including Omloop van Borsele, Dwars door de Westhoek, Sea Otter, Gracia Orlova, Elsy Jacobs and more. There are some excellent blogs from Ashleigh Moolman and Marijn de Vries. But even if none of that stuff grabs your attention, you should at least listen to hear Sarah try to explain what she knows about bikes. It’s fucking hilarious. (1:13:46 MIN / 70.83 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Last week’s racing – read Sarah’s report about it all on Total Women’s Cycling.