26 mins video from the 2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

It’s video time!  Here’s the long highlights from last weekend’s Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup.

If you want more, the full race, team edits, and all the videos from the rest of the week’s MTB, track, TTT and road racing, on 4 continents, are over here – and don’t forget, we can watch the last round of the 2015 women’s road cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay tomorrow, 29th August – here’s how.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 24 – How to Spell Cynical

Podcast logoG’day team! After our [insert choice of adjectives here] attempts at commentating live on Sunday we thought it was high time to catch you up on the rest of the wonderful world of women’s cycling. It’s been a huge week of racing and so we try to cover it all. There were 4 different world cups on over the past week. Vårgårda hosted the road disciplines while there was also MTB and 4Cross. Junior track worlds and more! (1:17:38 MIN / 74.54 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

We covered a LOT of racing – and you can see all the videos from the (deep breath) Crescent Vårgårda Team Time Trial and Road Race World Cups, the Val di Sole cross country and downhill MTB World Cups, 4 Cross and Junior Track World Championships, the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley and the USA Pro Challenge in this lovingly curated post Sarah put together, along with results, photos, links and more.

We also talked about Amy Pieters leaving Liv-Plantur, and Stefan Wyman revealing how much it will cost to run Matrix Procycling next year, including implications of the new Women’s World Tour (if you missed that, we talked about it in last week’s podcast, with links in the post).   Want more Matrix?  Here’s a rider Q&A video by VoxWomen.

We didn’t talk about the Women’s Tour of New Zealand stopping again, but it’s over here.

Upcoming Racing

The Trophée d’Or is on right now until 26th August – here’s their website.

2015 GP de Plouay World Cup, France, 29th August – this will be streamed live, here on the UCI Youtube.  The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 7:30am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) and the stream & TV coverage on France 3 and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30pm BST; 9:30am EST; 11:30pm AEDT) – here’s my full guide to following the race.

2015 MTB and Trials World Championships, Andorra, 1st-6th September – these will be streamed live, as always, on Red Bull tv – watch the women’s & men’s Downhill finals on 5th, and the women’s Cross Country on the 6th, via these links, and we’ll tell you about the other races and content nearer the time.

Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Netherlands, 1st-6th September – follow their twitter!

Tour de l’Ardèche, France, 2nd-7th September

Lotto Belgium Tour, 8th-11th September – check out their launch video and follow their twitter!

Giro della Toscana, Italy, 11th-13th September

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 13th September

Chrono Champenois ITT, France, 13th September

SO much racing video – 2015 Vårgårda, Val di Sole MTB, 4X, Sam Miranda, USA Pro & Junior Track Worlds

There’s been SO MUCH racing this last week, all over the world, in so many disciplines.

On the road we had the Cresent Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, the USA Pro Challenge and the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in Australia.  In MTB it was the Four Cross World Championships and the final rounds of the MTB World Cups in Val di Sole.  And over in Kazakhstan  it was the Junior Track World Championships – and there’s (so much!) video, photos & news about all of it.  Grab a coffee/fire up the trainer/open a beer etc, and get ready for some really great cycling!

Let’s start with the World Cups, move through the World Championships and then hit the stage racing…

2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

The road race on Sunday was in beautiful sunshine, and a new-ish course.  You can watch the full race replay here on the UCI Youtube, and there are highlights and team videos below:

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2015 Crescent Vårgårda – TTT videos & how to watch the Road Race World Cup LIVE!

On Sunday 23rd August it’s the Crescent Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup, and we can watch it live!  I’ll tell you how, and also fill you in on the videos from yesterday’s Team Time Trial World Cup.

First of all, the TTT….  this has been dominated pretty consistently by Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM for the past few years…  as every TTT has… but would their run continue?  Watch and find out!

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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 36 – The Swedish Gods Unleashed Hell

Podcast logoIt’s been a couple of weeks since we last recorded (sorry, but sometimes we need to take a week off, catch our breath and regroup to get through to the end of the season – think of it like us having a rest day in the middle of the grand tour that is the season). Anyway, we catch up on ALL the racing since last time we spoke which includes the Ladies Tour of Norway, Vårgårda World Cups – Team Time Trial and Road Race, the last of this year’s MTB World Cups in Méribel, and even the Tour of the King Valley in the Australian National Road Series. We also discuss how far we’ve come in the last couple of years with improved video coverage and how that results in shifting our expectations from races (in a good way), and so much other stuff. It’s an amazing episode and it’s here for you to enjoy right now! (1:32:42 MIN / 89.00 MB)

 

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Links to things we saw around the web this week

 

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Podcast Special Feature – Episode 35 – Sarah Interviews Kristy Scrymgeour

Kristy Scrymgeour has seen cycling from all kinds of angles – she started as a cyclist in Australia and the USA, then became a cycling journalist when Cyclingnews was first starting, before moving to work for the ground-breaking HTC-Highroad team, in charge of PR and media for the men’s and women’s teams. When that team folded, she took the women’s side forward as Specialized-lululemon, who have just won their fourth Vårgårda Team Time Trial World Cup, and then backed that up with their rider Chantal Blaak winning her first solo World Cup at the Vårgårda Road Race.  But alongside all this success, they’re also crowd-funding for their team to continue next year, with the Project X fundraiser.

Sarah talked to Kristy about the crowd-funding, and tons more, including how the team got through their 2013 full of injuries and dealing with the “less good”  start to 2014 (and how “less good” can refer to results, but it made them stronger); how they stay on top of the TTT; running a race programme across two continents;  the team goals for the rest of the season; Kristy’s work on the UCI’s women’s commission of the UCI, and changes we might see in the future.

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If you prefer to read interviews rather than listen to them, the first part, on Vårgårda and Project X, is written up on Podium Café.

You can follow Specialized-lululemon on their website, facebook and twitter, and support the Project X fundraiser on Indiegogo.  Kristy is on twitter as @kscrymo and do check out her other initiatives – the Velocio.cc clothing range, and Ally Stacher‘s Ally’s Bars, which will go big in September.

The two Project X videos are below, starting with the brand-new video featuring the team talking about what cycling means to them, as well as the project