Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 56 – Sarah interviews Chloe Hosking

Aussie battler Chloe Hosking is a fan favourite, not just for her stubborn, “never-say-die” sprinting, but for the way she writes about women’s cycling.  Martin, one of my Patreon supporters, asked if I could interview her, and ask her all about joining Wiggle Honda for 2015, and the expansion of super-teams in the women’s peloton – so how could I say no?  Chloe is a lot of fun, loves to talk, and told me all about how she sees next year going, racing with Roxsolt and Wiggle for the Aussie summer season, as well as what she sees her role with the team will be for the Euro season.  We also talked about her blogging, the fall-out from those comments about Pat McQuaid, why you shouldn’t expect her to win in the Aussie National Road Race, but should definitely watch out for her in the Tour of Qatar, and a lot more!  We laugh a fair bit in this one too! (46:47 MIN / 45.09 MB)

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You can follow Chloe through her twitter, her instagram, and her excellent blog on her website – we talked about a lot of her posts, but especially her post on her influences – and this great profile of Ina-Yoko Teutenberg; dealing with disappointment; her  Women who blog about cycling list – and you should read these blogs about winning at the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour and the Omloop van Borsele.  Really you should read them all…

Here are videos of that Borsele win

And if you want to know more about the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Chloe’s first UCI race of 2015, the videos from 2014 are in here, and the ones from 2013 are over on Podium Café.

Chloe has been racing the Aussie summer season with Roxsolt, and we were singing the praises of the man behind Roxsolt, Kelvin Rundle – follow his twitter, he really lives up to his name, @crazycyclefan.  And from 1st January 2015, Chloe will be with Wiggle Honda – follow their twitter too.

I’m funded to do these interviews thanks to my incredible Patreon supporters.  Thanks to all of them, and especially Graeme for the question and Martin for suggesting I interview Chloe!

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Some thoughts on Brian Cookson’s latest blog

It’s coming to the end of the campaigning period for Brian Cookson and Pat McQuaid, as they fight for the role of UCI President.  Today, Cookson put a blog on his campaign site, with some more of his plans on how to develop women’s road cycling.  As always, I can’t link directly to the blog this comes from (Why DO sites do that?) but go to the blog page and look for the post on 13/9/2013.

I am in two minds about Cookson’s statements about women’s cycling, because on the one hand, I love that he’s supporting it so vocally, and referencing things like the Le Tour Entier manifesto for developing women’s cycling, but on the other, in all his statements on women’s cycling before he started his UCI election campaign, even the start of this year, he was saying the opposite – that things can’t change, that it’s not on tv because people aren’t interested (eg here in Cycling Weekly), women don’t deserve a minimum wage etc.

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Podcast 2013 Episode 28 – Pat and Brian Join Us

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowThis week we’re joined by avid women’s cycling fans Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson (or Dan’s rather terrible impression of them). We talk great racing, especially at the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour. We take a brief wander down nostalgia lane where Sarah tells Dan how awesome Australia is, and Dan reminds Sarah that every animal in Australia is trying to kill you. Somewhere in there we get sidetracked into a discussion of the weirdest/creepiest search terms people have used to find our website (turns out a lot of people are searching for cycling specific porn) which leads us to ponder a new business idea (not really). In non-silly stuff we also take some time to talk about the main health stories of the week, and how we’ve been inspired by particular riders. It’s a cracker of an episode, well worth the price of admission (it’s free!). ( 1:10:21 MIN / 67.53 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

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Podcast 2013 – Episode 24 – FUCP

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowThis week didn’t have as much racing as the last few weeks have had but somehow we still managed to fit in the Sparkassen Giro, BMX World Championships, Vallnord MTB World Cup and more before getting into the substantial number of issues, comments, interviews and general things that happened during the week. It’s a long episode, but it’s mostly happy (except for the title which is dedicated to someone rather special)! ( 1:34:10 MIN / 90.41 MB)

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Here’s what we talked about this week….

Sarah got a bit excited about this weekend’s BMX World Championships and Vallnord MTB World Cup – she’s collected the videos from the races in one handy post.

Marianne Vos raced Vallnord XCo and didn’t do so well – but we love her even more for this tweet:

Okay, that was crap… I’ll skip the feeling from today’s race and look at the whole mtb experience this year. Happy I took this challenge!

— Marianne Vos (@marianne_vos) July 27, 2013

We love that she keeps pushing herself and learning – and admitting when things don’t go her way, and finding the good in it.

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Why the petition for a women’s TdF is vitally important

So yesterday on the podcast Sarah and I made mention of the petition that is running now to ask the ASO to commit to a women’s TdF. The petition’s been started by several pro cyclists and Emma Pooley has given a couple of great interviews about it and what they’re trying to achieve.

If you’re still trying to decide whether you should sign the petition or not, let’s talk through some of the things that it is and isn’t for, and what it will and won’t achieve.

My take on the petition from the start has been that it’s a good thing, even though it’s unlikely to achieve all of its aims (it’s asking ASO to institute a fully-equitable women’s race in terms of distance, race days, prize money and coverage in 2014).

Without taking anything away from the ambition at all, I think it’s safe to say that any fan of women’s cycling who’s been around for more than 5 minutes knows that this just won’t happen. But as Pooley herself acknowledges, the petition is about staking out an ideal and working towards it, and this is why the petition is vitally important.

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Questions I’d like the UCI presidential candidates to answer

We heard yesterday that Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling, has decided to stand against Pat McQuaid as the present of the UCI (the International Cycling Union).  There are a lot of people saying that we should support Cookson on the anyone-but-McQuaid card, and there is a point to that – but Cookson isn’t exactly an uncontroversial character without conflict of interest – the deep and inseparable links between British Cycling and Team Sky are problematic as they are, without adding the UCI into the mix. Of course, McQuaid has actual allegations of corruption against him (around the Lance Armstrong doping issues, for example), and Cookson doesn’t, and the McQuaid presidency has been dogged with issues on many levels, but it’s not as simple as Cookson as a knight in shining armour coming to rescue the sport.

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Podcast 2013 Episode 16 – There Are No Left Turns on the Rollers

Podcast logoAfter last week’s ranting and misanthropy we found a lot to love in this week’s racing. Enough that Sarah actually got her mojo back! We’re all grateful for that and so we start by embarking on a romp through the races. Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, Boels Rental Hills Classic, US Nationals and so on. Dan loses that ability to tell if he’s being dirty or not. Sarah asks for access to all of Dan’s social media accounts (he declines). We divert through some classic Helen Wymanisms and take a quick look at The Milk Race in the UK. We catch up with the results of Gracie Elvin’s twitter experiment and then things take a turn for the dark as Dan reviews Pat McQuaid’s op-ed for Cycling News about the UCI Stakeholder Survey (hint: he calls it “18 kinds of fucked” and then has a rage-blank). We do suggest you stick around for the bit where he triple-dares Pat to the world’s shortest policy debate. This is a super-long episode (sorry, sort of but not really) so make an extra cup of tea or pour twice as much whisky and get ready. (1:34:07 MIN / 90.36 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

All the racing at Gooik, Aalburg, Holland Hills and the USA Nationals – check out Sarah’s report on Total Women’s Cycling, and all the videos of the races Sarah has found so far – and how this weekend gave Sarah her mojo back.

More below….

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