Podcast 2017, Episode 15 – the octuplets

If last week was the treble, with three big races, this week it was octuplets!

Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes.  Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more.  And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.

We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week.  Of course I recommend it!

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling.  Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen.   It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video).  It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!

This week’s racing

Videos, media and more from:


The Festival Elsy Jacobs

Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:

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2016 Bay Crits – videos, photos & more

It’s not just the cyclocross riders who celebrate the New Year with hardcore racing – down in Australia, the road peloton rub their hands with glee and hit the Bay Crits hard.  The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic is four stages of crits, from hotdog to wicked-tough climbing circuits, and it kicks off the Aussie Summer of Cycling in a big way.  Videos and photos and more

Stage 1 – Ritchie Boulevard, Geelong

Short video highlights on SBS Cycling Central (these may only last for a month or so, but please watch these ones if you can), and the same video is here:

and video from the High5 Dream Team:

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Videos from the 2015 Australian (& Kiwi!) #RoadNats

Right now it’s the 2015 Australian National Road Championships – the #RoadNats – and we’re 2 races in, with just the road races to come on Saturday 10th January for the women and Sunday 11th January for the men.  But we have video already – here’s what’s happened so far – and I’ll update this post as I see more throughout the weekend.  The good news for Aussies is that there will be tv coverage (schedule here) – the bad news is that the women’s race isn’t shown live, and will only have v short highlights in the middle of the Aussie night, and not online….

Crit Champs

The Criterium Champs kick off the RoadNats, and because the road race course is always, always hilly, this is the only jersey the sprinters can get, so they go hard.  Hell, they’re Aussies, it’s always “go hard or go home”!

Here’s a video preview of the course, by Peta Mullens – and here’s 45 mins of tv highlights, with the u23, women’s and men’s races:

Or if you want a very short clip…

Full results here – and photos from the race on Peloton Café.

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Bay Crits 2015 – videos of the women’s racing

The New Year always starts with a bang in Australia, with fast & furious racing – the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic.  It’s 4 stages of crits held around Corio Bay and Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, sponsored by Mitchelton Wines (thanks Margaret!), and it’s the chance for new teams to show off, with international women sprint stars mixing it up with Aussie riders.  It’s wonderful!  Here’s what little video we’ve had so far – I’ll add in more as I see them, and I’ll tell you how to follow the last two stages after the videos…..

Stage 1

It’s the hotdog circuit – here’s some brief highlights by SBS Cycling Central (also here on youtube)

and Wiggle Honda‘s video from the day:

Now that’s a great start for brand-new signing Chloe Hosking!  Here’s the Wiggle race report – and for another view, here’s ORICA-AIS’ Gracie Elvin describing the stage:

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2014 Giro Rosa Stage 2 – videos

Day 3, and the Giro’s not getting any easier….  some twitter descriptions of the stage:

And I did love Tiffany Cromwell’s description, in her blog on CyclingTips:

What better way to spend your birthday than playing a real-life video game on bikes?

My race report is on Podium Café, but here are the videos and more links I like:

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Videos! Giro Rosa Stage 1

Stage 1 was described as “one for the sprinters”, but it was anything but.  Chloe Hosking’s description from her Cyclingnews blog:

Why did we have a neutralised lap I hear you ask? Well, the easy answer is because the course was crazy. With an extremely narrow approach to the climb, combined with a technical descent that was followed by an even more technical and narrow flat section there were more than a few occasions during the neutralised lap that I found my self holding my breath and hoping for the best, and maybe muttering a few other things.

It had a ton of technical elements, the hill on the lap was vicious and the descent lined with mattresses, because it was a hard one….  My race report is on Podium Café, but here are the videos I’ve seen so far.  And don’t forget, if you want to follow the race live as it happens, and watch the tv, here’s my guide.

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