Podcast 2016 Episode 16 – Meta Birthdays

Podcast logoCan you believe it’s been four years since we started this crazy adventure of doing a podcast about women’s cycling? Sarah and Dan take a moment to celebrate how far women’s cycling has come in that time and to reminisce a little about how they got here. From that we launch fully into catching up on the racing from the Tour of ChongMing Island, Vuelta Feminin Costa Rica, Tour of the Gila, BMX World Cup, para-cycling, the latest from the Lotto Cycling Cup and more. It’s been an amazing week to witness the growth and globalisation of cycling, and we’re putting it all down to the birthday of the podcast.

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

World Tour #7, Tour of ChongMing Island

Videos and photos

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2016 BMX World Cup #3, Papendal

Preview show Qualifications show – Women’s Winning TT run – and full TT show

Women’s Main Event – and full main event show

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Watch & follow the 2016 Para-cycling Road World Cup #1, Pietermaritzburg

6-8th May 2016

The first of three rounds of the Para-cycling Road World Cup starts this weekend, in South Africa – and it’s hugely important for Paralympic qualification, not to mention full of the usual awesome athletes – and we get to watch some of it live!

The race information is over here on the race page, which the routes, and everything else you’ll need in one spot, and the startlists and results will be be on the UCI website, as is the overall entry list.  Sadly no Tissot livetiming though.

I always follow live with the #Paracycling2016 hashtag, and the South African Cycling Fed usually does excellent twitter updates on @CyclingSA – and the UCI have their dedicated cycling twitter too.

The competition schedule is here, and all timings are in SAST – that’s the same as European CEST, 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.

Here are those livestreams – they last all day, but in the past they’ve been full of brilliant commentary and interviews between the races – the links take you to the specific streams.

  • Saturday 7th May, Timetrials – 09:00-18:00 SAST/CEST (8-5 BST; 3am-midday EDT, 5pm-2am AEST) – and the full start-times
  • Sunday 8th May, Road Races – 09:00-18:00 SAST/CEST (8-5 BST; 3am-midday EDT, 5pm-2am AEST)

For information about specific riders, and to follow a country’s progress, I’ve got a twitter list for Para-cyclists and team accounts which I’m adding to all the time, and teams to watch on twitter include Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA Paracycling twitter.  Photos will be going up n Cycling South Africa’s competition facebook album.

There are various National Federations’ Paracycling portals, including Cycling Australia, the Dutch Federation, Cycling Ireland, Italian Federation, Cycling Canada, Netherlands para-cycling portal, USA Cycling  and USA Paralympics news pageBritish Cycling’s news pages (if you want more British news, keep an eye on the BBC Disability Sport pages too) and Paralympics New Zealand’s facebook, and the German team facebook.

I’m always looking for more sources of Para-cycling information, so if you have places you love, please do share, either in the comments, or on twitter – I’ll add things to my women’s cycling tumblr as I see them, and make a post-race post here too.

This week’s women’s race videos…

The final week of women’s road cycling before the Road World Cycling Championships start in Richmond, and it went out with a bang, with video from the Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana and the Madrid Challenge crit-like day race.  And then we also have the final Para-cycling Road World Cup of 2015, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa AND the latest attempt on the Hour Record by Molly Shaffer Van Houweling.  In chronological order…

The Lotto Belgium Tour

This has a really great parcours, with something for everyone, and the race pulled in the excellent Motomedia team to give us daily video.  If you only have time to watch one, make it the final 4th stage, over the hills and cobbles of Geraardsbergen, including, of course, the Muur – but really I’d settle in and watch them all…

Stage 1

This one was flat, but it’s Belgian-style racing, so attack!  And there’s another video too, from VoxWomen

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Watch the 2015 Pietermaritzburg Para-Cycling Road World Cup LIVE!

The final Para-cycling Road World Cup of the year is being held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and it’s being streamed LIVE!  Huge thanks to Sreamit360º for showing it.

The World Cup is on 11th-13th September and you can see the stream from Friday’s ITT day here with all the handcycling, tricycling, tandems and C1-5 road bikes.

The Day 2 stream, on Saturday 12th, runs from 6:30am-4pm BST (07:30-17:00 Euro CEST; 3:30pm-1am Aussie AEST; 1:30am-11am North American EST) and the Day 3 stream on Sunday at the same times.  You can see what races will be shown when from the programme (scroll down), but it’s handcycling and tricycling on Saturday and road bikes and tandems on Sunday – and if you miss them live, those links should also be the archived coverage.

There’s more information about the competition on the race race, previews from the UCI, Cycling Australia and British Cycling, keep up to date with the action and results on the UCI World Cup portal and with the UCI Para-cycling twitter, Cycling South Africa twitter and the #Paracycling2015 hashtag.  And for a rider point of view, here’s Australian Carol Cooke’s blog on winning her Tricycle ITT.

Podcast 2014 – Episode 12 – We Name a Baby!

Podcast logoIt’s been a HUGE week of racing and we try our best to get through all the details in a timely fashion. It’s quite the mission as we cover road racing, para-cycling and mountain biking in the Netherlands, Mexico and South Africa. Plus lots more! Seriously, we’ve got videos, blogs, articles and UCI issues to talk about!!! It’s a huge podcast but it’s so fucking good! Also, Dan has an opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition and name a baby. To find out more about this baby naming business and how you can help, listen below. ALSO – there was literally not enough time to talk about everything this week, so make sure to check all the links and videos below as well! (1:26:58 MIN / 83.49 MB)

To stream the racingest podcast of the week (with bonus baby naming), click here.

 

 

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

This video is gorgeous – Anka and Sven Martin riding at La Thuile, where the 3rd round of the Enduro MTB World Series is being held.  They’re such a great couple, and damn, we want to go there!

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The Energiewacht Tour

Sarah’s got a race report, with links to stage videos, photos, blogs etc, on Podium Café.  Huge thanks to the EWT team who gave us superb ways to follow the race – if you loved it to, please thank them on twitter or on facebook!

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Videos & stuff from the 2014 Pietermaritzburg MTB World Cup

Pietermaritzburg was such a great way to start the 2014 MTB World Cup – superb racing, hot and dusty, rock gardens and hard courses.   Here’s all the video – and the amazing photos – from the downhill and cross country women’s races – and please, as always, share anything you find in the comments and on twitter.

Downhill

Here’s the full replay of the downhill finals – the 10 fastest qualifying women and the 30 fastest men.

I love the Orpheus Productions dh videos, and now they’re making them for Red Bull Bike – here’s their film from the finals, with some great moments and rider interviews.

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2014 MTB World Cup #1, Pietermaritzburg – watch it live!

If you follow this blog, you know I get VERY excited about MTB, especially the downhill, so I’m ridiculously happy that the MTB World Cup season has started.  The first round, in Pietermaritzburg, runs from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th April, and as always, we can watch live on Red Bull’s streams and enjoy the ton of gorgeous photos, videos and stuff that comes alongside a World Cup.  I’ll tell you all about that in a moment, but first, here’s a trailer…

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