It’s the first week of 2017 and we’re already knees deep in a whole bunch of racing, it’s been fantastic! Dan anoints another honorary Australian and we celebrate the joys of the diversity of Orica Scott tactics. There’s a new Australian national criterium champion and there’s a HUGE amount of changes in the 2017 UCI Racing Calendar to discuss. There’s also some cyclocross, some Vos and some other goss to cover. It’s a big and exciting start to the new year. (1:30:25 MIN / 84.77 MB)
Things we talked about this week included…
Sarah’s posts on the 2017 women’s road calendar:
- Part 1: How the 2016 Road Calendar changed between publication and racing – and how 2016 compares to 2017
- Part 2: How many races we’ve lost in 2017, and how that fits into patterns over time
- Part 3: Where the change have happened
This week’s racing
Following on from last week’s episode we round out our review of the 2016 season and talk a little more about how we think things will shape up in 2017. There’s been a fair bit of movement among the teams, with some really interesting new line ups. Can Boels Dolmans dominate again? Will they achieve the same level of winning as their astonishing 2016? Will some other team step up to challenge their dominance? What will Marianne Vos’ new team look like? And how will other teams find their feet? We discuss all of this and more, including the important new investigation from the Dutch federation. There’s lots to cover, just in time to round out the year! (Also, Dan wants to note that yes, he’s given this Part 2 episode a different title from Part 1 because he’s a lovable rogue who enjoys breaking conventions so you’ll just have to deal with it). (1:07:55 MIN / 62.19 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
- Pauline Ferrand-Prévot talked about her awful 2016
- Former Road World Champion Petra de Bruin talked about the sexual abuse she endured in her cycling career
- The Ladies Tour of Qatar has been cancelled for 2017
- Marianne Vos won her first Cyclocross World Cup in nearly 2 years, at Heusden-Zolder. Highlights and full race replay:
DVV Trofee Azencross Loenhout, 29th December 2016 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.
Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, (the Bay Crits!) 1st-3rd January 2017, Australia
DVV Trofee GP Sven Nys, Baal, 1st January 2017 – will be live! 13:45 European CET, 12:45 UK GMT, 7:45am USA EST, 11:45pm Australian AEDT.
2016 has been tough for a lot of people, and what with politics, the economy, Daylight Savings Times in the northern hemisphere, and so on, a lot of people are feeling bleak right now. So when Emily Chappell suggested we podcast on how the women’s cycling world is changing for the better, and how we can all have positive impacts on that, I jumped at the chance.
We talked about Emily’s own year – winning the women’s TransContinental race (read her blog about that!), and her other successes (including having her book published) and also about the Adventure Syndicate. I can’t quote believe it hasn’t been around for even a year, but wow, those women have done so many great things. All this, and more – including Emily’s and my pledges for our own 2017 cycling challenges (Emily says she’ll try cyclocross, if someone will show her how, so if that’s you, get in touch with her!). Listen to it all – and scroll down for the usual tons of links.
You can find Emily on her website, her twitter and her instagram – and of course, please buy her (first) book – What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story. (If you’re not sure, Feargal McKay reviewed the book on Podium Café, and I interviewed Emily about it which you can listen to or read some of).
The Adventure Syndicate has a fantastic website, and a great twitter you should be following, an instagram and facebook too, of course. I talked to Emily and Lee Craigie about their hopes for the Syndicate back in May, which you can listen to if you want to see how it compares to now!
The Syndicate is running a Winter Training Camp for female endurance cyclists in Girona, in January 2017 – find out more and book places here.
You can support the Syndicate’s Crowdfunder for that gorgeous-looking book about Lee and other riders’ adventures at the Highland Trail 550 – it closes on Friday 22nd November 2016, but it’ll also be for sale afterwards through the Adventure Syndicate website. Check out the blogpost about how the initial crowd-funder reached it’s goal in 24 hours, so they’ve added stretch goals, to help support the Syndicate’s work inspiring and enabling women and girls to have their own cycling adventures.
You can get a little taster in this interview with Lee Craigie on BikePacking.com. And because I love this project so much, I’ll buy a basic crowdfunder copy of this for one blog reader – leave me a comment below, or tweet me by 21st November 2016 telling me you want this, and I’ll pull a name out of a hat.
If you want to read more books by Adventure Syndicate members’ cycling feats, check out Juliana Buhring‘s book This Road I Ride: My incredible journey from novice to fastest woman to cycle the globe (and read Feargal McKay‘s review on Podium Café) and Sarah Outen’s second book about her quest to kayak and cycle across the globe despite illness and crazy conditions, Dare to Do: Taking on the planet by bike and boat.
Emily is on the cover of the first edition of the new women’s cycling magazine, Casquette (her and Nicole Cooke!) You can pick up that mag for free from lots of mostly London-based places, or get it posted to you for shipping costs, with your choice of covers, via this page, and the article about Emily is on the website.
VeloVixen, the online store for women’s cycling clothing, were the people behind the Women’s Cycling Hub at the Birmingham Cycle Show – if you want to watch (or re-live) any of the talks from that, watch the videos.
Linked to that, we mentioned Sarah Hammond‘s fantastic Ultra-Endurance riding – you can listen to an interview with her after she finished the TransAm and watch her videos from Race to the Rock on Ella Cycling Tips.
Emily and I talked about our own cycling pledges for 2017 – and if you have an idea of one that you need helping out with, but don’t know where to start, please do leave a question in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll find you someone who can help.
I’m funded to do this kind of women’s cycling work thanks to my super-generous Patreon supporters, who pay from £/€/$ 2 a month – thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
This week we catch up on everything that happened in the Junior Women’s and Elite Women’s World Championship Road Races, including all of the things that surprised and delighted us. We do a bit of a wrap up of the latest news in UCI rule changes (there have been a lot of them for track in particular) and there are a couple of points of unavoidable controversy. We do our best to tackle them from a glass half full perspective but we’ll let you decide how well me managed to pull that off. (1:10:46 MIN / 64.8 MB)
Stuff We Talked About
It’s all here in Sarah’s wrap-up post with videos, highlights, the stories and whatnot from both the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races.
This week we talk about all of the worlds time-trialling in Doha. The heat in Qatar showed up in full force and played havoc with the Team Time Trial. There was plenty of riders suffering from heatstroke and heat related stress which was deeply concerning. We also talk about how this impacted on the results. There’s the Junior and Elite women’s Individual Time Trials to discuss as well, with some interesting and surprising results there. Although fortunately with less dramatic heat. We catch up on the latest cyclocross and mountainbike news and round the episode out with a bit of gossip. (1:23:00 MIN / 75.99 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
This week’s racing
- How to watch & follow the Road Races
- Videos & links from the Team Time Trial
- Videos & links from the Junior & Elite Individual Time Trials
- Our podcast preview of the Road Race
Sarah’s guide to watching and following the 2016/7 Cyclocross