This week we catch up on the racing in Spain and France with the Madrid Challenge and the Tour de l’Ardeche. We discuss what happened at the mountain bike world championships in Cairns, and we also get into the latest intrigue from Cycling Australia leading into the Road World Championships in Bergen. Speaking of which, racing in Bergen starts on Saturday! So we talk worlds, along with transfers and new team rumours. Heaps to discuss so let’s get to it! (1:02:07 MIN / 56.88 MB)
G’day team! It’s a crazy amount of racing to cover this week (Sarah even had to split screen multiple races at one point!) and so we dive into it, catching up on US racing including the US national time trial and road race. There’s been a wealth of European road racing as well with Plumelec, Gooik and more. There’s the latest round of the MTB Cross Country World Cup, there’s BMX world championships and a bit of discussion about the Olympics and what national teams might look like. As usual there’s heaps of interesting blogs and articles to mention as well! And possibly our best joke ever. (1:08:23 MIN / 62.62 MB)
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Videos from the 2016 BMX World Championships, and the La Bresse Cross Country MTB World Cup in this post.
All the American Winston-Salem races!
- USA National ITT Championships – report and photos on Cyclingnews, report by Cervélo-Bigla and photo gallery on VeloNews.
- USA National Road Race Championships – full replay video of the race, report by Boels-Dolmans, report and photos on Cyclingnews, and photo gallery on VeloNews.
- Winston-Salem Crit – full highlights and video replay, report and photos on Cyclingnews.
- Winston-Salem Cycling Classic UCI Road Race – highlights and full video replay, report and photos on Cyclingnews.
When ever the women’s cycling peloton race Worlds, it’s always super-attacking, exciting, explosive racing, and Richmond 2015 was no exception, even if it wasn’t the hardest Worlds course. There’s tons of video and race reaction, whether you watched live or are just catching up.
First, the UCI highlights
Next, the full race replay, also from the UCI. If you’re in the UK, the full BBC race replay or their highlights programme with half an hour looking at who’s who, and at the sport, are on iPlayer until 27th October.
G’day team, this week we catch up on the last World Cup race in Plouay! We also find out how the rest of the Trophee d’Or went and we discuss a bunch of news and announcements from teams, riders and the UCI. There’s a heap of great videos down below and a lot of exciting stuff. Sit back, crack a cold one and ignore the other commuters on the bus/train, and enjoy! (1:00:51 MIN / 58.43 MB)
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
All the videos and race reports etc are over here – this was one of the very best races of the season, WOW!
Other things we saw this week
G’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)
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.
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.
Tour de l’Ardèche, France, 2nd-7th September
Giro della Toscana, Italy, 11th-13th September
Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, 13th September
Chrono Champenois ITT, France, 13th September
First up this week we give an update on the winners of all our social media prizes and then launch into a recap of the women’s worlds road race. Dan has a shock announcement so you may want to make sure that you’re sitting down. He then takes a moment to explain Australian Rules Football to Sarah. We read our first reading request from a donor and take some time to discuss other social media cycling projects and how we’re seeing social media impact the sport in general, in particular looking at the #fanbackedwomensteam project and the Paul Kimmage defense fund. (45:22MIN / 41.2MB)
You can stream the episode by clicking here.
Here are links about things we talked about today:
I loved the Worlds road race – and Dan told us how much HE loved the Worlds – but looking down the results, it struck me how many of the top 20 riders have fantastic social media! So I thought, what better way to update my social media series, before I hit you with the cyclocrossers next week. Check out all these riders – click their blogs and follow them on twitter, I know you won’t regret it!
1. Marianne Vos
Marianne Vos’ win at the Worlds was spectacular, and she’s not only great on the road, she’s also fantastic online. I’ve already told you about how much I love Vos’ twitter – it’s a lot of fun, she’s friendly, funny, and tells us all about her life and racing. You can also catch up with all her news on her website, especially the video section.
It still makes me smile, remembering Neylan’s spectacular ride for silver. I’ve been a fan of her for ages – her story is really inspiring, and she’s always told it so well on her blog. She’s an enthusiastic social media user, with accounts on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn – I really liked her twitter, when she was so excited to be selected for the Worlds, but ever since the race it’s been adorable, thanking everyone for all their support, and emphasising that her silver is a team effort. Here’s her story, from her website, and here’s an interview I did with her for Podium Café last year – yes, yes, I know it sounds like shameless self-promotion, but it’s evidence how happy she is to interact with fans, and online life!
Our 2012 bronze medallist has a fantastic twitter account, where she tweets in Italian and English, and she comes across as friendly, intelligent and funny. She also has a website, which has a blog section – it’s having piccoli problemi at the moment, but damn, she’s been riding SO hard, I’m sure she’ll get around to it in the off-season, so check back regularly for more updates on her. She’s a huge talent, and at only 20, is just getting started…