G’day team! This week is a bit of a catchup as Dan’s been travelling and managed to pick up a cold, possibly even man-flu, while doing so. The good news though, is that there is HEAPS to talk about! We discuss Basque racing, including the Durango and Bira kinds along with the North Star Grand Prix in the US, there’s a huge amount of blogs and videos to catch up on, we’ve got mountainbike action in downhill, cross-country and 4cross formats. We also talk about some great and especially honest interviews we’ve found during the last week or so and we take a moment to argue about whether or not we’ll feature the Giro Rosa theme song on next week’s podcast! And don’t forget the huge range of links to various things we have further down the page. Enjoy! ( 1:13:02 MIN /70.11 MB )
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Lots of videos – Stage 1 highlights and finish-line, and from Lointek’s point of view; Stage 2 finish-line and highlights; Stage 3 highlights; Stage 4 from the Bizkaia-Durango team car, and highlights:
Our title comes from the fabulous Clara Beard, who talks to us about growing up as an American in Britain and what it was like to race in Europe and the US. She also tells us why she left racing and why she came back (via Tour Tracker). Later in the podcast we turn the tables somewhat and let Clara exercise her professional journalist side by interviewing Sarah and me. We talk about what changes we think need to happen in cycling (along with some of our pet peeves) and Clara explains what really happened with the coverage of the women’s time trial at the Tour of California. We also cast our minds forward to 2014 and realise we’re already very excited about what the coming year holds! (1:27:37 MIN / 84.11 MB)
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Hi everyone! This week Sarah and I catch up on the Route de France, Junior Track Worlds in Glasgow and the Mont Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup races. I find out Sarah’s been seeing other podcasts behind my back and we argue about the podcast pre-nup. This may result in lawyers at 20 paces before it’s all said and done (depending on who can afford the best/most lawyers). We also talk about a whole bunch of interesting and cool things, from the SBS Cycling Central episode on women’s cycling through to the latest in transfer and stagiaire news. It’s another cracking episode with something for everyone. (1:28:53 MIN / 85.33 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
Ever wondered what we look like podcasting? Swordpanda drew us this, it’s eerily accurate
This week Sarah pulls apart the UCI calendar and rebuilds it, comparing previous years so we can see what’s happened to all the races. Speaking of races, we recap Thüringen, Limousin and Cascade before launching into other ranty stuff like catching up on the petition to the ASO for a women’s Tour de France and the various reactions to it. We also talk about some of the cool things we’ve seen around the joint online and I also (mis)appropriate an idea that Craig left in the comments here about a different kind of stakeholder survey. Pour yourself a large drink and get ready to snort it out your nose. (1:27:39 MIN / 84.15 MB)
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Things we discussed this week
Part 1 of Sarah’s post on the changes to the women’s cycling calendar, on Podium Café – check back there for discussion in the comments and more. She’ll have more charts and more comment later in the week – keep an eye on the women’s section of Podium Café.
UPDATE! Part 2 of Sarah’s posts, with a chart showing all the changes over time, and a visual view of the 2013 season
Sarah and I get a little manic-depressive this week because there’s so much awesome racing to talk about and celebrate, but… well we almost called this episode “Riders that we love who aren’t riding the Giro Rosa”. All’s not lost though because we realise that it’s going to be fucking great race anyway! Along the way we recap the Nature Valley GP from Minneapolis-St Paul and the Giro del Trentino. We round up the various national race results and I come up with a theory about how Vos defies the laws of physics by tearing holes in the fabric of time and space. I also have a theory (which Sarah disputes) about Emilia Fahlin having the evil heart of an assassin. Sarah also does her best to convince me that I should let her run my life and then starts to solicit dates for me. Then we take a moment to be encouraged and impressed by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg’s interview with Heidi Swift where she discusses the physical and psychological impacts of her crash and head injury earlier this season. We wrap things up by trying to predict how the Giro Rosa may go given all the news about who is and isn’t able to ride it this year. All up there’s more good than bad, more up and than down and more to listen to than usual because we’re spanning two weeks in one handy podcast! ( 1:31:32 MIN / 87.78 MB )
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UPDATE!!! Sarah’s asking riders about the Giro this week, for Podium Café, and the lovely team of ORICA-AIS are going to do a video Q&A for them – if you have any pre-race questions you want to ask them, go to the Podium Café post, email prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet Sarah on @_pigeons_! Questions need to be in by Wednesday evening, but there may be in-race opportunities too….
Sarah will be updating the post shortly with all the links and videos and things that make the post awesome. Until then, here’s a musical tribute to my fear that Sarah and I have somehow jinxed all these riders we love that can’t ride the Giro Rosa this year:
UPDATED UPDATE!!!!: It occurred to me today that instead of posting Alice Cooper above (still awesome), I should have instead posted this song by Why? called Simeon’s Dilemma in tribute of Sarah’s accusations of stalking (and the fact that it mentions fixies):
Things we talked about this week
Sometimes life can be hard. There are all sorts of complicated decisions that need to be made and we’re mostly operating with imperfect and incomplete information. This is especially true in the fraught and perilous world of personal human relationships. We either don’t think at all or we overthink way too much and invariably we fuck something up. When you get down to it, relationships are a lot like bike racing:
- Unfolding quickly
- Constantly changing
- Incomplete information
- Too much thinking
- No thinking at all
If only there were some simple and clear way to understand relationships just like racing bikes!
Well lucky for you, we’ve decided to do something about it. Starting next week we’ll be running a regular “It takes two” relationship advice column, giving you the very best (or possibly worst) relationship advice possible, in language you’ll understand – race tactics! We’ll all learn together as elite US-based cyclist and coach Heather Nielson assists us in making sure you don’t end up faceplanting on the roads of love.
Drop your questions into the comments, or email us at prowomenscycling[at]gmail[dot]com and we’ll pick the best/most desperate ones to answer.
Don’t worry lonely cyclists, your love troubles will soon be over (or just beginning)!
This week we talk all things related to the Social Media Jersey races: Giro Toscana, Tour l’Ardeche and the Ladies Brain Wash Tour (where Sarah suggests I’m enough of a straw man that I can’t be brainwashed). There’s also a good touch of paralympic awesomeness and some MTB in there for flavour. I go on a bit of a rant in response to the news about Emma Pooley but wind up presenting a crazy idea that might just bring some justice to the world. Sarah and I also wind up the show with an important (and hilarious) sun safety message for you.
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*NOTE: This week Sarah and I have been plagued by technical problems. I haven’t been able to get a stable Skype connection and so about two-thirds of the way through the recording Sarah’s audio goes kind of funny with digital breakup noises and stuff. Normally we’d just try to re-record under those circumstances but this is our 3rd/4th attempt this week and it was time to just get it up. Our most sincere apologies for the loss of quality. I’d encourage you to persist, but if you really do find it unbearable I’ll understand.
Links to some of the things we talk about this week (or things we were going to, but didn’t get around to)
The Social Media Jersey nominations so far: Round 1 – Giro Toscana and Round 2 – l’Ardèche and Brainwash
The 3 hours of video Monty found from the Giro Toscana – and the 50 mins of video from the GP Plouay World Cup
Emma Pooley‘s great interview in the Telegraph, “International Cycling Union have turned women’s cycling into a Mickey Mouse sport” – you might guess she doesn’t pull any punches on the UCI, Sky and more. The prizes Pooley has donated to auction in aid of Amnesty on ebay – and Pooley’s interview on CyclingNews where she talks about taking a year off cycling
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg’s blog about the Brainwash day where for once Specialized-lululemon missed the break