Hi everyone! This week Dan’s sick and Sarah’s full of sympathy while we discuss the European National Championships weekend (which was full of doubles and triples and other amazing feats of cycling prowess). We also preview the Giro Rosa, the biggest stage race on the women’s calendar. We go through each of the stages analysing the route and discussing possible race scenarios. We do our best to highlight the most exciting bits of the race for you, which turned out to be really easy because the answer is that all of it is the most exciting bit! Seriously though, we highlight GC contenders like last year’s winner Mara Abbott and the indomitable Marianne Vos, but we also look at why they may not take out overall honours as there are several stages this year that under the right conditions will give big opportunities to other teams and riders to take out stage racing glory. Get ready to get excited (or to get the flu)! (1:18:12 MIN / 75.08 MB)
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Links to everything we talked about this week – and a lot we didn’t get to
Last week’s racing – National Championships
So much we loved! Sarah has collections of the videos she’s found – the ITT Championships and the Road Races
We loved this advert – #LikeAGirl from Always
This week we uncover the real reason for the US government shutdown and then we get stuck into recapping all the amazing racing that happened at worlds. The Junior Women’s race and the Elite Women’s race. It was epic and there’s lot to enjoy and discuss. From Monique Hanley live-tweeting the junior race through to the amazing range of domestiques and top stars who made the Elite race SO FUCKING EXCITING(!!!), we’re definitely still basking in the afterglow of good race. We also take some time to consider some of Brian Cookson’s recent comments regarding women’s cycling and the level of internal attention and support it currently receives from the UCI (HINT: Pick a number and then go lower. Lower. Lower. Still lower. Ok, now divide that number by 2.). But then we resolve to finish on a good note so we celebrate Tracey Gaudry being appointed as a Vice-President of the UCI and being on the road commission. Enjoy! (1:26:08 MIN / 82.68 MB)
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Things we talked about this week:
THE 2013 ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS