Podcast 2015 Episode 27 – Dan Loses The Episode

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowIt’s a huge podcast this week as there’s so much racing to cover and to look forward to! We first take a look at the Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana, Chrono Champenois, the Madrid Challenge, para-cycling and look ahead to all of the excitement of the road world championships in the USA. There’s some rum, plenty of swearing and hilarity going on as well. Sadly Dan ‘accidentally’ stopped recording just before Sarah declared herself victorious and so the episode title acknowledges his loss. (1:23:59 MIN / 80.62 MB

 

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Videos, photos and results from the Lotto Belgium Tour, Para-cycling Road World Cup #4 (Pietermaritzburg), Giro della Toscana, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling’s Hour Record and the Madrid Challenge are all collected in this post.

There was also racing in Australia, the NRS Amy’s Otway Tour (Great Ocean Road, wow!)

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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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Podcast 2015 Episode 23 – Sweden Is Nice But It’s No Norway

Podcast logoHi everyone! Did you know that Sarah went to Norway? She survived the trolls, swam in a fjord and invaded Sweden; it was a busy weekend for her. Also there was a bike race there! In addition, we finish recapping the Route de France and then talk excitedly about some new developments from the UCI for 2016. And to top it all off we invent a new game called “But what does it mean for the Olympics?” – the first edition is all about Team USA. (1:20:03 MIN / 76.86 MB)

 

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This week’s racing

La Route de France

Videos on the website, and photos on the race facebookFull results – and race reports on Wiggle Honda, Stage 5 and Stage 6.

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Ladies Tour of Norway

The 350 Crit highlights

Photos from the race and Velofocus, and full results.

The race

The full hour-long video from Saturday is here, and hour from Sunday here, and highlights from the two days of racing:

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2014 Podcast Episode 44 – You Transferred My Battlebike!

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowWe cover all the latest transfer news and what the hell it means for all these teams. (Who’s going to lead what now?) And more importantly what it means for us fans (MORE EXCITEMENT!) There’s racing to discuss, with the end of the MTB enduro series and the beginning of the European cyclocross season. This week it’s Sarah’s turn to go on a rant! (I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that it’s about para-cycling.) Also, we preview the 2015 racing calendar and declare it an early victory with more race days on the cards AND some very exciting looking new races to look forward to. (1:09:48 MIN / 67.01 MB)

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Links and things we talked about this week

The UCI road calendar for 2015 is here (you might need to play with the drop-down menu to get to the women) and UPDATE!  here’s part one of Sarah’s posts about it on Podium Café – with diagrams and tables, and comparisons with 2014.

Sarah’s collecting all the transfer news in a Podium Café post, and there’s tons of gossip, speculation and conversation in the comments.  This week’s big news was Wiggle Honda’s announcement that they’re hiring two-time Giro champion Mara Abbott and young British champion Anna Christian for 2015.  And Sharon Laws is another rider moving to Bigla

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This week’s racing

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Videos from the 2014 Women’s Road World Champs – road race

The final race of the year….  Worlds!  Or to be more polite about it – the Ponferrada 2014 Road Cycling World Championships.  The road race  7 laps of a course with 2 climbs and that killer descent (“Killer” is not necessarily an exaggeration – not sure what I think about a descent with men with danger flags, and a Red Cross tent at the bottom).  So much talent, and so many strong riders.  I asked some of them what they thought about the course before the race, so had an idea about the course, but what was the race like?  There are tons of videos and galleries and tweets – if I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Highlights and full race replay

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Podcast 2014 Episode 27 – Giro Rosa Part One

Podcast logoThis week it’s literally the middle of the Giro Rosa and we recap all the excitement of the first 4 stages (including surprise climbs and stealth potholes). There’s the twilight prologue, the dominance of a team we’ll codename Labobank-Riv who have grasped every additional bonification and second on offer so far. We talk about the strange breakaways and the theory of the secret Italian attacking cup (they’re all chasing one rider down in particular). After we get through all of that, we take a look ahead at the upcoming stages, discuss the mountains and whether Mara Abbott will be able to grab enough time back on the climbs. (49:48 MIN / 47.81 MB)

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All the Giro Rosa video links you need:

Stage 4 Q&A – Spratty, Vale and Audrey Cordon

Stage 4 video roundup.

Stage 3 Q&A – Amanda Spratt & Valen Scandolara

Stage 3 video roundup.

Stage 2 Q&A – Valentina Scandolara

Stage 2 video roundup.

Stage 1 video roundup.

How to watch the Giro Rosa.

Giro Rosa 2014 – Videos from Stage 4

It was a day of headwinds, with an escape from Yulia Ilinykh that nearly made it, and then one of those endings with a premature celebration….  you have to watch and look at the photos – and here are 2 great descriptions of the stage from Tiffany Cromwell on CyclingTips, and Chloe Hosking on CyclingnewsHere’s Jens’ race report on Podium Café, and the videos & links I like below.

The full hour tv highlights – the finish starts winding up around the 46-minute mark

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