Sarah interviews… Martine Bras previews the Spring Classics

Podcast interview logoMartine Bras had a long and distinguished cycling career, racing everything but especially the Spring Classics, so it was fantastic to talk to her about what it’s like for riders preparing for the season, and especially Saturday’s 2016 Omloop het Nieuwsblad.  Our conversation included Martine’s transition from professional cyclist to motherhood, how the sport changed since she started, who she’d put into her fantasy DS team, and much more.    All of that is in the audio interview to listen to (or download directly from Soundcloud) but you can also read part of the interview below as well.



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ProWomensCycling:  I always think the Spring Classics were your specialty – would you say that?

Martine Bras:  Oh yes.  I would train all winter long for the Spring Classics, and I think I forgot a little bit that there was something after them as well! Because they’re really need my house, and I worked so hard all winter, and was really looking forward to starting to race, I think that’s why I was good at them, because I was so passionate about it.

PWC:  I always thought of you as a very attacking rider, and the Spring Classics reward that.

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Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Sarah interviews Anika Todd

Anika Todd has one of those stories that people daydream about on long rides.  She started riding casually with her then-boyfriend, joined the Tripleshot cycling club in Vancouver, who noticed she was pretty strong, and encouraged her to start racing.  She did so well that the club raised the money to send her to the Canadian National Championships…. where she came 7th in the road race and 2nd in the Time Trial – and she hadn’t even been racing for a year!  Team Tibco spotted her and signed her up, and now she’s a pro!

It’s not just her great story – it’s how she tells it, on her fantastic blog that’s given us a real insight into what the Spring Classics are like.  She popped by to tell Sarah about experiencing the European Spring, elbowing Kirsten Wild aside, having a day riding with Marianne Vos, and much more – including whether she still enjoys cycling! (34:45 MIN / 33.36 MB)

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Anika links

Follow Anika on her website, twitter and facebook athlete page

Anika’s team, Tibco, can be followed on their website and twitter.  Their mechanic, Eric Maresjo, is one of the trio of superstars who combine fixing bikes and dealing with race crises with tweeting live updates from the action – follow him too!

Our favourite Anika blogs (but you should read them all!)

Anika’s been supported by the Tripleshot Cycling Club – if you’re anywhere near Vancouver, you should definitely join them, they sound lovely.  You can also go to her sponsor page and click through to their sites – and tell them you appreciate them supporting women’s cycling!

We talked about some of the causes Anika supports, and you can find out more about them on her website

Podcast 2014 Episode 1 – Marijn de Vries!

Podcast logoIt’s our first episode for 2014 and holy shit did we go all-out to start on a high! The ever superb Marijn de Vries stopped by to talk with us, and Sarah and I were so starstruck that we forgot to swear for the entire podcast (Marijn saved that day and taught us some naughty Dutch)! We did remember to talk though. We discussed all sorts of stuff from frozen eyeballs, spring classics, racing and goals for 2014,  to new teams, and MUCH more! It’s a great conversation and Marijn has a lot of keen insights, so get a large sized portion of your favourite beverage, sit back and get ready to enjoy. (1:03:16 MIN / 60.74 MB)

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Our Marijn links

If you want to follow Marijn (of course I assume you already are!) her blog in Dutch and in English – and she’s @MarijnFietst on twitter.   And if you want to know more about the book she wrote with Nynke de Jong, it’s called Vrouw & Fietst, and you can buy it from Dutch bookseller…. and if you know of any English publishers, tell them we really NEED it in English too!

Marijn will be racing for Argos-Shimano in 2014 (under their soon-to-be-announced new name) – make sure you follow them on twitter and like them on facebook.


Some of Marijn’s specific blog posts we talked about…

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Podcast 2013 Episode 10 – The Coverage We Got Was Worse Than No Coverage At All

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowThis week Sarah brags talks about her adventures in the Hitec Products UCK team car. Dan is absolutely not even a little bit jealous at all. You can tell because he’s definitely not a bastard who asks snarky, jealous questions. Also, we talk about Flèche Wallone: the race, the coverage, how hard it is to live tweet a race with no information from race radio and how it’s actually possible to have worse coverage of a race than no coverage (Dan goes on a sweary rant at this point). (1:03:11 MIN / 60.57 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

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How to watch the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup

I love the Drenthe races for their quirky, crazy parcours (cobbles and a man-made hill that used to be a rubbish dump) but they’re also special because we get to see part of the World Cup streamed live!!!  This is VERY EXCITING!!!!

No, seriously, it IS very exciting!  It’s one of maybe 5 road races that is shown live, so it would hold a special place in my heart, even if it wasn’t a hugely enjoyable race that can be won in a variety of ways.

So!  There are three Drenthe races – The Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo on Thursday 7th March, the Ronde van Drenthe on Saturday 9th, and the Novilon EDRCup on Sunday 10th.  I wrote a preview of all three races on Podium Café, with lots of links and videos from last year’s races, and that kind of thing. TV coverage is on local channel RTV Drenthe, and you can watch the programmes on their tv player.

Thursday 7th March 2013
19:45 CET (aka 6:45pm GMT; 1:45pm USA EST; 5:45am Friday NSW):  Highlights of Drentse 8

Saturday 9th March 2013
15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am USA EST; 1am Sunday NSW): Part of the World Cup, live!  Actually, we don’t know what this will be. The race starts at 10:30 CET, and it could be that they show a delayed portion of the race at 15:00, or the men’s race, or highlights – no one’s clear – but we’ll be trying to work it out on the Podium Café race thread
20:10 CET (7:10pm GMT; 2:10pm USA EST; 6:10am Sunday NSW): Highlights of the World Cup

If you want to follow the other races as they happen on twitter, I recommend my usual trio of stars, Tibco DS Manel Lacambra, Hitec manager Karl Lima and Boels mechanic Richie Steege. I’ve got a twitter list for other accounts that sometimes give real-time updates, and I’ll edit that as I go. The race twitter is @RondevDrenthe, and hopefully they’ll update there, and there will be all kinds of updates on the #RvD hashtag – and I’ll be on twitter as @_pigeons_, as always.  In the meantime, here’s a tiny trailer from RTV Drenthe, with it’s own jingle, and here’s one from the race.  I am VERY EXCITED!!!

Podcast 2013 Ep2 – We talk foreign good

You know it’s Spring when it’s snowing and below freezing in Belgium!

That’s right team, the Omloop is almost upon us. We talk the racing season, Track Worlds and have a race-name-pronunciation competition (hint: the winner should not be the person who mispronounces “pronunciation”). You’ll love it, especially because you get to vote in the poll below! This is possibly the sweariest episode we’ve ever done, but that just makes it more fun (I blame it on Sarah making me think of a world without Flanders/Beer). ( 53:52 MIN / 51.71 MB)

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Edit by Sarah – bear in mind that Dan wrote the questions by himself, before you vote!

Things we talked about this week:

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