We were hoping to podcast this week because SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!! Good and bad and WOW DID YOU SEE THE USA NATIONAL CHAMPS’ FINISH??? but poor Dan has tonsils the size of golf balls, and can’t really speak properly, so he can’t do it. If you want to wish him lots of love and “get well soon” wishes, please do so on twitter – but in the meantime, here are the links from the last week in women’s cycling – we’ve got amazing MTB and road racing, and links that made me laugh and want to punch things, so pretty much something for everyone…..
Last week’s racing
Where better to start than with the first round of the 2015 XCo World Cup? I say this a lot, but Red Bull‘s sponsorship makes it really easy to fall in love with the racing, and there are tons of team and rider media and blogs that keep you there. You can watch the entire replay of the women’s race on Red Bull TV, and then we have highlights and team recaps…
It’s probably officially summer now in the Northern Hemisphere [looks out of the window, laughs] and that means CRITS! And crits mean racing we can watch, at least in the UK and the USA, so I’m here to tell you how to watch them. Welcome to the world of the Tour Series, the Milk Race and the USA Crits!
Firstly, if you’re not already a crit fan, why should you watch them? When I started getting into road cycling, with the Tour de France as the pinnacle, I was confused by crits. They’re only an hour long, they’re on the same course, surely they’re just bunch sprints following some heart-stopping crashes?
Well yes, kind of, but they’re so much more than that. There’s so much action in them, they’re all adrenaline all the time, and riders above all have to be clever and gutsy as well as fast. And they’re fantastic to watch in real life, so much to see, and with the Tour Series races I’ve been to, great road-side commentary to help newbies understand. It’s the same course for women and men, and there are usually a ton of support races, including for handcyclists, so if you turn out you can see a lot of cycling. Best of all, as I say, we can watch & follow them from all over the world, and at an hour long, that’s easier to fit into busy lives than watching the stage races.
(This is obviously UK/USA-centric, but if you know how to follow and/or watch women’s crits in other countries, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll write a follow-up)
Hi everyone, it’s America week on the podcast, which means we basically open like we’re going to talk about US Nationals then get sidetracked for 45 minutes and so on. In the meantime we do talk about some very exciting firsts, like the first woman to win a road and mountainbike world cup in the same season and the first woman to concurrently hold criterium, time trial and road national championships. We also argue about beards and Sarah goes on a power rant about races that don’t have websites or results or information or anything and what she thinks the UCI needs to do in order to help improve the situation (Dan scores the rant 3.75 bullhorns out of 5). Also there’s some innuendo and swearing just to make sure all your podcasting boxes are ticked. Don’t forget to check all the links below and for the brave among you, we’ve included a poll on beards so vote early and often for the most comedic beard of the podcast. (1:05:34 MIN / 62.95 MB)
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This week’s (invisible) UCI racing
This week’s non-UCI racing
The Milk Race isn’t the stage race of legend, but a new iteration – city centre crit racing in Nottingham on Sunday 25th May, and apparently we can watch it live. And if you missed it, don’t worry, the video will also be the re-play.
Click through that link for the count-down – the women’s race will start at 1:15pm BST (14:15 Euro CEST; 8:15am USA EST; 10:15pm Aus AEST) and the men’s at 4pm. There’s tons of information on the race website, and you can also follow them on twitter.
After last week’s ranting and misanthropy we found a lot to love in this week’s racing. Enough that Sarah actually got her mojo back! We’re all grateful for that and so we start by embarking on a romp through the races. Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, Boels Rental Hills Classic, US Nationals and so on. Dan loses that ability to tell if he’s being dirty or not. Sarah asks for access to all of Dan’s social media accounts (he declines). We divert through some classic Helen Wymanisms and take a quick look at The Milk Race in the UK. We catch up with the results of Gracie Elvin’s twitter experiment and then things take a turn for the dark as Dan reviews Pat McQuaid’s op-ed for Cycling News about the UCI Stakeholder Survey (hint: he calls it “18 kinds of fucked” and then has a rage-blank). We do suggest you stick around for the bit where he triple-dares Pat to the world’s shortest policy debate. This is a super-long episode (sorry, sort of but not really) so make an extra cup of tea or pour twice as much whisky and get ready. (1:34:07 MIN / 90.36 MB)
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UPDATE: Swordpanda knocked up this briliant rough sketch for Dan’s dream commuting bike!
Things we talked about this week
All the racing at Gooik, Aalburg, Holland Hills and the USA Nationals – check out Sarah’s report on Total Women’s Cycling, and all the videos of the races Sarah has found so far – and how this weekend gave Sarah her mojo back.