Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)
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Things we talked about included…
Some videos from the women’s Omloop: two and half minutes each from Belgian news channel AVS which includes Lizzie Armitstead talking in English and Emma Johansson in Dutch – and from Focus WTV – and a minute on Sporza. All of them feature interviews with Amy Pieters. Please click through to show them all we love women’s racing!
and here’s a video featuring small team Isorex ladies, including Basque rider Irene San Sebastian, who came 11th.
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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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.
It was a crazy long weekend of women’s cycling – amazing racing on the road and MTB, all over the place. I wrote about the action on Total Women’s Cycling, but I wanted to post a ‘thankyou’ post. I’ve been struggling with my fan-motivation for the last few weeks – there was just so much bad news everywhere, and that really got me down. But then, this weekend! So much superb racing – and getting to enjoy it with an online community of fans, including watching riders on twitter having a great time and congratulating each other too – it reminded me exactly why I love the sport.
So, in no particular order….
Hello everyone! This week Sarah tells us all about how cold it was at the Omloop, we celebrate the fact that the Giro Donne is definitely going ahead, we discuss uses for frozen eyeballs and also what happened at Le Samyn. We also crack some jokes. And don’t forget to make sure you complete the UCI survey. (47:25 MIN / 45.52 MB)
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Things we talked about this week:
I’ve mentioned Total Women’s Cycling before, the British-based website that’s aimed at all aspects of cycling for women, whether it’s riding, or following cycling as a sport on the road, track, MTB etc – so I was really flattered when they named this site as their blog of the week. Thak you so much, TWC!
You can click through here to find out why – and if you’ve come from there, the post they quoted was the recent “Dear women’s peloton….” that I wrote while the Tour of Qatar was on.
If you’d like to see some more things we’ve been up to, check out Dan and me podcasting on women’s cycling (it’ll get back to weekly once the season starts), our crazy-fun Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey, where we gave fan-provided, fan-nominated and fan-voted prizes for riders’ great social media in three 2012 races, our various thoughts on how to help women’s cycling with the Click Through Thursday initiative and my series on various fantastic ways the women’s peloton use social media. Or just have a look through the site! I write as sarahcycling, Dan writes as entendered – we hope you like what you see!