Podcast 2016 Episode 29 – Hypocritical For a Cause

Podcast logoThis week we cover the huge amount of video and information coming from the Tour de l’Ardeche and contrast that with the dearth of information available from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. We take a bit of a detour through interesting team performances over the course of the year and wind up with a look ahead at worlds, the paralympics and a whole heap of forthcoming racing. It’s back to epic length podcastery this week and it is stunning! (1:18:03 MIN / 71.48 MB)

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Things we talked about this week include…

Sarah’s been short-listed in the Total Women’s Cycling 2016 Awards, in the Cycling Initiatives category – she knows she can’t win, but is thrilled to be included alongside such great work! Voting closes on 12th September, make sure you vote in all categories!

This week’s racing

Videos, media and results from the 2016 Vallnord MTB World Cup are in this post (with some comments about how the UCI chooses to promote MTB) ; and the 2016 Boels Rental Ladies Tour videos here.

Trials World Championships

We know nothing about Trials, but we’re so impressed at their skills! Report on the UCI website, photos, and highlights, including the top 3 women’s rounds, and an interview with new World Champion Nina Reichenbach:

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Lotto Belgium Tour

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The 2016 women’s road calendar – changes since December

I’ve got an sporadic series looking at how the women’s road cycling calendar changes over time, because it’s something that really fascinates me. The bottom-line conclusions are that women’s road racing is definitely improving year-on-year, with more UCI races in more countries, and there are really positive trends.  One of these has been fewer major clashes, and the return of UCI racing to Australia, which really make me happy to report.

However there are still ongoing areas for improvement, like “pop-up” races being added late to the calendar, and  various changes that happen during the series that can make things really difficult for teams to plan their season (find out more about that, in my 2015 interviews with two DSs last year about this – ORICA-AIS’ Marv Barras, for the big team perspective, and Matrix Procycling’s Stefan Wyman for the small team PoV).

This year, I’ve decided to look into when the changes happen during the season as well – I wrote about what was planned for 2016 when the calendar was announced, in October, and then changes that had been made between October and December, and now the season’s up and running, I’ve taken another look – and found we’ve got both new races, and races that have disappeared since the end of 2015 (although not all of that is bad).   Let’s start with some colour-coded charts – click on them to make them bigger.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 26 – Sarah Counts Everything

Podcast logoAlright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing:

Videos, photos and links from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:

Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5.  Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:

We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!

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Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 54 – Sarah interviews Christina Siggaard

Christina Siggaard is a 20-year-old Danish cyclist, who came third in the 2011 Junior Road World Championships, and 7th in the Junior ITT Worlds the following year, and after two years on Scandinavian teams, has just signed to British-based UCI team Matrix Pro Cycling.  We talked about how 2014 was not a good year for her, with big team problems that ended up with both her parents working for the riders – but she’s not bitter about it, has learned all kinds of lessons from the experience, and is looking forward to moving forward.  Including how she got into bike riding, what the cycling scene in Denmark is like, her favourite kinds of racing, her first team camp with Matrix, and much more. (29:00 MIN / 27.84 MB)

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Here’s Christina coming third in Junior Worlds in Copenhagen (full race video, in Spanish) and I’ve got videos from more of the races we talked about – the Ladies Tour of Norway

More videos from Norway in this post, and the 2013 Rás na mBan highlights, where Christina won the final stage and came fourth overall

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News, links, videos – a podcast post without the podcast!

This week real life got on top of us, so we won’t be ‘casting this week (if you miss us, check out the ‘cast archive, to listen to things you might have missed), but we have the usual links and videos and stuff we’ve loved this week – and I wanted to have a look at some stats about the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.  If you don’t know about the Tour, it’s one of those fantastic Dutch races – starting with an ITT, 3 stages of pancake-flat roads with crazy winds that are probably harder to race in than hills, and two hilly Valkenberg stages.  For more info, check out the race website, the Velofocus preview and here’s the race highlights video, with finish-line footage, and post-race interviews with all the winners (subtitled to English!)

So, Dutch racing – and I would expect Dutch riders to dominate.  OK, some big names were out (Loes Gunnewijk is still out injured, Marianne Vos pulled out halfway through as she wasn’t recovering well, Annemiek van Vleuten is training for Worlds), but look at my stats

Year

Stage winners

Overall GC

Country

Top 10 GC

2014 2 x Ned & Bel,1 x Ger & Swe Evelyn Stevens

USA

2 x USA, Ger, Italy, Pol1 x Ned & Swe

2013

3 x Ned1 x Ger, Aus, Italy(plus TTT, Speclulu) Ellen van Dijk

Ned

4 x Ned, 2 x Ger1 x GB, Italy, USA, Pol

2012

4 x Ned2 x Ger(plus TTT, Speclulu) Marianne Vos

Ned

2 x Ned, Ger, Italy1 x USA, Swe, NZ, Bel

2011

5 x Ned1 x Bel Marianne Vos

Ned

6 x Ned1 x Swe, Aus, Can, Italy

2010

6 x Netherlands1 x Germany Marianne Vos

Ned

5 x Netherlands,3 x Ger, 2 x Swe

Now, I know I’m geeky about cycling, but I find that so interesting.  What I think is happening is that riders from other countries have been learning about how to race Dutch-style – it’s especially nice that Evie Stevens won this year, because two years ago she wrote about how she used to feel about these races:

Constant sideway winds, torrential cold rain, 1000 exceedingly tall women all fighting me for position 999, a million tricky corners, roads too small for cars, road furniture jumping out at me left and right, the sight of the 999 tall women stretched out in front of me and the winning break disappearing into the cold midst, me adding as much value to the team’s performance as a rain jacket on a sunny day …this horrifying vision used to pop into my brain when I thought of racing in Holland. It is true, I used to suffer from Dutch Anxiety.

I love that blog! Every time I think of it, it makes me grin!

So what will the Dutch need to do?  Is the Holland Ladies Tour turning into the International Ladies Tour? Do they need more rain and wind, more cobbles?  Or will we find the Dutch riders getting revenge?  I suppose, with Vos winning three Giros, maybe they’re already stealing the Italian races….  Or maybe we’ll see the Dutch women getting revenge next year, with 7 of them getting into breaks at kilometre 15, echeloning the peloton into submission, and attacking even more than normal?  I love it, I can’t wait!

Update!  I know, I know, there was also no Kirsten Wild, or Lucinda Brand in the Boels Tour, and it was weirdly un-windy this year – and I’m not being 100% serious about the Dutch riders losing the ability to win Dutch races – I’m just interested in the profile of who does well in this race, and enjoying myself immensely!  Anyway, onwards to….

More things from last week’s racing

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Podcast 2014 Episode 38 – Look At All The World Cups

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-Show This week we talk our way through Plouay and what the world cups have been like this year (hint: they’ve been amazing!). Then we talk about the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. And proving that it’s been another action packed week of women’s cycling, we then turn our attention to the Tour de l’Ardeche and Boels Rental Ladies Tour, both of which started during the week. Of course it wouldn’t be a podcast if there wasn’t a bit of mountain biking and a whole lot of insanity in there too (so there is). We talk about our most amazing bits of transfer news and of course rumours. It’s a big episode and there’s something in it for (literally) everyone, so if you’re an everyone, or related to an everyone, you should probably listen up. (1:33:59 MIN / 90.23 MB)

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Last week’s racing

GP de Plouay World Cup

Videos and things from the final round of the Road World Cup here – including the full hour and a half live coverage. And wow:

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Para-Cycling Road World Championships

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Podcast 2013 Episode 30 – That Was Absurd!

Podcast logoThis week’s episode is named in honour of the first thing I said to Sarah as soon as we stopped recording. This week’s podcast was absurd people! LOTS of digressions (some of them are even funny) and HEAPS of cool racing and cycling stuff. Sarah and I channel our inner French mime abilities (we suck at the silent bit) and talk about everything from cakes to beatings. We do also talk about actual bike racing with the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, the Tour of the Murray and heaps more! As always, there are lots of videos and a round up of the week’s news with heaps of links for you below. Enjoy the absurdity! (1:11:41 MIN / 68.88 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Last week’s racing

It was the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardèche and the Tour of the Murray River – Sarah has a post with all the videos and results and photo links on Podium Café, but here are some things we liked especially

  • Home-made aerial footage of Boels Tour Stage 6:

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