I was asked this question earlier today, and it really got me thinking. I’m still riding the high of hanging out at the British National Road Championships, and talking to inspiring riders like Emma Pooley (read my post-ITT, pre-Giro interview with her on Podium Café) – and of course last month I was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour (you can listen to me talk about that here and here, and see all the videos I collected from the race on Podium Café), but I genuinely think we’re on an upwards wave at the moment. The question is always “how do we keep moving in the right direction?” but it’s important to take a moment to be happy about what’s going well.
This weekend it’s the USA National Road Cycling Championships (aka USA Pro) in Chattanooga, with the women’s ITT, and the Road Race – and we can watch the Road Race live!
Saturday 24th May: the Individual Time Trials, including para-cycling ITTs. All the timetables here, and able-bodied women’s ITT starts at 11am USA EST (8am USA PST; 4pm UK BST; 17:00 Euro CEST; 3am Aus AEST). We can’t watch this live, but follow on twitter with Dan Wuori and USA Cycling – and follow the USPro hashtag too – and apparently there will be live timings on the Tour Tracker app (that has links to different versions, but here it is on iTunes)
Monday 26th May: The road races! Again, I love that the para-cyclists are racing their crits on the same day as a the able-bodied riders ride the road race – so fantastic. Full timetable here (scroll down) – the able-bodied women start at 9am USA EST (6am USA PST; 2pm UK BST; 15:00 Euro CEST; 11pm Aus AEST) – and this, and the men’s race, will be streamed live here on Tour Tracker.
Lots more information on the competition website.
Our title comes from the fabulous Clara Beard, who talks to us about growing up as an American in Britain and what it was like to race in Europe and the US. She also tells us why she left racing and why she came back (via Tour Tracker). Later in the podcast we turn the tables somewhat and let Clara exercise her professional journalist side by interviewing Sarah and me. We talk about what changes we think need to happen in cycling (along with some of our pet peeves) and Clara explains what really happened with the coverage of the women’s time trial at the Tour of California. We also cast our minds forward to 2014 and realise we’re already very excited about what the coming year holds! (1:27:37 MIN / 84.11 MB)
To sub the scribe in the iTunes store (for free!) click here.
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….