This week we catch up on everything that happened in the Junior Women’s and Elite Women’s World Championship Road Races, including all of the things that surprised and delighted us. We do a bit of a wrap up of the latest news in UCI rule changes (there have been a lot of them for track in particular) and there are a couple of points of unavoidable controversy. We do our best to tackle them from a glass half full perspective but we’ll let you decide how well me managed to pull that off. (1:10:46 MIN / 64.8 MB)
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Stuff We Talked About
It’s all here in Sarah’s wrap-up post with videos, highlights, the stories and whatnot from both the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races.
The Commonwealth Games are something that are pretty specific, but if you’re not a Commonwealth country, Glasgow 2014 will still be a lot of fun to watch – and it’s live cycling, which is always great, especially for track fans, despite the lack of parity, and I’ll tell you how to watch it. Aschwin Kruders of WielerVideo asked Lizzie Armitstead and Gracie Elvin to explain the Games
Hi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)
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Links to all the things we talked about this week, and lots we didn’t get around to….
We loved this video of Tiffany Cromwell talking trackstands while demonstrating one
Last week’s racing
ORICA-AIS report and photos of the lovely Valentina Scandolara’s win. Follow her on twitter – and smile at this podium shot!
Last week I put up a post with the videos and links from Days 1 and 2 at the Track Cycling World Champs, and now here are the final three days, with even more amazing racing – the spectacular Points race, the Omnium, Sprint, Individual Pursuit and Keirin. There’ll be videos and links to photos and results, so read on…
The first medal from Friday was the Individual Pursuit, and in the bronze, two riders who raced each other through the Juniors – Amy Cure, who rides on the road for Lotto Belisol, and Ganna Solovey (who then had a steroid ban at aged 19). Guess who I wanted to win?
and then, the gold race – former IP World Champion Sarah Hammer, and Jo Rowsell, who’d already won a Worlds gold as part of the British Team Pursuit squad.
It’s been a a great couple of days from the Track World Champs in Cali, with all kinds of action – and it’s been strangely affected by the weather. Track riders are usually in these very tightly controlled environments, with perfect heat and humidity, but the Cali velodrome has a roof, but no walls, so there have been issues with wind that riders will never usually have to deal with.
I’ve got a collection of videos and links from the women’s scratch race, team sprint, team pursuit and 500m – and remember, if you want to watch the next three days live, here’s my guide.
I’m starting with my favourite race so far, and the first medal race of Worlds, the women’s scratch:
There were 2 Track World Cups in Guadalajara this year – this article relates to January, if you want information about the November round, including some livestream, head over here.
On Friday 17th January, the final round of the 2013/14 Track World Cup starts, in Guadalajara, Mexico. It won’t be streamed live in full, but on Sunday 19th there will be a live feed on the UCI Youtube, with commentary in English from Ant McCrossan. If it’s anything like the last 2 rounds, the stream will be a mix of live racing from the final Sunday session and highlights from the previous days, and after the competition is over, the stream will stay there as the archive:
That stream starts at 11:30pm UK time on Sunday night (6:30pm USA EST; 00:30 CET & 10:30am Aus AEDT both on Monday 20th Jan) and if you hit play before then, there’ll be a countdown to the start, so you can work it out in your timezone.
It’s a Festivus miracle! (NOTE: Festivus miracles don’t actually exist). Dan’s been away so this week Sarah catches him up on all the track, paracycling, cyclocross, MTB and other news before Christmas takes over the schedule for the coming week. We talk Vos’ return to racing, Katie Compton in cross and sponsorship news for the road in 2014. Plus a whole bunch of other stuff including a philosophical discussion about whether the UCI deserves credit for doing things it’s supposed to do. Also at one point Sarah laughs uncontrollably for over 30 seconds. Merry Festivus/Crossmas/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Whatever/BahHumbug everyone! (51:53 MIN / 49.81 MB)
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All the good news and happiness we talked about
The first ever Australian National women’s Madison Championships was won by Nettie Edmondson and Jessica Mundy. Here are photos of the race – and galleries from the National Omnium and Paracycling Championships Day 1 and Day 2.