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.
It’s no secret I’m a huge Marianne Vos fan, so there was only one result I was hoping for from the CX Worlds in Louisville…. I wasn’t expecting the HUGE amount of videos the UCI provided! Check these out…
Highlights of the race:
The ENTIRE race!
But if you don’t have time for that, check out some key moments, and post-race fun…
So the fantastic Helen Wyman joined us after a big weekend of racing, at Essen and Namur to talk ‘cross. She gives us a great preview of the Lousville worlds, designs her perfect cross course and talks about how she’d haunt her husband (my mancrush Stef Wyman) if she died before him. We had a great time talking with Helen and learned a lot about where the state of women’s cyclocross is at and where she sees the future of the sport too. Thanks to Helen for making the time. You really do want to listen to this one! It’s perfect for that drowsy time post-Christmas lunch. (01:01:05 MIN / 58.65 MB)
Or you can find it over in the iTunes store here.
Helen talked to us the evening after racing the INSANE cyclocross Namur World Cup. Watch a 9-minute highlights video on Sporza. And on Saturday she raced the ridiculously muddy BPost Trofee Essen – check out the photos of the race on Cyclephotos.co.uk.
Edit! And here’s 43 minutes of the race coverage, seen via CyclingFever
Helen has one of the best rider websites out there, at helenwyman.com – we especially recommend her blogs, and the video pages. And while you’re there, click through to her sponsors and show them some love!
Here’s Helen’s section on the Kona team website which will tell you more about her. Helen rides the Kona Major Jake, if you want to see more – and it’s Challenge who are making her the special tyres she talks about.
If you want to go to Louisville and cheer Helen on at the CX Worlds, then buy your tickets on the website. That site is great – and follow the race twitter for all the news leading up to and during the Worlds.
Video of Helen’s win at the 2012 European CX Championships, from Petitesreines (Sarah keeps linking to this video, but it’s fantastic!)
We didn’t talk about it, but you absolutely have to follow Helen on twitter!