Podcast Special Feature Episode 47 – Sarah Interviews Sarah Fader and Amber Pierce on the USA cycling scene

This year I started to watch the USA Criterium series, which was made so easy by USA Cycling mandating that if races want to be included in the series, they have to get the races streamed live on the USA Crits youtube (superb move! I’d love to see other Federations follow that!).  It’s high octane racing, with PREEEEEEEEEEM laps for tons of cash every 5 laps or so, and it intrigued me.  So I had to take the chance to talk to Sarah Fader and Amber Pierce, to find out more.

Sarah Fader is a star of the USA Crit circuit, who’s also the co-founder and manager of the Pepper Palace team.  For 2015 she’s hoping to take the team to UCI level, and expand into the USA National Racing Calendar and North American UCI-ranked races, and Amber’s one of the riders joining the team.  They told me about the differences between the series, how Sarah deals with both managing and riding on the team, and the plans for stepping up, the exciting developments on the USA cycling circuit for 2015 and much more. (41:32 MIN / 39.88 MB)

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If you want to follow Sarah Fader and Pepper Palace, there’s a team website, instagram, facebook page, and twitter.  Amber is on twitter, and you can follow her latest project, the Network for Advancing Athletes, on their website and twitter – if you want to know more about that, check out my recent interview with her about the project.

The USA Crits series has a website, great twitter, and of course the YouTube account, and if you’d like to get a taste of the action, try the Chris Thater Memorial race, which Sarah won – full race, and highlights video – and Sarah also recommends watching the Athens Twilight Crit – full race coverage and highlights:

and the Novant Health (Presbyterian) Invitational (those links will take you to Youtube videos, which include the women’s, elite men and various other races that happen on the same day).

The National Racing Calendar information is on USA Cycling’s site.  And all the information about the Richmond 2015 Road Cycling World Championships is on their website, and follow their twitter too.

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Giro Rosa 2013 – Stage 4 videos

Stage 4 was kept firmly under control by Rabobank, and it all came down to an uphill sprint.  Read all about it on my race report, and my post-stage Q&A with Amanda Spratt and Loren Rowney – and Jens has written about what the next two stages mean for the race.

Here’s the endgame of the race – there’s the full hour-long coverage, and a lot more, including dancing riders, below…

Pro rider Amber Pierce gives a video review of Stage 4 from a pro-rider perspective, talking about tactics and stories from her own Giros:

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Big thanks!

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….

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