Talking Cyclocross with Adam Myerson

Podcast interview logoAdam Myerson is one of my favourite personalities in cyclocross.  He’s recently retired from being a pro cyclocross and road racer, has been running CX races in the USA for over 25 years, and has a fantastic online presence as a cyclocross analyst.

We talked about the 2015-6 European season, the state of USA CX (and why referring to it as a single scene is a misnomer), how the sport has changed, and everything from “Why can’t Sanne smile?” to Femke van den Driessche’s motorised bike at the 2016 CX Worlds, with a focus on the women but talking a lot about the men’s side of the sport as well.  And we’re joined by Myerson’s baby son Flynn, leading to a conversation about Adam’s new life as a stay-at-home dad, as well as the book he’s writing.

Listen to the ‘cast here, or click through to Soundcloud to download it.

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To find out more about Adam, follow him on twitter, instagram and facebook.  Adam started a cycling coaching company, Cycle-Smart, and you can find out all about them on the company website, and about him specifically, on his coach’s page.

Adam’s been organising the Cycle-Smart Northampton International Cyclocross race, the oldest UCI CX race in the USA, since he was 19 and also runs the Vittoria North East Series of races in New England – click through and check them out, and follow the race series twitter.

I’ve collected videos from the women’s races at the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships, and if you want more videos and interviews from the 2015/6 CX season, check out the Cyclocross section of the website.

I’m funded to do these interviews thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!  If you want to join them from just £1.50/$2 a month, there’s more information here.

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Watch the 2015 USA National Road Championships LIVE!

While the European cycling world runs their National Championships over the same pre-Tour de France & Giro Rosa weekend (this year 25th-28th June), in the USA they’re earlier, which works so well in the women’s cycling calendar – post California, pre-Gatineau and the Philadelphia World Cup.  And because the USA loves us cycling fans, the road races are streamed live!

The USA Road Championships are in Chattanooga, Tennessee this year from 23rd-25th May, and include the road race & ITT for professional women, men and paracyclists.  The women’s able-bodied road race is on Monday 25th May, at 9am North American EDT (2pm UK BST; 15:00 Euro CEST; 11pm Aussie AEST) and we can watch it live (and archived) on the USA Cycling Youtube:

You can also follow on twitter with USA Cycling, and the #USPro hashtag, and there are more details of all the other races and the courses on the competition website.   The able-bodied and para-cycling ITTs and the para road races won’t be shown live this year, but use the livetiming, and twitter to follow them too.  And of course, I’ll round up everything I see from the races after the weekend.  The women’s road race is always super-exciting, attacking racing, so tune in!

Videos from various 2015 National Cyclocross Championships

This weekend was all ‘cross all the time (well…  except in the USA, where mud?  Roots?  Local politics? stopped the Nationals…) and because I love you, here’s what video I’ve found – with how to watch that postponed American Champs live.  UPDATE!  Now with videos from the British and German champs…

Belgium

Video of the u23 men and the elite women

And here’s a post-race video interview with the winner (again) Sanne Cant (click on the box with the triangle at the bottom)

Short highlights clip that’s geo-restricted to Belgium on het Nieuwsblad’s site (want to watch?  See below).  Race report and results on Cyclingnews; Report and photos on Cyclocrossrider.com.

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France

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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)

To stream the Pepperiest Palaciousest interview the internet has ever seen (or heard), click here.

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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.

Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 39 – Sarah Interviews Amber Pierce

Continuing her series of special feature interviews, Sarah speaks with Amber Pierce, the founder of the recently launched Network for Advancing Athletes, a mentoring program focused on helping developing and elite women athletes develop and grow in their sports. Currently based in the US, but with ambitions to grow internationally, and an online Q&A section, this project has been a true labour of love for Amber. She shares with Sarah the inspiration behind the idea and how she hopes to build a peer support and mentoring network for women across a variety of sports around the world. It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Amber and this is a conversation you will not want to miss.

To stream the networkiest, athletiest podcast of the day, click here.

Sign up for free updates via the iTunes store here (we promise that WE won’t sneak any U2 in) OR via our RSS feed over here.

You can find the Network for Advancing Athletes online here, with great resources including great FAQs like this one about managing depression as an athlete, and a range of articles on useful topics as well.  If you are an athlete, or want to be one, you can submit your own questions here – and if you’re in North America and would like to apply to have a mentor, here’s more about it.

If you know anyone who might want to be a mentor (or want to be one yourself), here’s the page for that – and for anyone else, there’s a variety of different ways you can contribute as well.

You can find all Amber’s social media over here, and follow her on twitter – and we interviewed her back in 2012, listen to that here!

 

How HAS women’s cycling changed in the last few years?

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.

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How to watch live USA racing – the Winston Salem Classic

There are only 2 UCI-level women’s races in the USA, and the first one is on Friday, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.  This is only the second year the North Carolina race has been held, so it’s great that it’s taking the step up – and especially so because we can watch it live!  The race is part of a  two-day festival of cycling – with the women’s UCI race and a men’s National Racing Calendar race on Friday, and then on Saturday, the 4th round of the USA Crits series for women and men.  And best of all?   We can watch them both live, and if we miss them live, the stream becomes an archive straight away

Friday 18th April, Women’s Road Race

The course is 8 laps of an 11km circuit with a climb that gets up to 10% – 91km in total, and here’s the Velofocus preview for more information.  The race will start at 9:30am USA EDT (6:30am USA PST; 2:30pm UK BST; 15:30 Euro CEST; 11:30pm Aus AEST) (press play to see a count-down for easy conversion to your timezone)

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