Podcast 2014 Episode 36 – The Swedish Gods Unleashed Hell

Podcast logoIt’s been a couple of weeks since we last recorded (sorry, but sometimes we need to take a week off, catch our breath and regroup to get through to the end of the season – think of it like us having a rest day in the middle of the grand tour that is the season). Anyway, we catch up on ALL the racing since last time we spoke which includes the Ladies Tour of Norway, Vårgårda World Cups – Team Time Trial and Road Race, the last of this year’s MTB World Cups in Méribel, and even the Tour of the King Valley in the Australian National Road Series. We also discuss how far we’ve come in the last couple of years with improved video coverage and how that results in shifting our expectations from races (in a good way), and so much other stuff. It’s an amazing episode and it’s here for you to enjoy right now! (1:32:42 MIN / 89.00 MB)

 

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Podcast 2014 Episode 24 – Menomena

Podcast logo G’day team! This week is a bit of a catchup as Dan’s been travelling and managed to pick up a cold, possibly even man-flu, while doing so. The good news though, is that there is HEAPS to talk about! We discuss Basque racing, including the Durango and Bira kinds along with the North Star Grand Prix in the US, there’s a huge amount of blogs and videos to catch up on, we’ve got mountainbike action in downhill, cross-country and 4cross formats. We also talk about some great and especially honest interviews we’ve found during the last week or so and we take a moment to argue about whether or not we’ll feature the Giro Rosa theme song on next week’s podcast! And don’t forget the huge range of links to various things we have further down the page. Enjoy! ( 1:13:02 MIN /70.11 MB )

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This week’s racing dancing:

Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

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Emakumeen Bira

Lots of videos – Stage 1 highlights and finish-line, and from Lointek’s point of view; Stage 2 finish-line and highlights; Stage 3 highlights; Stage 4 from the Bizkaia-Durango team car, and highlights:

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Shirt week – how to look like the peloton part 2 – USA teams

On Friday it’s the first of only two UCI women’s bike races in the USA – the Winston-Salem Classic, and we can watch it live!  So in honour of that, and to remind people unfamiliar with USA racing about the jerseys from the USA women’s peloton, here’s part two of my guide to buying cycling kit & stuff from women’s teams.

Colavita

I think the Colavita team store is one of my favourites, because not only can you buy the team kit in women’s and men’s sizes,  you can also get all the other things Colavita sell – including sweets and coffees.  I’m such a child!

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Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies

I’ve got a real soft spot for the Optum kit, especially the back of it.  You can buy their team kit, in women’s and men’s cut in pro and basic specifications, on the Borah store, as well as a team hoody and hat – and the women’s sizing goes up to 4XL, which is great, because not everyone is a small! Continue reading

Presents for women’s cycling fans – part 1

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve been thinking about things I’d love to receive in my Christmas stocking how to show all my friends how much I love them…  so here’s a selection of lovely things you can all buy me gift ideas for any women’s cycling fans in your life, for Christmas or any other reason.  I don’t know what the online equivalent of leaving a catalogue/advert lying covered in giant circles around what you’d most like to receive, as a super-subtle hint to your nearest-and-dearests, but feel free to do that with this!

I’m always on the look out for fun things, so if you see present ideas you think I should know about, leave me a comment, email me at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet me on @_Pigeons_.  I’ve had some great suggestions already on twitter, so I’ll put up another post next week with people’s recommendations.

Lovely post-ride massage oils

I love Simon Lamb’s Il Dolore oils, but my favourite is Rosa, his post-ride recovery oil.  Here’s the description:

A unique blend of six essential oils specifically selected to help physical restoration and mental balance. The completely natural ingredients, which include Arnica, Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile are also reputed to reduce swelling and inflammation and improve recovery from the muscle pains associated with cycling.

I’m allowed to say this, as I’m a girl, but those oils are very good for period-related fun – and I also love pouring this into the bath, and just mellowing out, because it smells SO good.  Plus Simon is a great guy, very generous and kind – the reason I blog about women’s cycling is because he asked me to guest-post on his old website, years ago – so I’m extra-happy to promote him.  But I’d never recommend you spend money on presents for me anything just because I like the person – this is bloody good, whoever made it!

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Celebrating social media – part 3 – twitter!

Twitter is a tool that has revolutionised how we follow women’s cycling.  It started with Liz Hatch, the early adopter, and (I think) the first to share race information with fans this way – and damn, we loved it! When HTC sponsored Highroad, and all the team got snazzy phones, we started to see the interactions between riders – and now it’s grown so much that twitter is the first place to go for information, and we can follow all the action as it happens on the road.  So part 3 of this little series is on some of the riders I love to follow on twitter – and some tips, at the bottom, for how to use twitter to follow races.  And as always, this is just a selection – I’ve already mentioned some of the best in my post on bloggers, and I’ve got plans for others later in this series – but if you think I’ve missed anyone out, be sure to tell me in the comments – or, of course, on twitter!

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