Podcast 2017 Episode 25 – There’s No Rest for the Wonderful

This week we catch up on the Prudential Ride London GP, which was surprisingly held in London this year. We also cover the full results for Juniors, Under23s and the Elite Women at the European Championships in Denmark. We’ve got a great block of live races coming up with Vargarda and then the Ladies Tour of Norway, GP Plouay all coming up. There’s heaps to get across along with all the usual hilarity, swearing and awesomeness! (1:00:34 MIN / 55.47 MB)

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26 mins video from the 2015 Crescent Vårgårda World Cup

It’s video time!  Here’s the long highlights from last weekend’s Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup.

If you want more, the full race, team edits, and all the videos from the rest of the week’s MTB, track, TTT and road racing, on 4 continents, are over here – and don’t forget, we can watch the last round of the 2015 women’s road cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay tomorrow, 29th August – here’s how.

2015 Crescent Vårgårda – TTT videos & how to watch the Road Race World Cup LIVE!

On Sunday 23rd August it’s the Crescent Open de Suède Vårgårda Road Race World Cup, and we can watch it live!  I’ll tell you how, and also fill you in on the videos from yesterday’s Team Time Trial World Cup.

First of all, the TTT….  this has been dominated pretty consistently by Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM for the past few years…  as every TTT has… but would their run continue?  Watch and find out!

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Sarah interviews… Chantal Blaak

Podcast interview logoThe 2015 cycling season has hardly started, but wow, Boels Dolmans are already the team to beat, with Ellen van Dijk and Lizzie Armitstead winning at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Megan Guarnier winning Strade Bianche, and Chantal Blaak winning Le Samyn.  Blaak is such a huge talent – being part of the Team Time Trial squad that won the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT World Cup last year, and then going on to win the Road Race, finishing the season with a gold in the TTT World Championships.  She’s one of those riders that epitomises Dutch-style Classics cycling, loving the rain, cobbles, wind, breakaways, and every time the race gets hard, so who better than to talk about the first Road World Cup of the season, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup?  She tells us what it’s like to race in Drenthe, how it was to win a World Cup and World Champs gold last year, how she got into cycling, and much more. (27:10 mins, 26.1 MB)

 

If you prefer to read your interviews, there’s a transcript of the first half of this interview over on Podium Café.

If you want to follow Chantal through the season, make sure you’re following her twitter and her instagram.  Check out her profile on the Boels Dolmans website, and follow their twitter too.

The Boels Rental World Cup on Saturday 14th March 2015 is one of three women’s races in Drenthe – starting with the Molecaten Drentse Acht on Thursday 12th, which Blaak won last year, and finishing on Sunday with the Novilon Eurocup on Sunday 15th.  Follow those links to find out more, and make sure you’re following the Ronde van Drenthe twitter.  There will be live streaming and tv of the World Cup on RTV Drenthe and on NOS.nl and I can give you all the details of following and watching live over here – and here’s the clip of Blaak at the 2014 Drentse 8:

Last week Chantal won Le Samyn des Dames, and you can see her beautiful long sprint in this Sporza video.  Her win at the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup was a gorgeous attacking moment, and all the videos are here.  And if you want to watch her as part of Specialized-lululemon’s gold medal winning team at the Vårgårda TTT World Cup and the 2014 TTT World Championships, click through those links.

I’m funded to do interviews like this by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you, so much, for everything you do

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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Videos from the 2014 Crescent Vårgårda Road Race World Cup

As always, the 2014 Open de Suède Vårgårda was a great race with lots of excitement.  Here are 3 options – short highlights, 26 mins highlights with more interviews, and the ENTIRE FULL COVERAGE!  THANKYOU UCI!

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I might not be the smartest rider

So last night Sarah and I were talking while we watched the Vårgårda World Cup race, as it streamed live on the UCI YouTube channel. A miracle that I hadn’t dared to hope would come true. In between moments of sheer delight and joy at seeing real live coverage of a women’s race (with a fucking helicopter even!), there was much else to be enjoyed.

We were spoiled, my friends, utterly spoiled. Live video of the race, actual expert commentary from Rochelle Gilmore (supported by Jose Been) and amazing Swedish countryside, weather and racing. Sheer luxury as they used to say. I used to dream of seeing a World Cup race broadcast live. Amazing.

It’s been a tradition for Sarah and I to watch this race together, and over the last three years we’ve seen the coverage grow from one camera in a fixed position, to two fixed cameras, to yesterday’s wonderful spectacle. It was great.

I admit that it went to my head a little bit. I was giddy with delight. So I couldn’t help but crack up laughing at one point when the commentators were trying to find a nice way to explain why a certain rider’s attack may not be the smartest move.

 

And that’s when the magic really happened. Former World Champion track rider and HTC road rider, and sometimes live tv commentator, Kate Bates shared one of her favourites:

Of course, Sarah joined in with some great ones too:

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Our dear friend Jens was enjoying racing so close to home (and he got it live on Swedish TV, no streaming for him!) and decided to add his two kronor worth:

To which Kate had the rejoinder:

Lots of fun, and it left me wondering. What are your favourite euphemisms for poor tactical decisions? Leave us your best efforts in the comments below.