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Podcast 2014 Episode 11 – Ronde van Amazing

We wrap up the Ronde van Vlaanderen, talk about the Redlands Classic in the US (and how it’s not that fucking hard to provide some race footage!). We review a lot of blogs and videos we’ve seen through the week including ride blogs from Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson, and a great video from Matrix Vulpine. There’s also a great video from Caroline Buchanan and some more blogs from Anika Todd, Accidento Bizarro and a completely left-field shout-out to our mate Laura Moo. We quickly glance ahead to Energiewacht Tour and wonder where in the world the Tour of Thailand is (we’re pretty sure it’s in Thailand actually, but haven’t been able to confirm this online). Enjoy! (1:04:07 MIN / 61.55 MB)

Click through to our blog for all the links and videos and stuff we talked about - including how to subscribe on iTunes

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The streets were lined with spectators fanatically waving the iconic yellow flag of Flanders and the feeling of being pulled from the race, I imagine, was somewhat similar to the feeling dogs get when they get caught destroying something. Sunken ears and tail between my legs, I wanted to crawl into a hole and reappear only when everyone had gone home.

It’s hard to describe just exactly what makes this race so special. It surely has something to do with it’s rich history, it’s challenging parcours, and the region in which it is raced; Flanders. There is a vibe of excitement and anticipation that – in my cycling career – has only been challenged by the Olympic Games in London.

Needless to say, in 2014 I was determined not to repeat my performance of 2012.

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Ronde van Vlaanderen | Chloe Hosking

LOVE Chloe’s blogs!

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"But when you speak to people about Ina her victories seem secondary; it’s what she brought to the sport – the energy, the charisma, the smart assedness, the respect, the toughness – that people remember. Certainly, it’s these facets of Ina’s personality that made her into the bike rider she became."

Boss of the Peloton: Ina-Yoko Teutenberg | Chloe Hosking

I *LOVE* this - Chloe Hosking profiles her former team-mate, and utter superstar, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg

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Either way, the race delivered. The 112km race which, despite it’s name, actually started in the small town of Ieper, weaved and looped its way through the famous Vlaanderen country side like a toddler’s crayon before finishing in Wevelgem.

It had everything that races in Belgium are famous for: wide roads with terrible ‘gaps of death’ in the middle, tiny roads which are really more like bike paths, steep cobbled climbs and even steeper paved climbs.

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Inside Line: Chloe Hosking’s Gent-Wevelgem | CyclingTips

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"Leaders pass De Kiel" - via Chantal Blaak wins Drentse 8 | Velofocus

Please do click through to see more of Velofocus’ fantastic photos from the 2014 Molecaten Drentse 8
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My daughter Chloe has raced in Qatar since 2010. For the first few years it was very difficult to source updates or results on the race. I remember with Chloe’s first Tour of Qatar, waking early one morning to see if I could find some information on the race only to see photos posted on Cyclingnews of Chloe being stretchered off the course with her neck in a brace – not a good start to my day!

I had no idea where Chloe had been taken, I had no idea about Qatar and even less about Doha. (Fortunately Chloe was well looked after at one of Doha’s impressive medical facilities.)

So to be invited by Qatar Cycling to watch the 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar in Qatar was exciting and such a fantastic opportunity. I mean how often do families of female cyclists get such invitations – NOT OFTEN!!

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Guest Blog by Sheryn Hosking: Ladies Tour of Qatar – An Adventure | Chloe Hosking

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I was recently having a conversation with Olympic gold medallist Sara Carrigan about women’s cycling and what needs to be done to grow it; we both agreed that steps need to be taken to get more women on bikes and once this is achieved the sport can grow.

It is a bottom-up process and not necessarily a top-down process. Participation spawns interest and interest creates demand; demand for coverage, demand for information, demand for more.

Cycling is not one of these sports you just wake up one day and decide you might try. It is expensive, at times daunting, and overall just not that approachable. We sit at coffee shops with our fast bikes, fast wheels, and perfectly positioned lycra and laugh at the new person in the bunch who still had the visor on their helmet; it’s intimidating.

What Qatar cycling is doing is making sure cycling isn’t expensive, isn’t daunting, is approachable, and most importantly isn’t intimidating. They realised that if they wanted to have a women’s team on the start line of the 2016 World Championships they needed to do something about it, and they have.

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Learning from Qatar | Chloe Hosking

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We’re the Hosking family; we’re at the 2014 edition of the Ladies Tour of Qatar supporting Chloe Hosking, her Hitec Products teammates, any Aussie who’s on a bike and many other athletes of any nation participating in this race that we’ve come to know over the years.

The key thing is — and I’ve always wanted to be able to write this— the Hosking family attended the Ladies Tour of Qatar as guests of, the Ladies Tour of Qatar.

Yes, a freebie. After all these years of following Chloe around the world, hanging out on the side of the road, fighting the traffic in the hire car and negotiating road closures to find a spot to watch them flash by we finally got invited to an event as special guests.

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Chloe Hosking’s dad scored tickets to the most progressive race in the world — Tom Palmer

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Ladies Tour of Qatar 2014 - Final Km’s Stage 4 - Sealine Beach Resort  › Doha Corniche (by Cycling Videos)

Stage 4 results
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano,
2. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
3. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS
4. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon
5. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol
6. Shelley Olds (USA) Alé-Cipollini
7. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France
8. Roxane Fournier (Fra) France
9. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans
10. Xiao Ling Luo (Chn) China ChongMing-Giant Pro Cycling

Final General Classification
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano
2. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, + 00:22
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, + 00:36
4. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 00:50
5. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, + 01:02
6. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 01:06
7. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol, + 01:44
8. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy, + 01:55
9. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized-lululemon, + 02:03
10. Anna van der Breggan (Ned) Rabobank-Liv,+ 02:33

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"It’s my huge goal, that’s what I’m working towards," Hosking told Cyclingnews of the Qatar world championships. "I think the course in Rio [for the 2016 Olympics] isn’t really up my alley, so my focus is on the Qatar world championships."

The flat terrain of Qatar lends itself to a sprinters’ course, and twelve months ago, both Eddy Merckx and representatives of the Qatar Cycling Federation poured cold water on the notion that a climb would be constructed especially for the race, even if the rumour is one that persists.

"I’m not really sure what the course is going to be like because I think they can build anything here," Hosking said. "They could build a massive hill, so you never know. I’ve heard all different things, I heard talk about a tunnel with air conditioning. We’ll have to wait and see, but I love racing in Qatar."

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Hosking Has 2016 Vision In Qatar | Cyclingnews.com

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"After a difficult day covering attacks in the wind, Wild won the final sprint." - via Wild Wins, Regains Lead at Qatar! - News | Giant Bicycles | United States

Stage 3, 2014 Tour of Qatar
1.   Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano, 
2.   Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
3.   Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, s.t.
4.   Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
5.   Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
6.   Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
7.   Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t. 
8.   Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy, s.t.
9.   Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, s.t.

"After a difficult day covering attacks in the wind, Wild won the final sprint." - via Wild Wins, Regains Lead at Qatar! - News | Giant Bicycles | United States

Stage 3, 2014 Tour of Qatar
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano,
2. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, s.t.
4. Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
5. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
6. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
7. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
8. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy, s.t.
9. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, s.t.

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Ladies Tour of Qatar 2014 - Final Km’s Stage 3 - Katara  › Al Khor Corniche (by Cycling Videos)

Stage 3 results
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano,
2. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, s.t.
4. Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
5. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
6. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
7. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
8. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy, s.t.
9. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
10. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, s.t.

GC after Stage 3
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano
2. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, + 00:09
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, + 00:21
4. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 00:35
5. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, + 00:47
6. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 00:55
7. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol, + 01:29
8. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Italy, + 01:40
9. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized-lululemon, + 01:48
10. Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 02:05

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Stage 2, Ladies Tour of Qatar 2014

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"Pieters kept the overall leader’s jersey in the Giant-Shimano camp. She now holds an 18-second lead, with teammate Kirsten Wild in second." - via Pieters Wins Stage, Takes Lead at Qatar! - News | Giant Bicycles | United States
GC after Stage 2, 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar 1. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, 5:03:28 2. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano, + 00:07 3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, + 00:18 4. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 00:28 5. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol, + 00:30 6. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 00:31 7. Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:38 8. Valentina Scandolara (Ita) ORICA-AIS, s.t. 9. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans, s.t. 10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.

"Pieters kept the overall leader’s jersey in the Giant-Shimano camp. She now holds an 18-second lead, with teammate Kirsten Wild in second." - via Pieters Wins Stage, Takes Lead at Qatar! - News | Giant Bicycles | United States

GC after Stage 2, 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar
1. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Shimano, 5:03:28
2. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Liv-Shimano, + 00:07
3. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products, + 00:18
4. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 00:28
5. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol, + 00:30
6. Melissa Hoskins (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 00:31
7. Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:38
8. Valentina Scandolara (Ita) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
9. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.