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My guide to watching the track, MTB and road at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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It’s Wednesday, so it’s podcast time!  Here’s Dan’s description, as always

Podcast 2014 Episode 25 – Sarah Goes Meta!

Hi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)

For all the links to everything we talked about from the last week in women’s cycling, and a load we didn’t get around to, head over to our blog

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Prior to the start of the Points Race, a current ranking with the points totals shall be drawn up, and riders will start the Points Race with these points accrued over the first five events. Riders shall add to, and lose points from, their points totals based on laps gained and lost, and points won in sprints, during the Points Race.

The final overall Omnium ranking shall evolve through the Points Race.

The winner of the Omnium shall be the rider who has obtained the highest total of points

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UCI - Track races - Amendments to regulations with effect on 20.6.2014

Have the UCI just made the omnium MORE complicated? Other weird changes in there - including not equalising the distances for the women’s races so they match the men’s, and opening the door to get rid of the non-Olympic events from the Track World Cups

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""There will be quite a bit of adapting in terms of racing technique on an imperial distance track. Adding to that factor, they will be racing on an open track, which will add another set of variables, not encountered in an indoor velodrome. This is certain to add something unique to the competition.""

South Africa to host para-cycling world championship

Is it even legal by the UCI’s rules to have Track Worlds on an outdoor track? I’m not sure how this helps riders prepare for Rio track Paralympics. I’m so disappointed, I really thought the UCI had turned a corner on Para-Cycling

EDIT: Someone said “but able-bodied track worlds were on an outdoor track in Cali” - but it wasn’t open, it had a roof and sides, and it was banked, unlike the Pietermaitzburg velodrome

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Short takes with Joanna Rowsell (by British Cycling)

Talking about a new British Cycling fan package

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"In addition, the UCI has named Dutch city Apeldoorn as the host of its 2015 Para-Cycling World Championships, while Pietermaritzburg in South Africa will stage the 2016 edition of the event."

UCI awards hosting rights to number of key Championships - insidethegames.biz - Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games News

So, so happy that there will be Para-Cycling Track World Champs for the next 2 years! This is great news!

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Verbluffende test Tandemteam Texel (by RaboSportTV)

Tandem pair Larissa Klaassen & Kim van Dijk talk about their racing and the road to the Rio Paralympics

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CN: Do you have a fondest memory from racing the Commonwealth Games?

AM: One of my highlights was racing one of the Indian girls in the first round in Delhi in 2010, and keeping the race close so that she could enjoy the experience of racing in front of her home crowd. She was a bit slower than me, but it was just such a poignant moment because my sport and my ability were able to help her enjoy that experience. I think that’s the beautiful part of the sport. It’s not just all about gold medals and funding, it’s all about enjoyment and giving something to people and being a part of it.

CN: This year’s Commonwealth Games reverts back to just two races for women sprinters with the 500m time trial and sprint race, are you disappointed?

AM: Two is standard for female sprinters. Delhi was an exception as they did trial the team sprint, which really was wonderful to have a team event in there. I think we shot ourselves in the foot with the British team not attending Delhi, which meant we had very minimal teams start. We couldn’t field a team from England or Wales, so the numbers weren’t there which is fair enough, but still quite sad from the sport’s perspective.

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Q&A With Anna Meares | Cyclingnews.com

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Sweet Caroline! - Southern Spin - Eurosport Australia

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I have strong feelings about the lack of UCI coverage of the Para-cycling Track World Championships - and I pull together all the links of coverage I did find. (may contain a bit of a rant)

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“I am not going to leave Rio without a medal, that is not an option,” Neimanas, 26, said. “I am all in for Rio, and I am going to make it happen. I don’t want to come home empty-handed again. I don’t just want to be training. I want to be the best para-cyclist I can be, and I think having that mentality will help my goals toward Rio.

“I don’t want to be good. I want to be the best.”

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Greta Neimanas Is On Track For Rio

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UCI 2014 Para-cycling Track Worlds: Sarah Storey heading to gold (by ucichannel)

1. Sarah Storey, Great Britain
2. Anna Harkowska, Poland
3. Greta Neimanas, USA
4. Fiona Southorn, New Zealand
5. Ju Fang Zhou, China
6. Jennifer Schuble, USA
7. Mariela Delgado, Argentina
8. Annina Schillig, Switzerland