"It’s been a huge weekend of racing, with Amy Pieters winning the first European race of the season, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, in fine style, while over in Costa Rica, Olga Zabelinskaya won the stage race. Let me tell you what happened, and point you to videos, photos and other links - and if any virtual Directeur Sportifs have been wondering about their riders moonlighting at the Track World Champs, I can show you that, too…"
Amy Pieters wins the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Olga Zabelinskaya wins Costa Rica and more women’s racing updates - Podium Cafe
My round-up of the weekend’s road racing - with all the OhN videos I’ve found, links to blogs and team reports, and more!
"In Part 1 of our interview with Tiffany Cromwell, she told us about the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, racing in Qatar and descending with Vos. In part two we talk more about what it’s been like joining Specialized-lululemon, which races she’d most like to win (clue: most of them!) and what she’s working on off the bike."
Tiffany Cromwell interview part 2: Wanting to do well in ALL the races! - Podium Cafe
Part 2 of my interview - click through and read it, pretty please!
"The women’s European road season starts on Saturday with the Omloop het Nieuwsblad’s cobbles, climbs and attacking, and who better to tell us what the race is like than last year’s winner, Tiffany Cromwell? We caught up with the young Australian and talked about the race, her first race with Specialized-lululemon, keeping up with Marianne Vos and much more."
Tiffany Cromwell interview part 1: Previewing the Omloop het Nieuwsbald - Podium Cafe
I interviewed Tiffany Cromwell - click through and read it!
"There have been a lot of good signs around cyclocross this season - with the World Cups streamed for free on the UCI youtube, and equal prizes for the women and men at the World Championships - and just as the season closes, here’s some more - from this year, the Koppenbergcross, part of the huge bpost bank trofee series, will be the first European C1 race to pay equal prize money for the women and men, thanks to a sponsor from the USA, Maryland-based Twenty20 Cycling shops. European Champion and 2013 Koppenbergcross winner Helen Wyman, who helped make this happen, came to the Café to tell us about the impact of this on the sport."
"More than just money": Helen Wyman talks equal prize money at Koppenbergcross - Podium Cafe
I interviewed Helen all about the equal prize money, how it happened, what it means that a sponsor from the USA is providing funding for the first C1 European CX race to have equal prize money for women, and a LOT more! Click through and read it all!
"The Ladies Tour of Qatar, on 4th-7th February, is the traditional season-opener for the women’s peloton, and it’s always one of the most exciting races of the year, giving us the chance to see the new teams in action for the first time. Last year, Kirsten Wild won the race in spectacular fashion - so who better to preview this year’s race for the Café? We caught up with her to talk desert racing, having her 2013 season interrupted by injury - and coming back stronger - racing for Liv-Shimano, and more!"
Kirsten Wild previews the 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar for the Café - Podium Cafe
My interview with one of the very best sprinter’s in the world - please click through and read it!
"European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman is a long-time friend of the Café, so who better to preview Saturday’s Cyclocross World Championships? We caught up with her to talk about the course, the key contenders, her recent experience on the UCI CX Commission and the future of the sport."
Helen Wyman previews the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships - Podium Cafe
My interview with Helen - rally looking forward to the Run-up of Doooooooooom and the “oh what’s quicker? Corner”!