Catching up with Jordana

Briztreadley co-host Jordana Blackman learning how to downhill!

Here is Episode 11 for 2017 of the Briztreadley podcast, hosted by Andrew Demack and Jordana Blackman.

In which we discuss:

  • The Bayview Blast (and grab a quick interview with male elite winner Michael England)
  • Bicycle Queensland’s Y2W rail trail ride
  • Australian women doing great things in the mtb World Cups in Europe
  • & Jordana’s course in beginner downhilling!

Thanks as always to Eleanor Jackson for voiceovers and Vulfpeck for the theme song ‘Speedwalker’.

They’re not just plugs, they are news items

Andrew Demack and 20% co-host Cathy Peel discuss upcoming bike events around SEQ.

It’s the plugs episode of Briztreadley.

Plugs and patches. Don’t forget patches.

 

 

 

Win a lump of wood, with Cathy Peel

Episode 3 of the Briztreadley podcast for 2017 … and it features

  • Co-host Cathy Peel with an update on her new role within the Commonwealth Games
  • Coverage of the Wild West XC and Samford cyclocross races, including interviews with Jared Graves, Declan Kilkenny and Been Albany
  • An in-depth look at media coverage of the recent Santos Womens Tour, with our Adelaide correspondent Jordana Blackman.

And if you know who Anna Meares’ newest best friend is, be the first to comment on the Facebook post and one of these souvenirs from the opening of her eponymous velodrome will be yours*.

Souvenir from the opening of the Anna Meares Velodrome … it could be yours!

Cyclocross all over, and road racing in Adelaide

Hi team!

Here is episode 2 for 2017 of the Briztreadley podcast.

Joining host Andrew Demack in the studio this week is Hayden Lester.

Among the stories we cover:

  • Dan McConnell and the battle to be a sponsored rider in the UCI XC World Cup
  • Cyclocross in Japan, Hungary, Belgium, and Samford.
  • The Santos Womens Tour
  • The Tour Down Under
  • and so much more! Well, not much more really. That was about it.

C grade is underway in Budapest cyclocross!

 

Any old road is fine for touring, riding and having fun

Testing the Cannondale Slate on the fire roads of the Glasshouse Mountains on a Neil  Ennis adventure ride. My buddy Emma is keeping an eye on me in the background.

Testing the Cannondale Slate on the fire roads of the Glasshouse Mountains on a Neil Ennis adventure ride. My buddy Emma is keeping an eye on me in the background.

And here is Episode 23 for 2016 of the Briztreadley podcast.

In the show this week:

  • Andrew Demack interviews Alee Denham, who runs a wonderful website called CyclingAbout.com.
  • Hayden Lester chats with the winner of the SEQ downhill series.
  • And Andrew reviews the Cannondale Slate.

Get into it!

 

From Wooroolin to Wisconsin, wherever the trail takes us

Sarah Hammond from Melbourne, smashing the 2016 Trans Am bike race.

Sarah Hammond from Melbourne, smashing the 2016 Trans Am bike race.

And here is Episode 15 of the Briztreadley pod for 2016,  hosted by Andrew Demack:

  • Sarah Hammond from Melbourne is doing an amazing ride in the Trans Am bike race. We talk with last year’s Trans Am winner Jesse Carlson about what’s going on.
  • Andrew pops up to Kingaroy to get a sneak peek at the Kingaroy to Murgon section of the new Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail, to be opened later this year.
  • Hayden Lester interviews an intrepid overseas bike tourist, with cool stories of touring around Mt Fuji and all over Japan. And the intrepid tourist? His brother Joe.

Listen, enjoy, and share it with your friends! I’m going to try something over this weekend (Ootober long weekend), so hopefully nothing too weird happens!

 

 

Post Bike Week wrap, plus SEQ DH and Sunshine Series

Briztreadley's Jordana Blackman (centre) showing her barrier style at the Bike Week CX. Sholto Douglas pic.

Briztreadley’s Jordana Blackman (centre) showing her barrier style at the Bike Week CX. Sholto Douglas pic.

This is Episode 14 for 2016 of the Briztreadley podcast, and it comes to you courtesy of the efforts of Hayden Lester, who while I (Andrew) was otherwise engaged in Bike Week and the rest of my life, was busily putting together some excellent coverage of what’s been happening around South East Queensland in the bike world.

Thanks Hayden!

Featuring Jordana Blackman, Lonnie Toia, Joshua Button, & Declan Kilkenny (pray for DK!).

Nothing like a Kombi to make you smile

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And here is Episode 13 of the Briztreadley podcast for 2016.

  • To cover the World Cup mountain biking in Cairns, we cross to our woman in the rock garden at Smithfield, Cathy Peel
  • As the Eagles almost sang, “There’s a new trail in town, everyone’s talking ’bout it”. Hayden Lester chats with Jamie Borg chat about Kombi, over at Ironbark Gully.
  • And we have a look forward at the Giro d’ Italia and start to get in to the groove for Bike Week.

Hosted by Andrew Demack.

I’m too NCXsey for my podcast

Oenone Wood riding through the woods at Nundah, NCXS Round 2

Oenone Wood riding through the woods at Nundah, NCXS Round 2

OK, so basically it was an awesome weekend of cyclocross racing, and I managed to speak to some people.

So here’s a special episode of the podcast, featuring post-race interviews with LJ and Oenone and Vandy and Blood and Chris Aitken. Some interviews by me, some by Robbie McEwen.

 

Thunder down Nundah!! Millburn takes dramatic Round 2 in Qld NCXS weekend

Garry Millburn leads Chris Jongewaard over the barriers.

Garry Millburn leads Chris Jongewaard over the barriers. Pic by John Peters.

Garry Millburn (NSW) won a dramatic Round 2 of the Elite Mens National Cyclocross Series at Nundah today, beating Chris Aitken (NSW) and Chris Jongewaard (SA) through the application of relentless pressure in the finale.

National champion and series leader Lisa Jacobs (Vic) completed a clean sweep of the weekend in the Elite Womens race, defeating Melissa Anset (Vic) and Oenone Wood (NSW).

The positioning of a double barrier in the lead-up to the last couple of turns before the sprint proved to be crucial in the men’s race, and Millburn handled the barriers faster and better than Aitken and Jongewaard.

Barriers played a major role in the previous day’s race at Nerang, where the two barriers were placed on different parts of the course. Round 1 race winner Paul Van Der Ploeg and Aussie champion Jongewaard both gained vital seconds by bunny-hopping those barriers each time. Millburn and Aitken were dismounting and running the barriers.

But at the Nundah-drome for Round 2, the barriers proved to be the undoing of both Van Der Poeg and Jongewaard.

Much of the chat pre-race revolved around a particularly muddy creek crossing, but in the race all elite riders took the same line at the creek, going a slightly longer, less direct, but safer line.

The risk vs reward equation was different at the barriers.

Early on both Van Der Ploeg and Jongewaard were jumping the barriers, which were spaced about six metres apart. A lead group had formed comprising Aitken, Millburn, Van De Ploeg, Jongewaard, Tom Chapman (SA) and Allan Iacuone (Vic).

But only a couple of laps in, Van Der Ploeg crashed over the bars on the second barrier, catching his back wheel. Van Der Ploeg chased hard throughout the race, but never regained the front group.

Van Der Ploeg’s accident also split Chapman and Iacuone off the back of the lead group, and when it all shook down, the leading trio was Aitken, Millburn and Jongewaard. Iacuone and Chapman raced consistently behind the leaders to finish in fourth and fifth.

Jongewaard seemed like the dominant personality in the leading group. He is a vastly experienced rider, who has won many many races in CX, mountain biking and road racing.

But about halfway through the race, it was Jongewaard’s turn to stack it over the second barrier. He chased the leaders and got back on within about half a lap, and got a big cheer from the crowd when he successfully jumped the barriers the next lap around.

But it was on the final lap that the tactics really came to the fore. Millburn surged to the front, and ran the barriers at full speed. Jongewaard tried to pass him by bunny-hopping, but once again failed to clear the second barrier with his rear wheel. The champ was down, and in the process he slightly impeded Aitken.

So it was Millburn who sprinted clear down the finishing straight to take his first NCXS race win. Aitken finished second and took the series lead. Jongewaard was third.

Local organiser and the local cyclocross crowd are seeing the Queensland rounds of the NCXS as a great success. The racing was of a standard never before seen in Queensland, the courses were designed to make the most of the natural features of each venue, and it was great to see the racers respond so positively.

In the Elite women, Lisa Jacobs turned the two-race weekend into a cyclocross clinic, riding so smoothly and strongly that the rest of the small field had no chance of staying with her. In an interview after the first race, Lisa said that Oenone Wood was someone she looked up to when she (Lisa) first came into cycling, and it was an honour for her to be racing against Wood.

But on the second day, Oenone found it difficult to back up, and said her lack of preparation for the event showed. Mel Anset came on strong on the second day to reverse the previous day’s results and take second place.

The depth of the Elite mens field is shown by the fact that there were two different race winners on the weekend (Van Der Ploeg and Millburn), but even so a third rider (Chris Aitken) took the series lead.

Millburn and Aitken are younger than most of their series rivals, and are well-placed to make this a season-long battle.

Lisa Jacobs is a deadset superstar.

Lisa Jacobs is a deadset superstar. John Peters photo.