Mike Blewitt and Jan Stevenson kick off 2017

The Briztreadley podcast is back for 2017!

Hosted by Andrew Demack. Co-hosts this week are mtb guru Mike Blewitt and cycle-touring’s Jan Stevenson.

Among the stuff we get into:

  • The 2017 road nationals in Bunninyong.
  • The first and second round of the MTB cross-country national series. Massive win to AB!
  • Touring the Loire Valley, or the Tasmanian Trail, or the new trails at Cape Pallarenda near Townsville.
  • Just generally riding our bikes and having fun.

Mike B riding the new trails at Cape Pallarenda (from the Marathon MTB Insta)

Mike B riding the new trails at Cape Pallarenda (from the Marathon MTB Insta)

 

 

A world-class venue named after a “class act”

Anna Meares cruises around "her" new velodrome, soaking up the applause of those present.

Anna Meares cruises around “her” new velodrome, soaking up the applause of those present.

Episode 24 of the podcast is a quick report from opening of the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane last weekend, Saturday 12th November 2016.

Featured voices in this episode: the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Minister for the 2018 Comm Games, Sterling Hinchliffe, chairperson of the organising committe, Peter Beattie, and Anna Meares herself.

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!

 

Michael England wins State XCO championships in Mackay

Momo Frank smashes it through a rock garden on his way to becoming State under 15 XCO champion.

Momo Frank smashes it through a rock garden on his way to becoming State under 15 XCO champion.

Hayden Lester brings us an interview from the Queensland XCO Championships, held in Mackay on October 2. Michael England has only been racing mountain bikes for a couple of years, but he is building an impressive list of race wins.

 

 

Newsy news special: Bikeways opened! Cycle Qld 2017 announced! Parking Day parked!

Martin's design for Bicycle Queensland's 12.8 metre challenge. More streets like this please!

Martin’s design for Bicycle Queensland’s 12.8 metre challenge. More streets like this please!

Here is Briztreadley episode 21 for this year (2016).

And it’s all news, all the time this week:

  • Cycle Queensland 2016 is in the past, and we’re looking forward to 2017. Where’s it going?
  • Two bikeways opening this week … North Brisbane Bikeway Stage 1, and Moreton Bay Rail Link cycleway! More people cycling on bikeways more often!
  • And Brisbane City Council’s Parking Day 2016 … we took part.

And one last thing: Are you our new road racing contributor, covering mens and womens Queensland Road Teams Series races? Get in touch if that sounds like fun to you.

Trends in mountain biking: e-bikes, plus-sized tyres, etc

So this sounds like a milestone, so why not claim it. Here’s the 20th episode of Briztreadley for 2016!

I’m joined in the studio by Imogen Smith and Mike Blewitt, and on the agenda this time:

  • The Olympic Games mountain bike cross-country events.
  • The Chicks in the Sticks womens-only three-hour enduro at Karingal last Sunday.
  • The Flight Centre Epic, and the changing nature of marathon events around Australia.
  • And should I race out and buy an e-bike with 27.5+ tyres??

Plus, our man Hayden Lester at the National Cyclocross Championships in Adelaide has interviews with new elite male national champ, the national President of MTBA, and the Pride of Kenmore.

Always great to see the Chief Chick Jordana enjoying herself on the mtb! Photo by ESI Sports Photography.

Always great to see the Chief Chick Jordana enjoying herself on the mtb! Photo by ESI Sports Photography.

More Olympic musings, plus Mike goes mtb racing in Mackay

Racing and then hanging out in a tropical paradise ... this Eungella, just west of Mackay. Mike Blewitt photo.

Racing and then hanging out in a tropical paradise … this is Eungella, just west of Mackay. Mike Blewitt photo.

Here’s Episode 19 of the Briztreadley pod for 2016, and the second Olympic edition, after which Imogen Smith, Mike Blewitt and Andrew Demack still failed to give a proper preview of the cross-country mountain biking.

So you can choose your own favourites … Imo likes Sabine Spitz in the womens, and Mike picks Julian Absalon in the mens. The favourites will be Swiss pair Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter. We will see!

Track 101 for the Rio Olympics

This is Episode 18 for the Briztreadley podcast this year, just in time for the track cycling at the Olympics.

Your host Andrew Demack gets the low-down on the five track cycling events at the Olympics from Emily Rosemond, former Australian champion and now coach at the Track Cycling Academy.

Plus there’s embarrassing revelations about the interview we don’t have for this episode. Oh dear. Never mind.

Those Chicks Are In The Sticks Again, in August

A lot of the fun of Chicks in the Sticks happens as ladies acquire new skills on the mtb in the lead-up events.

A lot of the fun of Chicks in the Sticks happens as ladies acquire new skills on the mtb in the lead-up events.

A big welcome into the Briztreadley studio for Cathy Peel, my special guest this week for Episode 17 for 2016.

We talk about:

  • The Tour de France
  • Chicks in the Sticks &
  • The #BrassMonkeyTour and #sunnycoasthelongway tour.

Riding and racing in an SEQ winter

It’s a nice time of year for riding. So that’s what I’ve been doing …

Riding the border track near Stanthorpe

Riding the border track near Stanthorpe

But enough about me … what’s in the podcast?

  • Brendan Johnston talks about his ride at the Bayview Blast
  • Chris Jongewaard blitzes his rivals at the National Cyclocross Series rounds in SEQ
  • Rebecca Locke and Naomi Williams fill us in on their secret team tactics talks.

Thanks to Hayden Lester for his on-going efforts with getting the interviews!