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Freewheeling is a podcast hosted by Abby Mickey that covers all things cycling.
2 days ago
The USA Olympic team has been announced
and we have some thoughts. But before digging into that tin of worms, Amy, Loren, and Abby chat Giro Donne route reveal the Tour de Suisse Women's race, and Annemiek van Vleuten's decision to skip the Giro in favour of Olympic prep. As a bonus, Ruth Winder makes a guest appearance to talk about what the Olympics mean to her.
Jun 2, 2021
Thüringen: A Classic specialists stage race
Abby, Loren, and Amy are back to discuss all the goings-on at the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour last week, plus Lucinda Brand's team announcement. As always, the Olympic selections are a hot topic.
May 23, 2021
Four fantastic days of racing at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas
Abby, Loren, and Amy wrap up the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas after watching the fourth and final stage on Sunday.
May 22, 2021
Who wouldn't cry watching Vuelta a Burgos stage 3?
Abby, Loren, and Amy break down the Vuelta a Burgos stage 3 with audio diaries from Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) and Heidi Franz (Rally Cycling) plus a surprise appearance from young French rider Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope).
May 21, 2021
The sprinters missed their chance, Vuelta a Burgos Feminas stage 2
Abby, Loren, and Amy are back to discuss the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas stage 2 as well as the cancellation of WWT Postnord Vargarda WestSweden races.
May 20, 2021
Domestiques take the spotlight at Vuelta a Burgos
Loren, Abby, and Amy break down the first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos and what they are looking forward to one stage 2. Hear the hot takes from inside the peloton through the eyes of Heidi Franz (Rally Cycling), Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx), and Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope). Plus, the UCI announced an increase in the Women's WorldTour minimum salary, but how will that affect the gap between the WWT and the Continental women's teams?
May 14, 2021
The women's Tour de France is happening, but will it succeed?
The Dutch and French Olympic teams have been announced and a better picture of the Olympic road race is coming together. Plus, with the news of the women's Tour de France happening in 2022, Loren, Amy, and Abby have some thoughts.
May 6, 2021
Is holding on to cycling's traditions blocking progress?
After a brief discussion of the Festival Elsy Jacobs and the upcoming Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Loren, Abby, and Amy continue their conversation about the lack of Women's WorldTour racing from now to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Abby called Scott Sunderland, who works with Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Flanders Classics, to chat about what it takes to put on a race.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 29, 2021
We are fans of Anna van der Breggen
On this week's episode of the Freewheeling Podcast... Abby, Loren, and Amy chat about Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Tayler Wiles makes a final guest appearance (for now). Next, the three talk about what is coming next and one more thing we need to see more of in women's cycling.
Apr 22, 2021
What happened at the Amstel Gold Race?
Loren, Amy, and Abby break down the action at the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne. Plus, Tayler Wiles checks in with her post-race thoughts. Finally, the three discuss the upcoming Run Up, a documentary series taking the viewers behind the scenes of the top teams in women's cycling. Abby chats with Oliver Grenaa who directed and produced the project.
Apr 15, 2021
It's time for the Ardennes
Abby, Loren, and Amy discuss the upcoming Ardennes, specifically the Amstel Gold Race and La Fleche Wallonne. Abby also chats with Tayler Wiles about which Ardenane she likes the most, how the racing is changing, and...cookies.
Apr 8, 2021
Gracie Elvin returns to discuss the Tour of Flanders
Abby, Loren, and Amy are joined this week by Gracie Elvin to chat Tour of Flanders and all the surrounding stories. Gracie also fills everyone in on the Cyclists' Alliance new mentoring program, within the sport but also for riders ready to retire.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 2, 2021
Flanders anticipation and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Abby, Loren and Amy recap Gent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen and discuss the postponement of Paris-Roubaix. With the Tour of Flanders mere hours away they talk about the excitement to come. In the second half of the episode (@ 36:40), Abby chatted with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig while she was at team camp with FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope. They discuss growing up in Denmark, Cecilie's future as a TikTok influencer, and her upcoming season.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 30, 2021
'All Bodies on Bikes' a film about body inclusivity and cycling community
Abby speaks with Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky about their film All Bodies on Bikes, produced by Shimano. The film follows Kailey and Marley on a bikepacking trip while diving into some of the sensitive issues regarding weight and societies obsession with it. Marley and Kailey are taking back the word fat, removing the negative connotations that surround it, and advocating for body inclusivity in the cycling industry. They are on a mission to change the perception of who is a cyclist.
Mar 26, 2021
What better way to win than solo
This week on the Freewheeling Podcast... Loren, Abby, and Amy discuss the Oxyclean Brugge-De Panne and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, both won by spectacular solo breakaways, as well as what's to come for the women's peloton at Gent-Wevelgem. If you want to check out POC's Devour sunglasses, click here.
Mar 19, 2021
SD Worx is winning the numbers game
On this week's Freewheeling Podcast Abby, Loren, and Amy revisit Strade Bianche and the Healthy Ageing Tour. The biggest takeaway from the season so far is that SD Worx has the numbers. Can other teams catch up? We will get to find out at the next Women's WorldTour race, Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Abby also caught up with Hannah Ludwig of Canyon-SRAM to get to know the young German rider.
Mar 5, 2021
The great prize money debate of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
This week on Freewheeling Loren and Abby are joined by Amy Jones to talk about Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and it's prize money debate. Abby also caught up with Emma Cecilie Norsgaard to ask her about her first two races with Team Movistar. Later the three dive into Strade Bianche and what they hope to see at the first WorldTour race of 2021. Finally, Abby chatted with Marta Cavalli (FDJ Novelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) at her team camp to get to know the Italian better.
Feb 19, 2021
2021 season preview + inside FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope's management
Loren is back, finally!, to discuss the 2021 season ahead of Omloop Het Niewusblad. Abby met up with the general manager for FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope Stephan Delcourt to learn a little more about the inner workings of the team.
Feb 3, 2021
Growing Up in Poland with Kasia Niewiadoma
Abby chats with Kasia Niewiadoma of Canyon-SRAM about growing up in Poland, potato pancakes, and the other nationalities on her team she identifies with the most.
Jan 22, 2021
The future of e-racing with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Abby chats with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, professional cyclist for SD Worx and the first-ever esports cycling world champion, about everything from her ever-evolving cycling retreat Rocacorba Cycling, the future of esports, and being teammates with current world champion Anna van der Breggen.
1 hr 13 min
Jan 8, 2021
Growing Up in Sweden
Abby talked to Emilia Fahlin of FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope about growing up in Sweden. What her favorite holidays are, traditional foods, hometown sports, and more. This episode is the first in a series of episodes entitled "Growing Up in" that will be part of the Freewheeling feed, where Abby sits down with professional cyclists and people in the cycling world to chat about their childhood homes and how their hometowns helped shape them.
Dec 10, 2020
with Jenni Gwiazdowski
Loren and Abby chat with Jenni Gwiazdowski about the London Bike Kitchen, the Women of Colour Cycling Group UK, equality in cycling, and bikes in general. Bikes and the patriarchy. Check out more of Jenni on the Wheel Suckers Podcast! Jenni also mentioned Cyclista Zine, which can be found here.
1 hr 2 min
Nov 26, 2020
Cyclocross for Dummies
Katie Compton joins the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of cyclocross, as well as her love of the sport and her process each season.
Nov 12, 2020
About the Cyclists' Alliance survey with Iris Slappendel
After a quick run-through of what happened at the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, Loren and Abby chat with Iris Slappendel about the latest rider survey created by the Cyclists' Alliance and filled out by the women in the sport. How did the riders respond to the COVID-19 situation this year? What are their biggest concerns in women's cycling? If you want to sign up as a member of the Cyclists' Alliance and support the work they are doing for the women in professional cycling, you may do so here.
Oct 30, 2020
Katie Hall chats her career, retirement, and her future
In this week's episode of the Freewheeling podcast Loren and Abby are joined by Jose to discuss the end of the one-days, the lack of information on the Madrid Challenge, and all the newest transfer news. For the final ten minutes of the episode Abby chats with Katie Hall about her decision to retire, her career, and what she has planned next. Check out the full story on the CyclingTips website! cyclingtips.com/signup
1 hr 5 min
Oct 15, 2020
Gracie Elvin on 2020, retirement, and so much more
This week Loren and Abby are joined by current professional for Mitchelton Scott, Gracie Elvin who just recently announced that she will be retiring from racing at the end of this season. Gracie opens up about her past couple of seasons, the challenges she's faced being a professional for so long, and more. Grab a box of tissues for this one, you will need it. At the end of their chat Gracie, Loren, and Abby preview the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Flanders).
1 hr 11 min
Sep 29, 2020
Worlds, Giro Rosa news, and the "Spring Classics" are coming!
Abby and Loren chat all the news since the Giro Rosa, including what went down at the World Championships over the weekend and the exciting racing we have on tap this week.
Sep 19, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: The Finale
Loren and Abby chat the final stage of the Giro Rosa, the various different jerseys won, an impressive young talent, and the disappointing live coverage from the race. Plus we hear for the last time from Ruth, Hannah, and Brodie. Thank you all for following our Giro Rosa daily coverage and we will return next week to chat the World Championships and more!
Sep 18, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage Nine
Loren and Abby dissect a very exciting day nine at the Giro Rosa. Plus! Ruth, Hannah, and Brodie are back!
Sep 17, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage Seven
Loren and Abby discuss all the stage seven news. Ruth, Brodie and Hannah are back!
Sep 16, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage Six
Amy Lauren Jones joins Abby today to chat on the ground coverage and the lack of live video. Ruth, Hannah, and Brodie are back!
Sep 15, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage Five
Abby is solo again today to discuss stage five of the Giro Rosa, but never fear! Tomorrow she will definitely have company. As usual, we get an update from Ruth Winder and Hannah Barnes.
Sep 14, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage 4
Abby breaks down stage four of the Giro Rosa and checks in with Ruth Winder and Hannah Barnes.
Sep 13, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage 3
Loren and Abby revisit the question of gravel in stage 2 before chatting about the eventful finale of stage three. All three of our dairiests are in better spirits after stage three.
Sep 12, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily: Stage Two
Loren and Abby get into stage two, which featured some gnarly gravel and a ridiculous amount of climbing. Plus we hear how Ruth Winder, Brodie Chapman, and Hannah Barnes went on the day.
Sep 11, 2020
Giro Rosa Daily - Stage One
The Giro Rosa kicked off with a 16.8km Team Time Trial. Abby runs through the race, plus we hear from Ruth Winder, Brodie Chapman and Hannah Barnes.
Sep 9, 2020
the Giro Rosa is coming!
There was a lot to talk about today on the Freewheeling podcast! We haven’t recorded since before La Course by the Tour de France, and as it was one of the most exciting races so far this season, we had to discuss it. Then we move on to discussing the women’s Tour of Ardeche. The question arises of what race we as journalists should be covering, so we dive into that for a bit. Finally, the Giro Rosa starts on Friday so we make our picks for the final winner and talk about this years edition of the only women’s ‘grand tour’ on the calendar. Ruth Winder, who will be keeping an audio diary from the Giro Rosa, makes a cameo to talk about the strength of her team, Trek-Segafredo, in the last couple races, as well as what the Giro Rosa means to her.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 26, 2020
Nationals, Plouay, and the coming La Course
Abby, Loren, and José are back to discuss all the new national titles, the European Championships, GP de Plouay, and more racing coming up for the women. With barely any racing so far in this new season, the peloton is now going into quite a large block, and we're all excited to see how that goes. Plus, do you want José to pronounce your favorite riders' names properly for you? Tweet at us and we will discuss it in the next episode!
Aug 10, 2020
Post Strade Bianche blues
TRIPLE THREAT, ASSEMBLE! After a hectic and unfortunately predictable Strade Bianchi last weekend and an unexpected break in what was supposed to be a packed calendar, Abby calls in Loren Rowney and Jose Been to chat. They dive deeper into Strade, Annemiek's form, transfer season, and more. Plus, Jose explains her reasoning behind profiling women in the peloton, including her most recent interview with Mavi Garcia.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 27, 2020
The first races back
Following the first women's racing since March 3rd, Loren and Abby set aside an entire episode to discuss the chaos of the race, the results, and how racing might proceed from here. They dive into what Strade will look like this weekend, and discuss the actual importance of bike racing with the world the way it is right now. A heavy episode, but we're curious what people think. So, make sure to tweet at @abimickey and @lorenrowney for further discussion. Thank you to Assos of Switzerland for sponsoring this week's podcast.
1 hr 1 min
Jul 14, 2020
Kate Leeming, a Modern Explorer
This week we forgo the usual news and focus an entire episode on Australian adventure bicycle rider Kate Leeming. Leeming was the first person to ride a bike in an unbroken line across Africa, the first person to ride a bike across the entire Namibian coastline, first woman to cross new Russia unsupported on a bike...the list goes on. Kate undertakes incredible adventures on her bicycle, a special all-wheel-drive fat bike, all for causes relevant to the countries she is exploring. Abby chatted with Kate at her home in Australia, where she is currently planning to ride her bike across Antarctica, the first crossing by bicycle ever. Find out more about Kate and her causes by visiting her website, breakingthecycle.education, and following her on the social medias.
Jun 29, 2020
Directing during a pandemic
Loren returns for a chat about the recent news in women's cycling. Will Americans make it to Europe to race this year? Where will Annemiek, arguably the best female cyclist currently racing, transfer if Mitchelton-Scott is no more? These questions are discussed, along with a few other topics. Ina Teutenberg, director for the ladies Trek-Segafredo squad, joins Abby for the second half of the episode to discuss her role as a director, dealing with the current situation, the upcoming race calendar, and more.
Jun 24, 2020
Rapha, Outdoor Voices, and getting more women on bikes
In honor of the Rapha + Outdoor Voices collaboration, out today, Abby chats with two of the women behind the line, Maria Olsson and Ger Tierney. They discuss women in cycling, the approachability of the sport, and what goes into two brands coming together for a common interest.
Jun 15, 2020
Why do men and women train differently?
This week Abby chats with World Tour coach Ben Day about the differences in training between men and women. They also dive into what viewers can expect of racing this season, with the shortened calendar, as well as about what the disruptions in racing have meant for the athletes he is currently working with.
Jun 1, 2020
Getting to Know Jose Been
Another excitingly packed episode for you all today! We kick off with Loren and Abby discussing the breaking news of Lorena Wiebes leaving Parkhotel Valkenburg and signing for Team Sunweb. This episode possibly includes the most women's cycling news we've seen since January, with announcements by Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak that they will hang up their race bikes in 2022 in exchange for the driver's seat of team directors for SD Worx, a virtual Skoda V-Series 3 day women's race to replace the OVO Energy Women's Tour, and the possibility of a brand new team on the horizon. A very special guest joins Abby for this week's episode of Freewheeling. Abby starts off by getting to know Jose Been before they chat about Jose's most recent CyclingTips article about her quarantine experience and finding a way to wind down while getting fit on the bike and discovering more beauty on her home roads. As a special bonus, Abby chats with podcast regular (and favorite) Katie Hall about her…
1 hr 7 min
May 18, 2020
A professional opinion of eating disorders in cycling
Following up on one of the questions in the previous Q&A episode, Abby chats with Molly Weaver about her struggles with eating disorders while in the sport, as well as her recovery. Then we seak out a professional opinion on eating disorders with Kristin Keim, a clinical sport and performance psychologist who works with many of the professionals regarding their struggles with eating, pressure, and more.
1 hr 24 min
May 15, 2020
Ask us Anything, Again
In this special edition Freewheeling episode Abby and Loren discuss the new women’s world tour calendar and attempt to finish the rest of your questions in under an hour. Spoiler alert, they couldn’t. From their own ideal WWT calendars to their first bike races to their dream vacation home location, this episode consists of many topics as well as many tangents. Enjoy!
1 hr 7 min
May 4, 2020
Your questions, answered
Abby and Loren attempt to answer your burning questions. From missing flights to rapid-fire responses. Some funny, some serious. This episode is all over the place, in the best way.
1 hr 13 min
Apr 20, 2020
Tayler Wiles at home
Abby and Loren have a lot to discuss this week, from virtual racing to the lack of drug testing to Molly Weaver’s epic solo event. After a jam-packed first half of the episode, Abby catches up with Tayler Wiles, back home in California after experiencing the quarantine in Spain first hand. If you haven’t read Tayler’s piece about her time in lockdown in Girona, you can find it on cyclingtips.com.
1 hr 6 min
Apr 6, 2020
Checking in with the pros
With limited news to discuss, Abby hands the reigns over to Loren this week. Loren chats with former Orica AIS teammates Sarah Roy and Gracie Elvin, both currently riding for Mitchelton Scott, to hear about their hasty exit from Spain amid the coronavirus chaos, their reaction to the race cancellations and more. Loren also catches up with Annette Edmondson to talk about what Australian cycling is doing for their athletes in this time of uncertainty.
1 hr 18 min
Mar 27, 2020
An update from Italy with Elisa Longo Borghini
In this special mini-episode of Freewheeling, Abby catches up with Elisa Longo Borghini, who lives in Ornavasso, Italy, just 100km from Milan, in the Italian epicenter of coronavirus. With the swiftly moving news, we wanted to release this interview as soon as possible.
Mar 23, 2020
This podcast is definitely about cycling
This podcast, which is definitely about gear ratios and not anything else, is not a rigorous debate on the value of art and the artist, or of transcendence of genre. It is certainly not an inquisitive investigation into the very essence of mass popularity and talent. No, definitely not. We hope you enjoy.
Mar 9, 2020
Rocking the boat
Abby and Loren are back to discuss both the good and the bad news from the last couple weeks. Coronavirus causes race cancelations and postponements galore, sexual abuse cases and the ASO’s claim of working on a Women’s Tour de France. Plus, racing did happen in Belgium! Yay! Following the news, due to popular demand, Molly Weaver joins Abby to discuss her previously posted essay on CyclingTips, regarding money and negotiations on women’s teams, as well as what she has coming down the road. They discuss their own experiences with negotiating raises, or any money at all, as well as many more taboo topics in the world of professional cycling.
1 hr 8 min
Feb 25, 2020
Why it matters
This week's episode dives into #whyitmatters. Why does coverage of women's cycling matter? After a brief news update with CyclingTips editor-in-chief Caley Fretz, Abby brings in ex-professional cyclist, co-founder of the Cyclists’ Alliance, and women’s cycling expert Iris Slappendel to discuss why it matters that women’s cycling has better coverage, among other topics. The episode ends with some thoughts from key figures in cycling; Marianne Vos, Matthew Keenan, and Brodie Chapman. To look into #whyitmatters yourself, check out womenscyclingmatters.com.
Feb 10, 2020
One of the ladies
This most recent episode includes chats with two different riders, one going into her third year on Canyon-SRAM the other on the verge of discovering what a new team has to offer. Kasia Niewiadoma chats team bonds that grow stronger over the years, the equipment she knows she can rely on and more while Cecille Uttrup Ludwig speaks about the excitement of racing with her new team and new motivation for a new year. Plus, Abby is joined once again by Loren Rowney to discuss what’s in the news.
Jan 28, 2020
Racing news and Zwift as a development pipeline
This week's show opens with a news roundup from Abby and Loren, including discussion of Denise Betsema's doping case and the Tour Down Under. Then, we ask past and present Zwift Academy winners about the transition to the pro ranks and the unique development pathway the Academy provides. Abby speaks with Kate Veronneau, who manages the program at Zwift.
Jan 13, 2020
Insight into anti-doping
To kick off this week's episode, Abby calls up former pro Loren Rowney to discuss the latest news in women's cycling. Then, settle in for an in-depth interview with Paralympian Greta Neimanas, an athlete representative with the World Anti-Doping Agency. The two discuss the anti-doping system, the difficult transition athletes make after they retire from the sport, and more.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 30, 2019
Collegiate cycling makes great bike racers
Collegiate cycling is one of the most effective development pipelines for young cycling talent, particularly female talent, in the United States. This week, Abby chats with Katie Hall and Chad Haga, two pros who found their racing legs in the collegiate scene.
Dec 16, 2019
Why is gravel growing so much?
This week's episode is all about the sport's move onto gravel. Where did it come from? Where is it going? Why does nobody want to race on the road anymore? Abby chats with Olivia Dillon, who works at Velocio, Jess Cerra, who runs a gravel camp, and Alison Tetrick, the Queen of Gravel, for insight into the groad phenomenon.
Nov 27, 2019
What is RED-S? And why does it matter?
This is the first episode of Freewheeling, a new podcast from Abby Mickey and the editors of CyclingTips. This episode tackles important angles on athlete health and nutrition, and delves into RED-S, or Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports. Abby speaks with Ruth Winder, current US National Road Champion, about her fight to stay healthy in a sport that prizes low weight, and Jackson Long, a nutritionist who specializes in athlete health.
1 hr 8 min