Off The Front

Emma Pooley, Alison Dunlap, Elly Blue

Former U.S. Team Cyclist Elizabeth Emery hosts a new podcast on cycling that will appeal to beginners and pros with exclusives interviews, insights and coaching tips

Off the Front is presented by Elizabeth Emery

Former U.S. Team Cyclist Elizabeth Emery talks to three amazing women cyclists who are from different disciplines, each with unique skills and covering a wide range of what cycling is all about, which is the focus for this new monthly podcast Off The Front.

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Emma Pooley is a former road cyclist and now multi-sport athlete. While road racing, she won 9 Olympic, World, and Commonwealth Games medals, 6 World Cups, and the 2010 Time Trial World Championship. She now focuses on what she loves and is inspired by —racing in the mountains. They discuss the transition from road cycling on a team to the independent life of individual sports, working with sponsors, coaching and training; her future fame and fortune in Pocket Porridge along with lots of other great stuff, including the UCI and improving women’s cycling.

“It’s unbelievable to think that, one, cycling was more ‘egalitarian’ back in the eighties and 90’s than it is now and that, two, sports, like boxing and cricket, make cycling look old-fashioned, and you wouldn’t think they would be beacons for ‘egalite’, but it is frustrating,” Emma Pooley.

This month’s Training Tip comes from coach Alison Dunlap, who is one of Elizabeth’s absolute favorite riders from when they raced together. Alison competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics road race, then switched to mountain biking in 1997. That year she won a World Cup and went on to great success in that sport. She is 2001 Mountain Bike World Champion, 13x National Champion, 2x Olympian, and now proud mom to 6 1/2 yr old son Emmett! She offers a really important tip useful for on the bike, in other sports, and in daily life.

“I think one of the biggest things is getting a coach, you know a lot of riders try to do it on their own and you will get to a point when you’ll kind of plateau. There are the exceptions; people that are very knowledgable in physiology and training but most riders need help to get up to that next level, so getting a coach, I think, is the first step,” Alison Dunlap.

Elizabeth discovered writer and publisher Elly Blue through her Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming 14th issue of her feminist cycling zine, Taking the Lane.  In 2015, she merged her little publishing operation with Microcosm Publishing in Portland, Oregon, where she is now co-owner and marketing director. Elly has been writing about cycling feminism for a very long time and has the perspective of years of thought and activism. She talked about that, her books and zines, and thoughts of the future.

“I think a lot of the established bicycle advocacy in the U.S. has, for about a century and a half, been very white. Some of the history of that is back in the 1890’s — The League of American Wheelman, which ran not just all the bike advocacy, they were the first people that literally advocated for paved roads successfully so the wheelmen could ride to the bar on their Penny Farthing,” Elly Blue.

Podcast length: 52’17” 

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Emma Pooley

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Elizabeth Emery

Elizabeth Emery

Elizabeth Emery is a big fan of sports and female athletes. She leaves every interview smiling, super excited, energized, motivated, and inspired. She loves introducing exceptional female athletes to a bigger audience and sharing their stories and words of wisdom. Elizabeth is a former professional athlete who has been interested and involved in sports since before the passage of Title IX. In the ’90s, she raced bicycles professionally, traveling all over the country and the world. Some fond memories include winning the Tour of Japan with the National Team and learning to race with Century Road Club Association in New York City.

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