So you’ve heard a lot about the amazing and incredible sport of women’s cycling, but you’re just not sure how to get started on your journey to become the world’s greatest fan. That’s ok because Sarah and Dan have got your back! This week Sarah and Dan provide an intro to women’s cycling for newcomers to the sport, explaining how races work, how they’re different to men’s races and then also go into an overview of the main teams to watch, along with an overview of the 2015 races and season. It’s the perfect primer to get you started for an exciting year of racing. Already an expert? That’s cool too, because now you’ve got the perfect tool to share with your friends so they will know what the hell you’re talking about all year! (1:15:02 MIN / 71.53 MB)
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Stuff we talked about
You can view the full list of women’s registered UCI teams for 2015 here (you’ll need to change the ‘Category’ dropdown menu to UCI Women’s Teams). You can click on the name of each team to see the list of riders and learn more about them.
If you need some help spotting which team is which on the road, Sarah’s compiled some handy posts over at Podium Cafe. You can even vote for your favourite kit! Here’s the main UCI team post and here’s the post for the best of the rest.
If you’d like to take a look at the full 2015 race calendar, then this is the link for you!
Lastly, Sarah does a huge amount of work promoting women’s cycling, races and riders. Sarah’s proudly supported by a number of generous folks via her Patreon page. Thank you to all the contributors, you’re fantastic!
Hi everybody and welcome to 2015! It’s kind of the season but not really the season which means it’s the pre-season, and pre-season means we’re talking about Ladies Tour of Qatar. Of course, we’re never satisfied with just one subject so we’re also talking about Cyclocross worlds, Para-cycling and all the crazy, funny, awesome blogs and videos and things we’ve seen about the place in the last couple of weeks. (1:09:31 MIN / 66.73 MB)
To stream the pre-season hilarity click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about
We didn’t talk about this, but we liked it – Evie Stevens in the velodrome with Specialized:
There’s been heaps going on in the world of women’s cycling. Cyclocross, parties, forthcoming races and so on. We recap 2014 and take a look at what’s up in January 2015. Jokes, swears and happy thoughts are plentiful! Sarah gives Dan the WORST Christmas present ever (unless it was a reverse present to herself, which does sort of make sense). Also, Dan shares a meme. Thanks for joining us in 2014, we look forward to talking more amazing cycling stuff with you in 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday season. And stay warm/cool as your preferences dictate! (54:15 MIN / 52.10 MB)
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Dan was talking about his day at the Roxsolt Ambassador Programme – come back soon for his post about the day very soon – and check out the Roxsolt team page and their Roxcycl shop selling cycling kit in Australia.
Some Festive messages from cyclists:
Cycling Australia and a ton of Aussie riders
and from the UCI (so many good 2014 memories!)
It’s time to talk cycling survey results! So that’s what we do this week, breaking down the basic demographics of our respondents and highlighting the sections that we each found most interesting. There’s lies, damned lies and most importantly, statistics (and of course plenty of jokes and swearing to go along with it)! (55:14 MIN / 53.03 MB)
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We were talking about the women’s cycling audience survey we ran in September – and we’ll be starting a series of mini-posts talking about things we’re interested in over the next month or so – and then an overarching collation post at the end.
Huge thanks, as ever, to everyone who shared the survey, completed it themselves, posted about it, and everything else. We really appreciate your support – and if you have any specific questions about it, please do let us know, on twitter (Sarah is @_pigeons_, Dan is @danwofficial), in the comments, or at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] come
Hi team, I just wanted to jot down a few quick notes about a project I’m pretty excited by. As you may (or may not) be aware, for a little while now we’ve been looking for ways to help Sarah get a little bit of steady income from all the work she does on women’s cycling. First off we added a few items that you could purchase in our Redbubble store. And now it’s come time for the next thing.
Now Sarah’s launched a Patreon account! If you’re not already familiar with the idea behind Patreon, it’s a site that seeks to help content creators (think artists, musicians, writers, etc.) connect with fans of their work and be supported directly by them in order to help them continue to create works.
Supporters (or Patrons) commit to supporting creators with a set amount per month (it can be as little as $2) and there are reward tiers and stretch goals and such. So please do take a few moments to visit Sarah’s page and look through the options. If you can afford to help support her, then THANK YOU SO MUCH from both of us (but especially from Sarah). And even if you can’t, if you’d help by sharing it with your cycling friends, rich relatives and so on, that would also be super, super cool of you.
As always, Sarah loves you anyway and wants you to win every single race you enter. Thanks! :)
It’s our highlights show, with bonus lowlights thrown in for no extra charge! We take turns to talk about our favourite moments and stories from the 2014 road season. There are a lot of them and it’s a lot of fun! We break it up in the middle with a couple of the less inspiring moments of the year (UCI, we’re looking at you). BUT because we like you we then finish off with even more highlights so you can wrap it up on a high. (1:18:42 MIN / 75.56 MB)
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As always, share your highlights from the season with us in the comments or on twitter. And if you’re looking for links and relevant information, check out our podcast archive here.
We cover all the latest transfer news and what the hell it means for all these teams. (Who’s going to lead what now?) And more importantly what it means for us fans (MORE EXCITEMENT!) There’s racing to discuss, with the end of the MTB enduro series and the beginning of the European cyclocross season. This week it’s Sarah’s turn to go on a rant! (I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that it’s about para-cycling.) Also, we preview the 2015 racing calendar and declare it an early victory with more race days on the cards AND some very exciting looking new races to look forward to. (1:09:48 MIN / 67.01 MB)
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Links and things we talked about this week
The UCI road calendar for 2015 is here (you might need to play with the drop-down menu to get to the women) and UPDATE! here’s part one of Sarah’s posts about it on Podium Café – with diagrams and tables, and comparisons with 2014.
Sarah’s collecting all the transfer news in a Podium Café post, and there’s tons of gossip, speculation and conversation in the comments. This week’s big news was Wiggle Honda’s announcement that they’re hiring two-time Giro champion Mara Abbott and young British champion Anna Christian for 2015. And Sharon Laws is another rider moving to Bigla