This is part 2 of a series of mini-posts looking at the women’s cycling audience survey Dan and I ran back in September. Part 1 was about what we did and why, and who responded – this post will look at what cycling people watch.
Now, I said in part 1, we ran this over Road Worlds, so the responses will skew to road – we probably would have got different responses if we were running it over MTB or CX World Championships. But even so, there wasn’t as much pro road dominance as I’d thought we’d get.
What do people follow?
This question was answered by 1,632 people. It was asked in a checklist, and people could pick as many varieties as they wanted – so the percentages are of the number of respondents. The list going down to cyclocross was included in a drop-down menu, and then there was an “other” box where people added other things. From cadet to paracycling are answers where more than one people mentioned it in the “other” box. The other types of cycling people mentioned:
Christina Siggaard is a 20-year-old Danish cyclist, who came third in the 2011 Junior Road World Championships, and 7th in the Junior ITT Worlds the following year, and after two years on Scandinavian teams, has just signed to British-based UCI team Matrix Pro Cycling. We talked about how 2014 was not a good year for her, with big team problems that ended up with both her parents working for the riders – but she’s not bitter about it, has learned all kinds of lessons from the experience, and is looking forward to moving forward. Including how she got into bike riding, what the cycling scene in Denmark is like, her favourite kinds of racing, her first team camp with Matrix, and much more. (29:00 MIN / 27.84 MB)
To stream the most Danish interview on this site (so far!), click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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In England it’s cold and dreary, in Australia it’s apparently far too hot, so we need some women’s cycling links to cheer us up. Luckily I have some for you! I’ll start with lip-synching, but there’s all kinds of things that made me happy this last month in here…
It’s team camp season, and just like they did in the stage races this year, Rabo-Liv set a high bar for other teams to reach….
while over in the USA, Lindsay Bayer is shaking it…
Same song, different version… CX rider Ellen Noble had one of those embarrassing premature celebration moments, and Dirtwire made this video, showing how she vindicated herself. Lovely interview at the end.
All the results are on Tissot, and if you want to see videos from the men’s races, check out the UCI’s and British Cycling’s youtubes. Here’s the UCI’s combined live racing from the final session, with highlights from previous races
On Day 1 we had the women’s Team Pursuit, Team Sprint and Scratch race. Here’s the British Cycling highlights video
BBC Sport’s Day 1 video clip; Race reports & photos from the morning and evening sessions on Track Cycling; Race report and photos from British Cycling; Race report and photo gallery from Cycling Australia; Photos on Cyclingnews.
I’ve had this post in draft for the last month, and every time I’ve been about to post it, I’ve seen something new. But I should just press “publish” now – it’s a collection of things I’ve seen in the last month about women and sports, with an emphasis on cycling, of course!
There was a lot of talk about women and sports and equality recently, and my favourite was this piece by Hadley Freeman in the Guardian: Female athletes stealing from men? I call it equal pay. It’s a pithy, witty, and righteously angry response to some really stupid commentary that we can’t give parity to women as it would hurt men somehow. Click through, you won’t regret it.
Here’s a great tweet about the issue in cyclocross
And some really interesting information about the Basque campaign for equality for women’s cycling.
While equal pay is a huge issue in women’s sports in most of the world, it’s important to me to remember that just riding a bike is a right not all women share. So I’m always heartened by articles about the Afghan women’s cycling team, like this one in the Guardian, on how they’re aiming for the Olympics. And there’s a great audio interview with Yara Sallam, a young Egyptian feminist and lawyer, on how women are reclaiming public spaces by riding bikes, scooters and motorbikes. It’s by the Association for Women’s rights in Development, and it’s really inspiring.