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Women’s cycling audience survey part 2 – what do people follow, and why do they like it?

December 16, 2014 1 comment

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?

What do they followThis 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:

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The women’s cycling audience survey – what we did and who responded

December 14, 2014 9 comments

In September, Dan and I ran a women’s cycling audience survey.  We did it because, like so many other things we’ve done together, we wanted to see what would happen, and we thought it would be fun.  We had a podcast conversation about the whys and hows, and things that surprised us from the results, but we also wanted to put up a series of posts about what we found.  These will be short posts about different aspects that caught our attention, and at the end I’ll put links into one post, for ease of reference.  But it’s probably a good idea to start with what we did, why, and who responded.

Our methodology

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Podcast 2014 Episode 55 – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

December 13, 2014 3 comments

Podcast logoIt’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

Podcast 2014 Special Feature – Episode 54 – Sarah interviews Christina Siggaard

December 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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)

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Here’s Christina coming third in Junior Worlds in Copenhagen (full race video, in Spanish) and I’ve got videos from more of the races we talked about – the Ladies Tour of Norway

More videos from Norway in this post, and the 2013 Rás na mBan highlights, where Christina won the final stage and came fourth overall

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Links to make you smile

December 8, 2014 2 comments

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.

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Videos and more from the 2014 London Track World Cup

December 7, 2014 2 comments

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

Day 1

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.

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A collection of posts about women and sports

December 5, 2014 5 comments

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.

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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.

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