So far in Shirt Week, I’ve shown you how to buy team kit and stuff from the pro teams in Europe and in the USA, so now it’s time to look closer to home, and at the UK peloton. And there’s something to celebrate here! In just a few weeks, the pro peloton will be right here for the Women’s Tour (of Britain) – now the Friends Life Women’s Tour, as the insurance company has come on board as the race’s title sponsor. And if you want to support the race, you can buy race jerseys and t-shirts from the ProVision Women’s Tour store. This has a ton of things to buy for women & men, including the replica leader’s jersey (delivered after the race!), mountains jersey and Leukaemia & Lymphona Research Best Yougn Rider jersey (they’re the official charity partner of the Tour). If jerseys aren’t your thing, there are loads of t-shirts, from patriotic to the race logo to just bikey – have a look! And if you want to know more about how this race happened, read this VeloUK interview with race organiser Guy Elliott
There’ll be one UK domestic team in the race – the fantastic, marvellous lovely Matrix-Vulpine. I love them for their racing, but also their support for the wider British women’s cycling community – especially through their twitter and the Neutral Service section of their website.
They’re sponsored by trendy cycling brand Vulpine, so of course their kit has a lovely design! You can buy women’s & men’s jersey, bib shorts, gilet, arm- and leg-warmers in the Milltag team shop. I asked on twitter for reviews of this – here’s what team fans have to say:
@_pigeons_ high quality, brilliant fit, even in larger sizes (note that it is “race cut”) Looks great. Arm and leg grippers work well.comfy
— Caroline Stewart (@swordpanda) April 17, 2014
(Vulpine have a 25% discount offer on their women’s clothing until 30th April – use the code TheNewCycling at the online checkout – just be aware they have a limited size range…)
So what about the rest of the UK peloton? These are some more jerseys you can buy, and if I miss any out, please do let me know!
It’s been a HUGE week of racing and we try our best to get through all the details in a timely fashion. It’s quite the mission as we cover road racing, para-cycling and mountain biking in the Netherlands, Mexico and South Africa. Plus lots more! Seriously, we’ve got videos, blogs, articles and UCI issues to talk about!!! It’s a huge podcast but it’s so fucking good! Also, Dan has an opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition and name a baby. To find out more about this baby naming business and how you can help, listen below. ALSO – there was literally not enough time to talk about everything this week, so make sure to check all the links and videos below as well! (1:26:58 MIN / 83.49 MB)
To stream the racingest podcast of the week (with bonus baby naming), click here. (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s women’s cycling news, links, videos and stuff
Sarah’s got a race report, with links to stage videos, photos, blogs etc, on Podium Café. Huge thanks to the EWT team who gave us superb ways to follow the race – if you loved it to, please thank them on twitter or on facebook!
We wrap up the Ronde van Vlaanderen, talk about the Redlands Classic in the US (and how it’s not that fucking hard to provide some race footage!). We review a lot of blogs and videos we’ve seen through the week including ride blogs from Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson, and a great video from Matrix Vulpine. There’s also a great video from Caroline Buchanan and some more blogs from Anika Todd, Accidento Bizarro and a completely left-field shout-out to our mate Laura Moo. We quickly glance ahead to Energiewacht Tour and wonder where in the world the Tour of Thailand is (we’re pretty sure it’s in Thailand actually, but haven’t been able to confirm this online). Enjoy! (1:04:07 MIN / 61.55 MB)
To stream the amazingest Ronde van Podcast of the week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s women’s cycling links
We really loved Accidento Bizarro’s blog on how harassment can be just like riding a bike – it’s a great analogy, and she always write really well, you should definitely read it.
This week’s racing
What does Marianne Vos do when she isn’t racing? Support the team, of course!
Heading into the Ronde van Vlaanderen (which really is on Sunday despite Sarah saying Saturday) Sarah interviews the fabulous Ellen van Dijk. The World ITT champion and two-time World TTT champion (she’s even a Scratch Race world champion on the track!) talks about riding for Boels and what is in store for her this year. Enjoy this special feature. (27:27 MIN / 26.35 MB)
Stream the interview by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
If podcasts aren’t your thing, you can also read the transcript of this interview on Podium Café.
Watch Ellen win the 2013 Individual Time Trial gold
and re-uniting with the Netherlands National Team afterwards
Fore more on the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen, check out Velofocus’ excellent preview
This week we discuss Trofeo Binda, Gent Wevelgem, the ABSA Cape Epic and racing in El Salvador, plus a whole heap of blogs. It’s been a great week for blogs, seriously. We’ve got rider race reports from Tiffany Cromwell and Chloe Hosking as well as very thoughtful blogs from Bridie O’Donnell and Anika Todd. There’s so many things to enjoy, including some great interviews from our friend Clara Beard, especially the one about the Saddle Sore book. We also have a look ahead to Flanders!!! It’s a great variety of topics with heaps of laughter and mayhem. Settle in and enjoy! (1:19:09 MIN / 75.98 MB)
To stream the raciest podcast with the most euphemisms or undercarriages ever, click here! (right-click, save-as to download)
Last week’s women’s cycling news
We’re starting with something very close to a lot of women’s, erm, hearts….
Our friend Clara Beard interviewed Molly Hurfurd about Molly’s book Saddle Sore – a whole book about women’s genitalia and cycling. Read the interview on Girl Bike Love, and then find out more on the Saddle Sore website. Buy the e-book, for you or for the women in your life!
Last week’s races
This week we bring you a special feature as Sarah sits down to interview the reigning world number one, Emma Johansson! Sarah talks one-on-one with the Orica-AIS rider ahead of Trofeo Binda and Ronde van Vlaanderen which they discuss in detail and how Emma prepares for those, along with how she thinks Binda will unfold and who she’s keeping an eye on as the World Cup races continue. Sarah asks Emma about being last year’s number one rider and if she’d prefer to win the races outright or the overall. They also discuss her role promoting Belgium and tourism in Flanders, along with how she’s managed to be adopted by pretty much every country she’s ever been to (as a side note Dan reckons she totally has been adopted by Australia, her English accent is half Aussie now!!!). It’s a great interview, so enjoy! (34:26 MIN / 33.06 MB)
To stream the week’s best interview with Emma Johansson click here (right-click, save-as to download).
If podcasts aren’t your thing, you can read a transcript of the interview over on Podium Café
To follow Emma through the season, please do check out her website, and follow her on twitter – and you can follow her facebook fanpage. Emma’s team, ORICA-AIS give regular updates on her progress – follow their news section, and keep an eye on their twitter, too.
Emma made a great video for Visit Flanders, and we recommend you watch it:
It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)
To stream the podcast with more bikes, crocodiles and pythons than any other, click here (right-click, save-as to download)!
Things we talked about included
DRENTHE WEEK! We love springtime in the Netherlands!
If you only click on one link this week, make it this one – Chloe Hosking’s race blog. Seriously, the best rider/team report/analysis we’ve seen.
- Videos and links from the Molecaten Drentse 8
- Videos and links from the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
- Videos and links from the Novilon Eurocup
Hello everyone! This week Sarah and I talk about the results of Le Samyn, Hageland, the Drenthe world cup series, and the coverage that goes with it – including the new commitment from the UCI to a quicker turnaround on race footage and a race highlights package with commentary from Ant McCrossan and Rochelle Gilmore. We also talk about Clara Hughes and her big ride around Canada in support of awareness for mental health issues and that Ina-Yoko Teutenberg will be joining her for some of this 12,000 kilometre, continent-spanning expedition. We also discuss how much fun it is to bicker (and how good we are at it) along with a whole lot more stuff as well!! Strap yourselves in, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the shenanigans! (59:42 MIN / 57.40 MB)
To stream the bickerfestivities click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about this week include…
And here’s the UCI trailer for the MTB World Cup:
Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)
Stream the trackiest edition of Le Samyn podcastery ever by clicking here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about included…
Some videos from the women’s Omloop: two and half minutes each from Belgian news channel AVS which includes Lizzie Armitstead talking in English and Emma Johansson in Dutch – and from Focus WTV – and a minute on Sporza. All of them feature interviews with Amy Pieters. Please click through to show them all we love women’s racing!
and here’s a video featuring small team Isorex ladies, including Basque rider Irene San Sebastian, who came 11th.
This week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)
To stream the cobbliest, whisky-ist podcast ever click here (right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talked about included…
The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series. There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)
There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site cyclephotos.co.uk. If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.