The penultimate stage of the Giro already? I’ll miss it so much! It was the last road racing stage, and showed us some of the best sprint tactics in men’s or women’s racing. I loved it! My Podium Café race report, and Rider Reactions from ORICA’s Jessie Maclean, Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini and the best of twitter.
Videos below – including dancing riders!
The official video, with Marianne Vos in English, and translations of the Italians:
UPDATE! and Amber Pierce’s last video review of the stage, explaining the tactics ans the genius behind Rabobank’s sprinting
As predicted, Stage 5 was the stage where everything changed in the General Classification as the race hit the mountains. I wrote about the stage on Podium Café, and had a Q&A about the mountains with ORICA-AIS‘ Jessie Maclean – click through and read them!
Here’s the RabosportTV video, with interviews with Roxane Knetemann, Megan Guarnier and Marianne Vos:
and here’s Amber Pierce‘s take on the stage – including tactical implications and what it’s really like in the grupetto:
First, our friend Amber Pierce, who ridees for Pasta Zara-Cogeas, isn’t racing the Giro this year, but she’s making regular video reviews of the race. Watch it, Amber’s awesome!
And the 6-minutes highlights from the race organisers:
Holy shit you guys, it’s Amber Pierce! Sarah and I are thrilled to be able to bring you our first ever interview and even more thrilled to have been able to con Amber out of a bunch of time so we get to have a great chat with the inventor of #ClickThruThurs.
Seriously, Amber’s all around great and we had a great time talking to her. This is totally worth the listen. Among other things Amber gives us a very honest glimpse of life as a pro cyclist, and tells us some of the lessons she has learned. She has a lot of wisdom for all of us. Also she admits she would make out with Pat McQuaid (true!).
We had a huge amount of fun recording this podcast and I’m sure you’ll love it. Actually it was so much fun that it carried on after the recording. At one point in the podcast, Amber answers a question with precise scientific terminology that actually is plausible. I immediately called “bullshit” and accused Amber of just using big words that none of us understood to get away with it. My favourite moment of the day was arriving home this evening to find an email from Amber with a copy of her research paper on the topic that addresses the substance of her claim. I’ve made sure to include the link to her paper below :)
Thanks again to Amber! (1:06:19MIN / 63.68MB)
You can stream the podcast by clicking here (or right-click, save-as to download).
This week’s links
If you think we asked all the wrong questions, and want to ask her some of your own, join Amber on her next live Q&A session, where she answers anything and everything you ask on video. The Q&A will be on Sunday 16th December (keep an eye on Amber’s twitter for the time) and you can join in at the Glacier Glove facebook page – you don’t need to sign in to fb to watch or join in! And if you can’t make that, you can always ask Amber your questions via her twitter – she’s very friendly, drop by and say hello!
I love women’s cycling fans – they definitely deserve the best presents, whether at Christmas, Hanukkah, for their birthdays, or just to show them how great they are. So to this end, I’ve been pulling together some lists of presents I really hope
someone will send me will inspire you. Part 1 and Part 2 are full of art, clothing, photography, jewellery, books, delicious oils and much more – and Part 3 will have more of that – including recommendations from all kinds of real-life women (and men) who love bikes, and ideas for things to buy from companies that support women’s cycling. Gift ideas for every budget – get shopping! As always, I’ve got no personal connection with any of these, and buying them doesn’t benefit me in any way… but it will benefit you, as your favourite women’s cycling fans think you’re fantastic!
Glacier Glove sponsor one of Dan and my favourite riders, Amber Pierce, and she raves about their gloves, especially for cycling in cold conditions. Ask her all about them on her twitter – she’s VERY enthusiastic! They also host her superb live Q&As on their facebook, so they’re more than worth a promote. I asked her why she likes them so much, and she said:
The Cyclocross Gloves keep your hands warm and let your palms breathe in cold, inclement weather – perfect for those crazy souls grinding it out in the mud of winter ‘cross races. But if you’re facing longer rides in freezing or sub-freezing temperatures, nothing will keep your hands toasty like the Perfect Curve, my personal favorite for warmth and – importantly – uncompromised dexterity for shifting and braking. For those who might need to race in freezing temps or in cold rain, the Super G Race Glove is super light, allows full dexterity, and keeps those digits warm and ready to shift on instinct. Great for classics-style racing!
If you want to buy some of these, Glacier Glove have given us a special discount code “amber” (no quotes) which will get people 25% off their purchase (no immediate expiration on the code…) on the glacierglove.com website – even more incentive!
Alright, it’s been a while since the last episode in my ongoing saga of posts about marketing and cycling and how the two are inextricably linked. We were previously caught up in the wonder of all things Social Media Jersey and since then Sarah’s been busy working out what you should all get her for Christmas (seriously, if you want to send Sarah a Christmas present, let me know and I’ll totally facilitate shenanigans).
Anyway, today the inimitable Kathryn Bertine shared a great interview with Colavita marketing VP John Profaci and it prompted me to get back into the minutiae of selling your soul to shill for corporate hacks (like me). It seems we (women’s cycling fans) have been thinking in this direction a bit lately, also spurred on by Amber Pierce’s excellent blogs, especially her Continuing the Dialogue article and the REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT READ – Click Thru Thursdays. So it’s clearly time for us to get back into it.
Before we do that though, it’s really important to set the right mood and the best possible way to do that is to hit play on this great remix of the Notorious B.I.G. classic and let it roll while you read the articles linked above:
WARNING: This post may contain traces of sarcasm
Recently everyone’s favourite host of late-night (or early evening the previous day, depending on your timezone) Q&A sessions, Amber Pierce wrote a rambling and hysterical piece of histrionic propaganda about the paucity of financial investment in women’s cycling. Among her many emotionally charged and irrational claims was this little gem:
“And for the love of pete, STOP this narrative that investing money in women’s cycling will somehow ruin it. Money is precisely what women’s cycling needs to progress; the passion, professionalism, people, ideas and motivation are all there.”
Amber is, of course, dead wrong. Read more…