So much racing, so much fun – and the next fortnight will be full of muddy winter CX excitement. The weekend kicked off in Essen for the 5th round of the 2014/15 bpost bank trofee, the GP Rouwmoer. Here’s the short Sporza highlights video – and there are the usual lovely photos on cyclephotos.co.uk.
Then Sunday, and on of the most gorgeous courses in cyclocross, the Namur World Cup. Oh, it’s beautiful, and oh it’s tough – all sharp climbs, steep descents and an off-camber section that’s just brutal. Thanks to the UCI, we can watch the full race replay video – but I do caveat that the technical side was a bit wonky, so we don’t have any of the course noise, or atmosphere. It may be geo-restricted in some countries – if it is for you, try Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK and refresh (turn your tunnelbear off as soon as the stream’s running, to save your allocation). Here’s the highlights video, with an interview with the winner, Kateřina Nash:
In part 1 of the women’s cycling survey analysis, we looked at who replied, and in part 2, what cycling they follow – but this question is where it gets much more complicated – asking the respondents what it is they like about cycling in general. I’m going to break this section into two posts, starting with which riders, or kinds of riders, people like, but this is the question we asked:
What is it that you like about cycling? (please tick all that apply)
1,632 people replied, and as they could tick different options, the percentages are of the respondents, rather than the total number of ticks overall.
Now, bear in mind we wrote this question when we thought we’d get a couple of hundred responses at most…. If I was doing this again, I’d be all about the drop-down menus and auto-counting, because while I adore reading the answers, it has taken me a little bit of time to get through the answers, because 550 people left comments. And they’re awesome comments, I love them. I’ve picked some at random:
In the deep midwinter…. Yes, the CX season ramps up, with races on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and this weekend we have another one of those iconic World Cups - Namur. This race takes place all over the citadel, the forested hill that rises above the river and the town, and it’s steep, one for the riders with MTB skills, who can climb and enjoyt the technical descents. It’s the first race back for Marianne Vos (and maybe Pauline Ferrand-Prévot‘s chance to win her first CX World Cup?) and yes, we can watch live!
Here’s the stream for the women – Sunday 21st December, 2014, 13:30 European CET (12:30pm UK GMT; 7:30am USA EST; 11:30pm Aussie AEDT)
The men’s race will stream here on the UCI Youtube, starting at 15:00 CET (2pm GMT; 9am EST; 2am AEDT) and there’ll be streams in the usual places too. If you can’t watch the UCI stream, try something like Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK.
If you’re excited by the December cyclocross mayhem, you can check out what else is on in midwinter with gs’ handy cyclocross calendar – and here’s my guide to watching the non-World Cup races. Mull some wine, chuck some logs on the fire (erm, turn up the central heating?) and enjoy the best Belgian festive traditions of muddy carnage and extreme bike suffering!
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:
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)
To stream the most statistically valid podcast available on this page, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
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