This week Sarah and I discuss races in London and France (along with some others). Then I fail at live-ish Twitter searching and we discuss a whole bunch of ways in which you can help make the sport better. It’s good news everybody! (Also don’t forget to check all the links below, especially the things we forgot to mention in the podcast, particularly the links to live coverage of the junior track worlds!). (59:39 MIN / 57.27 MB)
Things we talked about this week:
We’re mid-way through La Route de France, and Giorgia Bronzini has won the three road stages, while Emma Johansson won the Prologue and leads the GC. You can follow the race via photos and daily race reports on womenscycling.net, on Le Blog de Gwéna and via the race twitter. Tiffany Cromwell is blogging about the race on her website – and of course there are daily race reports, with photos, on the ORICA-AIS website.
Our best wishes to Ashleigh Moolman, who crashed and broke her hand in Stage 3 – terrible luck, especially after a great week, where she came 2nd on Stage 2, and had won an award as Most Influential Woman in South African sport
— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) August 1, 2013
Heal fast, Ash, and come back stronger.
In London it was the Prudential Ride London weekend, and while we’re not happy that the women weren’t allowed to ride the road race, the Crit was exciting, and on tv, with excellent commentary from Rochelle Gilmore. Laura Trott won, and you can see the full results here – we really liked Velofocus’ photos of the race.
Sengers Ladies Cycling Team have been on fire, with an all-Sengers podium at the the Lotto Cycling Cup round, Erondegemse Pijl (aka Erpe-Mere). The Lotto Cycling Cup concludes with the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour, later this month:
The state of women’s cycling
The USA League of American Bicyclists has published Women on a Roll, a report into cycling in the USA. It found:
- From 2003 to 2012, the number of women and girls who bicycle rose 20%, compared to a .5% decline among men
- Women are the new majority: 60% of bicycle owners aged 17-28 years old are women.
- Women accounted for 37% of the bicycle market in 2011, spending $2.3 billion.
- Women are still underrepresented in leadership positions, including the boards of national industry and advocacy organizations — and their membership.
Bad news from the USA – 20 year old Madalyn Godby tested positive for clenbuterol, and had her Pan-American track championships medals stripped.
A formal call out before the CA women’s commission meets – ideas around development for women’s cycling. Pls email firstname.lastname@example.org
— Katherine Bates (@KatherineLBates) July 31, 2013
Emma Pooley says “fine words butter no parsnips” in an interview on women’s cycling in the Guardian. if you’ve got a good buttered parsnip recipe, Dan would love it if you could leave it in the comments.
In the UK, a Parliamentary Committee has been launched to look at Women & Sports, and of course, this encompasses cycling. The Committee is asking for submissions:
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to investigate what barriers remain to women’s participation in sport and how to overcome these, focusing on:
- Availability of facilities for training and playing sport, for both girls and women, at both elite and grassroots levels;
- Finance, including sponsorship and prize money;
- Media coverage;
- Reasons why participation in sport by women decreases;
- The variety of sports on offer to girls at school.
Cycling you can watch live
Sarah forgot to mention it in the podcast, but this week it’s the 2013 Junior Track World Championships in Glasgow, 7th – 11th August. As always, this is a great place to spot future stars, and it’s being streamed live! Go to the race live page and click on the youtube box. All the information about the race will be on the race website, including the competition schedule and the results – and you can follow the Champs on the excellent twitter account.
The other live racing this weekend is the MTB World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne. Sarah will be following the coverage of the Downhill (including practice runs and qualifications) with Dirt Magazine and Red Bull Bike, and watching it all live on Red Bull tv via these links:
- Women’s Cross Country World Cup #5, 10th August 2013, 4:18pm BST/17:18 CEST/11:18am USA EDT & Québec Canada/8:18am USA PDT
- Men’s Cross Country World Cup #5, 10th August 2013, 6:48pm BST/18:48 CEST/1:48pm USA EDT & Québec Canada/10:18am USA PDT
- Women’s & Men’s Downhill World Cup #4, 11th August, 8:15pm BST/21:15 CEST/3:15pm USA EDT & Québec Canada/12:18pm USA PDT
If you’re in Australia, SBS’ Cycling Central weekly programme is dedicated to women’s cycling on Sunday 11th August – 6pm AEST, SBS 2. It’s not streamed live, but it might turn up on the Cycling Central video page.