This week we interview one of Dan’s cycling heroes! Monique Hanley joins us to talk about cycling administration and culture change. Monique is on the Executive Board of Cycling Victoria and the Women’s Commission for Cycling Australia, and she’s worked on a lot of significant projects within those roles over the last few years. Her list of achievements are many and yet she’s still gracious, humble and looking ahead to the next challenges. It’s a great interview into a side of the sport that we don’t get to hear all that much about very often. Dan’s especially excited when Monique explains to him how it’s theoretically possible to get himself appointed to all the UCI cycling commissions. It’s a cracking interview, enjoy! (1:00:01 MIN / 57.62 MB)
Stuff we talked about includes:
Here’s a video interview with Monique from Australian Tour de France tv show Le Tour Prologue this summer, on her racing life and riding with Type 1 Diabetes, including riding across Canada, riding the Race Across America and more.
Here’s Monique previewing the 2013 Road World Championships course on a rental bike
and her article on Canadian Cyclist about the highs and lows of reporting on the 2013 Worlds.
Some of Cycling Victoria’s initiatives helping women’s cycling:
- Toolkit for cycling clubs on attracting and retaining female members, with a video seminar on the role of welcoming officers for clubs:
- Information for women who want to get started in different types of cycling, from getting back onto the bike to racing – and their downloadable Beginner’s Guide To Racing
- Cycling Victoria’s Diversity Policy
- Information on the Women and Girls’ Commission – including how people in Victoria can get involved
- The Presentation Policy for cycling races in Victoria, which bans ‘podium girls’
- Video about the Hawthorn Cycling Club‘s development sessions for women who want to get into racing, supported by Cycling Victoria:
Information about the Australian Madison Championships, on 21st December, with the first ever women’s national championships – and some articles about rivals Amy Cure and Nettie Edmondson‘s hopes to win the prize. If you’re anywhere near Melbourne next week, the track omnium, para-cycling and madison championships run 19th-21st December, and as with all Australian track cycling, should be spectacular. Buy your tickets here!
Information on Cyclocross in Victoria – the Brunswick Cycling Club and the Dirty Deeds Urban CX Series in Melbourne. And Lisa Jacobs’ blog on winning the inaugural Australian Cyclocross Championships.