Holy moly there’s a whole lot of racing to talk about this week! Hot on the heels of the Giro Rosa came Thüringen Rundfahrt, the Tour de Bretagne and new stage race the BeNe Ladies Tour. We cover all the stages in all the races and note several outstanding achievements, including Trixi Worrack and Evie Stevens racing Thüringen and the Giro Rosa back to back, stringing together 17 consecutive days of racing before they were done, and the results of several of the smaller teams in the peloton who definitely maximised their chances to shine. We also take a few moments to talk about #WomensCyclingWeek and (spoiler!) Sarah might have feelings about this one. But it’s all a lead in to the Commonwealth Games starting (which is kind of a big deal if you’re from a Commonwealth country, sort of like the Olympics because we can’t wait a whole 4 years to win more medals) and La Course by the Tour De France on Sunday (which is being televised live pretty much everywhere and therefore will be fucking amazing!). And after we talk about all of that, there’s the usual rundown of blogs, videos, tweets and various other odds and ends we saw. In other words, brace yourselves, this one’s big! (1:17:24 MIN / 74.30 MB)
Links for things we loved and saw in last week’s women’s cycling
All the racing video and results from the 2014 Thüringen Rundfahrt (which Loren Rowney and Lisa Brennauer previewed before it started), the Tour de Bretagne and the BeNe Ladies Tour (and there’s a lot!) in Sarah’s post on Podium Café. We liked the WielerVideo interview with Evie Stevens on her personal Grand Tour, 17 consecutive days of racing
How to clean your bike like a pro – by Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
We really miss the work of CJ Farquharson on her womenscycling.net and her photos , so we were very sad that she retired. Here’s Cyclingnews’ tribute to her, with comments by Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley, Chloe Hosking, Rochelle Gilmore, Tiffany Cromwell and Evie Stevens.
To celebrate the week, and La Course, Specialized test the aerodynamic properties of… women’s hairstyles. Sarah has no words.
Some extra Giro Rosa links – Chloe Hosking‘s sister wrote a blog on being a Giro groupie – and another great Chloe blog, her flashback to 2009. And Sarah interviewed Rabo-Liv DS Koos Moerenhout about the Giro – read it on Podium Café.
The Friends Life Group sponsored the Women’s Tour (of Britain) and are extending their support not just for the women’s race but also the men’s Tour of Britain – this is a great answer to everyone who claims that supporting women’s cycling would be a drain on men’s racing – it’s the opposite!
British Cycling’s video about Beryl Burton and the Breeze programme to get more women cycling
This week’s racing
- Commonwealth Games track, 24th-27th July and MTB, 29th July – Sarah’s guide to what’s on when, and how to watch.
- Para-Cycling Road World Cup, Segovia, 25th-27th July
- BMX World Championships – the elite finals will be streamed live here on the UCI youtube from 14:20 CEST (1:20pm UK BST, 8:20am USA EST and 10:20pm Aus AEST) on 27th July (click through for a countdown to when it starts in your timezone)
- La Course by Le Tour de France – this will be live on tv too – check out the website, follow their twitter and the #LaCourse twitter hashtag and the tv broadcasters are on the bottom of the race website (there are 2 pages of broadcasters, which is awesome!)