Guess what team?! It’s the Week of Worlds! (WoW!) That’s right we talk all things worlds (well, except for the road race because that’s going to be part two). Before we get into all the awesome things that are going to happen in Ponferrada we catch up on the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour, a race we’d rather not talk about (Giro Toscana), the Chrono Champenois with Time Trial interestingness, and THEN we start to talk about Worlds! It’s so exciting and there’s SO MUCH to talk about it’s amazing. Because we also cover some great blogs and articles we saw during the week, and of course we kind of have to talk about ~that~ kit and the kind of weirdness of a story being hyped beyond all recognition. I (Dan) mean, what else do you call a story about a nude kit that’s clearly not a nude kit even in the photo that’s allegedly nude-ish? And then on top of that, what do you say when the UCI has time to comment on that (even though according to their own rules they must have already been aware of the kit – and also, it’s gold so WTAF?) but still can’t comment on stories of riders not being paid by teams and other actual issues? Well, as it turns out, we have quite a bit to say. I know, you’re surprised. (1:19:41 MIN / 74.71 MB)
This week’s women’s cycling links
Last week’s racing
Chloe Hosking’s blog on winning her stage – including what it’s like racing without a contract for next year – we hope she gets one soon. Lots more information, photos and results on the race website.
It wouldn’t be Toscana without controversy, would it? Sarah wrote about the weird international media controversy about that Colombian team’s “nude” kit (ugh) and there are some really great takes on the reactions by FestinaGirl and by Ben Atkins. Kits in bad light are bad, but riders refusing to finish the race in protest is ok, Cookson?
Pity I took the wrong exit in #ChronoChampenois, but satisfied with last test. Now off to Spain to check courses & not make same mistake 😉
— Ellen van Dijk (@ellenvdijk) September 14, 2014
Sarah interviewed Amber Pierce on her Network for Advancing Athletes – and they’ve since published this great piece by Dotsie Bausch, who has such a story, on how embracing vulnerability can make you a better athlete.
Yolanda Álvarez interviewed Alena Amailiusik, and you should definitely click through and read it.
Dan really loved this article by Australian Sports Commission Chair John Wylie that was first published in the Australian Financial Review (think Financial Times or Wall Street Journal, non-Aussies), all about the economic argument for businesses supporting women’s sports. It’s Australian-focused, but applies everywhere.
Apparently the Amgen Tour of California and US Pro Challenge are finally adding proper women’s events… but we’re not getting too excited until we see more details
Next year, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot wants to race more MTB (don’t expect that to stop her winning on the road).
Sarah Walker‘s video diary on preparing for the BMX World Championships
Love this tweet!
“Raboing” – to win crushingly & excessively. “Kitchened” – to be lead out rabously in a sprint pic.twitter.com/EYZRGx7BkK
— Karl Lima (@Karl_Lima_Hitec) September 17, 2014
Annemiek van Vleuten is moving to Bigla next year – this is fantastic, Bigla were one of the powerhouses of women’s cycling, so it’s wonderful to see them stepping up again. Info on Annemiek’s website, and on Bigla’s twitter
UK team Matrix-Vulpine is stepping up to UCI-level next year, and as well as Laura Trott, they’ve announced that they’ve signed Lucy Martin, which makes us really happy, along with Molly Weaver, and Jessie Walker and Mel Lowther are staying on the team. Here’s Molly Weaver’s blog on winning the Coalville Road Race.
Road World Championships 2014! We’ll put a “how to watch” guide up very soon, but there’s tons of information on the race website, and on the UCI’s portal, including the tv schedule for different countries. Here’s Velofocus’ preview of the Team Time Trial on Sunday 21st September.