In England it’s cold and dreary, in Australia it’s apparently far too hot, so we need some women’s cycling links to cheer us up. Luckily I have some for you! I’ll start with lip-synching, but there’s all kinds of things that made me happy this last month in here…
It’s team camp season, and just like they did in the stage races this year, Rabo-Liv set a high bar for other teams to reach….
while over in the USA, Lindsay Bayer is shaking it…
Same song, different version… CX rider Ellen Noble had one of those embarrassing premature celebration moments, and Dirtwire made this video, showing how she vindicated herself. Lovely interview at the end.
Want more Cyclocross? This weekend’s racing, bpost bank trofee Hasselt and the Overijse Druivencross, were both battles between Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Sanne Cant, and I’m very happy to see PFP back in the mud, and such exciting duels. Click through those links for video highlights, and there are great photos from Saturday and Sunday on Cyclephotos.co.uk.
This made me more-than-smile – I’m sure you’ve seen it already, but CX star Helen Wyman wrote an open letter to up-and-coming cyclocross riders, and it’s inspiring and happy, and if I was a ‘cross kid, it would make me jump on my bike straight away!
And another British star, Shanaze Reade, has been running BMX masterclasses for kids too.
Over in the USA, the 49ers teamed up with Optum Pro Cycling to make bikes for foster kids. Here’s a video – and find out how you can give a bike to a USA child with the Turning Wheels For Kids programme.
It was also a track-tastic weekend – and I’ve collected SO many videos from the London Track World Cup in this post.
Bicycle, The Film has been showing to great reviews all over the UK, but if you haven’t been able to get to a cinema to see it, you can now rent or buy it from Vimeo On Demand. Here’s the trailer, and more info on their website.
A fantastic short film – Isabelle Clement talking about her wheelchair bicycle, and how it gives her wings.
A little bit of shameless self-promotion…. In August I went to the Prudential Ride London GP to interview Rochelle Gilmore about Wiggle Honda for ProCycling Magazine – and my article is in their current issue, the December 2014 Review of the Year (the one with Nibali on the cover). You can buy it in UK newsagents and in magazine apps.
I was also interviewed at the Milton Keynes Cyclocross World Cup for the Telegraph’s Cycling Podcast – it’s going to be on their website very soon, and it’s already on their iTunes (it’s the Velon’s Vision for the Future episode, the CX section starts around the 18:18 mark).
One of the things that made me happiest in November – RideWithAView read one of my tweets and ended up riding with Marianne Vos! I am overjoyed, genuinely!
Leading to self-promotion – my good twitterfriend Megster has been putting together an awesome twitter hashtag, #cycxmasgifts, which is as it sounds – Cycling Christmas gifts. Megster is a superb contributor to my regular Women’s Cycling gift ideas posts – this winter’s are the women & cycling booklist; re-visiting the past (mostly art!); things made by/supporting pro women and teams; and recommendations from twitter folk.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m very happy that the Parx Hotel Philly Classic is going to be part of the 2015 Road World Cup – bringing it back to North America. Read about that and changes for 2016 on Cyclingnews.
Ever wondered about the relationship between sleep and race performance? Dr Bridie gives us the science
If you know me, you know I think Aussies are awesome – and this interview with World Champion and Olympian Kate Bates took me through so many emotions – it’s moving, inspiring, and made me laugh, all in the same video, talking racing in the aftermath of Amy Gillett’s death, winning the Aussie National Champs, the current course, her pregnancy and more
and look what else she’s been up to!
Want more things to make Aussies grin? Here are their victories this year
Finally, good news about teams – Velocio-SRAM (the former Specialized-lululemon) are partnering with Cervélo for the next two years, and Trek are finally getting into women’s road, sponsoring Matrix Pro Cycling for 2014.
One of my favourite riders, Sharon Laws, still has Olympic dreams, and talks about her plans for the next two years – and why despite making great money as a consultant, prefers cycling!
Yeah, that’s got rid of my winter blues, for sure! If there are things you’ve seen that made you smile in the world of women’s cycling, add them to the comments, or tell me on twitter – and I’ll be grinning all week!
Finally – the things that really has made me smile this month is the support I’ve had from people who fund me to write things like this, by giving as little as $2/month to my Patreon. I’m overwhelmed, amazed, delighted, beyond words at you all – thank you so much. If people want to know more, head over here.