Dan is busy right now, so I swapped him for another Australian, to explain all about the Aussie Summer of Cycling, and why we should all be meeting up in Melbourne and Adelaide for January 2017. Monique Hanley is a former bike racer who does a ton of work promoting cycling, especially women’s cycling, and especially through her roles on the Executive Board of Cycling Victoria, and as chair of Cycling Australia’s Women’s Commission, and she’s one of my very favourite people in cycling.
January is an amazing month for Australian road cycling, and it’s fantastic to see the strong UCI mini-season for the women back Down Under. We talked about how cycling has changed for the country – and given Monique’s roles in Cycling Federations, we also talked about the recent Genèvieve Jeanson podcast and story on Cyclingnews, and what cycling bodies can learn from her experience, and prevent anything similar happening in the future.
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Things we talked about this week
The Australian Summer of Cycling:
- Madison Nationals and 118th Austral Wheelrace, 19th December 2015. Follow live on twitter with #MadisonNats and #Austral2015
- 27th Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, aka the Bay Crits, 1st-4th January 2016
- #RoadNats, the 2016 Australian National Road Championships, 6th-10th January, including the National Para-Cycling Series – Round 1
- Santos Women’s Tour, 16th-19th January (I can’t find a direct portal/section for the women’s race, so I’ve linked to the Tour Down Under page – you can search for stuff on there, but it’s not easy…)
- Bridie O’Donnell’s Hour Record attempt, 22nd January 2016 – listen to my interview with Bridie about this.
- Cadel Evans’ Great Ocean Road Race, 30th January (again, I can’t find a portal or section for the women’s race, but hopefully more information will show up)
There’s always great information on the Cycling Australia website, and on their twitter, and there are great videos on their YouTube – we wish all races would use their format, of riders telling the stories of the races. I’ll put links to watching the races live nearer the time.
UPDATE! Here’s Cyclingnews’ video preview:
The Kirsten Frattini’s Genèvieve Jeanson podcast and story are on Cyclingnews – and I wrote about it here. The Australian Sports Commission have a strong Play By The Rules section to support athletes in all sports, and their member protection policies and documents are here, with all their other Integrity In Sport policies. If you in Australia and affected by domestic abuse in any way, there are organisations here that can provide help, advice and support.
Follow Monique on her twitter, and listen to the interview about her cycling story Dan and I did with her pretty much exactly two years ago. You can find out about all the work Cycling Victoria do on their website, including their pages for women and girls, and their resources for clubs.