Podcast 2017 Episode 4 – Why Make It Harder?

cropped-podcast-logo.jpgThis week we talk through the last few cyclocross races of the season. We also take a quick look at all the track racing that’s coming up soon, including the Paracycling Track World Championships. We take some time to kick off the great team kit voting challenge for 2017, so make sure to visit the post to see the pictures, videos and (of course) to vote! We do talk about some of the tougher stories to have come out recently regarding the types of abuse that have been uncovered in the sport. It’s tough reading and listening, but it is good for the sport to bring these problems to light. (58:23 MIN / 53.47 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Sarah has pulled together the kits for the top 20 women’s teams into one big post, with links to where you can buy them, and most importantly, the 2017 Best Kit poll.  Head over here, check them all out, and VOTE!


Four sobering pieces on bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and other unacceptable practices within women’s cycling:

One of the things that’s being done about these issues is the Dutch Cycling Federation’s project to find out the scope of bullying and harassment in Dutch Cycling – listen to Sarah’s podcast with KNWU’s Anne Loes Kokhuis to find out more.

Recent racing

IJsboerke Ladies Trophy #8, 2017 Krawatencross Lille

Such an exciting way to round of the series – and it finished with Sarah’s absolute number 1 favourite cycling move!  Full race replay, and highlights:

Full results – and results of the final 2016/7 IJsboerke Ladies Trophy classification.  Gorgeous photos by Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos.co.uk.


SuperPrestige #7, Hoogstraten 2017

Full results, and photos by Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos.co.uk


SuperPrestige #8, Middelkerke Noord Zee Cross

Such a great battle!

Full results


What’s the future of women’s cyclocross?  In the Crosshairs‘ Bill Scieken tells us about it, on Rapha’s website.

One of the riders featured in that piece is U23 World Cup winner Ellen Noble – listen to Sarah’s recent podcast interview with her.


Other things we saw this week

Sarah loved this piece on Team Africa Rising, about Nouran Salah and the Cairo Cycling Geckos, using bikes to help refugees in the city – and this video about them:


What’s it like to learn to ride a bike for the first time in your forties?  Here’s Rehana’s story about how Glasgow’s Big Bike Revival and local Muslim organisation Al-Meezan helped her discover the joy of bikes, on Cycling UK.

The great Sport England campaign to get more women taking part in sports and exercise, This Girl Can, is going to be targeting women in their 40s and 50s this year – read more here, and we really liked Adele Mitchell’s blog about why this is a really big deal.

And if you’re struggling to find the motivation to keep cycling over a cold, dark winter, endurance cyclist Emily Chappell has some tips to help, on Rapha.


For the past two years, the UCI has been offering scholarships for women to attend their Directeur Sportif course – here’s a video about the most recent course


The Tour de Bretagne, a fantastic development race in Brittany, is in trouble and might not run this year – read more on DirectVélo.


We’re so impressed with The Women’s Tour – every year, it sets a new bar for women’s cycling, and then the next year is even better!  Check out the course for 2017, it’s going to be amazing!  And of course, follow their excellent race twitter.


Send healing vibes to young British rider Molly Weaver, who is lucky to be alive after a crash in training.


Two great MTB things – Hannah Dobson has an excellent article on the Stans-Kendra MTB team, which has some really great thoughts on the role of sponsors in cycling, and how we can help support teams like this – read it on Singletrack Mag.

Find out more about the teams in the Hansgrohe women’s category at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic in March


Tony Frobisher‘s daughter Milla really loved bike races, and it was tragic news that she had died over the Christmas holidays.  Tony is raising money for charity in her name, so if you can, please give to his JustGiving.

We were really happy to see that Hannah Dines’ crowdfunder to replace her stolen and destroyed racing trike was successful.  Read about that, and two other women’s cycling crowdfunders.


Amalie Diderksen talks about wanting to prove that her winning the 2016 Road World Championships wasn’t a fluke, on Cyclingnews.

Her team-mate, Megan Guarnier, blogs about her life in cycling, and how her winter’s gone, also on Cyclingnews.


Find out more about the 2017 BMX Supercross World Cup


Ella Cycling Tips join the Mongolian national team‘s training camp – read all about it.

It’s team camp video season!   Here are some from the last fortnight:


Our friend Coreen Mazzocchi has launched her video company, Tan Line Sport, and you should all follow her, and her great YouTube.  She’s making videos for Wiggle High5 this year, including this lovely cute little set of bloopers and out-takes from their Australian mini-season:


Upcoming racing


To keep up with the road racing that will be shown live in 2017, bookmark Sarah’s collection of races we can watch this year.

Big thanks to all of Sarah’s Patreon supporters, who fund her to do all her women’s cycling work, including these round-up posts.  You can join them here!


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