This week we preview the first of the Spring Classics! Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Tielt-Winge are on this weekend (the weather looks horrendous!!!!! Yay!). We review the Cali Track World Cup and the results from the last cyclocross race of the season in Leuven. There’s some tougher news that we need to talk about, but it’s positive in the sense that good journos like Laura Weislo are doing some great work in following up on these stories. Most importantly it’s time for round two of our kit vote, so make sure to get in and vote for your favourites! (1:36:14 MIN / 88.11 MB)
NOTE: We do apologise for some background noise on this week’s recording – there were builders working next door to Sarah….
Things we talked about included
Don’t forget to vote in Part 2 of Sarah’s 2017 women’s cycling Best Kit vote! Tibco-SVB won Part 1, the vote for the WorldTour teams (the top 20 UCI teams who get automatic invitations to the 2017 Women’s WorldTour stage races) – this is a selection of smaller teams, all of whom have been nominated by readers/twitterati, and there are some great designs in there.
This week’s racing
Cyclocross – Soudal Classics Leuven
Video interview with Leuven winner Katie Compton, on her 2016/7 season and more
Other things we saw this week
This Cyclingnews story about trying to take a case of abuse within cycling to the UCI is really depressing – it’s good to see people trying to change things, but surprising that in 2017 the UCI doesn’t seem to know how to deal with sexual abuse and harassment.
And USA Cycling is opening a case into the sexual abuse of Missy Erickson – more on Bicycling.com.
We really appreciate the commitment of Cyclingnews, Ella Cycling Tips and Bicycling.com to continuing to bring these stories to light, with an aim of stopping them happen in the future. They’re difficult to read (and write), but they’re so important, and we’re especially grateful to journalists/editors Laura Weislo, Anne-Marije Rook, Kristen Frattani, Bill Strickland and all the other journalists who cover these stories.
In a similar, but more depressing vein, over in the UK, British Cycling has been accused of lying to Sport England about bullying and harassment – read more (warning: Daily Mail link)
Three films that made Sarah happy – riding in Scotland, Women’s World Tour, and feminist bicycle science fiction! Sarah likes that Elly Blue‘s kickstarter for Biketopia so much, she’s buying one for a reader – if you want FREE copy of , let Sarah know in the comments or on twitter by 12:00 GMT on 24th February (13:00 CET, 7am EDT, 11pm AEST) and she’ll put your name in a hat!
At two ends of the age spectrum: Bicycling.com talk to Lan Yin Tsai, a 90-year old icon of the 160-mile Bike MS City to Shore in New Jersey, about how her bike helps her stay young…
and at the other, Ella Cycling Tips profile 10 young riders they think will be making their mark in 2017.
We reckon the Ella SHEcret Pro is protesting too much about not being Australian…
There have been a little bunch of promos for upcoming races.
The UCI has been putting out a very different kind of race promo for the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, focusing on rider’s experiences – Sarah wrote about the first one, with Alexis Ryan (and two other films that made her happy) in here. And here’s the second one, with Marianne Vos:
The 2017 women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège details are out – more information on the race site, including which teams have been invited.
More promotion for the 2017 Women’s Tour!
This year, the race is partnering with UK charity Breast Cancer Care
And there’s be a sportif alongside the race in Northamptonshire – find out more.
It’s not just the 2017 races – we also found out about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic road race course
- Omloop het Nieuwsblad, 25th February, Belgium – Sarah’s guide to following the race live
- 2016/7 Track World Cup #4, Los Angeles, 25-6th February, USA – Sarah’s guide to following and watching the racing
- 2017 Lotto Cycling Cup #1, SPAR Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge) 26th February, Belgium – this will be streamed live on the Motomedia livestream, from 13:00 European CET (12pm UK GMT; 7am North American EST and 4am PST; 11pm Australian AEDT) – Sarah’s got more information here
- Le Samyn des Dames, 1st March, Belgium
- 2017 Paracycling Track World Championships, 2nd-5th March, Los Angeles. There’ll be a livestream for the final session on 5th March, on the UCI YouTube, here.
- 2017 Women’s WorldTour #1, Strade Bianche, 4th March, Italy – watch out for Sarah’s guide to following the race
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!