This week we revisit all of the excitement from the Women’s World Tour at the Ronde van Drenthe. There’s more great racing from Drentse 8 and Setmarna Ciclista Valenciana. On top of this we have several really good articles about ways to improve women’s cycling to discuss and there’s been some interesting news in regards to British Cycling, and Jeannie Longo’s husband Patrice Ciprelli. Of course we can’t finish on a downer so we also take note of some of the fun stuff we’ve seen around the web this week. As always, heaps of links and videos in the post on the website!
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News and videos from the last week in women’s cycling
This week’s racing
Videos, photos and more from the excellent Ronde van Drenthe in this post here.
Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Race reports (we love Yolanda Álvarez‘ reporting on Ciclismofem!)
- Stage 1: Ciclismofem
- Stage 2: Ciclismofem and Cervélo Bigla
- Stage 3: Ciclismofem
- Stage 4: Ciclismofem and Cervélo Bigla
Other things we saw this week
Three things about making women’s cycling media:
- Sarah contributed to this Ella Cycling Tips piece, asking editors and people who write about women’s cycling what we’ve learned from covering the sport. Please do click and read it – the other people in it are super-interesting.
- Find out more about the process of making the Wiggle High5 race videos – Coreen Mazzochi is blogging about her experiences following and documenting the team, over on her website, Tan Line Sport.
- Sarah’s latest podcast interview is with Abby Mickey and Lindsay Bayer, both of whom are professional cyclists, and Bayer the co-owner of Hagens Berman Supermint, and are running their own podcasts. Make sure you listen to Mickey’s Wheel Talk podcast and Bayer’s The Dirtfield Recordings.
Not cycling, but media and women and sport: the fantastic This Girl Can campaign, to get more women taking part in sport and physical activity, has launched their 2017 advertising
Two articles on what could/should be done to help women’s cycling grow. This one on SBS Cycling Central is really interesting – and the final point is that we shouldn’t use the phrase “women’s cycling”. Sarah disagrees – she wrote about why she says “women’s cycling” last year (and why we also say “men’s cycling” too!)
Monique Hanley also has some ideas – she’s framed hers in terms of SMART objectives, with Key Performance Indicators, demonstrating that actually you can really easily break the steps down into simple actions. Read it on Ella, we love it.
If you need a reminder of why the sport really does need to change, here’s an example – Hannah Dobson’s piece on Singletrack Magazine about the UCI’s introduction of a new Short track MTB World Cup… for men only…
A reminder of simple things fans can do to help grow the sport – take five minutes a week to do some of these.
Someone we both really admire, who is fantastic at making her own cycling media, and being a wonderful voice for women on bikes, is Jools Walker, Lady Vélo. Sarah really loved her post on what she’s learned in the seven years since she bought her Pashley, including overcoming imposter-syndrome. Please do click through and read – and make sure you’re following Jools on twitter and instagram.
British Cycling’s slow-motion collapse continues – this week was all about the suppression of the report into Jess Varnish‘s allegations of bullying.
- That independent report was leaked this week – and the Daily Mail reports that the review may be compromised by riders’ ‘code of silence’
- The Guardian reported that UK Sport won’t back the new BC Chair, given his involvement in the various debacles – but later denied that they’d called for his resignation (eg Road.cc report). Unsurprisingly, Varnish thinks the whole Board should resign. She has an interview about the whole thing on BBC Sport.
- Emma Pooley‘s comments on the released report – behind paywall at The Times, or summarised on Road.cc and the Guardian.
- While a lot commentary is framed around Varnish, it’s important to remember that BC has a long history of top women racers having problems with the organisation. Sarah’s 2016 collection of articles about different issues over the years.
It’s not just British Cycling that has issues – USA Cycling have just sacked their women’s Team Pursuit coach, after an investigation into bullying.
And more Jack Thurston:
Another old photo (well, a film-ette)…
Send love this week to Sharon Laws, ex-pro cyclist, who just had a round of chemotherapy.
And Molly Weaver, of Sunweb, is still in a neck/back brace, following a horrible training crash. Read about her recovery, and how the mental issues are harder than the physical, on Peloton Brief – and send her love on twitter.
Team Africa Rising has a piece on Denyse Tesire, a Rwandan woman living in Ghana, on how she started cycling, and what bikes mean to her.
Have you ever wanted to get into long-distance riding? Of course the Adventure Syndicate are here to help you out, in tons of different ways. Last week their members Emily Chappell, Lee Craigie and Rickie Cotter were in Bristol, giving one of their Long Distance Ladies talks – and Dred blogged about it, to give you an idea of their recommendations. If you’re interested in the Adventure Syndicate workshops, keep an eye on their Events page.
Emily Chappell will be speaking at the next Find It Films event in Manchester on 31st March – it’s a series of events of films showcasing women’s sports and adventures, in a ton of guises. This one will be women’s cycling related, and you can find out more, and book tickets here.
And speaking of women helping other women to get into bike riding, over on the MTB side… Specialized are looking for Ambassadors to help more women get into MTB – and you get a ton of bike stuff in return. The deadline is 31st March – apply here.
More MTB – check out what Downhill superstar Rachel Atherton has been up to
Jeannie Longo‘s husband and coach, Patrice Ciprelli, has finally been given a suspended sentence and fined for importing EPO, after a drawn-out case that started in 2011.
Rides from Team Véloconcept talk about their favourite places to ride:
InCycle TV’s latest profile of Katarzyna Niewiadoma:
This made Dan laugh a lot
The next races
- UCI WWT #3, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, 19th March, Italy – and Junior Nations Cup #1 Trofeo da Moreno – Sarah’s guide to watching and following the races live
- Absa Cape Epic MTB stage race, 19th-28th March, South Africa – here’s how to watch & follow the race live, and find out lots more
- Dwars door Vlaanderen, 22nd March, Belgium, UCI 1.1 – preview on Cyclingnews. The women’s Dwars door Vlaanderen won’t have a livestream, but follow the race with whatever hashtag the race twitter uses, and of course, Sarah’s twitterlist. Check out the great course details page on the race website. The race starts at 12:55 Euro CET (11:55 UK GMT; 7:55am USA EDT; 10:55pm Aus AEST) and is due to finish around 2h 45m later
- Enduro World Series #1, Giant Toa Enduro, 25-26th March, New Zealand – there will be tons of live updates and media on the EWS website
- UCI WWT #4 Gent-Wevelgem elite and junior Nations Cup #2 and U17 races, 26th March, Belgium – they won’t be live, check out Sarah’s guide to watching & following the race.
- Pajot Hills Classics, 29th March, Belgium, UCI 1.2
- Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley, 30th March-2nd April, USA, UCI 2.2
- UCI WWT #5 Ronde van Vlaanderen, 2nd April, Belgium
- Grand Prix des Dottignies, 3rd April, Belgium, UCI 1.2
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.
If you, like us, love Crits, you’ll be pleased about this – the USA Crits have announced their 2017 series, starting in April – and the UK Tour Series have got a promo video for their 2017 series, starting in May. If are in the UK or USA, we really recommend you try to see these, because they’re fantastic events (there isn’t a Matrix Fitness Women’s GP at every Tour Series round, but you can see which do on their venue page)
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