Presents for women’s cycling fans 2014 – the booklist

Every now and then I do posts about gift ideas for women’s cycling fans and women who cycle.  It’s always a case of things I like, or that are recommended to me, I don’t get any personal benefit – I just want to help you buy nice presents for the nice people in your life!

Now, I love reading, so I’m starting with books, and I’m pretty sure there’s something here to suit every taste.  I’m roughly dividing this into books by women cyclists, about women and cycling, and books about cycling written by women, but it includes everything from autobiography to poetry, chicklit, history, science fiction, economics, books about men’s races and more.  My big thanks to Feargal McKay, whose reviews have introduced me to a lot of these (I’ll link to the reviews, to give you more of an idea about the books).  The link to each book title takes you to the publisher’s page where possible, which usually has information on how to buy. Update! I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these books, BUT I’ve just set up an Amazon Associates account, so if you buy though my links, I get a little cut of Amazon’s costs (don’t worry, this doesn’t affect the writers’ royalties, it just helps me!)

Of course there are tons more books out there, so if you have any recommendations of womensy-cyclingy books, please get in touch, and I’ll put together an second post.

Books by women cyclists

Nicole Cooke:  The Breakaway (Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1471130335)

If you’re interested at all in women’s cycling in the UK, you have to read this one.  Cooke was the first cyclist to win the Olympic and World Championships road race in the same year, in 2008, and she fought all the way, on and off the road.  She wrote this without a ghost-writer, so it’s very much her own voice, and if you know anything about Cooke, you’ll know she doesn’t pull her punches.  Read the reviews by Feargal on Podium Café (part 1 and part 2) and on the Guardian.

My Amazon Associates link: The Breakaway

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Marianne Vos/Rick Booltink:  Op de Troon (ISBN 9789462280564)

From one World and Olympic champion to the next – this is the story of Vos’ 2012, where author Rick Booltink followed her around for the year. It’s very honest, talking about how she became anorexic in the push to win the Olympics, and then came back from that to win, and she talks about all the pressure and doubts.  Vos is this incredible character, and this is very honest…  but! it’s only available in Dutch!  It’s available on Dutch book-seller Bol.com, and my Amazon Associates link is here: Op de troon: Marianne Vos fietsmalle wielerkoningin

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What were we going to talk about again?

Podcast logoHoly shit kids, it’s been a weird week! Cycling news has trailed off a little bit with the conclusion of worlds and whatnot. Sarah and I were talking earlier in the week about what we’d talk about on this week’s podcast and she said “Dan, should we do our end of season wrap-up?” and I was all glib and overly-confident “Pssshhhht, there’s no need to rush into that Sarah, we’ve got HEAPS to talk about.”

And then we got to time to get ready to record tonight’s podcast and it turned out that (this is painful for me to admit) I made a mistake.

You see, dear friends, what I took from our conversation was “We’re going to talk about our end of season wrap-up and highlights”. What Sarah took from the conversation was my assurance that we could do that NEXT week.

Sorry Sarah, and sorry friends. It’s ALL MY FAULT.

Here, to help you cope until next week when we wrap-up the season, is a list of most excellent links of stuff from the last week:

Road World Cup

  • We enjoyed this video from the UCI, talking with Michael Anderson, one of the managers of the Open de Suede Vårgårda World Cups, on what goes into organising the races (so many women’s race are run by volunteers, we really recommend emailing them the ones you liked this year, to say thanks for all their work.  If you loved Vårgårda, here are their contact details)

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Presents for women’s cycling fans – part 2

Last week I wrote about my Christmas list present ideas for fans of women’s cycling – but I only scratched the surface, so as promised, here’s part 2, with ideas that include more books, clothes, art, jewellery and more.

The Women’s Cycling 2013 Calendar

Womenscycling calendar 2013

Womenscycling.net has always been the best place to get race reports and photos from the professional women’s road racing scene, and I am really happy to see that there’ll be a 2013 calendar of the excellent photos by CJ Farquharson.  It comes in two different sizes, is full of superb images of the best racing, teams and riders of 2012, and the ordering page couldn’t be simpler, with prices in US, American, NZ and Australian dollars, as well as Euros and pounds.  And postage is included!  I love this calendar, the photos are fantastic and I especially love being able to support CJ, and to say thankyou to her for her dedication and devotion to the sport, and for all the work she has done to help us enjoy the racing over the years.  If you only buy one thing from this post, buy this!  And follow @womenscycling on twitter and youtube – you won’t regret it!

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Read on for more great gifts – and check back on Tuesday, for a whole heap of recommendations from real-life women who love to ride their bikes, and for gift ideas from companies that support women’s racing.

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Things to watch and listen to

Just a quick post, for if it’s as cold and wet and dark outside with you as it is with me, and you want to enjoy cycling while staying warm and dry….

Beryl: A love story on two wheels

Firstly, a BBC Radio 4 docudrama on British World Champion and all-round cycling superstar, Beryl Burton, written by and starring Maxine Peake.  Here’s how it’s described:

As an ill child, Beryl Burton was told never to exercise. And then she met a young cyclist called Charlie: “The first year I pushed her, the second year I rode with her, and the third year she was at the head of the bunch”.

Maxine Peake writes and stars in this true love story of Beryl Burton, a working class mum from Morley in Leeds who, with no financial backing or training, combined farm work with global domination in all areas of cycling competition from the 1950s to 1970s.

Drama is intertwined with contributions from Charlie Burton, now in his 80s, and their cycling champion daughter, Denise Burton Cole. Their perspective provides an intimate, funny and moving portrayal of Beryl, recorded on bikes in various locations around Saddleworth and in Harrogate.

There’s a week left to listen to this online – and I’m very, very sorry if it’s geo-restricted.  If you want to find out more about Burton, start with her wikipedia entry and this interview from 1984 – and there are interviews with Peake all about the programme on the Guardian website and the Radio Times.  You can also listen to Peake and Charlie Burton talk about the programme on last week’s Woman’s Hour on Radio 4.

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First

Secondly, ‘First’, a film by Caroline Rowland on first-time Olympians, including British track star, Laura Trott, the World and Olympic Team Pursuit and Omnium champion.  Either click through to watch a clip on that link, or go directly on Vimeo.

Enjoy!