Team – you would not believe how crazy busy Sarah’s been this past week as she’s romped happily through spreadsheet hell. It’s not normal. Seriously. She’s been comparing the calendar for the 2016 Women’s World Tour with the racing we actually had in 2015 (and to what we saw in previous years). Then she’s broken it down by type of races and and which continents/countries races are in and all so you can get an accurate and complete sense of whether 2016 is going to be a net gain or not! It’s an impressive amount of information about the number of races, the type of races and number of race days we get to see. Also, Dan swears a lot from very early on, which can be horrifying/impressive depending on your mood and outlook on life. Anyway, listen in and find out everything you need to know! (1:17:07 MIN / 74.04 MB)
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Handy Links to Enhance Your Listening Experience
Sarah’s done up an amazing series of posts that explain all of the calendar stuff in detail and have handy copies of the spreadsheets and nice images etc. So visit these posts to get all the additional info you could possibly need:
- The Women’s UCI Cycling Calendar Terminology – explaining the types of races and demystifying the whole thing
- Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 – the first breakdown of how many actual races we got this year and what’s predicted for next year
- 2016 Shape of the season – how many races clash, what parts of the world are visited at different times of the year and more
- How the Women’s Cycling Calendar has changed over time – looking way, way back to see how women’s racing has changed since 2006.
Things We Mentioned You May Want to Click On
Here’s the Q&A with UCI President Brian Cookson where he discusses the Women’s World Tour.
Also, from what we can gather, Hanna Solovey may well have been suffering under an unhealthy influence from her coach. Here’s the original article in which she speaks about it and here’s a translation via VeloRooms. As Sarah mentioned on the podcast, while we’ve complained about the manner in which Solovey has been able to come back from her ban with ease and little scrutiny and been critical of testing and so on, neither of us has held anything against her as a person. We’ve long suspected that a rider who was caught doping so young had to be encouraged and possibly even coerced into doing so and if true, these allegations simply make an already incredibly sad story even more disappointing.
BUT dear friends, we’d never leave you on such a depressing note so here’s…
How to Watch Women’s Cyclocross Live
Sarah’s neatly collected all the info for you in this post on how to watch live women’s cyclocross this season.
And Don’t Forget, Upcoming Racing
Giro dell’Emilia, 10th October
Bpost Bank Trofee Ronse Cyclocross, 11th October
Chrono des Nations ITT, 18th October
It’s our highlights show, with bonus lowlights thrown in for no extra charge! We take turns to talk about our favourite moments and stories from the 2014 road season. There are a lot of them and it’s a lot of fun! We break it up in the middle with a couple of the less inspiring moments of the year (UCI, we’re looking at you). BUT because we like you we then finish off with even more highlights so you can wrap it up on a high. (1:18:42 MIN / 75.56 MB)
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We didn’t manage to podcast this week, but there was tons of racing and interesting things going on, so here’s my list of videos, links, transfer news and stuff from women’s cycling on the road, track, MTB trails and cyclocross courses.
This week’s racing
Long, flat race, ending with a fantastic big hill. I love this video! Photos and results on Cyclingnews.
This week there was a minor twitter controversy, as in a podcast interview with Suze Clemitson about women’s cycling, for Velocast, UCI President Brian Cookson said that he wouldn’t be looking to introduce a minimum wage for women road riders this year, which had been one of his election manifesto promises, and on twitter he cited advice from the UCI Women’s Commission as a reason for this decision.
I was interested in this, and wanted to know more, so I asked Kristy Scrymgeour, who sits on the Commission as owner and manager for Specialized-lululemon, and she told me a bit more detail about why the Commission have advised this – and how the minimum wage will be addressed.
The story about *that* kit, belonging to Colombian domestic cycling team, IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar, is still appearing all over the place. I wrote about it, and linked to Alex Murray’s piece which was the first to do actual investigation into what colour the kit was really.
So I’m not going to talk about it in itself, but I’m interested in these three takes, especially on the mediastorm – why has this one got to the point it’s in every newspaper, on tv, all over the internet?
UPDATE! And I love cyclocosm‘s take on how he thinks Brian Cookson could have handled it…. scroll down!
Before I start, huge thanks to fmk, who sent me a link to this – CyclingInquisition interview with Angie Tatiana Rojas, who designed the kit, on why she made the choices, and how it’s all felt for her. It’s great to finally hear her voice in all this.And Ghostie sent me this video of Rojas talking about it, and the team showing the kit (crazy they needed to have a press conference about it!) (it is a TERRIBLE video from the Telegraph, btw. “Vagina-like”? Gold fabric over chamois looks nothing like mine!
So, the articles:
Guess what team?! It’s the Week of Worlds! (WoW!) That’s right we talk all things worlds (well, except for the road race because that’s going to be part two). Before we get into all the awesome things that are going to happen in Ponferrada we catch up on the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour, a race we’d rather not talk about (Giro Toscana), the Chrono Champenois with Time Trial interestingness, and THEN we start to talk about Worlds! It’s so exciting and there’s SO MUCH to talk about it’s amazing. Because we also cover some great blogs and articles we saw during the week, and of course we kind of have to talk about ~that~ kit and the kind of weirdness of a story being hyped beyond all recognition. I (Dan) mean, what else do you call a story about a nude kit that’s clearly not a nude kit even in the photo that’s allegedly nude-ish? And then on top of that, what do you say when the UCI has time to comment on that (even though according to their own rules they must have already been aware of the kit – and also, it’s gold so WTAF?) but still can’t comment on stories of riders not being paid by teams and other actual issues? Well, as it turns out, we have quite a bit to say. I know, you’re surprised. (1:19:41 MIN / 74.71 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling links
Last week’s racing
Chloe Hosking’s blog on winning her stage – including what it’s like racing without a contract for next year – we hope she gets one soon. Lots more information, photos and results on the race website.
People have been asking me about my thoughts on that Colombian kit, the IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar one from the Giro Toscana. I was a bit confused – I laughed, RTed it and talked about it online last week, filed under “fugly”, because I always have a softspot for terrible kits – like Footton-Servetto’s, or the ones with appalling colour clashes. I’ve had a couple of days cutting back my internet use, so it was a little bit of a shock to hear that this kit has gone viral. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some bad choices there, and “looks ‘nude’ in photos in bad light” is never a good move, but the reaction has been a little bit extreme.
This afternoon, people started linking me to articles on it – like this one, on BBC Sport, which hilariously has protected us from the thought of genitalia with a modesty panel, which makes it seem so much worse than it really is. There are articles on the Guardian and apparently all the other big UK newspapers, and on websites like Jezebel and Buzzfeed, it’s been discussed on at least two national UK radio stations – and part of this interest is because of Brian Cookson, the head of the UCI, who tweeted this:
I want to look at this from a couple of different angles – if it is obscene; if it’s more obscene than men’s kits; is it sexist; and Cookson’s public intervention in comparison to other issues.