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….
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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
UCI Highlights and full broadcast from the Round 3 of the 2016/7 Track World Cup, in Cali, Colombia.
Anne Loes Kokhuis works for the KNWU, the Dutch Cycling Federation, and talks about the research project they’re starting, looking into bullying, intimidation and harassment, including sexual harassment, across all the Dutch cycling disciplines, and for all cyclists, of any gender and age. The Federation is passionate about preventing all these, and she talks about the background, and the next steps. The project is just the start of a long piece of work, and the KNWU should be applauded for taking a pro-active approach.
The project is partly a response to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission brief mention of sexual harassment in professional women’s cycling, as well as to bullying issues in other Federations. It became more necessary in the light of international scandals, including the sexual abuse scandal in British football, and KNWU board member Marijn de Vries talked about that, and her own experiences, in this article on TROUW.nl, and on this NOS.nl video.
If any Dutch cyclist is experiencing issues please do contact KNWU before the research project starts – and if you are a cyclist who’s being affected by bullying, harassment, or sexual harassment, please do contact your national cycling federation – there’s a list here on the UCI website (and a set of British-based contacts at the bottom of this piece about Genevieve Jeanson).
Olympic.org, the official website of the Olympic movement, has a portal on harassment and abuse in sport that includes how to spot it, international resources, and what people can expect sports federations to do about harassment and abuse.