Podcast 2017 Episode 26 – A Finn for the Finish

This week we cover the results from Sweden with the Vargarda Team Time Trial, and the Road Race. We also have an interesting diversion into how the calendar shift of this race has changed the way it’s raced and the results. Ella CyclingTips this week had a really interesting interview with Leah Thorvilson, the Canyon-SRAM rider who was the winner of last year’s Zwift Academy. We discuss that interview and the broader impact of Zwift Academy on the sport, especially interesting as the second year of the program is due to start in September. As always, lots more fun, laughter and Australian weather updates included! (47:28 MIN / 43.50 MB)

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 3 – videos, photos, media & more

After Stage 2 of the 2017 Giro Rosa shook up the General Classification, Stage 3 was one of those typically Giro stages that look pretty benign on the profile, but could go pretty much any way –  one for sprinters, “unless it’s the exact opposite”, as Dan said in our Giro podcast preview.

There were lots of attacks, in the very fast race – and then the 2nd category climb hit, and the peloton shattered…. would it come back together or was it another day for the breakaways?

I’ve got highlights videos, results, photos and more – be careful about scrolling down if you want to avoid spoilers – and I’ve been adding all the extra videos in here as I find them, so there could be more than when you last looked!

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Sponsoring women’s cycling leads to direct sales!

Yesterday I wrote about 10 ways we can all help grow women’s cycling, and in it, I talked about buying or using products that support riders, teams and races.  I said that I was sad that I couldn’t use Boels Rental products – but then my friend Nic replied to a tweet about the company:

It inspired me to ask my twitter followers to share things that they’ve bought, or used, because of the women’s cycling connection, and especially because companies have sponsored riders, teams and races.  The replies made me so happy, I wanted to share some them with you.

They include a lot of people who’ve bought bikes and related products, but they also cover everything from people making decisions about buying a pair of socks, or choosing  right up to a car, because companies sponsor the sport, and lots in between.  These are just a tiny snapshot, based on who saw my two tweets asking for examples, in around 24 hours, so it’s the tiniest tip of the iceberg of demonstrating how sponsoring cycling raises awareness and changes perceptions of a brand. What’s also interesting is how many people are still using products after the sponsors left the sport – in some cases, years later.

There were so many replies that I couldn’t include them all, or this post would go on for days – but thank you so much to everyone who shared these with me.  If you want to talk about this, or to share things to be included in Part 2, please leave me a comment below, or chat to me on twitter.   In no particular order…

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Podcast 2016 Episode 37 – The Shape of Things to Come (Part 1)

Podcast logoIt’s time for our review of the 2016 season, what the first year of the Women’s World Tour brought us and some speculation around what we can expect for 2017. There’s some really interesting things that have happened. We get into some of the bigger questions about how the WWT has (or hasn’t) changed things, and we take a bit of a look at the Zwift and Canyon project along with heaps more. In our classic style, what we planned for one podcast is now a part one, so enjoy your Christmas and we’ll be back next week with a part two! (1:03:08 MIN / 57.81 MB)

2016 Team Time Trial World Championships – videos, photos and more

The first race of the 2016 Road World Championships in Doha was the women’s Team Time Trial – here’s my collection of videos, race reports, tweets I liked and more media.

Highlights and full race replay (may be geo-restricted)

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Shirt week! Summer shopping, Part 1: The 2016 WorldTour team kits

I’m very excited about the Aviva Women’s Tour, starting in a fortnight, because it’s still SO amazing to me that the best riders in the world get to race on British soil.  But it also reminds me of all the great fan interaction I’ve seen at the previous two races, and especially seeing kids and adult fans in team kit having great interactions with the riders and teams from those kits – especially the teen girl who ended up riding with Marianne Vos, after Vos saw her in the Wiggle Honda kit!

So, in case you’ve always wondered where you can get women’s cycling pro team kit, here’s Part 1, kits from the teams that get automatic invites to the Women’s WorldTour day races – I’ll be back with UK teams and USA teams soon.  And if a team’s not here, it’s because I can’t find their jersey for sale, so if you see it somewhere, please do let me know, so I can edit it in…  And if you want to see more of the team kits, I’ve got links in the 2016 WorldTour kit vote post.

Before we start with the teams, though, the Aviva Women’s Tour has a shop, where you can buy the race yellow jersey and Queen of the Mountains jersey, and all kinds of racewear from hoodies in black and blue to T-shirts. Wear your heart on your sleeve!

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Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 21.25.34Alé Cipollini

Alé is a cycling clothing brand, and the team kit is a version of the Bubbles design, which is available without team branding for women and men – not in short sleeve right now, but it’s for sale in the women’s winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket.  You can also buy the 2014 team kit in women’s sizes.

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Shirt week! Buy Boels-Dolmans, Canyon-SRAM and Liv-Plantur 2016 team kit

With the 2016 Women’s World Tour starting on Saturday at the Strade Bianche, it’s a great time to show your support for your favourite women’s pro cycling teams – and luckily for us, we have two great places to buy kit from two of the biggest teams out there – Boels-Dolmans and Canyon-SRAM – UPDATE!  and now you can buy the Liv-Plantur jersey too!

Boels-Dolmans

Boels have been the team of the 2016 Classics season so far, with Road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead winning the Omloop het Niewsblad and Evelyn Stevens setting a new Hour Record last Saturday, and Chantal Blaak taking her second Le Samyn des Dames win yesterday after coming second in OhN – and this is after Ellen van Dijk won Stage 3 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and she and Romy Kasper were on the final GC podium!

This year’s kit is more orange than last year’s, and if you’d like to look like all their stars, you can buy the team kit for women and men – and that’s just the beginning, their webshop is great, with everything from bidons and caps, socks and accessories to rainbow jerseys signed by Armitstead (OMG!).  At the moment they’re only set up for payments in Euros, but international payments will be added next week – keep an eye on the Boels-Dolmans twitter for updates, & if you have any problems, they’re VERY friendly.

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Canyon-SRAM

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