North Star Grand Prix – 2015 and beyond

So, you may remember that a few weeks ago Sarah and I mentioned on the podcast the interesting story of Carmen Small racing with the men at the North Star Grand Prix this year. We thought it was an interesting story, particularly in terms of the race not being able to find enough women to ride this year and a creative solution to an unusual set of circumstances.

I thought it’d be interesting to get in touch with the race organisers to find out a little more about how this all came together and what it means for future editions of the North Star Grand Prix. Thanks to our mate Chris Rivera (who’s a big advocate for women’s cycling and a volunteer at the North Star Grand Prix himself) I was able to get in touch with David LaPorte, the Executive Director of the North Star Bicycle Festival and Promoter of the North Star Grand Prix to ask him a few questions.

ProWomen’sCycling: There’s been a fair bit of attention on the North Star Grand Prix and particularly on the fact that Carmen Small raced with the men. This is a marked difference to previous years when there was a separate women’s event. How has the response been so far?

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Things I’ve seen recently – December 30th 2013 edition

Mostly I’ve been watching the mid-winter cyclocross – so many great races and fun things, and I’ve been collecting links to videos, photos and other CX miscellany in this post (I especially love Balínt Hamvas’ race photos) as well as how to watch this week’s races – but these are some other things I’ve liked recently.  If there’s anything you’ve seen that I’ve missed, please please add that to the comments, or let me know on twitter.

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is joining Maja Włoszczowska and Jolanda Neff on the Giant Pro XC Team for the 2014 cross country MTB season.  Here’s a video about her

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