Presents for women’s cycling fans 2015 – new books & 2016 calendars – with a giveaway!

It’s that time of year again, when I start thinking about present ideas for women’s cycling fans, cycling fans and cyclists who are women, and one place I like to start is on a bookshelf.  I’ve been doing these posts for a couple of years, so I’m going to start by pointing you to the 2014 booklist, which including everything from autobiography to poetry, chicklit to history, science fiction to economics, and even books about men’s races!  This post is going to focus on the books published in 2015, either by women, or about women and cycling, a couple of 2016 calendars you might like, and includes three books I’ll give away to three lucky readers.  As always, I get absolutely nothing for promoting any of these – they’re just things I find interesting and think you might like.

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!)

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Let’s start with the giveaways!  All of these three are edited by USA bike activist Elly Blue, who you should be following, as she’s super-interesting, and are published by Microcosm Publishing.  They’re very different, but I really enjoyed each of them for different reasons.

Our Bodies, Our Bikes, edited by Elly Blue & April Streeter (Microcosm Publishing, ISBN 978-1-62106-895-2)

It’s a crowd-sourced collection of all kinds of information for women who ride bikes, and along with lots of advice for cycling newbies as the title suggests (they call it an homage to the classic Our Bodies, Our Selves), there are big sections about health in here, both physical and mental, covering everything from periods to pregnancy to menopause, cycling and disability, aging and cycling, and so much more.  Because there are so many contributors, there’s a range of tones and voices, and it’s the perfect thing to dip in and out of, although I found every time I read one piece, I’d have read 4 more before I realised!  It’s got humour, anger, practicality and a sense of the ridiculous in the pages, with happy illustrations all through it.  And if you read my 2014 guide, you know I love books which talking about cycling and the female anatomy, as I well remember wondering if I’d ever be able to ride through that saddle pain!

Amazon Associates link: Our Bodies, Our Bikes (Bicycle)

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Podcast 2015 Episode 26 – Sarah Counts Everything

Podcast logoAlright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing:

Videos, photos and links from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:

Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5.  Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:

We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!

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Women’s cycling links 25th March

This week we’re not podcasting, but we’ve had all kinds of news and videos from women’s cycling in the last week or so – so here’s a random round-up, with videos, blogs, articles and all kinds of things I’ve liked in the last week in women’s cycling – road, crits, MTB, BMX, breakfast tacos, how to cool down a laptop and more!

This week’s racing

Cholet Pays de Loire

No video yet, but Emma Johansson won, for the second year in a row.  She was racing with the Swedish National Team, but still has a race report on the ORICA-AIS website, and there’s a race report from Hitec too.  Full results on the race website.

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GP Comune di Cornaredo

UPDATE! Another video, from Wiggle Honda

Race report on Tiffany Cromwell’s websiteResults on CyclingFever

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Delray Beach Twilight

The first round of the USA Crits, the Delray Beach Twilight, was livestreamed, and you can watch the full race video – the women start around 2:30:00 – or just the women’s highlights

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Podcast 2014 Episode 7 – How to Improve the Scenery in New Zealand

Podcast logo It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)

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Things we talked about included

DRENTHE WEEK!  We love springtime in the Netherlands!

If you only click on one link this week, make it this one – Chloe Hosking’s race blog.  Seriously, the best rider/team report/analysis we’ve seen.

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Podcast 2014 Episode 6 – Bickering FTW!

Podcast logo Hello everyone! This week Sarah and I talk about the results of Le Samyn, Hageland, the Drenthe world cup series, and the coverage that goes with it – including the new commitment from the UCI to a quicker turnaround on race footage and a race highlights package with commentary from Ant McCrossan and Rochelle Gilmore. We also talk about Clara Hughes and her big ride around Canada in support of awareness for mental health issues and that Ina-Yoko Teutenberg will be joining her for some of this 12,000 kilometre, continent-spanning expedition. We also discuss how much fun it is to bicker (and how good we are at it) along with a whole lot more stuff as well!! Strap yourselves in, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the shenanigans! (59:42 MIN / 57.40 MB)

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Things we talked about this week include…

Le Samynfull resultsphotosORICA race report & photos

Omloop van het HagelandresultsphotosORICA report & photos

Lex Albrecht won the Tour de Murrieta

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The Drenthe races

Here’s Sarah’s guide to watching the Ronde van Drenthe, which includes the UCI trailer for the Road World Cup – and her interview with Annemiek van Vleuten about the race, on Podium Café.

And here’s the UCI trailer for the MTB World Cup:

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Podcast 2014, Episode 3 – We need to talk to each other!?

Podcast logoIt’s official! The season has started! The Ladies Tour of Qatar is now over and so we talk racing, deserts, camels, worlds in 2016 and heaps of interviews and stories we’ve seen around in the last week or so. Dan accidentally makes a very dirty camel joke, which he admits is actually better than the drinking joke that he was actually trying to make. We also talk about mental health, politics and whether it’s possible to write a book of the entire cycling season in the style of The Odyssey. So basically it’s exactly like every other podcast, except with normal levels of swearing restored! Enjoy! (1:07:11 MIN / 64.50 MB)

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Things we talked about included…

The Ladies Tour of Qatar

Videos!

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Celebrating Social Media – part 2 – blogging on team websites

Yesterday, I told you about 6 of my favourite rider blogs – but while all of those riders have their own sites, I completely appreciate that others may not have the time or the resources to run their own sites, or be able to commit to blogging that regularly.  So part 2 in my social media series is dedicated to the teams who give space for cyclist blogs – and encourage their riders to keep us up-to-date with their lives!

There are two teams I think of straight away, for this category.  They’re very different kinds of teams, but they share a passion for involving their fans

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