Celebrating social media – part 11 – Cyclocross in the USA

When Dan and I interviewed British CX star Helen Wyman for our podcast, she told why she thinks the future of women’s cyclocross is in the USA – so it seemed appropriate that this instalment of my Social Media series had a look at the USA cyclocross riders.  I’ll tell you about some of the riders and how to follow them – and then at the end I’ll give you links to how to follow the USA CX scene.  I’ve already talked about Katie Compton in my previous CX social media post, but as always, if you know people or links I’ve forgotten, add them to the comments, or let me know on twitter – and don’t forget to click through to the riders’ and team pages, and click on all their sponsors, to do your bit to help women’s cycling!

Georgia Gould Luna Pro Team

You might remember Georgia Gould from when she won the cross country MTB bronze medal in the London Olympic Games, but she’s also well-known on the cyclocross scene, not just for her great riding, but also for her work for equality in women’s racing.  She’s been campaigning for years for equal pay for women’s racers, and as a member of the UCI Athlete’s Commission, she was one of the riders who persuaded the UCI to give equal prize money to the men and women World Champions across the cycling disciplines – starting with the 2013 CX Worlds.

But cool as all that is (and it is VERY cool!) the reason Gould is in this post is because of her fantastic social media presence.  She’s got a great website with a lovely blog that’s always got good photos (I like her “I will murder you” face) – and her twitter is at @GouldGeorgia.  You can find lots of video interviews with her on cyclingdirt and on youtube – and definitely read this interview with her after the UCI athletes’ commission, and why she thinks things are moving in the right direction for women’s cycling.

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Podcast Episode 24 – CrossTrack

Well it’s been a couple of weeks since we last talked and there’s a bit to catch up on. To start with, we enter into a huge, sprawling discussion of the value of track racing while reviewing the Glasgow Track World Cup and then after that we get a little sandy as we talk Koksijde cyclocross. Of course there’s a whole bunch of swearing and bad jokes mixed in as well. Enjoy. (52.17MIN / 50.64MB)

You can listen to the podcast here.

 

 

And you can grab it from iTunes here.

Things we talked about this week:

  • The Glasgow Track World Cup – here are some very short video highlights:

All the results can be found on the Tissot Timing site – and lots more information on the Glasgow TWC website

  • Track sprint star Kristina Vogel‘s website and twitter – she’s really friendly, as well as being an excellent rider – follow her!
  • Photos of the ridiculously muddy Asper-Gavere Superprestige Cyclocross by Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos – I love Balint’s CX photos, they’re fantastic – check them out on his website – and more photos of the race on Cyclingnews
  • And to follow women’s CX races as they’re happening, follow Balint on twitter at @Cyclephotos – and photographer Bart Hazen and Sporza producer Andre Meganck as well – they all tweet in-race updates
  • And we didn’t talk about this, Amber Pierce wrote a piece on Money versus Ethics, her response to the argument that women’s cycling should be saved from the evils of too much money – click through and read it!