How HAS women’s cycling changed in the last few years?

I was asked this question earlier today, and it really got me thinking.  I’m still riding the high of hanging out at the British National Road Championships, and talking to inspiring riders like Emma Pooley (read my post-ITT, pre-Giro interview with her on Podium Café) – and of course last month I was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour (you can listen to me talk about that here and here, and see all the videos I collected from the race on Podium Café), but I genuinely think we’re on an upwards wave at the moment.  The question is always “how do we keep moving in the right direction?” but it’s important to take a moment to be happy about what’s going well.

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Podcast 2014 Episode 5 – What’s the Capital of Delaware?

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-Show Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)

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Things we talked about included…

The 2014 Omloop het Nieuwsblad

Some videos from the women’s Omloop:  two and half minutes each from Belgian news channel AVS which includes Lizzie Armitstead talking in English and Emma Johansson in Dutch – and from Focus WTV – and a minute on Sporza.  All of them feature interviews with Amy Pieters.  Please click through to show them all we love women’s racing!

and here’s a video featuring small team Isorex ladies, including Basque rider Irene San Sebastian, who came 11th.

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So much Monday news! Road & CX Champs, new kits, videos & more

I love 2014 so far!  This week we’ve had the first national Road cycling championships of the year, in New Zealand and Australia, a load of National Cyclocross Championships across the world, and other interesting things – and today it’s been the team launches for Rabobank-Liv and Giant-Shimano (the team formerly known as Argos) so there’s a ton of videos, photos and links to share with you.  Read on below, and add anything you’ve seen and liked in the comments.

New Zealand 2014 Road Championships

The first national road race title of the year went to Rushlee Buchanan, in her first race for brand-new women’s team United Healthcare, with Wiggle Honda‘s Linda Villumsen second, and Reta Trotman third

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Australian Road Championships

Last week I posted videos from the Aussie ITT and Crit Champs, and on Saturday it was the final race in Ballarat, the road champs.  SUCH a great race!

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Podcast 2013 Episode 23 – The Calendar Edition

Podcast logoThis week Sarah pulls apart the UCI calendar and rebuilds it, comparing previous years so we can see what’s happened to all the races. Speaking of races, we recap Thüringen, Limousin and Cascade before launching into other ranty stuff like catching up on the petition to the ASO for a women’s Tour de France and the various reactions to it. We also talk about some of the cool things we’ve seen around the joint online and I also (mis)appropriate an idea that Craig left in the comments here about a different kind of stakeholder survey. Pour yourself a large drink and get ready to snort it out your nose. (1:27:39 MIN / 84.15 MB)

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Things we discussed this week

Part 1 of Sarah’s post on the changes to the women’s cycling calendar, on Podium Café – check back there for discussion in the comments and more. She’ll have more charts and more comment later in the week – keep an eye on the women’s section of Podium Café.

UPDATE!  Part 2 of Sarah’s posts, with a chart showing all the changes over time, and a visual view of the 2013 season

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Celebrating Social Media – part 10 – Cyclocross!

I love cyclocross – ever since tgsgirl first told me about this muddy, sadistic, crazy, beautiful sport, it’s intrigued me and made me very happy.  And one of the reasons is the way the riders engage with fans, and all the fabulous social media we get.  Riders don’t just race these exhausting, exhilarating races – they tell us all about it.  So it’s time for another episode of my women’s cycling social media series, this time looking at the CX riders who give us a fantastic insight into the sport.  I’ll be running this over a couple of posts, so don’t get annoyed if I’ve missed your favourite rider here – and there will be some links at the bottom to help you follow the women’s racing online – starting with how to see video from the races…

Helen Wyman Kona Factory Racing

I can’t start anywhere else than with one of my absolute superstars of cycling and social media, Helen Wyman.  She’s the current European Champion, has won the justifiably-iconic Koppenbergcross twice, and the British national championship seven times.  All that’s impressive, but she combines it with one of the very best cycling social media presences anywhere in cycling, men’s or women’s.  I’ll tell you more about her in a moment, but first of all, here’s a video of her winning the Euros, courtesy of Petitesreines…  and more on them, and how to watch women’s CX races, below!

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Celebrating Social Media – part 9 – the 2012 Worlds riders

I loved the Worlds road race – and Dan told us how much HE loved the Worlds – but looking down the results, it struck me how many of the top 20 riders have fantastic social media! So I thought, what better way to update my social media series, before I hit you with the cyclocrossers next week.  Check out all these riders – click their blogs and follow them on twitter, I know you won’t regret it!

1.  Marianne Vos

Marianne Vos’ win at the Worlds was spectacular, and she’s not only great on the road, she’s also fantastic online.  I’ve already told you about how much I love Vos’ twitter – it’s a lot of fun, she’s friendly, funny, and tells us all about her life and racing.  You can also catch up with all her news on her website, especially the video section.

2.  Rachel Neylan

It still makes me smile, remembering Neylan’s spectacular ride for silver.  I’ve been a fan of her for ages – her story is really inspiring, and she’s always told it so well on her blog.  She’s an enthusiastic social media user, with accounts on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn – I really liked her twitter, when she was so excited to be selected for the Worlds, but ever since the race it’s been adorable, thanking everyone for all their support, and emphasising that her silver is a team effort.   Here’s her story, from her website, and here’s an interview I did with her for Podium Café last year – yes, yes, I know it sounds like shameless self-promotion, but it’s evidence how happy she is to interact with fans, and online life!

3.  Elisa Longo Borghini

Our 2012 bronze medallist has a fantastic twitter account, where she tweets in Italian and English, and she comes across as friendly, intelligent and funny.  She also has a website, which has a blog section – it’s having piccoli problemi at the moment, but damn, she’s been riding SO hard, I’m sure she’ll get around to it in the off-season, so check back regularly for more updates on her.  She’s a huge talent, and at only 20, is just getting started…

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Equivalenting!

With the Worlds Road Race nearly upon us, I’m playing my favourite game on Twitter again – if people tell me their favourite male riders, or types of riders, I’ll match them with a female pro cyclist, to cheer for on Saturday.  I always love this – I did it for the Olympics, and it’s always a fun way of sharing stories about some of my favourite riders – and hopefully it gives people who want to know more about women’s cycling a jumping off point.  So here are some of the riders I’ve matched up so far – if you want to play – or think you have better suggestions – tell me YOUR favourites in the comments, or tweet me at @_pigeons_ and you can get ready for Limburg!

So, who do I think is who?  Here’s part 1 – more to follow before the Worlds.

Jens!

Loads of people have asked who the female Jens Voigt is, and my equivalents are Sharon Laws and Ellen van Dijk.  Both are  riders who will turn themselves inside out and upside down for their team-mates – if you were watching the Olympic road race, you’ll have seen Van Dijk Voigting the hell out of the peloton, attacking over and over and over again before the race got anywhere near Box Hill.  Wasn’t that race spectacular?  I’m going to have to read Dan’s Post-Coital Race Recap all over again!

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