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!
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.
Hi everyone! Dan’s still bouncing all over Australia so we’ve made a slight change to our podcast schedule. We’ll be recording and posting a new episode this weekend, but in the meantime Sarah’s been busy keeping up her series of special one-on-one interviews. This week she talks with South African national champion (and African continental champion) Ashleigh Moolman about upcoming races like the Emakumeen Bira, her intimidating maths skills and how a nasty horse-riding accident changed her perspective on life. As regular listeners know, we’re big fans of Ash and not just her riding, but also her friendly and positive manners, along with her excellent social media. This is another great interview and well worth a listen. (49:38 MIN / 47.66 MB)
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If you would rather read this interview, there’s a transcript over on Podium Café – part 1 is here. UPDATE! And Part 2 is here
You can read more about Ash on her excellent blog , where there are so many great posts – head in and have a look. She’s got a fantastic twitter, too, and you can also follow her adventures through the Hitec Products website and twitter.
Last year Ash won the Boels Rental Hills Classic, and came third in the Flèche Wallonne World Cup, and Stage 4 of the Giro Rosa – watch the videos here
and here’s Sarah’s interview with Ash after Flèche, on Podium Café.
You can follow the Emakumeen Bira with our Podium Café friends, Babelia, Marcos and Saul – follow them on twitter through those links, and Babelia through the Road & Mud twitter account. Of course I’ve added them all to my live race tweeting twitter list, and we’ll have a race thread here on the Café too. There is information on the race website, and previews on
And Road & Mud has a history of the Basque races, in Spanish or via google. And if you didn’t see if last year, or want to be reminded of it, check out Saul’s article on being at the race, right here on the Café!
It’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…
Saturday Sunday 12th May, it’s the fifth round of the UCI Road World Cup, the Tour of ChongMing Islandin China. This is a race on the long, wide, flat roads of ChongMing Island in the Yangtze river, connected to Shanghai by the beautiful bridge and tunnel, and the race uses both.
It’s very definitely a race for the sprinters. The “mountains” point comes when they ride up the ramp onto the bridge, and the roads have meant while riders have dropped off the back, and there can be echelon-ing, it ends up in a bunch sprint. It is usually very rainy, though, and the wind can make it a very tough race indeed – certainly no easy ride, this one!
The website is mostly in Chinese, and google translate hates that, but there’s some information on the parcours in English in this report of the press conference (google translated into English) – but if you want some more on the race, Melissa Hoskins has a race preview on the ORICA-AIS website of the World Cup and and the Tour of ChongMing Island stage race, which ran 8th-12th May. Because the Island isn’t a large one, the stage race runs on a lot of the same roads. Here’s the video we’ve had of that so far, and much more info below the jump:
Hitec before the Flèche Wallonne – Sarah Connolly
I was so incredibly lucky to spend the 2013 women’s Flèche Wallonne with the fantastic Hitec Products UCK. I’ve got some stories and galleries of photos about my adventures on Podium Café – part 1 is all about the race preparations, and part 2 is about seeing the race from the team car, and the post-race experience. You can also see more of my photos on flickr, and listen to Dan and me talk about it on our podcast.
For other people’s views of the race, Jane Aubrey reported on it for Cyclingnews and CJ Farquharson has a race report and photos on her womenscycling.net, and more photos on CJFoto and on Cyclingnews. There are team reports from ORICA-AIS, Argos-Shimano, a blog by Loren Rowney on the Specialized-lululemon site, a blog by Ashleigh Moolman on her first World Cup podium, and a blog about his first time at a women’s pro race from the head of Wiggle, Humphrey Cobbold.
And of course, there are videos – here are all the ones I’ve found so far. I’ll be posting interviews with Hitec riders next week – keep an eye out on the Podium Café women’s section. Massive, huge, enormous thanks to Karl Lima, Hitec’s manager, for organising such an amazing time – I loved every moment, and appreciate it totally!
Edit! Here are the first interviews – with Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini and Lotto-Belisol‘s Ashleigh Moolman, after the podium results – on Podium Café here. And here’s my interview with Rachel Neylan, on the race, and triumphing over adversity to win silver at Worlds.
Edit again! And my interview with Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen
This week Sarah
brags talks about her adventures in the Hitec Products UCK team car. Dan is absolutely not even a little bit jealous at all. You can tell because he’s definitely not a bastard who asks snarky, jealous questions. Also, we talk about Flèche Wallone: the race, the coverage, how hard it is to live tweet a race with no information from race radio and how it’s actually possible to have worse coverage of a race than no coverage (Dan goes on a sweary rant at this point). (1:03:11 MIN / 60.57 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
I went to the women’s Flèche Wallonne World Cup with the amazing Hitec Products UCK, and had an amazing time in the team car and hanging out with the super-friendly and all-round delightful team. I’ll write more about it soon, but in the meantime, here are my photos, and the (pathetically small amount of) video we’ve got so far, starting with 2 minutes on Sporza (please click through so they know we want more), and the UCI videos. Firstly the small clip produced by Ben Atkins (note the creative approaches to making a film without any footage from the tv station…)