Shirt week! Iris Slappendel’s IRIS collection

Ex pro cyclist Iris Slappendel had always combined design work with her bike racing career, as she had a Design degree.  She’s done all kinds of things, from designing bikes, to making websites to team-mates, to designing bike kit, for Milltag and for Strongher, for example, and most famously for the Dutch 2016 Olympic cycling team, and the UCI’s Road World Cup leaders’ jerseys.  But now she’s launching her own bike kit brand, I Ride In Style, which sells cycling kit for women and men The initial limited collection is available for pre-order until 29th March 2017.

Of course there are the cycling jerseys and bib shorts, for both men and women, but I love that Slappendel also includes some more affordable items too – a T shirt in women’s and men’s fits, a cap, and socks.  And alongside the clothing, she has a collection of unique bags, made from recycled and upcycled materials, something she’s been selling for years – you can buy bags made from an old sofa, a leather jacket, a sleeping bag, and old coat.

Find out more on the website, including the size guide (up to XXL for women) and worldwide shipping guide (UK residents, remember you might need to pay an import tax when they arrive!).  You can also follow on the I Ride In Style twitter and instagram, and sign up to a newsletter on the IRIS site.  And of course, follow Slappendel on her twitter, instagram and personal website.

Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016 – Part 2: things made by professional cyclists

I always laugh at myself for my inability to write snappy, SEO-able titles, but I’m proud that I’ve managed to edit this down from “Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Solstice/Any-other-celebration/secular/birthday/payday gifts for women’s cycling fans, women who love bikes, and cycling fans in general I guess, that are made by, or with, or help support professional women riders”.  I’m ridiculous!

But it’s a category I always really enjoy, because there are always interesting things to see, and of course I really love things that support the riders.  You can find the 2014 edition here, and last year’s.  Have a look at all of them, because a lot of those things are still for sale.

Let’s start with things that support professional women’s cycling teams.  I pulled together posts of how to buy 2016 team kit and other goodies earlier in the year, and these always make good gifts – you can find the post full of 2016 WorldTour team shops, and USA domestic squads as well.

And another one, from a great UK domestic team, who I really like:

As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do leave a message in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll edit it in.  And I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these links – I just enjoy it, and hope you will too.

So in no particular order…

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Podcast 2015 Episode 22 – The Race to Work

Podcast logoLook, let’s just be honest about it all shall we? This week Dan’s up early and has to rush off to work, while Sarah’s up late at night and trying to get ready to head to the Tour of Norway. At the same time, there’s the Tour of Utah, a whole bunch of MTB racing and the Route de France to discuss. Will Sarah and Dan have enough time to cover everything? Well, yes, but you should still listen, there’s some really good jokes. (45:50 MIN / 44.01 MB)

 

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This week’s racing

Videos, photos and more from the Tour of Utah, Windham MTB World Cup and the European Junior and u23 Road Championships in this post.

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This week’s news and things

Little Liv-Giant videos about Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot

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Shirt week – Iris Slappendel for Milltag

Dutch rider Iris Slappendel is a professional designer when she’s not riding, and I’ve mentioned her ‘Paris Nous Voila‘ t-shirt she designed for La Course last year, and the fact she designed the Road World Cup jerseys, but now she’s designed kit and a cap you can buy from Milltag.

There are more pictures over on Iris’ Milltag page and on the pages for the jersey, bibs and cap.  They’re just for women, in sizes XS (UK 6) to XXL (UK 16) – and there’s a comprehensive sizing chart.  All prices are GB pounds, and they ship worldwide.

Check out more of Iris’ designs on the portfolio on her website. – and of course, follow her twitter and instagram (no one looks as happy in photos as Iris!)

2014 Gift Guide 3: Things made and sold by pro women cyclists

I’m on a roll with my 2014 gift guide – Part 1 was a women & cycling book list, including auto/biographies, fiction, history, poetry, scifi, chicklit, economics and lots more books about women’s cycling/cycling by women.  Part 2 was a look back at what people I’ve featured in previous years are up to – mostly creative stuff like art, illustration and jewellery, with caps and mugs as well.    Part 3 is things that you can buy that are made by, or support, professional women cyclists.  Some I’ve featured before (and like always, I don’t profit or benefit from including any of these), but there are lots of new things, starting with the newest…

Ally’s Bars are the brainchild of Specialized-lululemon rider Ally Stacher, who’s been making these all-natural, sweet potato, quinoa and date-based bars for friends and team-mates, and finally they’re available for other people too!  You can read all about them on the website, and order a pack of 12 bars, and t-shirts for women and men – currently only available for shipping to the USA, because of issues around sending food overseas, but here’s hoping they’ll escape around the world very soon!

You can also find some of Ally’s recipes and much more on the site – and of course they have a twitter account.

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Equivalents Too – 2014 edition

Every year I really enjoy playing the Equivalents game, helping people enjoy Worlds a bit more.  It’s for people who are new to women’s road cycling, or are fans who are interested in what I’ve got to say – but basically people tell me their favourite male cyclist, or type of rider, and I’ll give them an equivalent to cheer for in the women’s Road Race on Saturday.  I’ve written one post already this year, where I gave Equivalents for Mark Cavendish, Fabian Cancellara, Tommy Voeckler, David Millar, Nico Roche and “Nice riders/underdogs”, and here’s part two.

Remember, if you’d like an Equivalent, leave me a comment, or tweet me with who you like, and most importantly why, and I’ll answer before Worlds starts!  The guide to how to watch Worlds is here.

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Jack Bauer

James asked for a “Jack Bauer, because he can ride, he can kill people and he totally rocks the man-bag… 😉” – and I can’t do one, but I can split it into two!  Iris Slappendel is an awesome rouleur type who can make man-bags – off the bike she’s a designer who creates custom bags out of recycled cycling materials, as well as other things.  She’s the current Dutch road race champion, very much liked in the peloton, and has a great blog and twitter  – you’ll see her racing hard for her team-mates in Worlds.

I’m not sure Iris could kill you, though – but some other riders definitely could!

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Videos – 2014 Giro Rosa Stage 7

It started with a 13km neutralised descent, & if you think that sounds easy, you should read Marijn de Vries’ blog about it.  You should read that anyway, she’s great, and then read the other two blogs from the stage – Tiffany Cromwell on CyclingTips and Chloe Hosking on Cyclingnews (I especially liked her analogy about teasing her dog!)

I wrote a bit of a race report on Podium Café, but here are all the videos I like, and more photos and such – starting with the Rabobank-Liv highlights, describing the stage before, showing some action, and interviews afterwards.

and the full half-hour highlights

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