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.
Have you missed our women’s cycling podcast this week? I’ve been living and breathing the Friends Life Women’s Tour – and you can see what I was up to on the live blog and the race twitter, but I’ve also been doing audio interviews, and posting the press conferences. Listen to them on my Soundcloud list or click through to these:
Sarah and I get a little manic-depressive this week because there’s so much awesome racing to talk about and celebrate, but… well we almost called this episode “Riders that we love who aren’t riding the Giro Rosa”. All’s not lost though because we realise that it’s going to be fucking great race anyway! Along the way we recap the Nature Valley GP from Minneapolis-St Paul and the Giro del Trentino. We round up the various national race results and I come up with a theory about how Vos defies the laws of physics by tearing holes in the fabric of time and space. I also have a theory (which Sarah disputes) about Emilia Fahlin having the evil heart of an assassin. Sarah also does her best to convince me that I should let her run my life and then starts to solicit dates for me. Then we take a moment to be encouraged and impressed by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg’s interview with Heidi Swift where she discusses the physical and psychological impacts of her crash and head injury earlier this season. We wrap things up by trying to predict how the Giro Rosa may go given all the news about who is and isn’t able to ride it this year. All up there’s more good than bad, more up and than down and more to listen to than usual because we’re spanning two weeks in one handy podcast! ( 1:31:32 MIN / 87.78 MB )
Pick it up (or down) over at the iTunes store here.
UPDATE!!! Sarah’s asking riders about the Giro this week, for Podium Café, and the lovely team of ORICA-AIS are going to do a video Q&A for them – if you have any pre-race questions you want to ask them, go to the Podium Café post, email prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet Sarah on @_pigeons_! Questions need to be in by Wednesday evening, but there may be in-race opportunities too….
Sarah will be updating the post shortly with all the links and videos and things that make the post awesome. Until then, here’s a musical tribute to my fear that Sarah and I have somehow jinxed all these riders we love that can’t ride the Giro Rosa this year:
UPDATED UPDATE!!!!: It occurred to me today that instead of posting Alice Cooper above (still awesome), I should have instead posted this song by Why? called Simeon’s Dilemma in tribute of Sarah’s accusations of stalking (and the fact that it mentions fixies):
Things we talked about this week
After last week’s ranting and misanthropy we found a lot to love in this week’s racing. Enough that Sarah actually got her mojo back! We’re all grateful for that and so we start by embarking on a romp through the races. Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, Boels Rental Hills Classic, US Nationals and so on. Dan loses that ability to tell if he’s being dirty or not. Sarah asks for access to all of Dan’s social media accounts (he declines). We divert through some classic Helen Wymanisms and take a quick look at The Milk Race in the UK. We catch up with the results of Gracie Elvin’s twitter experiment and then things take a turn for the dark as Dan reviews Pat McQuaid’s op-ed for Cycling News about the UCI Stakeholder Survey (hint: he calls it “18 kinds of fucked” and then has a rage-blank). We do suggest you stick around for the bit where he triple-dares Pat to the world’s shortest policy debate. This is a super-long episode (sorry, sort of but not really) so make an extra cup of tea or pour twice as much whisky and get ready. (1:34:07 MIN / 90.36 MB)
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UPDATE: Swordpanda knocked up this briliant rough sketch for Dan’s dream commuting bike!
Things we talked about this week
All the racing at Gooik, Aalburg, Holland Hills and the USA Nationals – check out Sarah’s report on Total Women’s Cycling, and all the videos of the races Sarah has found so far – and how this weekend gave Sarah her mojo back.
There were a whole load of races this weekend – here’s some video from road racing in Europe and MTB in the Czech Republic – and hopefully someone will find the video of the amazing racing in the USA!
On Friday, it was the Boels Rentals Hills Classic, aka Holland Hills – all around the hills of the Valkenberg region, including the Cauberg. This one is a hard race – last year Marianne Vos broke her collarbone in a fall here.