When I sat down to talk to European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, our mutual love of talking meant the interview went on for longer than they were expecting – so it was divided into two parts. Part 1 is over here, and now you can listen to Part 2, where Helen describes cyclocross courses, tells you what to watch if you have limited time (just book November out in your diary), talks about racing road at the Friends Life Women’s Tour, and talks prize money, change, and what fans can do to help CX. It includes discussion of Helen’s rôle in getting equal prize money for the Koppenbergcross from the USA, and working with the UCI on the Cyclocross Commission…. and how Kona, and cyclocross, are like that picture-perfect family. (58:03 MIN / 55.73 MB)
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Over the weekend, Helen came second in the first CX World Cup of the season, Valkenburg:
and if you want to watch the full replay of the entire race, it’s here, on the UCI youtube.
Follow Helen on her website and excellent twitter, where she’ll probably answer any question you have – and make sure you check out her page on the Kona website. Koppenbergcross equal prize money was provided by USA-East Coast bike shop Twenty20 Cycling – if you need a bike (a Kona, surely!) and are nearby, buy from them!
For all the details of how to follow the European Cyclocross season, here’s Sarah’s guide to following, and watching, European women’s cyclocross.
It’s pretty crazy, but bike races in Europe have major prize differentiations between women and men – and it runs across different kinds of racing. Last week there was a great “first” – the Koppenbergcross became the first European C1 cyclocross race to offer equal prizes, and it’s especially interesting because the money behind it – just €5,000! – was put up by Twenty20 Cycling, a 2-shop bike company based in Baltimore USA. So political, I love it, the fact it takes a USA bike shop to bring this step towards equality to Europe!
Kona rider Helen Wyman has been instrumental in making this happen, and I interviewed her last week on Podium Café about the process, the politics, and why it means so much more than just money. More things you might like to read about this include:
And follow them all on twitter – Koppenbergcross, Twenty20 and Helen Wyman.
Here’s hoping that other cyclocross races follow suit – and the road races with women’s and men’s editions, like Flèche Wallonne, Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Ronde van Vlaanderen step up too.
Update! Here’s this week’s GCN News video, with Helen talking about all this
So the fantastic Helen Wyman joined us after a big weekend of racing, at Essen and Namur to talk ‘cross. She gives us a great preview of the Lousville worlds, designs her perfect cross course and talks about how she’d haunt her husband (my mancrush Stef Wyman) if she died before him. We had a great time talking with Helen and learned a lot about where the state of women’s cyclocross is at and where she sees the future of the sport too. Thanks to Helen for making the time. You really do want to listen to this one! It’s perfect for that drowsy time post-Christmas lunch. (01:01:05 MIN / 58.65 MB)
Or you can find it over in the iTunes store here.
Helen talked to us the evening after racing the INSANE cyclocross Namur World Cup. Watch a 9-minute highlights video on Sporza. And on Saturday she raced the ridiculously muddy BPost Trofee Essen – check out the photos of the race on Cyclephotos.co.uk.
Edit! And here’s 43 minutes of the race coverage, seen via CyclingFever
Helen has one of the best rider websites out there, at helenwyman.com – we especially recommend her blogs, and the video pages. And while you’re there, click through to her sponsors and show them some love!
Here’s Helen’s section on the Kona team website which will tell you more about her. Helen rides the Kona Major Jake, if you want to see more – and it’s Challenge who are making her the special tyres she talks about.
If you want to go to Louisville and cheer Helen on at the CX Worlds, then buy your tickets on the website. That site is great – and follow the race twitter for all the news leading up to and during the Worlds.
Video of Helen’s win at the 2012 European CX Championships, from Petitesreines (Sarah keeps linking to this video, but it’s fantastic!)
We didn’t talk about it, but you absolutely have to follow Helen on twitter!