The 2017 women’s cycling book list (and teasers for 2018)

It’s a kind of tradition that I collect a list of women’s cycling books published in a year. This is a very broad category – books by and about women cyclists and books with cycling in them by women.  It’s always fun to see what’s out there, they make great Christmas-birthday-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Solstice presents, and it’s definitely showing how much of an interest there is in the sport.   So here’s the 2017 version, with photography, autobiography, cartoons, recipes, Young Adult fiction, adventure, inspiration and more!

If you want the previous booklists, here are books published in 2016, 2015, and all the ones I found in 2014, when I started.   And if you want some ideas for other women’s cycling-themed presents, or gifts for women who love bikes, have a browse through the shopping category of the site, of things I’ve seen over the years.

As always, I don’t get any benefit from recommending this, it’s just something I enjoy (although if you buy them via my Amazon Associates link, I’ll get a cut).  And of course, if I’ve missed anything, please do share, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in.   I’d especially love to hear about books that aren’t in English.

How to Build a Bike: A Simple Guide to Making Your Own Ride by Jenni Gwiazdowski (Frances Lincoln, ISBN 978-0711238985)

I’m a real fan of Jenni Gwiadowski, who runs the London Bike Kitchen, and you might remember my podcast with her from back in May, or me turning up on the Wheelsuckers podcasts she runs with Alex Davis, where I tried to convince Jenni to love pro women’s cycling, and the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.

The LBK is all about giving people the skills, tools and space to fix their own bikes, so it’s completely in character that Gwiazdowski’s first book is about building one from scratch.   I really love Gwiazdowski’s style, and with all her experience teaching people over the years, she’s the perfect person to write this.

You can buy a signed copy of the book from the LBK shop, which I recommend for bike-y presents, or via my Amazon Associates link

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One of my favourite women’s cycling initiatives is the Adventure Syndicate, and my last few booklists have had books by the fabulous Emily Chappell, Juliana Buhring, Sarah Outen and Lee Craigie – and this year there’s another to

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016 – this year’s books (and a giveaway)

It’s become a tradition that I pull together posts full of present ideas for women’s cycling fans and cycling fans/cyclists who are women, for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice etc etc, or birthdays, or just because you want to treat someone (yourself).  And it’s also a tradition that I start with books published in 2016, either by women, or about women and cycling, because I do love a good cycling book.

If you want to see the previous posts, the 2014 booklist was the first, and included everything from autobiography to poetry, chicklit to history, science fiction to economics, and even books about men’s races!  Last year’s booklist had cycling and women’s health, more autobiography, photography and art, and more.

This year’s collection includes autobiographies, of course, but also a Young Adult novel, photography, economics, colouring books, fiction, city planning, global warming, a cookbook and some general bikey books.  It’s amazing how many things I found just from this year, and I always love the variety – and while this year’s theme was definitely ultra-endurance, and colouring, there are books about track, road, cyclocross and “everyday” cycling, including cycling for amputees – even a love story set at my favourite race, the Aviva Women’s Tour!  If you can find more that have been published in 2016, especially books in languages other than English, please do let me know in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.

As always, I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these books, BUT if you buy though my Amazon Associates, I get a little cut of Amazon’s costs (don’t worry, this doesn’t affect the writers’ royalties, it just helps me).

Like last year, I’m going to start with a giveaway, courtesy of Microcosm Publishing.  They sent me a copy of Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling, by Kelli Refer, which was published in 2013, and if you’d like this book leave me a message below or tweet me at @_pigeons_, telling me you want it, and I’ll pull a name out of a hat for whoever gets the free copy on Friday 25th November.  There’s another giveaway later in the post, too….

If you don’t win it, it can also be bought directly from Microcosm, and if you browse around the bike section of their catalogue, you’ll find all sorts of other books about bikes by other authors, as well as a whole section of bike zines.  So what else have Microcosm published this year?  All their books can be bought from their site in paperbacks, e-books and more – click through the title link for that, author interviews, little videos about the books and more.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-18-47-45The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street (Microcosm Publishing, ISBN 978-1-62106-058-1)

I am always delighted by the different genres Microcosm link bikes to – so a Young Adult Feminist Steampunk novel was always going to make me smile.   Here’s how they describe it:

“Emmeline Escot knows that she was born to ride in Seren’s cutthroat velocipede races. The only problem: She’s female in a world where women lead tightly laced lives. Emmeline watches her twin brother gain success as a professional racing jockey while her own life grows increasingly narrow. Ever more stifled by rules, corsets, and her upcoming marriage of convenience to a brusque stranger, Emmy rebels—with stunning consequences. Can her dream to race survive scandal, scrutiny, and heartbreak?”

Order from my Amazon Associates linkUpdate!  Feargal McKay’s review on Podium Café.

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Sarah interviews… Stefan Wyman answers your questions

Podcast interview logoStefan Wyman has been around women’s cycling for years, managing his road team, Matrix Procycling, and in his role as Helen Wyman’s mechanic, soigneur and more in her cyclocross career.

Stef always has lots of opinions, so we took to twitter to give everyone the chance to ask him some questions…  which resulted in some really fun, and some quite tricky questions – I had a great time asking them all, thank you to everyone who contributed.

It’s a long interview, covering things like the state of women’s racing in the UK, why the team’s no longer UCI-ranked, how British women can get into racing and develop bike skills, Laura Trott, how we as fans can help the sport, and a lot more.

Listen to it here, or download it directly from Soundcloud.

 

You can get automated free updates for all my women’s cycling podcasts and interviews via the iTunes store (leave us a review too!) or via our RSS feed.

Follow Stefan on his twitter, and make sure you’re following Matrix Procycling on their website, twitter, facebook and instagram.  Stef, Steven Fry of M2 Sports Management recently took part in a Velocast round-table on the UCI Women’s World Tour, and you can listen to that here.

The British Cycling calendar starts here, and you need to filter it for road, women etc, and the British Cycling’s Women’s Road Series page is here. Stef says that the best thing women’s cycling fans can do is go to races and cheer, if you’re in the UK, check out what’s happening near you.  Stef’s recommendations of great races to go to include:

I’m funded to do these interviews, and most of my women’s cycling work, by my wonderful Patreon supporters.  If you’d like to join them, from as little as £1.50 a month, there’s more information here.

2016 Track World Championships – vidos, media and more from Days 3-5

 

So much action in the 2016 Track Cycling Worlds!  I put up links and videos from the first two days (and was slightly scuppered when British Cycling took down all their content…) but there was tons more racing – here’s what I found from the later races.

Day 3

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Podcast 2016 Episode 7 – Dan Will Fight You In Real Life (Over Your Commentary)

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This week we catch up on the highs and lows of Strade Bianche (which was an AMAZING race), and also talk about a little bit of controversy that befell several riders. There’s the last of the Track World Championships to cover, and there’s some interesting news about electric bikes and a great story out of the US about Black Girls Do Bike. Also Dan possibly challenges a commentator to a fight. There’s heaps to catch up on, so strap yourself in and enjoy! (1:08:16 MIN / 62.48 MB)

You can also sign up for free automated updates via iTunes here OR via our RSS feed here.

Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing

Videos and links from the 2016 Strade Bianche – including all the race reports we talked about.  Sarah was also on a Velocast Round Table talking about the Women’s World Tour & Strade Bianche, which you can listen to here.

Videos from the last 3 days of the 2016 Track World Championships.

Dead Sea-Scorpion Pass, with incredible scenery

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2016 Track World Championships – videos, media & more from Day 1 and Day 2

We’ve had two action-packed days of the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships, with so much incredible racing – and we’ve still got 3 to come!  Here’s some of the videos and photos, with results and more.  I’ll be putting up more of these throughout the competition. I’ll start with the full coverage from Day 1 and Day 2, and then move on to the individual women’s races.  Of course, if you want more from the men’s races, the same sources have lots of things for you!

Day 1

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This week’s links (poor Dan’s sick)

We were hoping to podcast this week because SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!!  Good and bad and WOW DID YOU SEE THE USA NATIONAL CHAMPS’ FINISH??? but poor Dan has tonsils the size of golf balls, and can’t really speak properly, so he can’t do it.  If you want to wish him lots of love and “get well soon” wishes, please do so on twitter – but in the meantime, here are the links from the last week in women’s cycling – we’ve got amazing MTB and road racing, and links that made me laugh and want to punch things, so pretty much something for everyone…..

Last week’s racing

Cross Country MTB World Cup, Nové Město na Moravě

Where better to start than with the first round of the 2015 XCo World Cup?  I say this a lot, but Red Bull‘s sponsorship makes it really easy to fall in love with the racing, and there are tons of team and rider media and blogs that keep you there.  You can watch the entire replay of the women’s race on Red Bull TV, and then we have highlights and team recaps…

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