With the Worlds Road Race nearly upon us, I’m playing my favourite game on Twitter again – if people tell me their favourite male riders, or types of riders, I’ll match them with a female pro cyclist, to cheer for on Saturday. I always love this – I did it for the Olympics, and it’s always a fun way of sharing stories about some of my favourite riders – and hopefully it gives people who want to know more about women’s cycling a jumping off point. So here are some of the riders I’ve matched up so far – if you want to play – or think you have better suggestions – tell me YOUR favourites in the comments, or tweet me at @_pigeons_ and you can get ready for Limburg!
So, who do I think is who? Here’s part 1 – more to follow before the Worlds.
Loads of people have asked who the female Jens Voigt is, and my equivalents are Sharon Laws and Ellen van Dijk. Both are riders who will turn themselves inside out and upside down for their team-mates – if you were watching the Olympic road race, you’ll have seen Van Dijk Voigting the hell out of the peloton, attacking over and over and over again before the race got anywhere near Box Hill. Wasn’t that race spectacular? I’m going to have to read Dan’s Post-Coital Race Recap all over again!