I write a lot on Podium Café, and they have a system where comments on an article close after a month, so I’m just about just put up my third in the series of “Women’s Cycling Transfers (and gossip!)” articles UPDATE! here’s the latest one. I update the articles with all the confirmed UCI-team transfer news, and all throughout the month, we share gossip, speculation, links and conversation in the comments. It’s a really nice crowd-sourced information-sharing series, and putting up a new article always gets me thinking – so I wanted to expand on some thoughts about the transfer season so far. Of course, everything can, and probably will, change very fast – think of these as a snapshot of different thoughts right now! Part 1 is about how announcements have been made (or not made) – I’ll talk more about the implications later in the week.
I was asked this question earlier today, and it really got me thinking. I’m still riding the high of hanging out at the British National Road Championships, and talking to inspiring riders like Emma Pooley (read my post-ITT, pre-Giro interview with her on Podium Café) – and of course last month I was working on the Friends Life Women’s Tour (you can listen to me talk about that here and here, and see all the videos I collected from the race on Podium Café), but I genuinely think we’re on an upwards wave at the moment. The question is always “how do we keep moving in the right direction?” but it’s important to take a moment to be happy about what’s going well.
Hi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)
Links to all the things we talked about this week, and lots we didn’t get around to….
We loved this video of Tiffany Cromwell talking trackstands while demonstrating one
Last week’s racing
Hi everyone! This week we race the clock to try and cover all the racing we saw during the week. After a couple of slow weeks, it’s back to full tilt with the Boels Rentals Hills Classic, Gooik, Philadelphia, the Marianne Vos Classic, Edinburgh’s round of the Tour Series, Grand Prix de Plumelec and lots more. There’s also a bunch of great blogs, videos, podcasts and stuff too. Even with all of that going on there’s time for Sarah to prove that she knows US geography like (literally) nobody else! Somehow we manage to keep it under an hour without skimping on the laughs, the bickering or the swearing so strap on your headphones and enjoy! (57:09 MIN / 54.87 MB) Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff!
This week’s racing
Matrix GP at the Edinburgh Tour Series
Sarah’s photos on her flickr.
The tv coverage of the Edinburgh round of the Tour Series, and all the tv coverage of the other races so far – an hour for each programme, each available for 30 days after the race (geo-restricted to the UK – but you can see them from elsewhere with Hola or Tunnelbear set to the UK). MASSIVE THANKS to Matrix-Vulpine for letting Sarah hang out with them!
- More video from Dutch channel L1
- Ellen van Dijk Dutch video interview after coming second
- Photos and race report from ORICA-AIS, and photos from Boels-Dolmans
- Full results
So far in Shirt Week, I’ve shown you how to buy team kit and stuff from the pro teams in Europe and in the USA, so now it’s time to look closer to home, and at the UK peloton. And there’s something to celebrate here! In just a few weeks, the pro peloton will be right here for the Women’s Tour (of Britain) – now the Friends Life Women’s Tour, as the insurance company has come on board as the race’s title sponsor. And if you want to support the race, you can buy race jerseys and t-shirts from the ProVision Women’s Tour store. This has a ton of things to buy for women & men, including the replica leader’s jersey (delivered after the race!), mountains jersey and Leukaemia & Lymphona Research Best Yougn Rider jersey (they’re the official charity partner of the Tour). If jerseys aren’t your thing, there are loads of t-shirts, from patriotic to the race logo to just bikey – have a look! And if you want to know more about how this race happened, read this VeloUK interview with race organiser Guy Elliott
There’ll be one UK domestic team in the race – the fantastic, marvellous lovely Matrix-Vulpine. I love them for their racing, but also their support for the wider British women’s cycling community – especially through their twitter and the Neutral Service section of their website.
They’re sponsored by trendy cycling brand Vulpine, so of course their kit has a lovely design! You can buy women’s & men’s jersey, bib shorts, gilet, arm- and leg-warmers in the Milltag team shop (UPDATE! there’s a sale on in October/November 2014!) I asked on twitter for reviews of this – here’s what team fans have to say:
@_pigeons_ high quality, brilliant fit, even in larger sizes (note that it is “race cut”) Looks great. Arm and leg grippers work well.comfy
— Caroline Stewart (@swordpanda) April 17, 2014
(Vulpine have a 25% discount offer on their women’s clothing until 30th April – use the code TheNewCycling at the online checkout – just be aware they have a limited size range…)
So what about the rest of the UK peloton? These are some more jerseys you can buy, and if I miss any out, please do let me know!
It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)
Things we talked about included
DRENTHE WEEK! We love springtime in the Netherlands!
If you only click on one link this week, make it this one – Chloe Hosking’s race blog. Seriously, the best rider/team report/analysis we’ve seen.
- Videos and links from the Molecaten Drentse 8
- Videos and links from the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
- Videos and links from the Novilon Eurocup
Hello everyone! This week Sarah and I talk about the results of Le Samyn, Hageland, the Drenthe world cup series, and the coverage that goes with it – including the new commitment from the UCI to a quicker turnaround on race footage and a race highlights package with commentary from Ant McCrossan and Rochelle Gilmore. We also talk about Clara Hughes and her big ride around Canada in support of awareness for mental health issues and that Ina-Yoko Teutenberg will be joining her for some of this 12,000 kilometre, continent-spanning expedition. We also discuss how much fun it is to bicker (and how good we are at it) along with a whole lot more stuff as well!! Strap yourselves in, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the shenanigans! (59:42 MIN / 57.40 MB)
Things we talked about this week include…
And here’s the UCI trailer for the MTB World Cup: