I’m very excited about the Aviva Women’s Tour, starting in a fortnight, because it’s still SO amazing to me that the best riders in the world get to race on British soil. But it also reminds me of all the great fan interaction I’ve seen at the previous two races, and especially seeing kids and adult fans in team kit having great interactions with the riders and teams from those kits – especially the teen girl who ended up riding with Marianne Vos, after Vos saw her in the Wiggle Honda kit!
So, in case you’ve always wondered where you can get women’s cycling pro team kit, here’s Part 1, kits from the teams that get automatic invites to the Women’s WorldTour day races – I’ll be back with UK teams and USA teams soon. And if a team’s not here, it’s because I can’t find their jersey for sale, so if you see it somewhere, please do let me know, so I can edit it in… And if you want to see more of the team kits, I’ve got links in the 2016 WorldTour kit vote post.
Before we start with the teams, though, the Aviva Women’s Tour has a shop, where you can buy the race yellow jersey and Queen of the Mountains jersey, and all kinds of racewear from hoodies in black and blue to T-shirts. Wear your heart on your sleeve!
Alé is a cycling clothing brand, and the team kit is a version of the Bubbles design, which is available without team branding for women and men – not in short sleeve right now, but it’s for sale in the women’s winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket. You can also buy the 2014 team kit in women’s sizes.
We thought the women’s 2015 Team Time Trial at the 2015 Road Cycling World Championships would be the most unpredictable TTT Worlds yet, and wow, it was even better – excitement all the way to the end. So if you missed it, you might be kicking yourself…. but that’s OK, I’m here to help with videos, results, photos, rider reactions and more!
First, the UCI highlights
And the full race replay, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ant McCrossan.
Hi team! There’s been heaps of racing to cover in the last week, so we recap the action in France, Belgium/Netherlands and Germany. It’s been a week of highs and lows with all sorts of interesting results. There are some pretty hectic diversions in this week’s episode (when are there not?) and a reasonable amount of speculation about what may happen on Sunday at La Course. Enjoy! (1:13:11 MIN / 70.27 MB)
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Things we talked about
Check out Velofocus’ galleries of Thuringen-Rundfahrt here.
And you can view videos of the stages here:
Stage 3a & Stage 3b
Here’s Tayler Wiles’ stage two diary on her heartbreaking missed chance to win the stage. And here’s her diary on the last day of the race.
You can also catch the BMX World Championships live here.
Here’s the article with Rochelle Gilmore about the development of Mayuko Hagiwara that Dan was talking about.
Also, some video from the BeNe tour is here.
It’s been an incredible week of racing at the Giro Rosa with so many riders from different teams and countries winning stages and tearing up the road. There have been world firsts and there have been all kinds of tactics deployed on the road. It’s everything you could want in a truly Grand Tour, it’s been so good that Sarah even invented a new description! Some riders have been flying, some have cool scars (seriously). And the best is yet to come as we still have several stages that could seriously shake up the GC and potentially change the outcome of the race. Join us as we talk about it all. (1:18:35 MIN / 75.45 MB)
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Things to read and watch:
Sarah’s been collating all the race video and cool social media, blog posts, etc that she can find. She’s also been doing interviews and QandAs with riders. Here’s the full list of all the news there is, stage by stage.
Also, here’s Sarah’s guide on how to follow the race (remember there’s some really exciting stages to come!).
Earlier in the week I interviewed Matrix Fitness DS Stefan Wyman about the new UCI races and how the changes to the calendar impact on his team, but that’s a small team and I’ve been wondering about how different it is for the top 10 UCI-ranked teams. So I asked Martin (Marv) Barras, the DS of ORICA-AIS about how he found out about the “surprise” races, and how it impacted on his team, and his answers are so good that I’m just going to share what he wrote, unembellished:
I received a first communication from the Tour of California to gauge our interest in the event in mid December 2014, which was followed up by an invitation in mid January. Most of the other new USA UCI events I found out through the cycling press (I did receive a contact from the new organisers of the Philly World Cup in Mid February after they were appointed). The same applies to the South African event (I am only aware of 1 race, last week end Hibiscus).
On one hand it is great that Women’s Cycling is seeing this sort of growth into new areas and it is to be expected that this can happen on short notice, such is the budding nature of the discipline.
I’ve always really loved riders’ social media, and how we get such interesting, fun, new views from cyclists and teams. And I’ve always been a fan of Vale Scandolara (listen to my podcast interview with her!), so Vale putting up video diaries on her youtube was always going to make me happy. Watch her videos from before the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and after Stage 2:
I’m especially pleased, because in that interview, I asked her to take a selfie with a camel, and she made a video selfie! Here’s her photo too:
For more videos of rider views of Qatar, check out Vale’s ORICA-AIS team-mate Gracie Elvin‘s fantastic youtube channel, and the Wiggle Honda videos. And if you want to watch the final stage live tomorrow, I have a guide.
Gethin and Nikki are back with more race reporting – and there’ll be videos added below as they turn up
It was a successful day for both Italian riders at Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under as action moved back onto the road. A tough 71km course from Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region, to Campbelltown on the outskirts of Adelaide whittled the peloton down to 9 riders at the finish as Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle) won the bunch sprint. The group contained race leader Valentina Scandolara (Orica AIS) who finished with the same time to make sure she retained the Blue Leader’s Jersey and put herself in an excellent position to take the GC after tomorrow’s final crit.