This week we talk through the rest of the Energiewacht Tour and there’s a LOT to cover. Sarah makes a wager with some team managers. And then Sarah renders me speechless with laughter at the thought of Fränk Schleck trying to race with the women there (seriously – it’s flat, windy, there are canals and the time trial’s important…). We talk Redlands Classic and start to get excited about Flèche Wallone. Sarah offers up some excellent race tactics (it’s easier to win if you don’t fall over? Really?). (1:06:44 MIN / 64.06 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
When Dan and I interviewed British CX star Helen Wyman for our podcast, she told why she thinks the future of women’s cyclocross is in the USA – so it seemed appropriate that this instalment of my Social Media series had a look at the USA cyclocross riders. I’ll tell you about some of the riders and how to follow them – and then at the end I’ll give you links to how to follow the USA CX scene. I’ve already talked about Katie Compton in my previous CX social media post, but as always, if you know people or links I’ve forgotten, add them to the comments, or let me know on twitter – and don’t forget to click through to the riders’ and team pages, and click on all their sponsors, to do your bit to help women’s cycling!
You might remember Georgia Gould from when she won the cross country MTB bronze medal in the London Olympic Games, but she’s also well-known on the cyclocross scene, not just for her great riding, but also for her work for equality in women’s racing. She’s been campaigning for years for equal pay for women’s racers, and as a member of the UCI Athlete’s Commission, she was one of the riders who persuaded the UCI to give equal prize money to the men and women World Champions across the cycling disciplines – starting with the 2013 CX Worlds.
But cool as all that is (and it is VERY cool!) the reason Gould is in this post is because of her fantastic social media presence. She’s got a great website with a lovely blog that’s always got good photos (I like her “I will murder you” face) – and her twitter is at @GouldGeorgia. You can find lots of video interviews with her on cyclingdirt and on youtube – and definitely read this interview with her after the UCI athletes’ commission, and why she thinks things are moving in the right direction for women’s cycling.
Twitter is a tool that has revolutionised how we follow women’s cycling. It started with Liz Hatch, the early adopter, and (I think) the first to share race information with fans this way – and damn, we loved it! When HTC sponsored Highroad, and all the team got snazzy phones, we started to see the interactions between riders – and now it’s grown so much that twitter is the first place to go for information, and we can follow all the action as it happens on the road. So part 3 of this little series is on some of the riders I love to follow on twitter – and some tips, at the bottom, for how to use twitter to follow races. And as always, this is just a selection – I’ve already mentioned some of the best in my post on bloggers, and I’ve got plans for others later in this series – but if you think I’ve missed anyone out, be sure to tell me in the comments – or, of course, on twitter!