Dan and I have been chosen as finalists in the BikeBiz Cycling Media Awards 2014, in the podcast category. We are super-grateful to anyone who nominated us – if you want to see who else has been nominated, have a look here, and if you’ve never listened to our (sweary) women’s cycling podcast, you can find the episodes here – a mix of Dan and me chatting like mates in the pub, interspersed with occasional interviews with various women’s cycling people. Of course we don’t expect to win, but we’re thrilled that we’ve got this far!
Either here in the comments, on my tumblr, or tweet me as @_pigeons_ – I’m wanting to see if I can do a photography project based around cycling. What I want to do is take some photos that illustrate why people love cycling, and see if I can take photos that capture that feeling.
If you could tell me in the comment, or in a tweet, how you cycle most – you know, like racing, or commuting, or riding for leisure – or what you like best about watching/following pro cycling. Or if you have different things you like about different kinds of ridiing, or disciplines, I’d love to know that, too. And it’s not necessary, but if you could leave a name/handle, country and age – or any of those, whatever you feel like. It’s all up to you! I’d appreciate it enormously – thankyou so much!
It was a crazy long weekend of women’s cycling – amazing racing on the road and MTB, all over the place. I wrote about the action on Total Women’s Cycling, but I wanted to post a ‘thankyou’ post. I’ve been struggling with my fan-motivation for the last few weeks – there was just so much bad news everywhere, and that really got me down. But then, this weekend! So much superb racing – and getting to enjoy it with an online community of fans, including watching riders on twitter having a great time and congratulating each other too – it reminded me exactly why I love the sport.
So, in no particular order….
Hitec before the Flèche Wallonne – Sarah Connolly
I was so incredibly lucky to spend the 2013 women’s Flèche Wallonne with the fantastic Hitec Products UCK. I’ve got some stories and galleries of photos about my adventures on Podium Café – part 1 is all about the race preparations, and part 2 is about seeing the race from the team car, and the post-race experience. You can also see more of my photos on flickr, and listen to Dan and me talk about it on our podcast.
For other people’s views of the race, Jane Aubrey reported on it for Cyclingnews and CJ Farquharson has a race report and photos on her womenscycling.net, and more photos on CJFoto and on Cyclingnews. There are team reports from ORICA-AIS, Argos-Shimano, a blog by Loren Rowney on the Specialized-lululemon site, a blog by Ashleigh Moolman on her first World Cup podium, and a blog about his first time at a women’s pro race from the head of Wiggle, Humphrey Cobbold.
And of course, there are videos – here are all the ones I’ve found so far. I’ll be posting interviews with Hitec riders next week – keep an eye out on the Podium Café women’s section. Massive, huge, enormous thanks to Karl Lima, Hitec’s manager, for organising such an amazing time – I loved every moment, and appreciate it totally!
Edit! Here are the first interviews – with Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini and Lotto-Belisol‘s Ashleigh Moolman, after the podium results – on Podium Café here. And here’s my interview with Rachel Neylan, on the race, and triumphing over adversity to win silver at Worlds.
Edit again! And my interview with Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen
I’ve mentioned Total Women’s Cycling before, the British-based website that’s aimed at all aspects of cycling for women, whether it’s riding, or following cycling as a sport on the road, track, MTB etc – so I was really flattered when they named this site as their blog of the week. Thak you so much, TWC!
If you’d like to see some more things we’ve been up to, check out Dan and me podcasting on women’s cycling (it’ll get back to weekly once the season starts), our crazy-fun Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey, where we gave fan-provided, fan-nominated and fan-voted prizes for riders’ great social media in three 2012 races, our various thoughts on how to help women’s cycling with the Click Through Thursday initiative and my series on various fantastic ways the women’s peloton use social media. Or just have a look through the site! I write as sarahcycling, Dan writes as entendered – we hope you like what you see!
It’s been a hard few years to be a cycling fan. On the men’s side, relentless doping stories, more and more and more depressing information about how institutions have turned a blind eye, or actively condoned the shitstorm. As an engaged fan, it is more a confirmation of things we already know, but still, if I never have another “You like cycling – what do you think about Lance Armstrong?” conversations, it’ll be too soon.
And then on the women’s side, it’s been a hard few years, with endless news about races being lost, teams folding, and reading about how all that shit on the men’s side disproportionately affects the women, even though they don’t have the cash for that industrial-level, institutional doping. Another conversation I can do without? Those people who pay NO attention to the women’s racing, but can tell me I’m stupid not to “know” the women’s side is just as awash with drugs. No, it’s not. YES, there are doping cases, but it’s a different culture, the patrons like Vos, Bronzini, Teutenberg are outspoken about how much they hate doping, and actively work to stop it. The stupidest thing I was told last year? The instant-expert who told me, totally seriously, that he wouldn’t be surprised if the doping doctors like Fuentes and Ferrari gave big discounts on EPO regimes to women, so they could do it too. Because they’re altruistic like that…
It’s been a great 2012 in the world of women’s cycling – and even more fun, for me, being able to share it with other fans. It’s lovely, being connected to this world, making friends, sharing things I love with other people who love it too.
If you missed it earlier, here are Dan’s and my highlights of the 2012 season, from our podcast – and actually, podcasting has been one of my personal highlights – especially our interviews with Amber Pierce and Helen Wyman – and another was the crazy, exciting, fun, bonkers project that was the Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey. Huge thanks, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who contributed, whether by giving money, nominating, voting or just sharing the project with other people.
And thanks to everyone who’s ever “liked”, re-blogged or re-tweeted anything on my women’s cycling tumblr or twitter, shared, commented on or just read anything on this blog. The interaction with people makes me happy – knowing that we can connect with each other, and through our own social media, and little initiatives, like the Jersey, or like Click Thru Thursdays (if you’ve missed that, check out Amber Pierce’s original post, and my post about it – as well as the twitter hashtag) we are doing our bit to promote and help the sport. I can’t wait to see what we come up with, together, next year!
Here’s to a fantastic 2013 to all the teams, riders and races who work so hard provide us with so much entertainment, and to the media – whether “home-made” or mainstream – and to all women’s cycling fans, wherever you are. May the new year bring you everything you want!
Thanks again, for everything