This week we preview all the stages of the 2017 Giro Rosa, from the Team Time Trial all the way through to the climb of Mount Vesuvius. There’s stages to suit the sprinters, the puncheurs, the roleurs and the climbers. Who is suited to each stage? Which teams have the strongest rosters? Who are the riders to watch? How is the race likely to unfold? We answer all of these questions and more. We even unlock the age-old secret of how to interpret the race book (It’s Idiosyncratic, Unless It’s the Exact Opposite). (50.05 MIN / 45.86 MB)
I always laugh at myself for my inability to write snappy, SEO-able titles, but I’m proud that I’ve managed to edit this down from “Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Solstice/Any-other-celebration/secular/birthday/payday gifts for women’s cycling fans, women who love bikes, and cycling fans in general I guess, that are made by, or with, or help support professional women riders”. I’m ridiculous!
But it’s a category I always really enjoy, because there are always interesting things to see, and of course I really love things that support the riders. You can find the 2014 edition here, and last year’s. Have a look at all of them, because a lot of those things are still for sale.
Let’s start with things that support professional women’s cycling teams. I pulled together posts of how to buy 2016 team kit and other goodies earlier in the year, and these always make good gifts – you can find the post full of 2016 WorldTour team shops, and USA domestic squads as well.
And another one, from a great UK domestic team, who I really like:
As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do leave a message in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll edit it in. And I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these links – I just enjoy it, and hope you will too.
So in no particular order…
We’re halfway through the 2016 Giro Rosa and the racing has been awesome. There’s been some really interesting results and some very interesting team tactics. We break down the prologue and the first four stages in this episode and then we take a look at the mountain bike world championships and the latest news about Olympic team selections from various countries. There’s some great team announcements and there are several challenges going on in different jurisdictions as well. Grab a drink, sit back and enjoy. (1:21:40 MIN / 74.78 MB)
Check out the links, news, and videos we saw from the last week in women’s cycling
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
Videos, photos and reports from….
The 2016 Cross Country MTB World Cup
More things we saw this week
Video about the 2016 Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, last month
Stage 4 is the mid-point of the Giro Rosa, the last chance for sprinters before the mountains begin with the Mortirolo stage tomorrow. With the original stage changed because of a landslide, it ran around the gorgeous-looking Lago d’Iseo in Lombardy – and this is the media we got.
As always, I’ll be editing in more video, photos and reports as I see them – please do share anything I’ve missed in the comments, or tell me on twitter. You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag.
Such a huge opening weekend to the 2016 Road season – and we have videos, photos and more media from the races, and from Evelyn Stevens breaking the UCI Hour Record in Colorado.
As usual, there’s very little to see of the women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad, which is a huge shame as it sounds like a great race. What we do have is a short highlights video from Sporza, with interview with winner Lizzie Armitstead at the end. And here’s another interview with Armitstead from Felix Mattis:
I always really enjoy seeing collaborations between pro cyclists and cycling kit companies, and today I’ve got three very different kits, with Tiffany Cromwell and Emma Johansson representing the road, and Anna Meares the track.
I’ve made no secret about the fact I loved Velocio Apparel, the cycling kit company set up by women’s cycling icon Kristy Scrymgeour, and one of the things that’s really made me smile is their collaboration with bike riders. I loved Helen Wyman’s winter-weather thermal kit (now available for men, too), and now I love Tiffany Cromwell‘s lightweight, gorgeous Origami kit.
One of my very favourite games is helping people who are new to women’s cycling find riders to cheer for, so that people who have maybe loved men’s cycling for years but never really seen women’s racing, or are new to cycling completely, can become an instant fan
How this works is you can tell me why you like one of the male cyclists, or a trackie, or MTB rider, for example, or what kind of person you like to support. This can be for riding style (the hard-working team player, the mountain goat, the one who makes the craziest doomed attempts to escape) or for personality, or even for interests (Do you want to cheer for riders doing science PhDs? Or have a miniature pig as a pet? I can help you with that!). Basically, tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll bespoke you up, with riders who should feature in the 2015 Road Race Worlds. And of course, if you’re reading this and have different suggestions and equivalents, tell or tweet me and I’ll put them in a future post!
Previous year’s Equivalenting posts are here, but let’s start with what people have asked this year…