This week we catch up on the Prudential Ride London GP, which was surprisingly held in London this year. We also cover the full results for Juniors, Under23s and the Elite Women at the European Championships in Denmark. We’ve got a great block of live races coming up with Vargarda and then the Ladies Tour of Norway, GP Plouay all coming up. There’s heaps to get across along with all the usual hilarity, swearing and awesomeness! (1:00:34 MIN / 55.47 MB)
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This week we preview the TTT, the ITT and the Road Races in Qatar for the Junior and Elite women (would it surprise you if we said there was controversy?). We also took a look at all the latest transfer news and who is confirmed to be going where for 2017.
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Well team, there’s been a heap of confirmed signings along with some really interesting rumours as we head into the transfer season. In addition, there’s a bit of racing to catch up on and all sorts of cool and interesting things from around the web. Settle in and enjoy! (1:05:26 MIN / 62.94 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
We talked about transfers a lot – and we recommend the Cycling Fever transfer list for keeping up to date with what’s been announced, including rumours. Big thanks as always to Peter van der Veen for all the work he does helping us keep up to date with all the women’s cycling news.
Last week’s racing
Full results and race reports from Wiggle Honda and Bigla.
So, we knew Specialized and lululemon were stepping back from title sponsoring, and only supporting one women’s team rather than two next year, but what was happening to the Specialized-lululemon team? Today we’ve found out, it’s it’s super-exciting, as from 2015 they’ll be Velocio-SRAM. SRAM are of course a very famous cycling brand, but Velocio.cc are really exciting in a different way – it’s team boss Kristy Scrymgeour‘s own clothing company. And I’m very excited about getting to see the 2015 kit – and to be able to buy it!
They’ve got a special introductory price on the team kit bundle – click through to their new team shops for women and for men. Here’s the kit…
…and here’s who’ll be wearing it – fantastic line-up, with super-climber Alena Amialiusik, up-and-coming Italian sprinter Barbara Guarischi, and Junior ITT World Champion Mieke Kröger joining double World Champion Lisa Brennauer, attack-queens Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack, and fun riders Elise Delzenne, Karol-Ann Canuel, Tayler Wiles and Loren Rowney. Read all about it!
I started a mini-series about the 2014-15 road transfer season, and I want to come back to it. You can read the earlier parts here – Part 1, on how the announcements have been handled and Part 2 on the implications of “Super teams” – but I’ve also been thinking about what the 2014-15 transfer window might mean for the future. If you need a reminder of what’s changing, I’ve got a transfer table over here on Podium Café.
What this means for 2016 and 2017
Earlier this week I wrote about how teams have handled their (UCI-level road cycling) transfer announcements, and now I want to look at what it might mean for the peloton in 2015. As before, this comes with a huge caveat that we don’t know what all the teams look like yet, it’s a snapshot of where we are right now, at the end of October 2014 – here’s the big transfer table (I’ll be updating it throughout November with any more news we see, so if you’re looking at this later in the month and thinking my questions are obviously answered, that’s why)
How the peloton will change in 2015 – more “super-teams”
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.