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.
I do love my traditions, and one of them is running an early season voting thread to see which of the women’s top-tier pro team kits people like best. This is what people thought last year, and I’ve just launched the 2015 peloton version here on Podium Café – click through and vote! UPDATE! And by popular demand, the voting post for the “best of the rest”! The posts are full of photos and videos of team launches and the kits in action, and the comments section has more kits people love (or don’t!) – but what if you want to wear some of the top tier 2015 women’s cycling team kits? Well, here’s the simple guide to what’s available and how to buy it. Obviously it’s not all the teams, but if more teams open shops, I’ll definitely let you know.
(Want to buy 2014 kits? I have posts about the Euro pro peloton, USA teams and UK kits)
No team shop yet, but if you want this kit, they say it’ll be available soon – maybe sign up to their newsletter so you’ll see as soon as it’s up.
They’re a UCI team for the the first time this year, and while their first batch of pre-order kits have already sold out, they’ll be re-opening the ordering in March. If you want a closer look, check out the jersey and bibshorts on Milltag.
On Friday it’s the first of only two UCI women’s bike races in the USA – the Winston-Salem Classic, and we can watch it live! So in honour of that, and to remind people unfamiliar with USA racing about the jerseys from the USA women’s peloton, here’s part two of my guide to buying cycling kit & stuff from women’s teams.
I think the Colavita team store is one of my favourites, because not only can you buy the team kit in women’s and men’s sizes, you can also get all the other things Colavita sell – including sweets and coffees. I’m such a child!
I’ve got a real soft spot for the Optum kit, especially the back of it. You can buy their team kit, in women’s and men’s cut in pro and basic specifications, on the Borah store, as well as a team hoody and hat – and the women’s sizing goes up to 4XL, which is great, because not everyone is a small! Continue reading
This week we’re not podcasting, but we’ve had all kinds of news and videos from women’s cycling in the last week or so – so here’s a random round-up, with videos, blogs, articles and all kinds of things I’ve liked in the last week in women’s cycling – road, crits, MTB, BMX, breakfast tacos, how to cool down a laptop and more!
This week’s racing
No video yet, but Emma Johansson won, for the second year in a row. She was racing with the Swedish National Team, but still has a race report on the ORICA-AIS website, and there’s a race report from Hitec too. Full results on the race website.
GP Comune di Cornaredo
UPDATE! Another video, from Wiggle Honda
Race report on Tiffany Cromwell’s website – Results on CyclingFever
Delray Beach Twilight
The first round of the USA Crits, the Delray Beach Twilight, was livestreamed, and you can watch the full race video – the women start around 2:30:00 – or just the women’s highlights
This week it’s the first UCI road race of 2014, the first ever Tour Femenino de San Luis, in Argentina, and there’s a live-ish stream.
What do I mean about “live-ish”? Well they have video on the start and finish-lines, and cameras at key points in the race, and a continual stream of the finish area throughout the bits of the race they don’t show, with audio commentary in Spanish. It’s not the full race, but it’s a lot more than we got from big races like the women’s Flèche Wallonne and Ronde van Vlaanderen this year! The stream’s here, and I am using the race’s twitter hashtag #TourFemeninoSanLuis to help follow the action.
The race runs 14th-18th January, and I’ve got a preview on Podium Café, where I’ve put timings and information about the race, and as usual we’ll use the comments to add links to photos, videos and other things we find, as well as live updates while the race is happening. I’ll also be posting things I like onto my tumblr, under the Tour Femenino de San Luis tag.
There are proper race previews on VeloFocus (in English) and on El Pelotón (in Spanish). Here’s mini-video from Stage 1 by United Healthcare, whose brand-new rider Hannah Barnes won.
This week didn’t have as much racing as the last few weeks have had but somehow we still managed to fit in the Sparkassen Giro, BMX World Championships, Vallnord MTB World Cup and more before getting into the substantial number of issues, comments, interviews and general things that happened during the week. It’s a long episode, but it’s mostly happy (except for the title which is dedicated to someone rather special)! ( 1:34:10 MIN / 90.41 MB)
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Here’s what we talked about this week….
Sarah got a bit excited about this weekend’s BMX World Championships and Vallnord MTB World Cup – she’s collected the videos from the races in one handy post.
Marianne Vos raced Vallnord XCo and didn’t do so well – but we love her even more for this tweet:
Okay, that was crap… I’ll skip the feeling from today’s race and look at the whole mtb experience this year. Happy I took this challenge!
— Marianne Vos (@marianne_vos) July 27, 2013
We love that she keeps pushing herself and learning – and admitting when things don’t go her way, and finding the good in it.