More 2015 clothing collaborations with cyclists

Yesterday I showed you three recent collaborations between professional cyclists and cycling kit companies (with more at the end!) and today I’ve got more clothing collaborations – socks, kit, jeans and some casual clothing to help a team.  And if you’re in the same country as these guys, you can still get them in time for Christmas!  (Need more last minute Hanukkah/Christmas/Solstice/2015 birthday gifts for a women’s cycling fan, or woman who loves bikes?  Check out my shopping category, which is full of links to everything from art, to jewellery, to books, to random stuff from the last three years).

Emily Kachoreks’ Voler kits

I’m starting with USA cyclist Emily Kachorek‘s kits, that are for sale on Voler.  Kachorek’s the co-founder of handmade bike company Squid Bikes, and helps design all these jerseys (and gets a cut of the profits).  They have that streetart/cartoony vibe, and are available in women’s and men’s designs, with long & short sleeves, thermal versions, and even bibshorts, and I especially love the jersey full of monsters, and the black & white one – so vibrant and happy, and Megster, who told me about these, says kids love them when she rides past them.

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Shirt Week! Marianne Vos in Lego edition!

If you’ve ever asked the question “what would Marianne Vos look like if she was made of Lego?”, the Velocast boys have exactly the t-shirt for you!  I’m not sure there’s anything more I can say about this, I’m laughing too much – but I love it!  If you do too, click through and you can order one for yourself and Vos- and Lego-lovers everywhere.

Podcast 2014, Episode 4 – Always Send Whisky

The-Unofficial,-Unsanctioned-Women's-UCI-Cycling-ShowThis week we brace ourselves because spring is about to be sprung and cobbles are about to be flung because the Omloop Het Nieuewsblad is on Saturday! We take a moment to imagine what a women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix might look like. We also talk virtual director sportif, track worlds, Oceania championships, horse heads and Koppenbergcross equality! It’s a huge week and there’s so much going on, you need to make sure that you check all the links, videos, photos and things below. (1:16:14 MIN / 73.18 MB)

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Things we talked about included…


The last cyclocross race of the season – Sluitingprijs Oostmalle, where Sanne Cant won the overall 2013/14 bpost bank trofee series.  There’s a little video clip of the women and the junior & u23 men on Sporza, and this 4-minute video looking at Cant’s season-long duel with Helen Wyman to win the series, and clips of Oostmalle (Sanne talking in Dutch, Helen in English)

There are some lovely photos of the Sluitingprijs by Balínt Hamvas on his site If you like cyclocross, or know someone who does, you can pre-order Balínt’s 2013-14 season book – with words by our friend Caro, who’s the reason Sarah’s into CX in the first place.

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Podcast 2013 Episode 33 – The Shutdown

Podcast logoThis week we uncover the real reason for the US government shutdown and then we get stuck into recapping all the amazing racing that happened at worlds. The Junior Women’s race and the Elite Women’s race. It was epic and there’s lot to enjoy and discuss. From Monique Hanley live-tweeting the junior race through to the amazing range of domestiques and top stars who made the Elite race SO FUCKING EXCITING(!!!), we’re definitely still basking in the afterglow of good race. We also take some time to consider some of Brian Cookson’s recent comments regarding women’s cycling and the level of internal attention and support it currently receives from the UCI (HINT: Pick a number and then go lower. Lower. Lower. Still lower. Ok, now divide that number by 2.). But then we resolve to finish on a good note so we celebrate Tracey Gaudry being appointed as a Vice-President of the UCI and being on the road commission. Enjoy! (1:26:08 MIN / 82.68 MB)

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Things we talked about this week:


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How we, the fans, can help support women’s cycling

One of my ongoing themes is thinking about how we, the fans, can help this sport we love.  It’s a fascinating topic for me – on the one hand, I can (and do) bemoan the fact I feel women’s cycling is unfairly marginalised by the UCI, the cycling press, the media – after all, fans LOVE women’s racing when they get to see it, and more people watched the women’s Olympic road race on the BBC and Eurosport than watched the men’s – but on the other, what an amazing opportunity for us, as fans, to shape how the sport is portrayed, and to directly help it grow.

Think about it – with the ridiculous sums of money and publicity floating around Team Sky, for example, fans of men’s cycling tend to be seen as an amorphous mass, for riders to moan about, if they think about us at all.  But on the women’s side, our blogging, tweeting, ‘like’-ing, and all our actions, can really make a difference.  I truly believe in the maxim, “be the change you want to see” – and I am still in awe of how fans’ backing and support for the Unofficial, Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey blew all our expectations out of the water, and showed how, working together, we can directly support the riders, teams and sport we love.

And there are some more initiatives I want to highlight, that give us some really simple, easy and fun ways to help.  I know I talk about some of these all the time, but damn, I love their passion, their continual commitment to the sport – and above all, how EASY they make it for us to help.

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Presents for women’s cycling fans – part 1

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve been thinking about things I’d love to receive in my Christmas stocking how to show all my friends how much I love them…  so here’s a selection of lovely things you can all buy me gift ideas for any women’s cycling fans in your life, for Christmas or any other reason.  I don’t know what the online equivalent of leaving a catalogue/advert lying covered in giant circles around what you’d most like to receive, as a super-subtle hint to your nearest-and-dearests, but feel free to do that with this!

I’m always on the look out for fun things, so if you see present ideas you think I should know about, leave me a comment, email me at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet me on @_Pigeons_.  I’ve had some great suggestions already on twitter, so I’ll put up another post next week with people’s recommendations.

Lovely post-ride massage oils

I love Simon Lamb’s Il Dolore oils, but my favourite is Rosa, his post-ride recovery oil.  Here’s the description:

A unique blend of six essential oils specifically selected to help physical restoration and mental balance. The completely natural ingredients, which include Arnica, Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile are also reputed to reduce swelling and inflammation and improve recovery from the muscle pains associated with cycling.

I’m allowed to say this, as I’m a girl, but those oils are very good for period-related fun – and I also love pouring this into the bath, and just mellowing out, because it smells SO good.  Plus Simon is a great guy, very generous and kind – the reason I blog about women’s cycling is because he asked me to guest-post on his old website, years ago – so I’m extra-happy to promote him.  But I’d never recommend you spend money on presents for me anything just because I like the person – this is bloody good, whoever made it!

Read on for more lovely things

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Discussing the way forward for women’s cycling

Dan and I have slowed down our Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s Cycling podcast for the winter – but damn, there’s so much going on at the moment, I wanted to tell you about various discussions out there at the moment on how to take forward women’s cycling – starting with a podcast you can listen to if you’re missing the sound of my voice(!)


The fantastic Velocast team have dedicated this week’s podcast to women’s cycling.  Here’s how they describe it:

The Velocast this week looks at women’s cycling by talking to Rochelle Gilmore, owner and manager of DTPC Honda, Matrix-Prendas director and the man behind the fans’ backed women’s cycling initiative, Stef Wyman, Heather Bamforth from the Biketreks women’s development squad and the sport’s uber-fan girl, Sarah Connolly.

Yep, that’s me!  It’s great, a women’s cycling podcast-documentary, and I’m flattered and honoured to have been included.  I love the interviews with Rochelle and Stef and Heather that explain how they developed their teams, and their hopes and dreams for the future.  Click through and have a listen – and check out everything else Velocast do on their website.

To find out more about things talked about on the Velocast:


Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley’s one of the very best interviewees in the sport – and there is so much to love in her latest interviews, with Ben Atkins on VeloNation.  Check out Part 1, where she explains why she signed for Swiss team Bigla, and how finishing her PhD will affect next season, and her goal of the 2016 Olympics – and Part 2, where she talks about the Worlds, doping in the men’s peloton, running her first marathon, and how women’s cycling is full of passion and enthusiasm.  As always with Pooley, there is so much more than that – rants, calls for change, laughs, and so many great quotes.  So much to love in there.


Amber Pierce – Continuing the Dialogue

Yeah, I know I keep talking about Amber Pierce, but she’s so passionate about the sport, and she’s always working on taking the sport forward.  She’s got a great new blog out at the moment on Triple Crankset, called ‘Continuing the Dialogue: women’s cycling’, where she lays out her ideas on how women’s cycling is different from men’s, and how she thinks women’s cycling could be marketed better, taking advantage of all the things that make the racing so exciting, and the personalities of all the fabulous riders.

This piece was written in response to ‘Women’s cycling moving ahead‘, an article on Australian cycling blog CyclingTipsclick through and read that too, because that’s really interesting too, from a different point of view.


So many interesting ideas, and SO much passion and love for the sport.  And so many good ideas.  I really, truly believe that there’s a bright, bright future out there for the sport, and I think there are all kinds of things we, as fans, can do to help take things forward – starting with clicking through all the links, and showing people we’re listening!