Podcast 2017 Episode 5 – The Weather Looks Horrendous

cropped-podcast-logo.jpgThis week we preview the first of the Spring Classics! Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Tielt-Winge are on this weekend (the weather looks horrendous!!!!! Yay!). We review the Cali Track World Cup and the results from the last cyclocross race of the season in Leuven. There’s some tougher news that we need to talk about, but it’s positive in the sense that good journos like Laura Weislo are doing some great work in following up on these stories. Most importantly it’s time for round two of our kit vote, so make sure to get in and vote for your favourites! (1:36:14 MIN / 88.11 MB)

NOTE: We do apologise for some background noise on this week’s recording – there were builders working next door to Sarah….

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Things we talked about included

Don’t forget to vote in Part 2 of Sarah’s 2017 women’s cycling Best Kit voteTibco-SVB won Part 1, the vote for the WorldTour teams (the top 20 UCI teams who get automatic invitations to the 2017 Women’s WorldTour stage races) – this is a selection of smaller teams, all of whom have been nominated by readers/twitterati, and there are some great designs in there.

This week’s racing

UCI Highlights and full broadcast from the Round 3 of the 2016/7 Track World Cup, in Cali, Colombia.

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Vote for (and buy!) your favourite 2017 Women’s Cycling kits – Part 2: the Best of the Rest

Last week I put up the first 2017 women’s road cycling cycling team kit poll, for this year’s top 20 UCI-ranked teams, the ones that get automatic invitations to the UCI Women’s WorldTour Stage Races – and it was won by USA team Tibco-SVB.

But of course, those teams just scratch the surface – there are a lot more out there, with some really fantastic kits.  I asked my readers for nominations for Part 2 of the kit vote, and wow, you delivered!  All of these teams have been nominated on twitter or here on the website, and there’s a real range, from big professional outfits you’ll see at a lot of the largest races, right down to tiny domestic squads – and there are some really interesting designs in here that I think you’ll love.

As always, I’ve included links to where you can buy the kits, where I’ve found them.

The voting is now over, but you can CHECK OUT THE RESULTS at the bottom of the page – did your favourite win?

The previous year’s kit posts are on Podium Café for 2014 and 2015, and here for last year’s votes for the WorldTour and the ‘Best of the Rest‘ – and you can buy the 2016 kits through the links for the WorldTour teams, and for the USA domestic squads.

All photos are from the team websites, unless otherwise stated – click through them for the sources and credits.

Amy D. Foundation

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Photo from the race facebook

The Amy D. Foundation is a very special organisation, set up to honour the memory of profesional rider Amy Dombroski, who died in 2013, when she was hit by a car out training for cyclocross in Belgium.

The Foundation helps USA women and girls ride road, cyclocross and MTB, and has a scholarship programme, as well as the road team – and one of the notable things about that team is how it has given American pros whose trade teams aren’t racing in the USA chances to ride, alongside the team’s development riders.  It’s a win-win scenario, sharing pro riders’ skills and expertise with women just starting out in the sport, while letting them race more.

The kit is sky-blue and orange, and you can buy a supporters’ version with the logo on black, in women’s and men’s cut, as well as shoes, from Pearl Izumi, where 50% of all proceeds go to the Foundation.  You can also show your support by buying T-shirts, socks, stickers bidons, caps and a pintglass from Handlebar Moustache, an Amy D. edition Lazer helmet, and even a coffee roast from Grimpeur Brothers coffee.

Find out more about all their work on their website, including about their road-specific programme, and follow them on twitter and facebook. You can also support the work of the Foundation by buying products and services from their partner organisations, or of course by making a donation directly. (You’ll get a free, limited edition beanie, if you donate $30 or more to the road programme before 20th March 2017)

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Vote for (and buy!) your favourite 2017 Women’s Cycling kits – the WorldTour edition

It’s that time of year again, when we’re waiting for the Spring Classics to start – and as is now traditional, I’m here to show you who’s wearing what kit, so it’s easier for you to work out who’s who when you’re watching all the live racing this year, and to give you the chance to vote for your favourites.  I’ll also include links to any team shops, so you can buy jerseys, caps and much more.

I’m starting with kits from the teams that get automatic invitations to the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour stage races.

Update! The voting is now closed – but you can see the results at the bottom of the page.   Will you guess who won?

I’ve also got Part 2 of the 2017 vote up now – these are the teams outside the UCI top 20, that were nominated by readers.  There are some very different designs in there, so head over, have a look, and get voting!

The previous year’s kit posts are on Podium Café for 2014 and 2015, and here for last year’s votes for the WorldTour and the ‘Best of the Rest‘ – and you can buy the 2016 kits through the links for the WorldTour teams, and for the USA domestic squads.

All photos are from the team websites, unless otherwise stated – click through them for the sources and credits.

Alé Cipollinichloe-hosking

The kit has kept the same #YellowFlourance colour scheme that make them the easiest squad to pick out of the peloton, but the bubbles on the jersey have been swapped for squares, and the shorts are now black.

There are photos of the 2017 team presentation on the Alé Cipollini website, and on Cyclingnews, if you want to see more – and of course, you can watch Chloe Hosking win stage 3 of the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour, although she’s wearing the Sprint jersey, not the Alé kit, because she was doing so well.

Usually a variation of the kit, without all the sponsors etc, is for sale on the Alé Cycling site – it’s not up on the website yet, but if you like it, check back later in the year.   Last year’s jersey was based on Alé’s ‘bubbles’ design, which is still for sale in the women’s winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket.

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Vote for (and buy!) your favourite 2016 team kit – Part 2, the “Best of the rest”

Last week I put up a post to vote for the best 2016 road team kit from the 20 teams with automatic entry to the new Women’s World Tour,and while Canyon-SRAM took an early lead, they were overtaken by Cylance on the penultimate day, and the pair spent the final 24 hours swapping the lead back and forth between them, until the race went right up to the line in a two-up sprint, and Cylance just won by 4 votes!  Here’s the top 10:

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I suspect it’s things like this that helped them to the win..

But while there are some great designs (and squads!) in that post, there are a lot more wonderful women’s cycling teams out there, so I’ve been asking for nominations for the second voting post of the year, which focuses on the smaller teams.   I’ve been sent some great examples by readers and tweeters, and now you can vote for your favourite of these, too, and as always, I’ve included links to where you can buy these kits if you want to support the teams, or just think they look great.  As they are smaller teams, not all of them have had team launches yet, so there isn’t as much media… yet!

The poll is at the bottom of the post, and voting is open until 10pm GMT on Thursday 18th February.  If you’re still disappointed your favourite team wasn’t nominated, let me know in the comments or on twitter with a photo of the kit, and I’ll edit the kit into the post, below the poll. You won’t be able to vote for them, but they’ll be here for posterity – and if you want to see more women’s 2016 kits, check out the great Velorooms thread.  My previous years’ women’s team kit votes are here, from 2014, and the 2015 ‘pro’ teams and ‘best of the rest’, on Podium Café.

All photos are from the team’s websites unless otherwise stated – click through for the sources and credits.

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Vote for (and buy!) your favourite 2016 team kit – the World Tour

It’s a bit of a tradition for me to run through the 2016 women’s kits at the start of the season, and with more women’s racing due to be on tv or streamed this year than ever before, it’s a great chance to get our eye in.   Now we’ve had the Argentinian and Aussie January racing and the Ladies Tour of Qatar, and a set of team presentations (with more team videos than ever) we’ve had the chance to see most of them in action…. so it’s time to vote for the one you like best!

I’m starting with kits from the teams that are racing the 2016 Women’s World Tour – but if you want to nominate other women’s road team kits, tell me in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll put up a “best of the rest” vote – you can see some of them in this great Velorooms thread.  And if you want to buy any of these kits, I’ve got links in the post too.  The previous kit posts are on Podium Café – for 2014 and 2015.

All photos are from the team websites, unless otherwise stated – click through them for the sources and credits.

UPDATE!  The poll is now closed – check out the results at the bottom of the thread.  But you can still vote for the smaller teams in the “Best of the Rest” poll.

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Alé Cipollini

It looks like, from the team presentation photos, and of course when Malgorzata Jasinska won the GP San Luis, and Marta Tagliaferro won Stage 2 of the Tour Femenino San Luis, that the kit is the same #YellowFluorange kit as last year, with added sponsor names, making them the easiest team to spot on a bike.  And as someone who likes either cool minimalism, or “WOW, I need sunglasses!”, that makes me very happy! If you like it too, you can buy versions of the jersey and jackets without all the team branding on the Alé website – it’s the “bubbles” design, for example, the women’s 2014 short sleeve and current winter jersey and jacket, and men’s winter jersey and jacket.

Team photo from the Tour Femenino de San Luis facebook album

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Podcast Episode 18 – Rock the Vote!

Alright, this week’s exciting because we’ve kicked off the voting for the Social Media Jersey, but don’t worry, there’s still time for you to donate!

Among other highlights of the show, I don’t edit out my rant about haircuts, Sarah explains how a Frenchman discovers women can ride bikes and I give really bad job and relationship advice. We also talk about l’Ardeche and Brain Wash before previewing the worlds TTT and ITT favourites.

This one’s pretty fast and sweet. (39.08 MIN / 37.57 MB)

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Things we talk about this week:

Stef Wyman‘s post on Cyclismas, The role of fans in women’s cycling (This is the one that describes Sarah as “British Super Dooper Über Massive Huge Slightly Barmey Snarky Passionate Sweary Wicked Awesome fan”!) – and check out how Stef’s team, Matrix-Prendas, do social media, it’s a great website.

UPDATE!  Stef’s since written a post on his vision of #fanbackedwomensteam – click through and read it!

Marijn de Vries‘ blogs from the Tour de l’Ardèche:

UPDATE! We didn’t talk about this, but check out former pro Christophe Edaleine, who was Marijn’s DS for the week, blogging from his point of view of l’Ardèche – the same story as in Marijn’s blog, but from the other side!

Evelyn Stevens‘ blog post, World peace and happy babies, on overcoming her case of Dutch Anxiety at the Brainwash Ladies Tour

Specialized-lululemon‘s plans to raise $10,000 for Right to Play in Rwanda – and their donations page linked to the World TTT Championships

Meredith Miller’s Pretty in Pink fundraiser for breast cancer – and how to buy her Pink is the new fast t-shirt

The startlist for the World Championships from VeloFocus, with links to all the riders’ twitters and blogs

And finally, we didn’t talk about this, because we ran out of time, but we both really liked this, and recommend you read it…

Bridie O’Donnell‘s excellent blog, Confession Week, on her grandfather, and realisations about herself and cycling.  It’s very powerful and honest

The Social Media Jersey – You only get ONE vote, use it wisely

It’s been an awesome journey to get to this point. Once again a huge thanks to everyone who has donated, tweeted, facebooked, YouTubed, podcasted, blogged, MySpaced, Friendstered, Craigslisted (is that even social media?) or whatevered this competition. It’s brilliant. Together we’ve already raised (at the time of writing) $2010 on the official count but of course, that’s going to change by the time you’re reading this.

We’ve seen some amazingly cool racing and we’ve seen some great use of social media. You can review the nominations for the Giro Toscana here, and for the Tour l’Ardèche and Ladies Brain Wash Tour here.

I greatly encourage you to review the nominations before casting your vote because you only get one vote.

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