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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Podcast 2017 Episode 4 – Why Make It Harder?

cropped-podcast-logo.jpgThis week we talk through the last few cyclocross races of the season. We also take a quick look at all the track racing that’s coming up soon, including the Paracycling Track World Championships. We take some time to kick off the great team kit voting challenge for 2017, so make sure to visit the post to see the pictures, videos and (of course) to vote! We do talk about some of the tougher stories to have come out recently regarding the types of abuse that have been uncovered in the sport. It’s tough reading and listening, but it is good for the sport to bring these problems to light. (58:23 MIN / 53.47 MB)

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Things we talked about this week

Sarah has pulled together the kits for the top 20 women’s teams into one big post, with links to where you can buy them, and most importantly, the 2017 Best Kit poll.  Head over here, check them all out, and VOTE!

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Four sobering pieces on bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and other unacceptable practices within women’s cycling:

One of the things that’s being done about these issues is the Dutch Cycling Federation’s project to find out the scope of bullying and harassment in Dutch Cycling – listen to Sarah’s podcast with KNWU’s Anne Loes Kokhuis to find out more.

Recent racing

IJsboerke Ladies Trophy #8, 2017 Krawatencross Lille

Such an exciting way to round of the series – and it finished with Sarah’s absolute number 1 favourite cycling move!  Full race replay, and highlights:

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