It’s that time of the week again – Ella Picks. We’ve rounded up links to the best things we’ve read and watched in the last week. Our picks this week include advice on kit care, an injury update on Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the best photo feature we saw out of USPRO and two features on British Cycling’s most prolific female cyclist – Nicole Cooke. All for your reading and viewing pleasure. Below.
How to Care for your Cycling Kit
Do you toss your kit in the hamper post-ride? Liv says this is a no-no. Throwing your sweaty cycling clothes into a pile means they’ll stay wet with sweat longer, which encourages odour-causing bacteria to grow. (Gross.) If you can’t toss your kit into the wash immediately, Liv suggests hanging up your post-ride clothes to dry out before throwing them in the dirty laundry basket to keep your bacteria at bay and eliminate odours. This article includes several tips and tricks to extend the life of your favourite cycling kit.
A favorite jersey with just the right amount of pockets, bibs with leg bands that do not squeeze too tightly, gloves to match with a comfortable grip. The perfect cycling apparel is priceless. Not only is it fun to accessorize, but the right garments increase comfort for long efforts on the bike. But how do you wash bike shorts with chamois and unfamiliar high-tech fabrics? Just like your favorite pair of jeans or a silk blouse, there are plenty of “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to keeping your biking gear looking and feeling like new.
Pauline Ferrand Prévot undergoes treatment for sciatica
Marianne Vos isn’t the only Rabo-Liv rider sidelined while recovering from injury. Double world champion Pauline Ferrand Prévot announced earlier this week that she has undergone treatment for sciatica. Her condition was diagnosed as a result of severe left leg pain during April and May.
“The French rider abandoned last weekend’s Mountain Bike World Cup round at Albstadt as a result of the injury and underwent an MRI scan in Paris on Tuesday. This revealed a lumbar inflammation caused by fluid escaping from a joint. The fluid was drawn and Ferrand-Prévot has been told by her doctor to rest for 10 days.”
British Cycling and #WeRide
British Cycling announced an ambitious plan two years ago to get one million more women riding bikes regularly by 2020. Two years into the initiative, they’ve hit 25 percent of their target – with 254,000 British women cycling regularly as a result of British Cycling initiatives, specifically the #WeRide campaign. The progress has largely been attributed to the Breeze programme, which encourages female cyclist of all ages and abilities to attend women-only recreation rides.
Jennie Price OBE, chief executive of Sport England, said: “It is good to see more women are cycling regularly but there is still a perception that cycling is a sport dominated by middle aged men in lycra.
“I’m very pleased to see British Cycling are working to address this through their #WeRide campaign by creating a welcoming environment for women and girls to get involved and I strongly support their approach.
“From our This Girl Can campaign we know women who feel welcomed into sport and not judged about their ability, size or how they look are much happier being active, and it is good to see those principles being applied by a major governing body.”
The Power of the Bicycle: Afghan Cycles
Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook profiled Shannon Galpin’s work in Afghanistan to get girls and women on bikes, telling the story of the Middle Eastern country’s two-wheeled revolution. Afghan Cycles aims to bring the story to the big screen. It features the young women who are challenging gender and cultural norms simply by riding bicycles.
Updates out of USPRO
Do you like your race report served up with a bit of pizzazz? Manual for Speed has just the thing for you. Their report out of the women’s road race at the USA Cycling Professional National Road Championships was the best coverage of the Chattanooga bunch.
I’m saying that I meet a lot of people who are in spandex power suits. Head to toe. And more often than not, helmets and sunglasses too. That’s how I know them. For years and years and years, that’s how I see them. At races. On rides. At coffee shops before/after races/rides. In kit. Sometimes I may never see them in human clothes. Ever. And the thing about kit, especially team kit, is that everyone starts to look the same. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize people, even people that you know well and that maybe you like a lot, in kit. Because of the helmets and sunglasses blocking their faces and the brightly colored seal bodies all looking vaguely the same and shit, it’s hard to know who’s who.
The #GetSomeoneRiding campaign
Bicycling Magazine has launched a #GetSomeoneRiding campaign with the goal to, well, get someone riding. They say: “Here’s the plan. Choose a recruit, set a goal of any size, and share your experiences (the good and the could-be-better) along the way by pinning your tweets, photos, and videos with the hashtag #GetSomeoneRiding. You can read stories of early successes (and failures) and find great advice for getting new riders hooked at Bicycling.com/getsomeoneriding.” The story below is one of the many #GetSomeoneRiding stories on the campaign’s hub.
— Bicycling Magazine (@BicyclingMag) May 31, 2015
I had targeted Lydia as my ride partner not because she was in any hurry to go farther and faster on a bike, but because she was my only obvious choice. She already lives with me and puts up with my bike stuff littered throughout the house. She cooks me huge healthy meals when I’m too tired and hungry after a ride to remember how to microwave a pizza. And somehow I’ve duped her into marrying me. So convincing her to go for a few rides should be pretty easy, right?
Nicole Cooke on Fair Play and Corruption
In recent years, Nicole Cooke has become as well-known for her outspoken (and occasionally scathing) opinions as she is for her incredible accomplishments as one of British Cycling’s most decorated cyclists. In honour of Women’s Sport Week, Cooke penned a BBC Sport Column in which she explores the themes of fair play and corruption at a time of unprecedented growth within women’s cycling during this century.
One witness in the Armstrong saga was a young American rider called David Zabriskie, who had admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). In his affidavit, Zabriskie identified as a turning point a conversation with Canadian cyclist Michael Barry and his American wife Dede, also a professional cyclist. According to Zabriskie, they convinced him using PEDs was necessary to stay in the sport.
At Athens in 2004 I was in terrific form. I had beaten Dede Barry on many occasions but on this very big occasion, she caught and passed me as if I was some novice. Her husband had spent a career denying ever using doping products. Once the Armstrong scandal broke he wrote another book telling a different story. Apparently he and Dede used to keep EPO in the family fridge.
Dede Barry still has her Olympic silver medal from the day she roared past me; after all, she passed the tests.
Ella Reads You Don’t Want to Miss
Here are a few of my favourite stories published on Ella in the last week:
- Lizzie Armitstead wins Philly Cycling Classic to regain World Cup overall lead
- How To: Get ready for a time trial with Ellen van Dijk
- #HappinessWatts wants you to ride, eat, drink and be merry
- The ins and outs of the UCI Women Road World Cup with Lizzie Armitstead