It’s a special Giro Rosa edition of Ella Picks with a heap-load of our favourite links to one of our favourite races of the year – but beyond the Giro Rosa, we’ve have some great finds for you, too. Our picks this week include fun news from Velocio, an inspiring column from The Nation about the implicit insult implied when defending women’s sport and a free download of Feminin Magazine.
We have a Giro Rosa hangover today. Seriously – how good was that race? If you followed along on Ella, you will have seen our daily race reports and rider diaries from Tiffany Cromwell and Lizzie Williams. We had so much fun putting all those pieces together for you over the last ten days (and there’s still more to come – stay tuned for a gorgeous Giro Rosa gallery and feature story on pink jersey-wearer Megan Guarnier). If you missed our coverage, you can catch up here.
Here’s the best of what we read and watched and pored over elsewhere:
Wiggle Honda was the only team to post daily short films on their YouTube channel. Each video offers a bit of insight into not only the team’s tactics for and reaction to the day but also offers viewers the opportunity to get to know the various personalities that make up the team and witness their special team spirit in action.
All the videos are pretty fantastic, but this one from Mayuko Hagiwara’s stage six victory is our favourite.
Every night we eagerly awaited the publication of two sets of galleries out of the Giro Rosa. Balint Havas (@cyclephotos) shared his images and a short story about his day on his blog. Sean Robsinson (@velofocus) added his galleries to the Giro Rosa section of his Velofocus website. They both took a unique approach to showcasing the race and its players.
Click on Sean’s photo of Valentina Scandolara and Rachel Neylan before the start of the fourth stage of the Giro Rosa to check out Sean’s galleries.
You can pore over Balint’s galleries by clicking on this photo of Tayler Wiles on the attack during stage seven of the Giro Rosa.
The Giro Rosa posted daily highlight videos on their YouTube channel. While they’re largely in Italian, even non-Italian speakers can get a sense of the atmosphere and action. The video below is the first – from the prologue. Watch them all from the beginning here.
Several teams went above and beyond to make the Giro Rosa a joy to follow from afar. Big thanks to Velocio-SRAM and Bigla for their live race updates. Rabo Liv had several staff members providing updates from personal accounts, too.
Beyond the live race updates, there were the race reports. We’ve linked to one report from each team below. You can poke around their websites for more.
- Bigla: Best ever result for Moolman-Paiso at Giro Rosa
- Orica-AIS: Orica-AIS wrap up 2015 Giro Rosa with five top ten places
- Velocio: Barbara Guarischi sprints to victory in Giro Rosa stage one
And for our Dutch-speaking readers – or those that can laugh along with google translate:
Rabo Liv posted daily race reports along with lots of great social content on their website. Here’s what they had to say about Anna van der Breggen’s win. It’s definitely worth poking around their site for all the little video clips and images they share.
Oh – and don’t miss this video from Rabo-Liv out of the stage eight team time trial, which includes some cheeky little dance moves from Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.
Annemiek van Vleuten kept her fans updated on her personal website. This blog post is from her prologue victory the Friday before last. Using google translate? I hope you, like me, get a kick out of google’s translation of “pink jersey” or “ roze trui” (in Dutch).
Lucinda Brand, double stage winner and pink jersery wearer, also did daily updates on her personal blog. This one links to her story from her first day in pink.
Giro Rosa overall winner Anna van der Breggen updated her personal website throughout the 10 day race – although not daily. She has yet to post a final update (perhaps she’s still celebrating?) but you can read what she had to say about the time trial that put her into pink here.
If you haven’t overdosed on the Giro Rosa yet, we’ve got more for you.
- Chloe McConville’s post-tour blog
- SRAM’s profile on Megan Guarnier
- Cycling Weekly’s feature on Jessie Walker – the best British finisher at the Giro Rosa this year
Not the Giro Rosa
Whew! Giro Rosa out of your system (for now)? Here’s the best of the rest from this past week in women’s cycling.
The Veloroos recently returned to Australia following their fantastic win at RAAM. When we last chatted with them, they told us about a feature film they had in the works. Well – one of our Facebook group members alerted us to the trailer for that film, which you can watch here. And props to whoever came up with the feature title.
An opinion piece by Dave Zirin for The Nation entitled “Why I’m done defending women’s sports” has been all over my Twitter feed – and for good reason. Zirin writes:
Frankly, it’s insulting to the athletes involved to even conceive of it as if they need defending. It’s time to go on offense. It’s time to write more about women’s sports and be part of the grassroots struggle to do what the sports networks and sports-radio talking potatoes won’t do, and that’s tell the stories of what is happening in women’s sports. It’s not broccoli. It’s what we saw when Carli Lloyd lifted that shot over Japan’s goaltender Ayumi Kaihori from midfield: pure fucking joy.
Feminin Magazine is the first and only Dutch magazine dedicated to covering professional women’s cycling. It launched in Dutch two years ago with a focus mainly on the Dutch and Belgian riders. In response to reader feedback, the magazine has broadened its focus and added a free English download option.
This year – there will be four international editions published online in English. The first went live last week. Download it here.
Dual junior national road champion (team pursuit and individual pursuit) Alex Manley made the leap up to the senior ranks this season – on the road with Orica-AIS and on the track with the Australia’s women’s track endurance squad. Mid-six week training camp, Manley checks in from Holland.
Big news from Velocio with the announcement of a collaboration with nine time British National Champion Helen Wyman. Called “The Helen Wyman Range”, Velocio promises a versatile selection of ‘cross specific clothing.
Six videos that were worth a watch this week.
This video from Liv Cycling introduces their Lifestyle collection – with their fun-loving #ThingsWeCarry campaign.
Not cycling but this Nike commercial inspired by the American women’s World Cup team highlights one of the best parts of sport – the connection we forge with those by our side.
Reynolds Wheels used Team TIBCO-SVB to showcase their range of training and racing wheels.
USA Cycling and Universal Sports Network announced last week the launch of “Making Legends”, a new short-form digital series that features Team USA’s preparations for the 2015 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. The eight episode series will run on USAC’s YouTube channel and showcases the host nation’s quest for the top the podium in Richmond. The first video in the series features Megan Guarnier, Carmen Small and Evie Stevens.
Re-live the excitement of the Santos Women’s Tour thanks to Cycling Australia who recently posted highlights from the race as part of their NRS Broadcast.
One more from Liv Cycling – this one focuses on the women of Rabo Liv:
Ella Reads You Don’t Want To Miss
Here a few of my favourite (non-Giro Rosa) stories published on Ella in the last week:
- Verita’s favourite cycling reads
- Pimp my porridge with Julie Leth
- Get your bike dirty…and take care of it
- “The bike is everything”
This week’s feature image is from the Balint Hamvas out of the Giro Rosa.