In this week’s internet roundup we are talking gender-free saddles with Selle Royal’s new line of Scientia saddles and bod image with fighter Ronda Rousey. We also want to introduce you to Katrine-Mari, a woman who completed two full Tour de France routes and the subject of Total Women’s Cycling profile story. We had a good laugh while watching Rabo Liv’s tyre-changing contest and were inspired listening to Anna Schwinn’s efforts to get more women racing track. There was also plenty of track, cross and road racing to catch up on. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
Are gender-specific saddles superfluous??
Selle Royal, together with the Sport University of Cologne, has released a new range of ergonomic saddles scientifically engineered to precisely and comprehensively fit each rider – regardless of gender.
The Scientia line consists of nine saddles that are the results of quantified laboratory studies done at the German university. The studies came to some interesting conclusions. One of which was that gender differences are only significant in racy riding positions. As a result, the entire line of saddles is gender-free.
Cycling Weekly has the scoop.
Katrine-Mari, the woman who’s riding the Tour de France twice
Can women complete the Tour de France? Katrine-Mari is proof that women can, having ridden the entire 2014 and 2015 Tour de France courses.
Katrine-Mari is a participant of the Tour de Force, which gives cyclists a chance to ride the full route of the Tour de France, seven days ahead of the pros. In total, there are 12 women who have completed Tour de Force, but she is the only one to have completed the 21-day event twice, proving that if women can ride it, they should be allowed to race it, too.
“I feel like I get looked at by guys – and excuse my French – but it feels like they’re saying, ‘what the f*ck are you doing on the bike. You’re a woman, you shouldn’t be here’. And I’ve experienced that.”
A competitive bunch, Rabo Liv’s Roxane Knetemann and Marianne Vos raced each other in a tyre-changing competition. Spoiler alert: it ended in two pinch flats!
Listen:Women cyclists create space on the track
MPR News has a great story on Minnesota’s Anna Schwinn (yes, that Schwinn) and her efforts to get more women racing track.
“I finished sixth overall last season. I will finish so far down the ranking this year,” she said. Her ranking has gone down because there are so many more women in the field. “And I think that’s awesome.”
Chrono des Nations
Time trial specialists travelled to Les Herbiers, France this weekend for one final UCI race against the clock. Russia’s Tatiana Antoshina won the race by 16 seconds over Ukraine’s Anna Solovey (Ukraine). Ann-Sophie Duyck of Belgium rounded out the podium, just one second behind Solovey. Full results, here.
European Track Championships
The European track championships was held October 14-18 in Grenchen, Switzerland. Great Britain’s women’s team topping the medal standings with star performances by Laura Trott and Katie Archibald. The former secured her 10th European title in the omnium, making her the most successful rider in European Track Cycling Championships history.
“It’s just been great. I absolutely love the Euros. I did it from the very first one in 2010 and I’ve been a European champion in every one I’ve competed at, which I guess is quite lucky. So yeah I’ve really enjoyed this whole week of racing.” – Laura Trott.
It was a great event for the Dutch riders as well with Elis Ligtlee taking home four medals for the Oranje team. She earned gold in the sprint, the keirin and the teamsprint as well as a silver medal in the 500 meter time trial.
World Cup Cyclocross Race Valkenburg
Italian champions Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) utilized mountain bike skills to take the win at the second World Cup race in Valkenburg this weekend.
Britain’s Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) gave Lechner some fierce competition until a mistake on the last lap cost her the race and saw her slip down to 6th place. American Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) had the best race of her cyclocross career, riding herself into second place after Harris’ mishap. Pavla Havlikova rounded out the podium.
Elvin and Spratt to lead ORICA-AIS into 2016
ORICA-AIS announced re-signing of two crucial leaders for the 2016 season: Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt. Both are former Australian national champions and have been “instrumental in the heart and soul of the Australian outfit, leading by example both on and off the bike,” says the team.
“Gracie and Amanda really know what the team ethos is and how we are going to get there,” sport director Gene Bates said in the press release. “They have really stepped up in that area, especially in the back half of this year, and it’s been fantastic to sit back and watch them develop.”
- Fifteen gutsy women finished this weekend’s Melbourne to Warrnambool race, more than doubling the number of females on the historic finishers list. We featured some of this athletes last week, and will have more stories coming this week. In the meantime, here’s Cycling Victoria’s coverage.
- The Sydney Morning Herald has a nice feature on Gracie Elvin’s re-signing with Orica-AIS and her road to Rio.
- Orica-AIS had a great road season in 2015. The team does a nice job looking back on the highlights in this re-cap.
- Not cycling-related but good anyway: Fighter Ronda Rousey’s battle against body image.
- It took ’em a while but the Washington Post posted their coverage of Richmond this past week. Like our own coverage, it praises Richmond as the host.
- Adventure Journal published their list of most influential women in cycling. We feel a little left out. – What gives, Jen See?
- There has been a lot of talk about Marianne Vos these past few weeks and she finally broke the silence on “her most difficult race ever” a.k.a being sidelined all season in this blog post. Unfortunately it’s only in Dutch.
- German youngster Lisa Klein reflects on her first season with Bigla in this post. Best line: “My first pro season was a big surprise for me. I never thought that I can support the team in such big races like Vlaanderen. These moments are the greatest souvenirs from this year.”