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by Anne-Marije Rook
October 20, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos, Bicycle Network, Bastiaan Slabbers
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
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!
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.
Photo courtesy of Total Women’s Cycling
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!
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.”
Tatiana Antoshina, Photo by Cor Vos
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.
Laura Trott. Photo by Cor Vos
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.
See all the results, here.
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.
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.”
Read the story here.