In this week’s internet roundup we are talking the 2016 Women’s World Tour, demands for a Grand Tour and one day city centre races. Bicycling Magazine introduces us to a 90-year-old inspiring cyclist, and VeloFocus launches his 2016 women’s cycling calendar. We also catch up on the conclusion of the Australian National Road Series, and the latest signing news. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
The Women’s World Tour, demands for a Grand Tour and one day city centre races
Stef Wyman published a great post on the Matrix cycling blog, exploring the recent growth of women’s cycling. In looking at the Women’s World Tour, he also explores the potential for a women’s Grand Tour, the UCI rules that prohibit it, and the success of La Course and the Aviva Women’s Tour.
“Hopefully the sport continues to move forward and evolve at the pace it has over the last 24 months. With some simple changes to regulations, we can monumentally shift expectations and accelerate the growth potential of an already exciting sport.”
Meet: 90-year-old cyclist Lan Yin Tsai
Bicycling Magazine featured this incredibly adorable profile of 90-year-old Lan Yin Tsai. At 90, Tsai has become an unofficial icon of the 160-mile Bike MS in South Jersey, which she has ridden no less than 32 times.
“The body stops moving because you decide to stop moving. Everybody’s system works better when they ride.”
Neat: VeloFocus’ Women’s Cycling Calendar
Looking to do some early holiday shopping? Here’s the must-have calendar for every women’s cycling fan. Sean Robinson of VeloFocus covered over 70 race days this year and presents his favourites beautifully in this calendar. Check it out, here.
Listen: Sarah Connolly interviews Marijn de Vries on her retirement, her career & more
Sarah Connolly recently interviewed Dutch cyclist Marijn de Vries on her retirement, her career, her hip injury and more. De Vries is a journalist-turned-cyclist who started her professional cycling at age 30. Throughout her six seasons in the peloton, she shared the ups-and-downs of racing and fascinating insights via numerous blogs, columns and interviews. Recently retired, Connolly finds out how De Vries will continue to be involved in the sport.
A new looks for the UCI (Women’s) WorldTour
The UCI unveiled new logos for the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour this past week.
The rebrand for the 2016 features three-dimensional logos made up of a coloured ribbon coiled into the shape of the globe.
For the UCI WorldTour, it contains five segments, featuring the colours of the UCI rainbow stripes. For the UCI Women’s WorldTour, three additional colours have been included to reflect the recent heritage of the UCI Women Road World Cup.
Australian National Road series commences with Tour of the Goldfields. Georgia Baker wins tour Goldfields; Ruth Corset clinches series title
The Tour of the Goldfields and the Subaru National Road Series finished in a flourish atop Mt Warrenhip in Ballarat this weekend.
It was a gold rush for the High5 Dream Team who took home three stage wins and the overall victory after Georgia Baker finished first on General Classification.
In the final Subaru National Road Series standings, it’s Ruth Corset who takes home the overall ahead of beating Georgia and Tessa Fabry. Corset also won last year’s series.
Hannah Barnes signs with new Canyon team for 2016
British rider Hannah Barnes has left the American UnitedHealthcare team, and signed with Ronny Lauke’s new Canyon team for 2016, CyclingNews reports.
The 22-year-old Barnes was the best young rider at the Aviva Women’s Tour this year after winning stage 5. She also took wins at the Gran Prix San Luis Femenino.
Lauke, formerly the team director of Velocio-SRAM, has yet to announce his complete roster for next though it will contain a number of Velocio-SRAM riders .
- Isla Rush joins as Matrix Pro Cycling. Continuing their commitment to providing a junior rider with a place on the team, Matrix Fitness has added Isla Rush as its first new rider for 2016.
- Photo Gallery: a look at Lizzie Armitsead’s new Specialized Amira.
- Vote Now: 2015 Podium Cafe Women’s Rider of the Year.
- Despite earning three world champion titles in one year, Frenchwomen Pauline Ferrand Prevot was not selected for the prestigious Velo d’Or award. “I did everything I could” tweeted PFP in response.
- How does Wiggle Honda continue to grow while other teams struggle? Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team has been announcing one new signing after the other while other teams struggle to retain riders and sponsors. Now boasting a roster of no less than 15 riders with room for one more, Wiggle is the biggest World Tour level women’s cycling team. And now at least a third of the roster is listed among the Top 25 in the UCI’s most recent ranking. Meanwhile world-class teams like Velocio-SRAM –with 10 riders –struggled year after year to secure financial backing before folding at the end of this year.
- 13 Things Female Cyclists Are Sick of Hearing. Total Women’s Cycling explores the top 13 things female cyclists are tired of hearing. These include classic like “You’re pretty fast, for a girl…” and “It’s j¬ust like the men’s version, but made to fit a woman” and “Sorry I’m so slow…” Read the full list here, and let us know: what are you tired of hearing?
- Lauretta Hanson: Meet the youngster who won the oldest race in Australia.