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by Anne-Marije Rook
October 5, 2015
Photography by Grubers, Kristoff Ramon
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
In this week’s internet roundup we have some heavily discussed topics like race radios, car-bike collisions and whether or not there should be gendered products. Meanwhile we’re applauding Rwanda’s Jeanne D’Arc Girubuntu appearance (and consequent media attention) as well as Kris Auer’s push for equal prize money in cyclocross. And of course, we’ve got plenty of videos, photos and reports out of the UCI Road World Championship in Richmond so you can relive the excitement all over again (and continue to live in denial that the road season is over).
The debate continues. In her July blog post, Amanda Batty argued that “there is no such thing as a women’s bike.” Now, Total Women’s Cycling has published their exploration of women’s specific products, letting the data and experts speak for themselves.
“When I see a “unisex” bike I ask ‘what is “unisex” on this bike?’ The engineers are men, designer is a man, the professional riders testing it are men… for me it’s not unisex!”
The sun is out and the number of bike-car collisions on the rise. It’s been a rough week in Australia with too many bike crashes. Even our very own Verita Stewart was hit this weekend. Kate Perry says “enough is enough” in this open letter to all drivers.
“It disgusts me that in the space of 48 hours there has been not one, but 3 major accidents involving cars and bikes, on Melbourne’s roads (that have been reported), two of which the driver has failed to stop. This has got to stop. Slow down, put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and ask yourself, is it really worth it? Chances, are, it’s not.”
Photo by Heaton Johnson
Rwandan cyclist Jeanne D’Arc Girubuntu made history over the weekend by becoming the first Rwandan woman to ever race in a world competition. Additionally, she was also the first female African American cyclists to compete in the UCI World Road Championships. The Nation has a wonderful story about the incredibly inspiring Girubuntu, whom we’ll surely hear more from in years to come.
Photo courtesy of Sugar Wheel Works
We are big fans of Pretty Damned Fast here at Ella, and we had the pleasure of sharing cocktails with one of the women behind it, the fabulous Anna Maria Diaz-Balart.
There are lots of great stories on PDF. This week we enjoyed reading about wheel builder Jude Gerace of Portland’s Sugar Wheel Works.
“I feel genuinely lucky to have made a career from something I love so much but it hasn’t come without a host of people supporting me and they so patiently let me stand in the spotlight but they deserve a standing ovation. I work long hours and I wish I were a peach all the time but so often I’m haggard, focused, and not as present as I’d like to be and these people have been an amazing support network. It takes a village to raise a wheel builder.”
At the Frankfurt Motor Show last week, Honda has released its Civic Tourer Active Life Concept, a cyclist’s dream car. The car comes with drool-worthy features such as a “smart-loading rack,” for storing two bikes inside the car, a bike stand, an integrated air pump, and a retractable bench.
Molly Hurford at Bicycling has the scoop, GizMag has the pictures.
Matrix Pro Cycling announced this week that it’ll change course in 2016. The team’s management and sponsors reviewed and considered the aims of the team, the World Tour and the development of the UK sport, and came to the conclusion that rather than chasing a full world tour race programme in an Olympic year, the team will concentrate on providing riders with a European race base, funding and industry support.
“…The funding situation for teams isn’t getting any easier. This has led us, and our key sponsors to review what we are doing, and look for our niche within the sport… I would like to think we will have a team which can be competitive at World Tour level in the future, when the time is right, but for now we feel this is the most valuable place for us. We can have a real impact on rider’s careers; provide a more generous package and more input to each rider.”
Last year, the wonderful Kris Auer single-handedly ensured that Koppenbergcross would have equal prize money for the men and the women’s fields. This year, he’s trying to extend the same equality to the U23 divisions (Go Kris!) and you can help.
Kris and his GP Twenty20 Cycling company are once again sponsoring Koppenbergcross this year, and they’re raffling off a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip to Oudenaarde, Belgium, to witness this classic cyclocross event life and in style. The proceeds of the raffle will contribute to the equalization of prize money in cyclocross. Buy a ticket.