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).
Do we need women’s specific bikes?
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.”
Rwanda’s Joan of Arc
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.
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.”
New and neat:
Honda sets out to make the perfect car for cyclists
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.
Matrix Pro Cycling changes direction
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.”
Help equalise prize money and win a trip to Belgium for Koppenbergcross
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.
- Greenlight for use of race radios, onboard cameras in women’s events
- Learn about Dame Storey’s new pro team
- Sanne Cant wins the first prestige race in Gieten. Viewers in The Netherlands were treated to commentary from Marianne Vos.
- Check out Lizzie Armitstead’s fresh new rainbow kit from BioRacer
- The new Feminin online magazine is out with stories about Anna van der Breggen, Valentina Scandolara, Loes Gunnewijk and more.
- Combating the post-event-blues with the highlights of spending nine days Richmond.
- Lizzie Armitstead crowned the new UCI women’s world champion.
- After five near-misses, Linda Villumsen finally wins the rainbow jersey.
- Photo gallery: Highlights from the 2015 Road World Championships
- Velocio-SRAM takes fourth straight team time trial world title
- Richmond, you done good: athletes, organisers and officials reflect on Richmond2015 and its future
- Despite it being (American) Football season, this WSJ columnist decided to (gasp!) skip football in favour of watching cycling.
- A look inside the power data of American Chloe Dygert. The 18-year-old dominated at Worlds, winning both the junior time trial and road race titles.
- Specialized caught up with Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan after winning their rainbow jerseys.
- Cyclingnews shared their top 10 conclusions from the road World Championships
- Officials hope hosting Worlds will give the sport of cycling a boost in the U.S. (Personally, I think the stellar performance of the American junior women will do that, too)
- ESPN says Megan Guarnier feels confident now that she has secured her spot for the Rio Olympics.
- Lizzie Armitstead, too, focuses on Rio now.
ELLA READS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Criterium racing: the Do’s and Dont’s: For all you Aussies, crit season is here! Earlier this week, Verita Stewart shared her beginner’s guide to prepping for a criterium, now we are following up with a few tips and tricks from the experts at ALP Cycles.
- Magpie Mitigation. Spring is a wonderful time to ride. It is however also the time of year that many cyclists fall victim to the dreaded magpies. Chloe Hosking explains how to fight them off.
- Racing for last place. Simone Guiliani highlights the many benefits of giving racing a go, no matter where you might end up. Afterall, finishing last doesn’t mean you have lost. Not giving it a go because you are worried about finishing at the back of the field does.