In this week’s internet roundup we have some heavily discussed topics like Abu Dhabi and the inaugural UCI gala; we introduce you junior Georgia Mansfield, WeLoveCycling’s new documentary and the nonprofit GearingUp. We side with Total Women’s Cycling in encouraging you to ride @forjenn and we have plenty of interesting reads in our shorts section. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
Abu Dhabi: Where were the women?
Whether the talk is about UCI’s inaugural Cycling Gala and dinner this past weekend or about the Abu Dhabi Tour, there was one question that kept popping up in social media: where were the women?
While invited, women were noticeably absent from the gala. Of the 19 award categories, only five celebrated the achievements of female athletes, and perhaps the biggest omission was not having a team time trial award for the women’s world champs, Velocio-SRAM, when BMC was recognised for their title. Even so, with five female athletes to be celebrated, only new world hour record holder, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, was in attendance. New world champion and world cup series winner Lizzie Armitstead was unable to attend, but where were the others? Was it cost prohibitive? Should the awards have been held closer to the world championships –which is the end of the season for many athletes? Or should there have been a race (and a reason) for women to travel to the Middle East? These are all questions being discussed on social media these past few days.
Alex at Velocentric shares his perspectives and concerns here: The UCI Abu Dhabi Tour: a (sexist) success?
“Whatever the reason, for Brian Cookson to call the Abu Dhabi Tour “highly successful” when it excluded the women’s peloton directly contradicts his claim that the UCI is working to promote women’s racing on the global stage.” – Alex Oates, Velocentric
Biking Behind Bars: Female Inmates Battle Weight Gain
NPR has a great story on how indoor biking is helping incarcerated women battle weight gain. The story focuses on the efforts of the nonprofit group Gearing Up who have been persuading prison administrators to let them bring in bikes to teach indoor cycling. Listen to the segment, here.
“I’m Jean, and I’m bringing back my bikini. I’m Ruth, and I’m bringing back faith and confidence.”
Beyond shrink & pink – Women in cycling documentary
WeLoveCycling has a great documentary series going. Watch the first episode below.
Singletrack magazine recently announced that Deputy Editor Jenn Hopkins has been living with cancer, and that her treatment options have come to an end and there is nothing more that can be done for Jenn.
A British cross-country and super endurance mountain bike rider, Jenn is an incredible athlete and equally well known for herwork as a writer, editor and contributor to various bike magazines and for being an ambassador for women’s cycling in the UK.
The best way to honour Jenn is to have more adventures on our bikes, and Total Women’s Cycling wants to encourage everyone to share these adventures with photos on social media tagged with the hashtag #forjenn, then share it on social media.
Scottish junior rider Georgia Mansfield
Tonio Rosales, aka @2WheelTonio, interviewed young Scottish cyclist, Georgia Mansfield. Hoping to be a pro someday, the 16-year-old already has had some noteworthy successes including winning the silver medal in the Scottish National Youth TT Championships and being named the best all around female youth rider in Scotland last year. In Tonio’s chat, Georgia talks about what attracted her to the bike, who her heroes are and the future of women’s cycling.
“I’m hoping to see Women’s Grand Tours. It’s maybe a lot to expect in just a few years, but women can do better than just one day races and I hope to see at least a step towards some longer stage races rather than short one day criteriums.”-Georgia Mansfield.
Giro dell’Emilia Donne
Elisa Longo Borghini won Giro dell’Emilia Donne last week, which was the last UCI race of the season. With this final win, Borghini ends a successful season, which included wins at the Tour of Flanders, Route de France and teh Italian time trial championships.
Accompanying Borghini on the podium were South African Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla) and American Amber Neben (BePink).
Marianne Vos unlikely to compete this cross season as recovery phase continues
“She’s just riding at the moment, not training,” said Henk Vos, the father of multi-world champion Marianne Vos when we ran into him at the World Championships in Richmond a few weeks ago. Marianne Vos will undergo some tests later this month to see how she’s doing and if she can start training again.
The 12-time world champion has been sidelined on-and-off with injuries since December of last year, and only made a couple road race appearances this year.
Rabo Liv now reports that while Vos is doing well after a three-month resting period, she will remain “inactive,” meaning no cyclocross racing anytime soon. Later this month, Vos and the management will determine what her next steps will be. The team says it may be possible for her to start training again late this fall or winter. Of course with an Olympic year looming, Vos will be eager to get back into race shape.
Don’t miss: The Ella Awards
We look back on the great road season we’ve had and celebrate the season’s best moments and performances in our first edition of The Ella Awards. Find out who won, here.
- Annemiek van Vleuten and Loren Rowney sign with Aussie squad Orica-AIS.
- Marianne Vos, Hannah Barnes, Manon Carpenter and Lauren Kitchen launch Strongher initiative.
- Having a hard time finding good bibs? You’re not along. RideLikeAGirl had a great piece about The Story of Women & Cycling Knicks.
- Bicycle Network launches The Ascent, a fully supported 100-kilometre women’s only road ride in the Yarra Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne to take place in April 2016
- Speaking of women’s apparel, check out Ella’s favourite cycling wear.
- And for all you readers in the Northern Hemisphere getting ready for wet fall riding, Total Women’s Cycling has some tips on keeping your waterproof gear waterproof.
- Pavla Havlikova wins first round of the 2015 BPost Bank Trofee.
- Helen Wyman talks about the start of the 2015 cyclocross season in the US and Europe.