In this week’s internet roundup we are talking about growing the sport of women’s cycling and the controversial Colnago social media post that does the exact opposite of supporting women’s cycling. We introduce you to Bigla’s latest signing, U23 Canadian champ Gabrielle Pilote Fortin, and we catch up on the track world cup racing and cyclocross racing that happened in the last week. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
What can we do to grow women’s cycling?
There’s been a lot of talk about what the industry needs to do to attract more women to cycling but Tracy Walker over at Tribal Cycling is exploring what we, as individuals, can do to support the growth of the sport.
The female cycling community can have a large impact if we all work together, she reasons.
“Spend your money in the store that makes you feel welcome, that teaches you something new every time you go in and never makes you feel silly for asking a question. Join the cycling club that spends time and money running women specific events and rides. Support the brands that value the female market. Give a thank you or a shout out to those that are great ambassadors for the sport!”
The Colnago post that’s got everyone talking
Last weekend, Colnago posted this innuendo-laden picture on twitter and Facebook of a young women peering backward as she was leaning over a bike several sizes too big for her with her rear into the camera. The tag line? “Ready for the weekend ride?”
Angry and appalled by the sexist post, the internet reacted fiercely.
Colnago was quick to delete the posts and apologise, stating “Colnago deeply regrets the recent posting of an image and accompanying social media post that is offensive to women, and not at all appropriate. Colnago has long-supported women’s cycling and continues to provide such support, we do not condone sexism, on or off the bike, and sincerely apologize for posting the image. Our social media policies have been clarified internally to prevent such posts from happening in the future.”
The bad news: the bike industry is still incredibly sexist. The good news: male and female consumers alike are no longer willing to put up with it and spoke out loudly. Well done, interwebs.
Gabrielle Pilote Fortin
Bigla announced last week that they have signed the Under 23 Canadian national road race champion, Gabrielle Pilote Fortin.
In a Q&A released by the team, the Fortin expressed s relishing the opportunity to be based in Europe, as it is a dream come true and looks forward to working for her Canadian teammate Joëlle Numainville.
“I love racing in Europe, ever since I first raced over in Belgium for kermesses and the world championships in Copenhagen as a junior, I knew it was what I prefer over everything in bike racing. I am taking this opportunity very seriously and with a lot of joy and motivation.”
Women’s team pursuit at the track world cup in Cali, Columbia
Jolien Verschuren (VZW Young Telenet Fidea) took the win at the second round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series held on and around the famed Koppenburg, the steep 22% grade prominently featured in the Tour of Flanders. And thanks to the efforts of Kris Auer, Verschuren walked away with equal prize money to her male counterpart.
Australian Bridie O’Donnell to make an attempt on Women’s UCI Hour Record
UCI has announced that Australian cyclist Bridie O’Donnell will attempt to set a new Women’s UCI Hour Record. Scheduled for January 22, her attempt will be part of the Santos Tour Down Under week at the Super-Drome in Adelaide, Australia.
O’Donnell’s challenge will come just four months after American Molly Shaffer Van Houweling set a new mark of 46.273km in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In September this year, Van Houweling rode 208 metres further than the previous mark of 46.065km, established in 2003 by Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel in Mexico City.
“It’s going to be a massive challenge now that Molly (Shaffer Van Houweling) has set a new world mark of 46.273kms, but I believe I’m on target and the team around me has supported and encouraged me to no end. Everything’s going to plan, and I’m hoping for a big crowd in Adelaide as it’s being staged during the Santos Tour Down Under.” – Bridie O’Donnell.
Eri Yonamine wins TaiwanKOM, one of the toughest hill climbs in the world.
The fourth annual TaiwanKOM took place over the weekend. Considered one of the hardest races in the world, the course takes the riders from sea level through the Taroko gorge and up to 3275 meters of elevation in just 105-kilometers with pitches of up to 28 percent gradient.
This year’s TaiwanKOM Challenge attracted its biggest international attendance yet with around 200 non-Taiwanese riders coming from 32 different countries.
Out of the 46 women competing, media and organisers were looking to two riders especially to contest for the win: Eri Yonamine (Saxo Bank FX securities), the 24-year-old Japanese national hill climb, time trial and cross country mountain bike champion, and Marg Fedyna, a 51-year-old endurance racer and the 2014 TaiwanKOM winner. It was Eri Yonamine who took the win.
- Aussie Kimberly Wells is headed to Colavita-Bianchi next year.
- World Cup Track Cycling in Cali, Columbia:
- Anna Meares crowned Women’s Health sports woman of the year.