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In this week’s internet roundup, let’s discuss the Rio Olympic road course and the introduction of e-bike racing. We also want to introduce you to the all-women cyclocross team, This Team Saves Lives, and their mission to combat hunger and to get more women on bikes. There’s a clip from a Halloween cyclocross race you simply must see. And finally,  we are catching up on team signings, year-end awards and cyclocross racing. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Armitstead not a favourite for Rio

2015 UCI Road World Championships, Richmond, VA

I am not a favourite for the “brutal” Rio Olympics road race course, says world champion Lizzie Armitstead.

Related: Tiffany Cromwell visits Rio, returns nervous yet driven

The Brit told Sky Sports News HQ that winning the rainbow stripes this year does not mean she is favourite to win gold at next year’s Olympic road race. With that said, she could still win it.

Best line:

“The course in Rio is not ideal and doesn’t suit me really,” she said. “It’s brutal. It’s just lots and lots of climbing, and I can climb, but we are talking mountains. It’s really, really difficult. I know I am capable, but I don’t think I am favourite going into it.” – Lizzie Armitstead

What do you think? Think she can win it?


Sea Otter Classic adds e-bike race to its schedule

E-MTB. Photo courtesy of FLickr Creative Commons
E-MTB. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

The Sea Otter Classic has announced a new addition to its racing schedule:  an electronic mountain bike race.  The hour-long race will be held on a course described as “a hybrid between short track and cross country,” featuring road descents, single track trails, a challenging distance, and a bit of climbing.

Offering a massive industry expo, non-competitive riding events and professional and amateur racing in just about every cycling discipline, the annual Sea Otter Classic is the biggest cycling festival in the U.S.

Adding competitive eMTB racing is an interesting move by the California-based organisation as The Bureau of Land Management considers e-bikes to be motorized vehicles, and are generally not allowed off-road.

What do you think about an e-bike racing category? Tell us in the comment section below.

Speaking of environmental impact of cycling – electronic or not – the UCI recently published an interesting article weighing up the environmental impact of a bike race.


In the community:

Specialized looking for Ambassadors
specialized ambassadors

Specialized Australia is looking for “inspirational leaders in the community who are passionate about getting more women riding bikes, whether it be road, mountain, triathlon or lifestyle” to join their team of ambassadors.

Applications close on Monday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.


This Team Saves Lives

Photo courtesy of Donalrey

Pretty Damned Fast would like to introduce you to This Team Saves Lives, a women’s cyclocross team dedicated to helping their local communities combat hunger.

Additionally, as a team, these women is on a mission to encourages people, especially fellow women, to go outside, outside of one’s comfort zone and we approach racing with positivity, overflowing enthusiasm and a responsibility to give back.

They’re fairly new to cyclocross and are growing as they season progresses. Learn more about the team and read their cyclocross tips, here.

Best line:

“Fear is by far the most unsafe obstacle out on the course.  Being afraid of a dismount or a steep descent is where you can lose control or make a last-second terrible judgement call that makes no sense.” – Jess M, This Team Saves Lives


Wearing costumes during cyclocross is a thing, especially around Halloween time. The costume featured in the video below is probably the best I’ve seen:



Bridie O’Donnell helps Sarah [Connolly] fall in love with The Hour [Record] 

Bridie O'Donnell. Photo courtesy of Cor Vos
Bridie O’Donnell. Photo courtesy of Cor Vos

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It’s year-end award season!   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla) and Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolman) have been nominated for Sportswoman of the Year awards in their respective countries.

ashleigh moolman-pasio bigla

South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio ha sonce again been nominated for the SA Sports Awards.

Last year the South African won the award for Sportswoman of the Year. This year, she has been nominated in the same category, as well as the only woman in the People’s Choice of the Year category.

“It sounds like a cliché but it really is an honour to be nominated again,” Moolman-Pasio said. “I’m especially happy to be in the People’s Choice of the Year category. I’m the only woman in the category alongside some of South Africa’s premier sports men. A big part of my career is always to inspire girls to take up sport and this is another great opportunity to show young people in South Africa that with hard work and determination you can achieve what you set out.”

GP Ouest France - Plouay 2015 women

In the UK, Lizzie Armitstead was one of six women shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards. But the award, presented on November 6, went to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, while Armitstead was the runner-up.

Olympic Qualification explained


Cycling Fever’s Peter van der Veen penned a guest blog for Sarah Connolly’s Pro Women’s Cycling blog, explaining the intricacies and qualification system for the women’s road cycling in Rio 2016.

Read here.



+  Marianne Vos is back to training, sets sights on Rio

+ Boels-Dolmans renews contract with Romy Kasper, completes team roster for 2016.

+ Lizzie Armitstead blogs about her off season on Cycleplan.

+ Belgian Sanne Cant successfully defended her European Cyclocross Championship title the day before taking her third Prestige win in Ruddervoorde.

+ In an effort to prevent any more cycling fatalities, the London Assembly has unanimously approved a rush hour lorry ban.

+ Total Women’s Cycling explores seven commuting alternatives to learn that cycling really is best.

+ The Bigla Pro Cycling Team will be heading to South Africa to race the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. The popular mass participation event has for the first time this year received UCI 1.1 status for the women’s race.


This week’s feature image is brought to you by Kristoff Ramon. Belgian Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) is on a roll, claiming her third Superprestige win in Ruddervoorde on Sunday, just a day after defending her title at the European Cyclocross Championships. 

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