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In this week’s internet roundup, we applaud the uptake of cycling among women in the UAE and the efforts of the Urban-Ultra Women’s Cycle League. We take a look at the UCI’s new rules regarding saddle tilt and length, and learn about tapering. And, as always, we catch up on the latest race news from the track world cup in New Zealand, cyclocross in Essen and racing in Aussie summer racing in Launceston. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Women’s cycling numbers see big increase in the UAE

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The number of women cyclists in the UAE is growing fast and they are coming to a road near you, says news website 7Days.

The Middle East has seen an uptake in road cycling with events such as the Dubai Tour, Tour of Qatar, Tour of Oman and more.

But the demographic that is seeing the greatest growth in the UAE is women. And this popularity has triggered the formation of the Urban-Ultra Women’s Cycle League.

According to organisers of the league, there has been a 34 percent increase in women cyclists in the UAE since 2001.

7Days has the story.

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“The mission is very simple. We are determined to increase and incorporate more women in this sport. To open this sport to any nationality including local UAE ladies..I expect the league to be very successful – I can already see it,” said de Jong. “Every time we have done a race, we come back and gather around again. The sponsors are super happy, as we are encouraging women to start cycling more competitively.” – Pascale de Jong, race director

UCI changes rules governing saddle tilt and saddle length


Starting January 1, 2016, racers will be allowed to tilt their saddles as much as 10 degrees off plane, the UCI announced.

Prior to this ruling, the old so-called “flatness rule” specified a saddle tilt of no more than 2.5 degrees with a half-degree margin of error either up or down. The new rule allows a tilt of 9 degrees with an additional 1-degree margin of error.

The rule is effective across the board but is most important for time trials. “This allows riders to find their preferred optimal angle based on reason and data,” Schindler said.

As for saddle length, the old rule specified saddles could be no longer than 300 millimeters (12 inches). While the 300-millimeter rule remains intact, the UCI will allow a 5-millimeter margin of error either on the front or back end of the saddle.

Bicycle Retailer has the story. 


Eat. Sleep. Ride. Repeat – The Art of Tapering


Aussie cyclist Kate Perry takes you through Tapering 101. Perry herself enjoyed a taper – a.k.a a short period of reduced training immediately preceding a race – ahead of Tour of Bright, and it appears to have paid off as she won the two-day stage race with a mountain top finish on Mount Hotham.

Learn the art of tapering, here.


TOP 5 cycling photos of the month: November 2015

Photo courtesy of UCI/ O. Stoll
Photo courtesy of UCI/ O. Stoll

Women’s Team Sprint Gold Final – Track Cycling World Cup

Sanne Cant claims another victory in Essen


Track Cycling World Cup – Cambridge, New Zealand

Championats du Monde Piste 2015 Dag 2

The second round of the UCI Track World Cup took place in Cambridge, New Zealand, this past weekend. With thousands of spectators and tough competition, the UCI celebrated the event for the debut host.

The Australians finished the World Cup event with nine medals, the most won by any nation.

Women’s Omnium
1. Allison Beveridge (Canada)
2. Annette Edmondson (Australia)
3. Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium)

Women’s Sprint
1. World champion Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2. Stephanie Morton (Australia).
3. Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Australia
2. Canada
3. New Zealand

Women’s Team Sprint
1. China
2. Australia
3. Netherlands

Women’s Keirin
1. Gua Shuang (China)
2. Anna Meares (Australia)
3. Monique Sullivan (Canada)

Kimberley Wells Wins 2015 Launceston Cycling Classic Criterium

Image: Danny Graves/ESi Sports Photography
Image: Danny Graves/ESi Sports Photography

Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) defended her MyState Launceston Cycling Classic crown in style over the weekend, saluting the sky after beating Sarah Roy (Orica-AIS) and High5 Dream Team team-mate Kendelle Hodges in front of large Launceston crowds.

The national criterium champion positioned herself perfectly on the final climb, sprinting away to finish just ahead of a fast closing Roy.

“It is really great to take the win today in the green and gold,” said Wells. “I launched relatively early on the final climb. I took a moment or two of respite around the ‘peanut gallery’, as they were calling it, before I shot for home. It was really great out there today.”

More from High5 here.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cycling Pros


In this Bicycling Magazine article, Jessi Braverman explores the quirky, surprising, and surprisingly obvious things about life as a professional cyclist. The article include such gems as “Your mechanical skills are probably better than theirs” and “You put in far more hours in the office than they do on the bike.”

Read on.


+ Sanne Cant claims another victory in Essen. Belgian champ is enjoying a dominating season.
+ Amy Roberts and Anna Christian recommit to Wiggle Honda in 2016
+ Professional riders Carlee Taylor, Loren Rowney, Julie Leth and Valentina Scandolara to guest-ride  for Roxsolt Ladies in Australian summer racing.
+ Cycling Australia features Tiffany Cromwell and her quest for gold in Ballarat.
+ USA Cycling has named the long lists for 2016 Olympics. List includes Mara Abbott, Kristin Armstrong, Megan Guarnier, Amber Neben, Shelley Old, Coryn Rivera, Carmen Small, Lauren Stephens, Evelyn Stevens and Tayler Wiles.
+ 10 Women Doing Cool Things for the Cycling Industry.
+ Rebecca Werner’s adventure continues and she reports from her first week on the road.
+ Winter season is flu season, and cyclists are not immune.

This week’s feature image by photographer Jeff Curtes was taken at the Soigneur Feminin weekend.  We had a wonderful time at the event and we hope you did, too! 

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