So these are great days for women’s sport, right? The Olympic legacy has been translated into higher all-round visibility for women’s sport, greater participation, more sponsorship and increased coverage, hasn’t it? In a word, no. Just two months after the Olympic flame was extinguished in 2012, the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation reported that women’s sport only received 5% of coverage and 0.5% of commercial sponsorship.
Last year one of Britain’s quality newspapers pledged to “make sure our pages highlight the best of women’s sport, as well as men’s”, but a quick scan of their cycling coverage includes little more than articles on Victoria Pendleton’s performances on Celebrity Bake Off and pictures of the multiple gold medallist in an evening dress. The cyclocross season and the achievements of Britain’s Helen Wyman is not given an inch of space. The picture is no better elsewhere. Even dedicated cycling sites – the go-to places for credible, up-to-the-minute news – struggle to cover topics beyond elite male road racers.
— The long, hard road to equal pay for women’s cycling and sport as a whole | Sport | theguardian.com
"Doing our homework for the first race got us all so nervous. The second I found out I was coming over for ‘Block 1’ I started asking others what racing in Europe is like. The consensus is that, ‘it’s (insert curse word) hard” . Hard to the extent that people who don’t normally curse are dropping f-bombs. Mike Sayers, one of the directors in the USA cycling program, said “The biggest thing is the aggression and and intelligence of riders you face, you’ll be shocked at how aggressive they are. Plus they’re all fast and strong.” Jade recalled her experience last year, “The race is all out, all the time. Last year I only drank a ½ bottle the entire race since there was never a moment that lulled and allowed me the opportunity to eat”."
— Korina Huizar’s Euro Diary: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad | NorCal Cycling News - Cycling and Racing in Northern California
What is your biggest advice for a young female cyclist hoping to turn pro one day? I asked some of my teammates to give me one sentence to answer this questions and this is what I got back:
Keep cycling fun!
Go to school first or during!
Dream big and make it happen!
Work hard and make sure you always enjoy yourself!
Take every opportunity you can and enjoy the journey!
Always believe in yourself!
— Carmen Small | Professional Cyclist | World Champion Team Time Trialist – Your Questions – #QuestionsforCarmen
As we got closer and closer to the break, I became more aware of all the work I had done earlier in the race. Riders started to join us from behind and with the break almost in striking distance, the bunch aggressively swerved toward the line with riders trying to get away. I managed to pull off 4th in the bunch sprint and 8th overall, but after surviving the cold, the crashes, the chasing, and the cobbles, I felt like I had a personal win.
Being part of a new team has reminded me that I am the one in control of my limits. The freedom to test your boundaries and try new things, is a freedom you give to yourself, and one you can take away. Letting go of negative and self-belittling thoughts is like setting a goldfish free. Don’t settle to circle in your own fish bowl, set yourself free and swim with the big fish in the ocean.
— OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD: Back into the Ocean Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Personally I’m very satisfied with my feelings and my race, I tried to be there for the team and do my best. Even if the result is not up to our expectations we were able to ride as a team and challenge the ‘big’ teams like Rabo/Liv and Boels-Dolmans and this is a good thing for the future.
Added to this was the perfect work of our team staff Juan, Didier and Kristof. Without them nothing would be possible.
I thought I had lost a family changing teams from Vienne Futuroscope to Hitec at the end of last year after six years with the French squad. But I’m happy to have found another one in Hitec Products.
— Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Blog - Audrey Cordon | Cyclingnews.com
"“It means a lot to the team to win races this way,” said Johansson. “There was a big difference between today and the way we raced last weekend, and it shows that when we race as a team, we can win. Just coming into today, everybody was more prepared and focused. I think that was really important for us.”"
— ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : Emma Johansson Wins Le Samyn
Coach, Ruud Verhagen said: “The girls rode well today but the lead-out at the end was not perfect. We will assess what we did right and what we did wrong and look to learn from today.”
“As a team were very attentive today,” said Amy after the finish. “At the finish there was some miscommunication and as a result we did not get the sprint quite right. But I think we can be satisfied with the form.”
— Two in the top 10 for Team Giant-Shimano women at Le Samyn » Team Giant-Shimano