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Men often stumble when talking about women’s cycling. There’s nothing novel about demanding women provide a better ‘spectacle’. Nor is it new to infer their tactics are lacking. It’s not just our ‘Tan Man’ making points like these, it’s ‘The Man’ – the cycling establishment – that holds women to a double standard.

Anthony identifies as an advocate and supporter of women’s cycling and I don’t doubt that he is. What I challenge is the approach he took to support and advocacy on this occasion. Rather than request impetuosity from top women riders I would make an entirely different request, also employing an obscure word. I’d prefer to see less mansplaining in the coverage of cycling.

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Toward a more equitable cycling commentary | Blog | SBS Cycling Central: SBS Cycling Central | Cycling News and Results | Video Highlights

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All the videos, blogs, photos etc I’ve found from Ponferrada in one handy place (including a load I haven’t posted to Tumblr!)

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“Stay with me and I’ll show you some lines.” Helen, in her 6th/cool-down lap and I, in my 4th lap, had a private ride of the course. What I lack in cyclocross skills, I make up for in my ability to recognize a rare opportunity and just how incredibly lucky I am. I rode behind her the entire lap thinking, “Are you kidding me?! I’m riding with Helen Wyman. I am SO freakin’ lucky!”

In that one lap, she encouraged me and she pushed me. What was impossible and terrifying for me during the 3 previous laps somehow became possible. When I finished my race, I was overwhelmed by my appreciation for everyone who had cheered for me, my family, my friends, new friends, racers, and strangers – each word had mattered, immensely. I was in awe of Helen’s generosity. I loved that I had the privilege of racing on the same course with amazingly talented women including the current 2X European CX Champion. It wasn’t until I got home that I read how she signed my 9 year old son’s postcard.

I was DFL last night. And I may have fallen in love with cyclocross.

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The Luckiest Woman in all of Cyclocross | inTent

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"Join me and some of my cycling friends on a secret twitter night ride of 30/40km where we hope to light up the night in yellow. We will be riding on October the 17th in the Netherlands and we have 50 places available. As with all adventures, we need to be prepared and we have to expect a few things from you:"

Marianne Vos - Secret twitter night ride

So cool! I wish I lived in the Netherlands!

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The Night I Became National Pursuit Champion I Forgot My Headphones

… so I had to ride home in silence. Apart from that I couldn’t do that. So I rode home singing all my favourite songs to myself. Apart from that I couldn’t do that either (I thought I knew the words to at least half of Eminem’s MMLP2 album, turns out I’ve been tricking myself rapping along).

So I rode home in the dark singing hymns, including hand actions where appropriate.

I’ve ridden past crazy people like me in the past. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me scared. Now I realise the person themselves doesn’t give a shit, all they care about is whether your anchor holds in the storms of life? When the clouds unfold their winds of strife? When the strong tides lift and the cables strain, will your anchor drift or firm remain?

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Katie Archibald Learns To Live

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"Caroline Mani (Raliegh-Clement) won day two of the Rapha Super Cup with nobody in sight behind her. Riding with a broken wrist suffered in Wisconsin, she went into the weekend not really knowing if she would be able to race." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

1. Caroline Mani, Raliegh-Clement
2. Arley Kemmerer, PB2 Pro Cycling
3. Maghalie Rochette, Luna Pro Team

More photos from 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Day 2 on VeloNews

"Caroline Mani (Raliegh-Clement) won day two of the Rapha Super Cup with nobody in sight behind her. Riding with a broken wrist suffered in Wisconsin, she went into the weekend not really knowing if she would be able to race." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

1. Caroline Mani, Raliegh-Clement
2. Arley Kemmerer, PB2 Pro Cycling
3. Maghalie Rochette, Luna Pro Team

More photos from 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Day 2 on VeloNews

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"Arley Kemmerer (PB2 Pro Cycling) held the race lead as she passed by the ocean." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

"Arley Kemmerer (PB2 Pro Cycling) held the race lead as she passed by the ocean." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

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"Elle Anderson (Vanderkitten) seemed to be laughing at the top of the run-up. She has gotten off to a slower start this cyclocross season but hopes to ramp up her results in the coming weeks." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

More photos from 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Day 2 on VeloNews

"Elle Anderson (Vanderkitten) seemed to be laughing at the top of the run-up. She has gotten off to a slower start this cyclocross season but hopes to ramp up her results in the coming weeks." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

More photos from 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Day 2 on VeloNews

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"Gabby Durrin (Neon Velo) led early in the race after a set of stairs. Helen Wyman, Arley Kemmerer, and Erica Zaveta were hot on her heels." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

More photos from 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Day 2 on VeloNews

"Gabby Durrin (Neon Velo) led early in the race after a set of stairs. Helen Wyman, Arley Kemmerer, and Erica Zaveta were hot on her heels." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 2 - VeloNews.com

More photos from 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Day 2 on VeloNews

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"Helen Wyman (Kona) wins in a sprint finish with Kaitie Antonneau." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

1. Helen Wyman, Kona
2. Kaitie Antonneau, Twenty16
3. Gabby Durrin, Neon Velo

More photos from Day 1 at the 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

"Helen Wyman (Kona) wins in a sprint finish with Kaitie Antonneau." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

1. Helen Wyman, Kona
2. Kaitie Antonneau, Twenty16
3. Gabby Durrin, Neon Velo

More photos from Day 1 at the 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

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"Helen Wyman (Kona) setting the pace halfway through the race." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

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"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) riding a small climb on lap three with lots of company." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

More photos from Day 1 at the 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) riding a small climb on lap three with lots of company." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

More photos from Day 1 at the 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

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"The elite women’s front row. Caroline Mani (Raliegh Clement) raced with a cast on her broken wrist." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

"The elite women’s front row. Caroline Mani (Raliegh Clement) raced with a cast on her broken wrist." - via Gallery: 2014 Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, Day 1 - VeloNews.com

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Emma Johansson after coming third in the Road World Champs

Tired, disappointed, but still smiling! In perfect English, too