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A group of women cycling ambassadors are inviting you to join them for a secret twitter ride to show that Women and the passion for Cycling is alive in London.

The route will be around 60km and will have some very special Ambassadors of Cycling as special guests…. Make sure you join this ride and sign up here.

Sorry guys this is women only this time, but please, sign up one of your female cycling friends!

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Secret Twitter Ride London 26th October - Sign up form

Wanna ride with Marianne Vos in London?

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Part 2 of my podcast interview with Helen Wyman - click through for links and videos

When I sat down to talk to European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, our mutual love of talking meant the interview went on for longer than they were expecting – so it was divided into two parts.  Part 1 is over here, and now you can listen to Part 2, where Helen describes cyclocross courses, tells you what to watch if you have limited time (just book November out in your diary), talks about racing road at the Friends Life Women’s Tour, and talks prize money, change, and what fans can do to help CX.  It includes discussion of Helen’s rôle in getting equal prize money for the Koppenbergcross from the USA, and working with the UCI on the Cyclocross Commission….  and how Kona, and cyclocross, are like that picture-perfect family.

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One of the emotions I’ve heard from you a lot today is gratitude.

There’s nothing like an injury to give you a lot of gratitude. The first hip surgery was almost a blessing in disguise. Before the surgery, I was kind of burnt out. I didn’t know if I wanted to train. Then that happened. You know how you have training blocks? I called that the “motivation block”, followed this year by the “gratitude build”.

When you can’t race, you realize how much you love it and how thankful you are to be doing it. It’s easy to get tired during a long season, but really, I am so lucky to be doing what I love and what I am passionate about. So how can you not have gratitude for every day you wake up and every start line you roll up to? I have the opportunity to race my bike today. And that’s a great thing, no matter where you’re coming from.

It carried over during the races. At [the UCI MTB World Cup in] Mont-Saint-Anne, at first I thought, “This is great. I’m in the top 15.” And then I moved up, and I thought, “I’m in the top 10! This is awesome.” And then I’m riding in third, thinking, “This is the best place I’ve ridden in a World Cup!” Having gratitude at every step. I ended up getting fourth, and I was just freaking out with happiness. So I think that gratitude goes a long way.

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The Art of Coming Back: An Interview with Lea Davison | Bicycling

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A collection of cycling companies has collaborated to provide 10 scholarships for women to attend the United Bicycle Institute (UBI), with the goal of providing a pipeline into the industry for female talent.

UBI, SRAM, Liv, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), Pedros, Park Tool, Nuu-Muu, and the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition will provide the scholarships to UBI’s Professional Ship Repair and Operations Workshop, covering lodging and the $1,800 in tuition costs associated with the two-week course.

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The scholarship is aimed at women who are aspiring or experienced bike mechanics. Applicants must be currently employed in a bike shop, at least 18 years old, and U.S. residents. The scholarships can be applied to UBI’s February, March, or April sessions.

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QBP announces 10 United Bicycle Institute scholarships for women - VeloNews.com

Know anyone who’d be up for this? Send them this RIGHT NOW!

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The 2015 map! #AmgenTOC10th pic.twitter.com/0DRTRe9Yff— AmgenTourofCali (@AmgenTourofCali) October 20, 2014


Including another “women’s Invitational Time Trial” and a three-day women’s stage race - no news on whether it’s even national-level, let alone UCI-level, but we can hope for the best!

More information on the ToC press release
Including another “women’s Invitational Time Trial” and a three-day women’s stage race - no news on whether it’s even national-level, let alone UCI-level, but we can hope for the best! More information on the ToC press release
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"Last year I wrote a post about riding while pregnant and I thought I should follow that up with one about returning to riding after giving birth. The most important thing to note is that every women is different and so everyone needs to make their own decisions about how much to cycle during pregnancy and after having a baby."

Returning to riding after bub | Women Who Cycle

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"An early fall left Katie Compton more than a minute down on the race leaders, but it didn’t keep her from winning the first World Cup of the season." - via Katie Compton comes from behind to win 2014-15 World Cup kickoff - VeloNews.com

"An early fall left Katie Compton more than a minute down on the race leaders, but it didn’t keep her from winning the first World Cup of the season." - via Katie Compton comes from behind to win 2014-15 World Cup kickoff - VeloNews.com

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"Dutchwoman Sophie de Boer, third on Sunday, appears to be on the best form of her life at the moment. “The start of the season is beyond my expectations, to be honest,” said de Boer after the race. “But I did nothing special [compared to] other years. I think the big difference is that I’m now a 100 percent full-time cyclist. I just finished my studies and I think that I have a lot more rest, and I think that is the difference for me. I just hope I can prolong this good shape.”" - via Gallery: 2014-15 Cyclocross World Cup Valkenburg - VeloNews.com

"Dutchwoman Sophie de Boer, third on Sunday, appears to be on the best form of her life at the moment. “The start of the season is beyond my expectations, to be honest,” said de Boer after the race. “But I did nothing special [compared to] other years. I think the big difference is that I’m now a 100 percent full-time cyclist. I just finished my studies and I think that I have a lot more rest, and I think that is the difference for me. I just hope I can prolong this good shape.”" - via Gallery: 2014-15 Cyclocross World Cup Valkenburg - VeloNews.com

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Helen Wyman, who lead for most of the race

via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report- cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

Helen Wyman, who lead for most of the race

via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report- cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

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Elle Anderson

via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report- cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

Elle Anderson

via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report- cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

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Katie Compton, chasing back after her mechanical

via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report- cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

Katie Compton, chasing back after her mechanical

via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report- cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

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A minute silence was held before the women’s race, to remember Annefleur Kalvenhaar, who died during a crash earlier this year. (via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report - cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

A minute silence was held before the women’s race, to remember Annefleur Kalvenhaar, who died during a crash earlier this year. (via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report - cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

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"I’m used to having a bad start, so I just had to be patient, I didn’t panic, I was just frustrated with myself that I made my job that much harder" - Katie Compton

Meanwhile, at the front, Wyman had things under control but she was unsure what was happening behind her. “Katie was nowhere to be seen and I was like: what do I do now? I started to shake of people but then she came past. I managed to follow her wheel for about hundred meters, but then she was off.”

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Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report - Cyclephotos.co.uk