On *that* kit | Unofficial Unsanctioned Women's UCI Cycling Blog -
People kept asking me about it yesterday, so I wrote about the the “Colombian nude cycling kit ZOMG OUTRAGE!!!!!”. Yeah, guess how I feel :-)
5 things you should know about that Colombian cycling kit1. It’s not the national team or the national team kit
It’s the colours of IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar, who the Colombian Federation proudly announced would be competing in the Giro Del Toscana2. It’s not flesh or nude, it’s gold
There are numerous tweets to this effect from people who have been paying attention. Lycra done as gold effect never photographs well. It’s unfortunate, but…
<a href=”http://www.chasingwheels.com/road-racing/professional-road-racing/5-things-you-should-know-about-that-colombian-cycling-kit”>5 things you should know about that Colombian cycling kit | Chasing Wheels cycling blog</a>
I am amazed at the shocked outcry over the IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar kit - I RTed it and blogged it myself, because I thought it was a fugly kit, and I enjoy fugly kits, but I’m amazed by the ton of people shouting SEXISM! and getting madly outraged.
Brian Cookson has weighed in on it, as apparently people complained to the UCI, which is interesting - I’ve complained about, and asked for comment on races which riders said were genuinely dangerous to ride because of traffic on the course, and riders who haven’t been paid and are complaining about bad treatment, but somehow the UCI can’t comment on <i>that</i>.
And then there’s the fact that the complaints about this kit are about the illusion of nudity (in some lights) when I have seen far too much close-up anatomical detail of male riders’ genitalia in white and red shorts, and whole arses in see-through skinsuits, which makes me wonder why the illusion of nudity is more shocking than those photos where we can see exactly how excited male cyclists are. I mean, if I talk about pictures of cycling teams telling the time, or communicating in semaphore, I bet you know what I mean.
Anyway, as always, Alex Murray makes some really great points, and unpicks some of the truths behind this - and yeah, in a week where we hear about Estado de Mexico-Faren not paying riders, and the Giro Toscana went ahead, despite being demonstrably dangerous last year, I am interested in why this is what Cookson and the UCI respond to, and why the press have gone crazy… depressing
For American Stevens, the Holland Ladies Tour provided confirmation of her form. “Getting the win at the Ladies Tour is huge for me. I’ve struggled in Dutch racing for some time, so walking away with this win was a big surprise and a huge boost of confidence,” Stevens said. In Ponferrada, Spain, Stevens will race three elite categories: team time trial, individual time trial, and road race. — Stevens looks to worlds after winning Holland Ladies Tour - VeloNews.com
What made you want to launch your team?
RG: Purely to offer the athletes the things that were missing in my career. I wanted to create something for women that was as professional as they were, where they weren’t let down at the last minute by logistics, by staff that didn’t share the same passion or have right motives. Nicole Cooke and I shared teams for a long time and thought we could do it better, so why whinge about it and not do anything?
About five years ago, I started thinking to myself, “I am going to do this, when I’m ready, when I’ve learnt enough, been around enough teams and know all the dos and don’ts.” Then Shane Sutton [British Cycling head coach] offered me these athletes [Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker] who were phenomenal. He wanted a good place to put them, and in my opinion it didn’t exist, so I had to create it. To this day, I’m not sure if Shane realises how much of a motivation it was, having somebody like him ask where the girls should be placed and that he would put them in a team with me. I’m honoured that his faith was put in me and that I could achieve that. — Rochelle Gilmore: The big interview - Cycling Weekly
The 2008 Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley has criticised British Cycling for deciding not to send any female riders to the world championships to contest the individual time trial. Pooley, who became world time trial champion in 2010, said she had “no chance” at her first world championships, but the experience helped her to go on to win eventually. — Emma Pooley: British Cycling wrong to pick no women for world time trial | Sport | The Guardian
"Next year, I want to do all the mountain bike Worlds Cups. I think it will be nice," said Ferrand Prevot. "I will also do the road. It will be good to race both."
When asked how she manages changing between the two disciplines, she said, “I think it’s important to keep a good balance between the road and the mountain bike. I try to chose my races and to rest as possible.”
"Also, the position is not the same between my bikes. So to switch back and forth, I need to make sure I also train on my mountain bike and practice the technical riding." — Ferrand Prevot to focus on mountain bike World Cup in 2015 | Cyclingnews.com
"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) out-sprinted the mighty Katie Compton (Trek) to win Cross Vegas for her first time." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos
"Catharine Pendrel (Luna) went to the front mid-race and was marked by Compton. She had won the world mountain biking championship for the second time just a week earlier." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos
"Katerina Nash (Luna) led the race on lap two ahead of Compton, Pendrel, and Miller. Nash had been ill after the mountain bike world championships and was not expected to be at her best." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos
"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) and Helen Wyman chased Compton at the start." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos!
News, links, videos – a podcast post without the podcast! | Unofficial Unsanctioned Women's UCI Cycling Blog -
Last week’s women’s cycling news, videos, and some (gasp!) stats analysis!
CrossVegas will be streamed live on 10th September! -
The first big USA cyclocross race of the 2014/15 season, and we can watch it live!
Pre-race Show begins 7:45 pm USA Pacific (10:45 Eastern, 3:45am UK; 04:45 Euro CEST; 12:45pm Thursday Aus AEST)
Women’s Elite begins 8:20 pm USA Pacific (11:20pm Eastern, 4:20am UK; 05:20 Euro CEST; 1:20pm Thursday Aus AEST)
Men’s Elite begins 9:30 pm USA Pacific (12:20am Eastern, 5:30am UK; 06:30 Euro CEST; 2:20pm Thursday Aus AEST)
Award Ceremony begins 10:40 pm
More info on the CrossVegas website