"Amy Cure: “I’m really happy with my first world title as a pro. This is what I have been training for. That’s why we get up early every morning and get on our bikes. It’s amazing all the hard work has paid off. I was lucky enough to get a few world titles as a junior, but nothing compares to a senior title. I always get a bit nervous before the start of a race, that wasn’t different this time. I knew it was going to be a really hard race. Just before the start I opened the box with my sunglasses and I saw there was a little message in it from my boyfriend. That put a smile on my face before the race.”"
— Cure is world champion points race - Lotto Belisol
"ORICA-AIS enjoyed a successful outing at Omloop van het Hageland where Emma Johansson delivered the Australian outfit’s third podium in Belgium over eight days of racing. The Swede was part of the race winning move that was reduced from a 17 rider front group to a two rider late race break. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) outkicked Johansson to the line. Johansson settled for second, 4” ahead of the chase group."
— ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : Emma Johansson Claims Third Consecutive Podium at Omloop van het Hageland
Q: When Amy won the points race, the look of excitement on yours and Nettie’s faces was priceless. What is Cycling Australia doing to foster this sort of sentiment for your teammates?
We spend so much time together training in Adelaide, it’s like we’re family. Gary Sutton, our coach, has developed us in such a way that we understand the need for teammates. No one can do it alone. We all need each other.
When we see someone achieve success, especially when that person is part of the team pursuit sqaud, we feel that we’ve helped her achieve that. For Amy it was a little win for all of us. We weren’t able to compete for the world title in the team pursuit, but she could in the points race. We all felt that we had a little part of her success. Really, when any rider within the Australian squad achieves success, sprinters included, it’s a success for us all.
— ORICA GreenEDGE Cycling Australia : News : Q&A With Melissa Hoskins: Reflections on the Track World Championships
— Twitter / Karl Lima 1. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), 2. Emma Johansson (ORICA-AIS), 3. Audrey Cordon (Hitec products)
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