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My race report, with links to all the videos, photos and things I’ve found, from the first European elite and junior women’s stage races of the year.

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MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM: Course check with José Hermida / Pietermaritzburg / South Africa (by MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM)

On-bike view of the Cross-country course at the Pietermaritzburg MTB World Cup, with the whole team

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Each of the key stage towns visited by the Women’s Tour will host a Women in Sport Festival, and lots of fun events for children of all ages across a wide range of sports.

This announcement comes as tour organisers SweetSpot released the names of more top riders who will be competing. Joining reigning World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos will be World number one Emma Johansson and current leader of the UCI World Cup and British Champion Lizzie Armitstead.

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News | The Women’s Tour | Official Site : Friends Life to sponsor the UK’s first ever Women’s Tour

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Emmeline Ragot finishes the Pietermaritzburg Downhill World Cup with a puncture that scuppered her run

Amazing that she still finished 5th, she’s DAMN good!

via Pietermaritzburg - Portfolio | Team Lapierre International

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Emmeline Ragot finishes the Pietermaritzburg Downhill World Cup with a puncture that scuppered her run

Amazing that she still finished 5th, she’s DAMN good!

via Pietermaritzburg - Portfolio | Team Lapierre International

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Emmeline Ragot, Pietermaritzburg downhill MTB World Cup, 2014

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Emmeline Ragot, Pietermaritzburg downhill MTB World Cup, 2014

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Emmeline Ragot in the practice run, Pietermaritzburg downhill World Cup 2014

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Emmeline Ragot in the practice run, Pietermaritzburg downhill World Cup 2014

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Hutchinson UR Team - WC#1 South Africa (by UR Team)

With the fabulous Tracey and Mick Hannah at the 2014 Pietermaritzburg downhill World Cup (GUTTED for Mick!)

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Charlotte Green wants home advantage to pay at UCI BMX Supercross in Manchester (by British Cycling)

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Want to buy jerseys, t-shirts and other goodies to help support your favourite women’s cycling team? Here’s my guide to what you can buy - for women & men - from the European pro teams

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"I like going on adventures and exploring. I hate doing the same training rides over and over again. I’ll find roads and think, “I wonder where that goes,” and end up in some dead end or on a dirt road or goat track."

Tiffany Cromwell interview - Cycling Weekly

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"It’s not just the superb terrain and scenery that made this race one of the best ever in the UK in our view, it was the standard of organisation, marshalling and policing – along with a great “race buzz” and a thoroughly professional set up in all areas, including a flawlessly policed rolling road closure. We can only hope that it runs-and-runs in future years alongside the 31 year old men’s Premier Calendar race that took place over the same weekend. It will certainly be one of the first to be inked into our race programme for 2015!"

Tour of Reservoir – a cracker of a race! | Epic Cycles - Scott Contessa Women’s Race Team

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Coming out of the corner, I’d managed to slot into the top 10 riders – perfect! All that was left to do now was hold my position as we sped towards the finish line. There were lots of twitchy riders as we started up the finishing straight. For one awful moment, I thought I was about to be knocked off (again) as wheels overlapped and the rider in front wobbled, catching her rear mech in my front wheel. I swerved round and pushed forward, somehow arriving on the front just as the matrix riders started to sprint.

From then on, the only thing I was thinking was ‘GO!!!!‘ I had no idea who was around me, only that I had to get over that finish line as soon as I could. It was a case of digging deep and pushing through the burning in my legs as we fought for the places.

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Race Report: Sheffrec Road Race | Girl Racer

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"Taylor totally concentrated on her gym session - a long way from the BMX track" - by britishcycling.org.uk

Great gallery of photos of the GB team preparing for the BMX Supercross in Manchester, 18-19 April

"Taylor totally concentrated on her gym session - a long way from the BMX track" - by britishcycling.org.uk

Great gallery of photos of the GB team preparing for the BMX Supercross in Manchester, 18-19 April

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"Abbie Taylor squats, watched by Charlotte Green" - by britishcycling.org.uk

Great gallery of photos of the GB team preparing for the BMX Supercross in Manchester, 18-19 April
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"Abbie Taylor moves to the inside of turn one to overtake Charlotte Green" by britishcycling.org.uk

Great gallery of photos of the GB team preparing for the BMX Supercross in Manchester, 18-19 April