30th Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 5 Sunset Road Race (by Velo)

The women’s live coverage starts at around the 45 minute mark

Stage 5 results

1. Mara Abbott (USA) United Healthcare, 3:03:18, + 10 secs bonificiations
2. Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon, s.t., + 6 sec bonis
3. Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Monster Media, + 1:31, + 4 sec bonis
4. Sharon Laws (GBr) United Healthcare, s.t.
5. Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, s.t.
6. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
7. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, s.t.
8. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Tibco, s.t.
9. Jessica Cerra (USA) SPY Giant Ride p/b MRI, s.t.
10. Amber Neben (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr Restore, s.t.

Final General Classification

1. Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon, 9:05:34
2. Mara Abbott (USA) United Healthcare, + 00:29
3. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, + 01:08
4. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized-lululemon, + 02:43
5. Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Monster Media, + 02:54
6. Jessica Cerra (USA) SPY Giant Ride p/b MRI, + 03:02
7. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Tibco, + 03:05
8. Sharon Laws (GBr) United Healthcare, + 03:14
9. Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, + 03:37
10. Amber Neben (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr Restore, + 04:08


This week’s women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me.  Dan’s description:

Podcast 2014 Episode 7 – How to Improve the Scenery in New Zealand

It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)

Click through to our blog to find all the links to everything we talked about this time


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Best podium girl outfit EVAH!!!

1. Mara Abbott (UHPC), 2. Olga Zabelinskaya (RusVelo), 3. Alena Amialiusik (Astana-BePink)


Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) won the overall crown at the Vuelta a El Salvador on Sunday, a day after her impressive attack in stage 4.

Abbot, whose late surge up the San Salvador Volcano earned her the stage 4 win, stayed with her teammates during Sunday’s final stage to clinch the victory. Her teammate Hannah Barnes sprinted to a third-place result on the day.


Abbott clinches Vuelta a El Salvador victory -

"It was 40 degrees Celsius, not snowing. There were fertile farmlands and forests, not high mountains. I spoke Spanish. And I was eating dinner at midnight. It was enough to make me a little anxious for stability. Yet on one of my last days there, I rode up the shaded tree-divided road from El Volcan to El Trapiche. Despite my now semi-permanent dizzying sensation of feet-off-the-ground newness, I was able to find peace and familiarity. Basically everything around me was different, and absolutely none of it was under my control, but my legs somehow still felt like my legs. I felt just like I did whenever I pedaled. Their circles became meditative and I took a few deep breaths. I felt foundation, and I realized how lucky I am to have this embodied self-knowledge. I kept pedaling."

Mara Abbott Blog: A Visit To Argentina |


Videos and links from the week in women’s racing



Hannah Barnes and Mara Abbott of United Healthcare talk about the Tour Femenino de San Luis

United Healthcare leading the chase, Tour San Luis Stage 2
via Tour femenino etapa 2 - Agencia de Noticias San Luis | Facebook
Gallery of photos from Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour Femenino de San Luis
""IN THIS EPISODE Mike sits down for a chat with Mara Abbott (that’s with two b’s and two t’s), the first American ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women’s bicycle racing. In between trading smoothie recipes and Twitter stalking confessions, they discuss favorite places to cycle, Mara’s Game of Thrones addiction, strategies for making riding the trainer more interesting, and which of them is the bigger dork.""

Open Mic with Mike Creed - Ep 28 Mara Abbott | PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts


How The Race Was Won - UCI World Championships Women’s Road Race (by Cosmo Catalano)

It’s (understandably) very, very USA-based (skewed, even) - I’ve got to say, I’ve never ever understood Team USA’s yearly plan of working so hard on the front of the race, which helps everyone else*.  Sure, it was good in the Giro this time, but damn it to hell, I wish I’d seen them for once making the Dutch and the Italians do all the work in the early laps, and leaving riders like the fantastic Megan Guarnier fresh for later, rather than looking after Abbott.  Sigh.

Huge thanks Aerognome for pointing this out to me!

* UPDATE!  Some of the commentators suggested it’s because USA riders aren’t used to racing in such a large, aggressive peloton, so they race hard on the front…  which kind of makes sense, but not for riders like Small and Guarnier.  They clearly were following the team plan, like good team-mates should, killing themselves on the front, but damn, they’d have been better use later…


Road to Richmond with the US Women’s Team | Firenze 9/26/13 (by Richmond 2015)


Trapped at home by the floods, the owner of the yoga studio Abbott frequented for five years was unable to open shop, and was ultimately forced to close its doors. In the span of a weekend, Abbott had lost two vital outlets that brought her spiritual and physical calm.

“I really had to spend the last few weeks focusing, and keeping those things that sustain me in mind,” Abbott said. “I am wanting to go to worlds with the intention of honoring all of those things that brought me to where I am — those things that are currently hurting.”


Mara Abbott: Dark horse, or outright favorite, to win worlds? -


Riders announced so far: Mara Abbott and Lauren Tamayo (from Exergy TWENTY16); Rushlee Buchanan (from Tibco),  Alison Powers & Alexis Ryan (from NOW & Novartis for MS), Coryn Rivera (guest-rode for Breast Cancer Care, summer 2013) and Ruth Winder (from Vanderkitten)


Giro Rosa 2013 (by Anton Vos)

Anton Vos’ slideshow of pictures from the biggest women’s race of the year


It’s the latest women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me!

Podcast 2013, episode 22 - we go a little bit crazy

Dan’s description…

This week I think Sarah and I might be a bit broken. We definitely go a little crazy and in between talking about Tour de Bretagne, Thüringen Rundfahrt, Limousin, and other cycling stuff we make each other laugh a lot about stupid things. Sorry (not sorry). We round up a bunch of cool things that we saw and do laugh quite a lot. This one’s a classic quickie, just to prove we still can. (47:38 MIN / 45.73 MB)

Click through to our blog for all the links that go with the ‘cast