It was at the Lotto Decca Tour in Belgium at the end of 2012 where I first met Emily and noticed her talent. I remember thinking she was like the Energizer Bunny – attacking continuously and chasing everything. She was riding as an individual with nothing to fear, she just kept going and going all race and then, she would still sprint into the top 10!
I’m not sure if Emily’s aggressive racing style and ability to sprint was noticed by anyone else but from this moment, I went to work making sure she would be riding for my team in 2013.
Emily was not a simple signing. Signing a rider from New Zealand or Australia comes with its responsibilities and additional workload. I knew that I could not sign Emily without providing her with what she needs in order to develop and reach her potential. Without any outside influence, I had my heart set on signing this rider. I wanted her to be a part of the new UCI team which was in its final steps of creation."
Rochelle Gilmore on Emily Collins, and her win at the Omloop van het Hageland
I’ve been posting what I’ve found on here, but if you want all the recent women’s cycling team presentation videos in one place - with a load of Marianne Vos videos I’ve seen in the last week - click through! And as always, if you find videos you think I’d like, let me know :-)
Gilmore hopes that by equipping the team’s riders with the necessary knowledge in a positive, ethical environment, its young riders will see that they are able to be successful in sport without having to take performance enhancing drugs.
“I have a young team with the average age being 23 so I feel it’s important to educate my athletes about the risk of contamination, innocent thoughtless mistakes and the temptation or influences to dope,” Gilmore said."
SO much news! Monty. pulls it together for us - with more in the comments
In announcing the 3-year deal with online cycling retailer Wiggle.co.uk, team manager/owner and 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, Australian Rochelle Gilmore, was quick to point out the advantages.
‘Women have traditionally ridden for contracts as little as one-tenth of what the men earn,’ Gilmore said.
‘If you want to get the best out of an athlete you need to provide them with what they need—and all too often funding shortfalls mean women cyclists are not provided what they need.
‘Our team philosophy is all about the athletes. The deal with Wiggle.co.uk enables us to provide better salaries and the supportive environment our athletes deserve and need so they can reach their full potential.’"
This week’s Veolcast podcast is all about the women’s side of the sport, how people got into it, and what they’d like to see in the future. And it’s got me in it! ;-)
Click through and listen - not just for me, Rochelle and Stef and Heather - and of course, the Velocast team Scott and John - are superb!
“It is my dream to see a women’s Tour de France run in conjunction with the men’s Tour,” said Gilmore.
“It would not be for the full three weeks - two weeks would be great - and I’m thinking of half-stages, but on the same day and same roads.
“We could do the last 120km of each stage, and finish an hour before the men come in. I think it could work perfectly.
“It’s probably not going to happen but it would be the answer to a lot of the problems facing women’s cycling.”"
Nice interview with Rochelle Gilmore on the DTPC Honda Team - including how she persuaded Bradley Wiggins to get involved. Lots to love in this interview!