Women’s Cycling News Round-up 07-14.07.2014

Roe wins National Circuit Champs — UCI’s Women’s Cycling Week — Giro Rosa News Links — Harriet Owen wins VC Norwich Women’s Race — TdF inspires women’s cycling news stories — Upcoming British and UCI Events — Interesting Links


Roe wins National Circuit Champs


Eileen Roe (image: Starley-Primal)

Eileen Roe, having preserved her strength earlier on as team mate Tanya Griffiths dished out the punishment,  grabbed her opportunity in the final lap of an attack-filled race and fended off the efforts of Amy Roberts (Wiggle-Honda) to prevent her seizing victory.

Full report here

Top Ten
1 Eileen Roe (Starley-Primal) 51’06”
2 Amy Roberts (Wiggle-Honda) +02″
3 Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) +05″
4 Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott) ST
5 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) ST
6 Louise Borthwick (Matrix-Vulpine) ST
7 Lauren Therin (Bonita Squadre Corse) ST
8 Jessie Walker (Matrix-Vulpine) ST
9 Louise Mahe (Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport) ST
10 Tanya Griffiths (Starley-Primal) +08″


UCI launch Women’s Cycling Week

The UCI has announced it will run a Women’s Cycling Week (WCW), running up to the inaugural La Corse women’s race on the final day of the Tour de France. The official press release says it will include the following events:

• Ride to Paris: A group of 25 amateur women cyclists from across the world will ride from Utrecht in Holland to Paris in just four days, arriving on 26 July the day before La Course by le Tour de France. Along the way they will be sharing their experiences on UCI website and social media;

• Female elite riders will be setting the pace for women participants in the mass participation event L’Etape du Tour on July 20. In addition, every female rider registered to ride in L’Etape du Tour will receive a free ‘La Course by Le Tour de France’ branded cycling jersey from the UCI (www.letapedutour.com);

• Leading cycling training video company The Sufferfest has created a new training film – Halfiseasy – that contains content from women’s competitions which will be shown in gyms worldwide (www.thesufferfest.com);

• Women riders from all over the world are invited to share their cycling experiences and show how they have pushed their boundaries via social media using the hashtags #owntheroad, #ownthetrail, #ownthejumps, #ownthetrack. Best tweets will be shared on @UCI_cycling and @UCIWomenCycling;

• UCI President Brian Cookson will present medals to La Course by le Tour de France podium finishers.

“The UCI is determined to maximise recognition of women in cycling as a sport and for participation,” says UVI vice-president Tracey Gaudry. “We are not alone with this ambition and have embraced that the rise of women’s cycling must involve everybody. There’s enormous diversity on the Women’s Commission with leaders representing women’s teams, sponsors, events, media, coaches and athletes. We’ll be finalising our strategy at our next meeting in a couple of weeks in Paris, in conjunction with La Course by Le Tour de France.”


Giro Rosa

Videos on the Giro Rosa Youtube channel


Annemiek van Vleuten wins Prologue (Cycling Weekly)

Stage 1

Marianne Vos sprints into pink (Cycling Weekly)

Stage 2

Giorgia Bronzini wins sprint (Cycling Weekly)

Vos leads after Prologue, two opening stages (VeloNews)

Tiff Cromwell’s Giro Rosa diary (Cycling Tips)

Stage 3

Annemiek van Vleuten escapes to second victory (Cycling Weekly)

Stage 4

Vos rides to victory (VeloNews)

Chloe Hosking blog (Cycling News)

Stage 5

Third stage win for Vos (Jose Been for Cycling News)

Stage 6

Pooley on top in Stage 6 (Jose Been for Cycling News)

Stage 7

Vos wins Stage 7 (Jose Been for Cycling News)


Harriet Owen wins VC Norwich Women’s Race


Harriet Owen (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Owen used a combination of clever tactics designed to fit the parcours and powerful solo effort to beat her rivals. Full report here.


Tour de France inspires women’s cycling news stories

Never one to mince her words (which earned her as many friends among fans as enemies in the cycling establishment), Nicole Cooke told the BBC that “it’s the sexist nature of those running the sport” that allowed the Grande Boucle (women’s Tour de France) to disappear and prevents a new women’s Tour being established.

“It’s a scandal there isn’t a Tour for women at the moment,” said Cooke. More here.

In another BBC article, British Cycling’s Marian Lauder says she does not think that the “cycling community is inherently sexist,” but agrees that the lack of a women’s Tour “matters enormously. It’s a really valid issue.” More here.

The Yorkshire Post interviewed Lizzie Armitstead, who says “The first ever stage on the Champs Elysees this year might only seem a small step, but believe me it’s a big step, and women’s cycling is definitely going in the right direction.” More here.

Celebrating the inaugural Tour de France Feminin with a pioneer (VeloNews)

Pedaling Change (Home Media Magazine)


Upcoming Events

Upcoming British Events

Surrey League Dunsfold Park 4ths Series #10
Essex Giro 2-Day Stage Race (2014 British Cycling Women’s Road Series #7)
Darley Moor 7
Bournemouth Arrow DernyFest and Womens Omnium (National Womens Omnium League)
Odd Down Cycle Fest 2014
Suffolk Cycle Racing Series 2014 – Saturday Event
Essex Giro 2-Day Stage Race (2014 British Cycling Women’s Road Series #7)
Mid Shropshire Wheelers Circuit Race #5
Rider Development Sessions Bournemouth Cycling Centre #5 (Cancelled)
Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #7 (Cancelled)
Crystal Palace Crits #11
Odd Down Summer Series Round #6
Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series #8
Pembrey Circuit Series 2014 Round #7
Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #14
East Devon Circuit Series #6

Upcoming UCI Events

U23 European Championship

Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen


Interesting Links

Stafford streets expected to be packed for county cycling festival (Staffordshire Newsletter)

Women’s mountain bike race comes to Toronto (Canadian Cycling Magazine)