Saturday 30 November 2013

Women's Cycling News 01-08.12.2013

Vulpine Cyclogames - Qatar launches women's team - Shorts and Interesting Links - More as it happens...

In London this weekend...?
Then you really do need to get yourself to Hackney, otherwise you'll have missed your opportunity to be at the Vulpine Cyclogames - and one day, your grandchildren are going to want to know all about it.

More here.

Qatar launches women's team
The Qatar Cycling Federation has launched its first ever women's team - and has recruited Finnish cycling legend Pia Sundstedt to coach them towards the 2016 World Championships.

According to the Federation's General Secretary Majed al Naimi, there were moves to create a team as long ago as 2005 but at that time it was felt to be impossible due to the difficulty in locating a coach able to speak Arabic to the necessary standard. However, Qatar is one of the most open and free Arab states and as such the population have access to Western culture and the Internet; the 22 members of the team, who range from 13 to 17 years old, all speak English sufficiently well to understand and converse with English speaker Sundstedt - who won six National Championships, two European Championships and two editions of the Giro del Trentino.

Shorts and Interesting Links
Cycling revolution for sale at the paltry price of a few hundred thousand pounds
"Perhaps, though, the biggest draw in women's cycling is one single person: Marianne Vos. The Dutch rider is the greatest cyclist who has ever lived, man or woman. She has won two Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles in road and track racing and cyclocross. Still only 26, she is a phenomenon..." (Herald Scotland)

Lizzie Armitstead: The future looks brighter than ever for women’s cycling (Metro)

Jeannie Longo suing AFLD for more than one million euro (Velonation)

Katie Archibald's meteoric rise (Cycling Weekly)
Chloe Hosking ups tempo in pursuit of gold (Canberra Times)
SKCC Super Crit and the rise of women’s cycling (Roar)
How should bicyclists handle harassment? D.C. area groups teach empowerment tactics (Washington Post)

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