Through 11am PDT. This is good stuff!
Interesting news, now all WorldsCX races are taking place tomorrow. No Sunday races due to likely Ohio river flooding. The order will be juniors, women, U23, men. Holy balls.
If you were planning on just coming Sunday, you should change plans.
The women’s race is now from 11-11:45 EST. Watch Marianne and Katie battle it out on the UCI’s YouTube channel!
These are people who travel many miles at a pace more like 10 miles an hour. They wear regular clothes and ride the bikes that they can afford.
But everyone who bikes in New York or any other city has certain things in common. The Type-A strivers on their carbon-fiber steeds; the skinny-jeans-wearing fixie riders; the elevator repairman in work clothes on his anonymous hybrid; the fashionable businesswoman on her folder; the 82-year-old photographer on his cruiser. All of them benefit from an increased recognition that bicycles are a legitimate way to get from one place to another, and that you don’t have to be some kind of a freak to use them.
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YEAH! Just last week I bought a super cute beach cruiser off Craiglist and as soon as it warms up enough, I’m parking the car and grabbing the handlebars (plus it’s got a basket for my dog, Alex). — tanya b.
Unless you wipe out on a million planes of ice, you’re never gonna learn how to skate across them thinking vertical thoughts. You have to panic crossing the river many times before you learn to just let your back wheel skitter and skip over wet grated bridges without overcorrecting it. It’s winter. It sucks. But it this little hotblooded Latina from California who failed every Phys Ed class she ever took due to a servere lack of coordination and give-a-shit can learn how to do it, so can you. It only gets easier.
Helen Wyman, seven-time British National Cyclocross champion, addresses the lack of women participants headed to Worlds in Lousville:
In cyclocross, UCI Rule 9.2.045 states that each federation shall be required to include the top three (male) riders from its country in its worlds selection, as long as they are in the top 50 in the UCI ranking published after the national championships.
Unfortunately there is no such rule for the women.
This year, with the world championships being held in the United States, many countries are using the excuse of travel costs to take minimal female teams much to my personal dismay. Having raced in the USA, I honestly believe that it is the future for women’s cyclocross. Not only do the majority of races provide equal prize money between men and women to at least the top three in their UCI races, they also use us for advertising and every race is immediately before the elite men. I have never felt so equal than when competing there. Among the spectators, Katie Compton is as famous as Sven Nys and this shows in the number and quality of the female riders racing.
A simple change, which would cost nothing, and would be another step towards equal treatment of men and women in cycling.
This loophole really needs to be closed! C’mon, UCI, I wish you were better than this.
Awesome pic of Kaitie Antonneau by Andy Paskins from Nats