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February 18 2016

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#BAGC2016 Awards Open - YouTube

Nominate to the #BeAGameChanger awards for athletes, organisations, sponsors, journalists, inspiration and more, working to improve women’s sport - deadline 21st February.

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February 17 2016

“You know at some point, you get really tired of people asking you how things are going when you, yourself, don’t know the answer. Overtraining or ‘overreaching’ is not like a broken bone. The doctors couldn’t give me a set date. I had to feel it out, find balance and that is completely against my nature. I want to find the limit, not balance. I certainly got a lesson in patience,” says Vos.

Eventually she was able to turn her drive of always wanting to be the best into becoming the best at resting and recovering and finding purpose in that.

“It was harder than training. Still is,” says Vos.

The year wasn’t wasted, however, as it brought her some valuable life lessons.

“I more than ever before realized how special it is to be healthy and that you shouldn’t take it for granted. It’s a blessing not a guarantee. It was a little irritating to come to that realisation at the moment I no longer have it, but that’s how it goes. That’s the irony of life,” says Vos.

The white line is calling: an end to the year without Marianne Vos | Ella

The grant will be available to UK residents between the ages of 18-25 who intend to spend a minimum of 6 months travelling abroad. Its purpose is to help young people begin a rite-of-passage journey at a time in their lives when it will benefit them most, with the fewest possible strings attached.

The successful applicant will receive a complete package of equipment and mentorship to begin and sustain an open-ended bicycle journey. This includes an expedition bicycle, luggage, camping and cooking gear, tools, and clothing, plus ongoing mentorship from a committee of veteran adventure cyclists, whose guidance will be available on demand.

The Janapar Grant: Annual travel bursary for young people in the UK

That sweaty evening in Hong Kong, I realised two things: that bike touring is possibly the best way we have of meeting the world on its own terms, and that bike tourists like ourselves are becoming a common breed. Many of us left our homes imagining we were setting out on a grand adventure, worthy of the history books, or at the very least the record books – and then were nonplussed to find ourselves running into other cyclists at every turn. We’re the equivalent of the hippy trail of the 1970s; the backpacking circuits of the 1990s, the crucial difference being that where we go is constrained only by whether there is a road and sometimes, depending in the thickness of our tyres, not even that.

I came home from my travels a changed woman – but more perplexed by everyone else’s assumption that crossing Asia on a bicycle made me somehow exceptional; that no ordinary person would be brave enough or strong enough to accomplish what for me had been such an enjoyable journey that I carried on for a year and a half.

I was an ordinary person (I still am) and on my journeys I have met countless others – not only the students and engineers and artists and accountants who manage to take a few months or years out of their lives to travel the world by bike, but also the people I met every day, in petrol stations and markets and tiny villages and medium-sized towns, going about their lives, and sharing them with me for the duration of a meal, or a cup of tea, or a night of unexpected hospitality.

Crossing Asia on my bike, I met countless others out to see the world on a bicycle | Emily Chappell | Environment | The Guardian

Two-time Olympic bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya has accepted an 18-month doping ban which clears the Russian cyclist to compete at this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Cycling Union says it reached a settlement with Zabelinskaya to drop its appeals process at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The UCI says the case was “resolved via an acceptance of consequences,” after Zabelinskaya accepted the 18-month ban which expired in September.

Zabelinskaya tested positive for the banned stimulant octopamine in March 2014.

Russian Cyclist Zabelinskaya Accepts 18-Month Doping Ban - ABC News

Weird that the UCI shortened the ban as she dropped the appeal…  So watch out for her on the roads again this year…

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February 16 2016

The Absa Cape Epic journey: perseverance is key

Podcast and interview transcipt with Lynn Naudé – CEO of the Absa Cape Epic.

Now, however, James is pain-free, and newly confident after riding a full winter season with World Cup races in New Zealand and Hong Kong. “My knee is really good. I’ve had no problems, that’s the most important thing. It’s the first time since the world championships in 2014 that I’ve felt like this: I’ve been working super hard, I’m getting better and better and enjoying it, so I’m happy because I’m getting more and more out of each training session. Everyone has been wary of me doing too much training, so I’ve had to take it into my own hands a bit; if I can’t push myself to the maximum I don’t get the best out of myself.”
Worlds return puts Becky James on road to Rio after two years off track | Sport | The Guardian
Kit Order Is Complete!!
Last week I told you about all the women’s road cycling races we should be able to watch live in 2016, and it’s fantastic – looking like over 20 live races, before we even get to National Championships and domestic-level crits. But it’s still a minority of the UCI-ranked races, so I’ve also got my tips on following women’s cycling races live as they happen, whether it’s before the livestream starts, or because it’s the only way to “watch”…

How to follow (& watch!) the 2016 women’s road season live | Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Blog

My guide to watching the women’s road season

February 15 2016

“Cycling did a lot for me and I just really loved it.

“I think that when you do love it and you recognise that it’s a beautiful sport but women’s cycling has just never been really well funded or supported, it becomes your passion – your mission – to try and change that in some way. I think there’s a lot of people out there now who are trying to do that, which is really great, from a lot of different angles.

It is what we need to grow the sport because all women’s sports suffer in that way. But you just have to keep pushing and try to make change. And that was a lot of fun for us because we were very serious on the bike and very serious about the way we ran the team but we also tried to incorporate a bit of fun into it.

Kristy Scrymgeour: the business of cycling | Ride Media
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February 14 2016

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