Have you seen the course? If not inthemud.cx rode it to show you:
Women and men CX riders train as much to perform on their absolute top level. But there is a big difference in support by sponsors and pricemoney at races. And it seems hard to change. One who is doing as much as she can is Helen Wyman who raced a lot in USA where Twenty22Cycling stepped in last season to sponsor with money so women got the same amout of pricemoney as the men. Shouldn’t Europe be better?
Now Wyman got help from Twenty22Cycling in US to get equal pricemoney at Koppenbergcross on saturday. An american bikestore with help from Specialized in Belgium/The Netherlands step in to sponsor an european race at the CX center of the world? Can’t european race organizers be better then that? A video about it:
Belgian news about it: Nieuwsblad
Testing and setting up time trial bikes on a velodrome with a lot of measuring:
A more important blogpost tomorrow morning changing half a sport.
Blue sky and sunny autumn. Perfect for a nice ride on some new roads on Nøtterøy, rode all over the island ;)
Autumn on the cycling paths so great with CX tires today:
Found the way to the sea too
Really nice ride in easy pace. Changed for my Sram XX1 crankset with a 38t chainring today so no chaindrops or problems, just to ride :)
And with a swedish view:
around 9° Celsius and sunny was really nice to ride in, perfect autumn day. Perfect last ride in Norway too just enjoying the creation :)
My ride: Movescount
Am moving from Norway to Sweden, from Tønsberg to Stockholm on saturday so this week is mostly about packing, packing and cleaning. Not so much about bikes or on bike (but will ride on wednesday) so putting this blog on pause more or less until sunday.
Cycling, specially on road is a very stylish sport where sometimes style is more important than training. And when people like Fritz, Katja and Elna blogging about clothes and I’m very interested in style, racing and things working really good. Have a friend who have sewn on pockets on his speedsuit to get more aero and ride faster on normal road races.
I’m also a big fan of women racing as you hopefully noticed and women are shaped a bit different the men. How many of haven’t ridden with a women where the jersey has moved upwards like this instead of sitting where it should?
Here is another example:
And no matter if you are a women or a man, you want your cycling clothes sitting in place, be comfortable and let you be able to go faster. And doesn’t all sponsors want to have their logo seen and looking good on a fit body?
But for road races a speedsuit isn’t so good, strange zipper on the front and no pocket for food and other things you want to carry with you.
There is a solution for Gracie Elwin, Anna van der Breggen and all of us others who want to ride faster, look better and have easy access to our rear pockets and be able to have zippers all upp or down all or a bit if it’s warm without looking strange. It should also be more comfortable as it’s all in one piece called: Bioracer Speedsuit Concept RR:
It’s a normal great jersey and bibs together. The front isn’t all together so is like a normal jersey when you drag open up the zipper. No bibs to irritate your nipples, no jersey going to far up but just pure performance made for cyclists that want to race a bit faster.
And yes I know the distributor of this in Norway but not earning anything on writing this. But love the product and maybe also would choose a club that had one before one that didn’t. Of course available for clubs/teams, here: Bioracer
After rebuilding my SuperX for the road a bit yesterday it was time to ride today. With Jon Even and Pål on real roadbikes. 2-3h and came home after 3h7min, last time I rode for so long was the 20th september, over a month ago.
So a sunny ride today on some dry and some wet roads. Thought of taking a picture riding but my gloves didn’t work on my phone today so no pictures while riding. Rode to Andebu and around Sandefjord easy said and like usual riding in Vestfold I ride on new roads :) Feels like it is enormous amount of small roads around here and thanks to Pål I had a hard time sometimes too ;) Great training, good people and the only two bad things was that my front chainring didn’t want to keep the chain when riding on the two smallest sprockets on the way from Sandefjord so rode a bit slower. And somewhere in Sandefjord I rode over a piece of glass that cut through my silk front tire :( Just small so stopped and pumped once and then it was fine for riding home.
Here is a picture of my do-it-all bike:
And if you want to see where we rode and how fast you can see it here: Movescount