Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Elite Women Cyclists Racing Like Men

Recently, elite woman Australian cyclist Carlee Taylor demonstrates that women race just like the men (minus ubiquitous doping1)—unfortunately, the camera did not stick around to record her unbelievably determined race reentry.

Reminds me of multiple Grand Tours winner Bernard Hinault's racing determination:


UPDATED 09/14/2015 WC, The bicycling big book of cycling for beginners : everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding (Preview) An easy to read book for women (and men) just beginning their foray into cycling.


UPDATED 03/14/2019 VeloNews, Sagan and Olympic Champ Van der Breggen to Race Tour of California

...climber Katie Hall likely pulling for Van der Breggen...riding something like a
Specialized Women's Tarmac SL6 Expert...

UPDATED 03/07/2019 ScottishCycling, Inaugural Women’s Tour Of Scotland Announces Route With Olympic Champion Katie Archibald MBE (Three Stages - Routes) and Scotsman, 20 of World’s Elite Cycling Teams To Take Part in Maiden Women’s Tour of Scotland

Route - Stage 2

UPDATED 02/09/2019 VN, Katie Hall Launches Her European Racing Career and Strade Bianche Women Elite: 21 Teams At The Start

2019 Strade Bianche Women's Route
UPDATED 12/22/2018 UCI, 2019 UCI WOMEN'S WORLDTOUR, Road and (just in case you want to watch and ride) Canyon, Endurace WMN CF SL DISC 7.0 and GCN, Shimano 105 Vs Shimano Dura-Ace | What's The Difference? and GCN, Road Bike Geometry Explained – How To Understand Reach, Stack, Trail & More!

UPDATED 11/06/2018 UCI, 2018 UCI Women's WorldTour - Best Moments and UCI, Women's World Ranking, Individual, 2018 and Wikipedia, 2018 UCI Women's World Tour

UPDATED 10/13/2018 CyclingNews, UCI Women's WorldTeam Minimum Salary Set for 2020
UPDATED 08/10/2018 UCI, Women's WorldTour - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team - Major 2018 Sponsor Specialized - Venge Elite - 2018 and UCI, Women's WorldTour - Team Sunweb Time Trial - Major 2018 Sponsor GiantTrinity Advanced Pro


UPDATED 07/22/2018 Trek, Trek Announces New Women’s [UCI 2019] Road Team

UPDATED 07/21/2018 UCI, La Course by Le Tour de France – Highlights

(...up the col de Romme after the Giro d'Italia Rosa: 1° Tappa (TTT)- Verbania!...)

UPDATED 06/04/2018 VoxWomen, UCI Women's WorldTour - Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig

UPDATED 05/18/2018 UCI, AMGEN Tour of California Stage 1 – Highlights and ATC, Stage 1 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race (with interviews)

UPDATED 05/17/2018 UCI, Women's WorldTour - Sabrina Stultiens and WaowDeals Pro Cycling (formerly, WM3)

UPDATED 04/20/2018 2018 UCI Women's WorldTour – Flèche Wallonne – Highlights

UPDATED 01/22/2018 CyclingNews, Santos Women's Tour Secures Equal Prize Money with Tour Down Under

UPDATED 01/07/2017 VeloNews, Team Sunweb Implements Independent Anti-doping Program

Kudos to the Sunweb organization and its 2018 women, men, and development squads for their determined efforts to "up their game" and leave professional cycling better than they found it.

UPDATED 12/21/2017 VeloNews, VeloNews Awards 2017: Van der Breggen is Female Cyclist of the Year

UPDATED 12/08/2017 CyclingNews, Van der Breggen's Ardennes triple named Most Memorable Women's Moment in Cyclingnews poll
UPDATED 06/15/2017 UCI, Women's WorldTour - OVO Energy Women's Tour – Highlights Stage 5

UPDATED 06/02/2017 Vox, How Bicycles Boosted the Women's Rights Movement

UPDATED 05/201/2017 Specialized, Race Reporter Ruby with Megan Guarnier

UPDATED 04/20/2017 UCI, 2017 UCI Women's WorldTour: Focus on Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio describes her mental and physical determination to recover from her latest major cycling injury.

UPDATED 04/04/2017 Olympic, Anatomy of an Elite Cyclist and UCI, Women's WorldTour - Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma

Road and MTB cyclist Jolanda Neff shares some laboratory performance data and Road and MTB cyclist Kasia Niewiadoma tells what happens to a novice elite rider during competition who ignores her sweating:

UCI Women's WorldTour peloton should begin publishing racers' real-time performance and imaging data.

UPDATED 01/11/2017 Velo, Megan Guarnier: The (not so) natural
UPDATED 12/22/2016 WSJ, Women's Sports: New Site Fills the Void in Coverage and Excelle Sports, Cycling

UPDATED 12/19/2016 CyclingWeekly, 37-year-old amateur rider lands professional contract with Canyon-SRAM team and EllaWomen'sCycling, Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson wins Canyon-SRAM contract and CyclingNews, Canyon-SRAM’s 2017 Roster and CanyonSram, Women's Cycling Race 2017 and Zwift Academy News and UCI Road Calendar 2017 Season - UCI Women’s WorldTour - Women Elite

Currently 10 women are competing for three training slots at the Canyon-Sram 2017 Team training camp in Mallorca, Spain (Majorca for the English riders). One of the three finalists will then be selected to race with the Canyon-Sram 2017 (11th member), a tour de force in women's team time trial!


UPDATED 08/12/2016 UKMirror, Annemiek van Vleuten provides update on condition as she posts first picture since Olympics horror smash and CyclingNews, MRI reveals no further injury for van Vleuten and UCI, Final Results Rio 2016 Women's Road Race (pdf)

Pirouetting on the front wheel is a skill best performed by an elite trials cyclist, not an elite road cyclist during a 45-50 mph descent!

Rio UCI Results, Women's Individual Time Trial and (VeloNews, Kristin Armstrong wins third Olympic time trial in Rio)


Unofficial Unsanctioned Women's UCI Cycling Blog, Giro Rosa 2015
Procyclingstats, 2015, Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile (2.1) - Results
Cyclingfans, 2015 Giro Rosa Live
Wikipedia, 2015 Giro d'Italia Femminile

Other Races:

Kudos to the ASO for sending the elite women's peloton up the alps.
2017 Women's World Tour Race 10, Stage 1
World Champion Armitstead and World Time-Trial Champion van Dijk team up and pull the National Champion Majerus to a stage win—pretty classy!

Aviva 2016, Stage 1

Commentators Sarah and Hugh do a great job of informing this year's Aviva Women's Tour and decidedly more difficult and exciting racing.

Elegant Cycle Racing!
    Other Race News:

    UPDATED 08/08/2016 UCI, Van der Breggen takes the Netherlands' second straight gold in women’s Olympic road race
    UPDATED 05/201/2016 Felt Bicycle, Rio Olymics Women's Pursuit Track Cycling Team

    Felt Development, FSA, and HED team up to design an asymmetric track cycling frame (TA-FRD), which has been optimized for the Rio 2016 women's team pursuit track cycling team.

    UPDATED 03/02/2016 Velo, Preview: Women’s cycling’s biggest year ever
    UPDATED 02/27/2016 Velo, Live coverage: Evelyn Stevens hour record and Velo, Evelyn Stevens will attempt to break UCI hour record "She will use a Specialized Shiv modified for the track with a Zipp 900 front wheel and a Super 9 rear disc, and a Bioracer skinsuit." CyclingNews

    UPDATED 02/05/2016 WiggleHonda, A Chat with the Best, Eddy Merckx

    What a fantastic video and moment for women's elite cycling!

    UPDATED 01/22/2016 Velo,Australian O’Donnell breaks women’s hour record
    UPDATED 12/07/2015 Velo, 2015 Velo Awards: Ferrand-Prevot is International Cyclist of the Year
    UPDATED 10/05/2015 Road to Richmond with the US Women's Team

    UPDATED 09/29/2015 VCU Exercise Science: Professional Cyclist Evie Stevens Interview VCU ALT Lab

    UPDATED 08/28/2015  2015 Pro Challenge Women's First Inaugural Kickoff Press Conference 

    Marianne Vos and Emma Johannes are beginning to mentor the younger women riders and racers, which will significantly benefit formative women's cycling.



    1. UPDATED 02/16/2022 UPI,  Kamila Valieva had three heart drugs in system, reports say and UPI, Russian skater Kamila Valieva failed drug test; IOC wants suspension in Beijing's unclear why Russia is still invited to compete in any Olympic level competitions...the "grandpa story" is charming...

    UPDATED 09/23/2019 AP, Russia Fears Missing Olympics Over Doping Data Tampering

    UPDATED 12/27/2018 AP, Russian Anti-doping Seeks Putin’s Help to Release Lab Data and AP, Russia Prevents WADA from Finding Doping Data in Moscow Lab

    UPDATED 10/04/2018 Reuters, U.S. Indicts Seven Russian Intel Officers in Alleged Doping Scandal Hack

    UPDATED 08/03/2018 VeloNews, Hinault Refuses To Keep Mouth Shut Over Froome Case and Changing Sport ...the therapeutic use exception (TUE) is an overused and unnecessary procedure...a racer is race-ready or they're not...

    UPDATED 04/20/2018 ChemistryWorld, Corticosteroid Triamcinolone, and The Abuse Potential of Therapeutic Use Exemptions in Professional Sports and Acetylcysteine Helps Manage Lung Conditions

    UPDATED 03/26/2018 NYT, At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias

    UPDATED 03/22/2018 EuroNews, World Cycling Body Moves To Combat Motorised Doping

    UPDATED 01/25/2018 VeloNews, Amateur Rider Jennifer Schumm Banned Four Years for Testosterone

    Kudos to USADA! Usage of TUES are temporary "short duration" exception to a strict goal of no doping in competitive cycling, not a permanent or routine competitive tool.

    UPDATED 12/05/2017 NYT, Russia Banned from Winter Olympic by I.O.C.

    UPDATED 09/19/2017 NYT, World Anti-Doping Agency Clears 95 Russian Athletes and Reuters, WADA tells Russia to stop shifting blame for its doping scandal

    UPDATED 01/31/2017 60Minutes, Hidden magnets — the next big cheat in cycling?

    Can UCI President, Brian Cookson end chemical and mechanical doping in the professional men's peloton without ending men's professional cycling? Cookson's dilemma is that professional men's cycling may decline or end with and without chemical and mechanical doping, which may explain Cookson's approach of pursuing doping, but not too aggressively!

    Can the impressive professional women's peloton avoid Cookson's dilemma as its sponsorships and fan base continue a dramatic ascent?

    UPDATED 12/30/2016 Reuters, Russian officials admit sports doping - NYT

    UPDATED 11/16/2016 CyclingNews, Dekker says former Silence-Lotto doctor injected him with cortisone

    UPDATED 11/07/2016 UCTV, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports with Mark Johnson

    UPDATED 09/15/2016 Velo, WADA hack no big deal for Froome and Wiggins WADA has augmented a cycling (and other sports) doping problem with an abusive "TUEs" (Therapeutic Use Exemption) problems.

    UPDATED 08/12/2016 CyclingNews, Armitstead: People will think I'm a cheat for the rest of my life and BBC, Rio 2016 Olympics: Lizzie Armitstead defends missed drugs tests and VeloNews, Armitstead issues statement on missed anti-doping controls

    A leading professional cyclist, especially one wearing the magical rainbow jersey who provides a pattern or series of jeremiad instead of randomly drawn blood and urine samples through the "whereabouts system" should expect a lot of skepticism.

    Inside an Anti-doping Laboratory

    LiveScience, The 'Doping Arms Race': How Athletes Evade Testing As the costs decrease and automated screening efficiency using large micro-arrays increases the imaginations of cheating athletes, coaches, and boutique chemists will begin to lag. When coupled with certain, credible, and effective career ending suspensions from competition the short-term appeal to use unauthorized (i.e. noncompetitive) performance enhancing methods will begin to lag, too.

    Kudos to UKAD for its strict efforts to make sure cyclists [and other athletes] compete clean. Also, WADA Whereabouts Q&A and CleanSportsBlog, Understanding the Whereabouts System

    UPDATED 08/02/2016 VeloNews, Lizzie, we need answers [...and fast]  How does a domestic federation clear an elite cyclist that misses four three "out of competition" drug tests?

    UPDATED 07/28/2016 UCI, UCI statement on the eligibility of Russian riders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and CyclingNews, UCI confirms three Russian cyclists withdrawn from Olympic Games
    "The UCI is absolutely committed to protecting the rights of clean athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond." --UCI, July 28, 2016--
    ..not to mention preserving the sport of elite cycling...cyclists bans, exemptions, and performances across time will be more meaningful than press announcements.

    UPDATED 07/21/2016 BBC, Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month's Games

    UPDATED 07/18/2016 Reuters, IOC vows 'toughest sanctions' after report confirms Moscow's broad collusion in doping

    UPDATED 06/27/2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Doping (HBO) Even a serious issue needs humor:

    UPDATED 06/06/2016 Velo, American cycling has a doping problem, and it’s no longer at the top

    UPDATED 04/18/2016 CyclingNews,  Bugno calls on UCI to use heat cameras to detect mechanical doping It's encouraging that the doping debate is shifting to effective and efficient methods for preventing mechanical doping. Is the biological-passport (aka b-passport) growing accuracy and precision causing the shift?

    UPDATED 03/13/2016 NYT, Wave of Positive Tests for Meldonium Adds to Doping Crisis

    It's astonishing that a sports MD would say a drug, which increases blood flows and hence oxygen is not performance enhancing. Such statements buttress the argument against team or private doctors for professional and elite cyclists—every rider uses a trained and certified doctor from the peloton pool.

    UPDATED 11/20/2015 CyclingWeekly, WADA finds Russia and five others non-compliant with anti-doping code and UCI president Brian Cookson responds to athletics doping scandal

    Heightened awareness of peloton doping, biological passports, team or individuals’ doctor's notes, or national lab countermand tests are not substitutes for independent routine, rigorous drug testing and permanent peloton disqualification of all doped racer.

    UPDATED 11/19/2015 VeloNews, Anti-doping is coming to masters and amateur racing

    UPDATED 11/18/2015 Atlantic, Can Russia Clean Up in Time for the Olympics?  Don't forget the doctors!

    Training regimens for serious amateur and professional cyclists requires input and oversight from competent sports doctors to minimize the possibility of cyclists' injury. However, this does not mean every amateur and pro team or individual riders require their own personal sports doctor.

    UPDATED 11/16/2015 Reuters, Russia proposes its athletes compete under Russian Olympic flag to evade ban

    UPDATED 11/13/2015 VeloNews, Cookson: We couldn’t run pro cycling without dopers Fine, let the men's pro-cycling peloton completely implode, if necessary to clear the ubiquitous doping and dopers! UCI can focus its resources on building a clean women's peloton.

    We'll see if the women's pro-cycling peloton can exist and thrive without the doping, dopers and their indispensable (some might say indefensible) doctors?

    UPDATED 11/10/2016 NYT, Drugs Pervade Sport in Russia, World Anti-Doping Agency Report Finds

    The Independent Commission (IC) is created by decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President following allegations of doping aired between 3rd and 8th December 2014 by the German television channel ARD.

    Independent Commission's Final Report dated November 09, 2015


    Originally Published July 10, 2015: Last Updated: February 11, 2022; Last Republished February 11, 2022:

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