The Most Memorable Road Cycling Moments 2014
Was it just me, or was 2014, the most exciting in women's cycling to date. It certainly seems that women's cycling is on a role at present, and there is simply no stopping it. It's utterly fantastic. For a period over the summer, we were treated to top notch ladies cycling on the box almost every weekend. Before we know it, we'll be challenging the men for airtime.
We have rounded up our very favourite moments from 2014, enjoy!
1.The Friends Life Women's Tour
We were lucky enough to spend five days following the Women's Tour in May. And boy was it a special five days. The excitement of the pros was palpable as 200 media and thousands of spectators showed up to cheer them on.
The five days brought with them some nail biting atmosphere. Marianne Vos took the yellow jersey on the first day and did not let it go for the duration of the race, winning the first ever Women's Tour.
2. The Grand Depart Yorkshire
The Grand Depart was something very special indeed. Bike mania took over Britain and we were loving it!
From the hilarious fancy dress costumes, to the witty writing on the roads, oh and of course the world class road racing, it was truly a very special event that will never be forgotten.
3. La Course
Carrying on the Tour de France theme, La Course was history in the making. After a hard fight from a group of passionate riders who included Marianne Vos and Emma Pooley, ASO (the organisers of the Tour de France) and the UCI agreed to host a single stage race in conjunction with the Tour de France.
119 riders in 20 teams representing 12 countries lined up at the start of the route. The women of the pro peloton completed the 90km circuit in just under 2 hours, passing landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe before finishing on the iconic Champs Elysee, also the location of the Tour de France finish annually. The prize money awarded at the finish line was equal to that of a single stage of the Tour de France.
4. Lizzie Armitstead Takes Gold at Commonwealth Games
Over the past couple of year Lizzie Armitstead has taken her fair share of silver and bronze medals. But proving that hard work really pays off, an elated Armitstead crossed the line in first place at the Commonwealth Games road race.
A really memorable performance from Lizzie!
5. Emma Pooley Rides Her Last Professional Race
Was there a dry eye in the house as Emma Pooley cross the line in her final professional road race at the Commonwealth Games? Well there certainly wasn't in TWC Towers that's for sure!
We balled our eyes out as we watched an emotional Pooley claim the Silver medal. We wish Emma all the best as she embarks on what we have no doubt will be a highly successful triathlon career.
6. The Colombian Cycling Team Revealed THAT Kit
I am not sure we will ever forget the moment that the picture of the Colombian Women's Cycling landed on our desks. We were shocked and to be honest completely baffled.
Needless to say the pictures landed in every mainstream media outlet across the world. Was it a case of all publicity is good publicity? We are still not convinced.
7. Matrix Vulpine Become a UCI Ranked Team
We have to admit, ever since we spent a day in the team car at the Women's Tour, we have been Matrix Vulpine's biggest fans. So we were utterly delighted with the announcement that they would be stepping it up a notch next year. And with some promising new additions to the team including Laura Trott and Elinor Barker, we can wait to see what they have in store!
8. Couple Say 'I Do' at Ride London 100
We're old romantics here in TWC Towers so it was no surprise that we all loved this story! How awesome are this couple to ride part of the course, tie the knot, grab a quick glass of champers, hop back on their bikes and complete what must have been the wettest Ride London 100 in history! Amazing!