Your Monday Briefing

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This is all you need to know from the world of women’s cycling to get your week started:

 Canyon-SRAM announced their final 2019 roster, which includes the likes of Kasia Niewiadoma, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Elena Cecchini, as well as Zwift competition winner Ella Harris. With their finalised roster, they are one of the youngest top 10 squads in the world.

The UCI further outlined plans to increase prize money at women’s races, a change that will commence this season. This comes as part of a series of major reforms announced last year which also includes a minimum wage and a tiered racing system.

Team Illuminate finalised a diverse roster for this season, consisting of 8 riders from 6 nations.

TWENTY20 recently announced the international logistics firm Sho-Air as 2019 title sponsor.

Drops announced the last rider in their 2019 roster, which consists of 9 women from Britain and one from New Zealand.

Cyclance and Valcar have joined forces as co-title sponsors, and the team will feature an all-Italian lineup this season.

Bigla released its striking new kit early this week, which features a completely re-designed jersey that also reflects the colours of its new bicycle sponsor.

Recent results

Catch up on the latest and most important results of the week:

– Letizia Paternoster notched up the very first victory of her Trek-Segafredo team on the opening day of the Tour Down Under, with Amanda Spratt taking out the tough second stage, Grace Brown winning stage three, and Chloe Hosking taking the final stage on the Adelaide city circuit. An in-form Amanda Spratt took home her third consecutive win in the Tour Down Under general classification.

­– Grace Brown took the title of Australian ITT Champion ahead of Gracie Elvin.

Zwift Blog

Elena Cecchini is back for another year as one of our Zwift bloggers, and she has already penned her first piece of the season. Read all about her reflections on 2018 as well as her preparations for 2019 and insights into the world of women’s pro cycling right here.

Check out this must-read blog about Jolien D’hoore’s move to Boels-Dolmans, the number one-ranked team in the world for the past two seasons, and how she’ll find a good fit within the talented squad.

Voxwomen announcements and events

Want to be part of the “Voxwomen Big Week Off,” an action-packed seven days of social riding, nutritional advice and yoga sessions in the picturesque Spanish countryside? Rocacorba Cycling is hosting this not-to-be-missed experience from October 13th to 20th, but there are only limited places, so purchase yours now from the Voxwomen Online Store.

This week in cycling history…

On this day in 1974, Italian road racer Fabiana Luperini was born. Her palmarès includes a record five wins of what we now know as the Giro Rosa, with consecutive victories from 1995 through to 1998, followed by a fifth win in 2008. In the 1997 edition of the race, she became the inaugural champion atop Monte Zoncolan, one of the toughest mountain passes in professional cycling. Luperini retired in 2013 as one of the most decorated Italian cyclists.

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Your Monday Briefing

Voxnews

This is all you need to know from the world of women’s cycling to get your week started:
Cross-Country World Champion Kate Courtney is leaving the Specialized Racing Team to head to Scott-SRAM.
The Women’s Tour Down Under commences this Wednesday 10th January, and it will be the second year running that equal prize money is being offered to the female peloton.

Recent results

Each week, we’ll summarise the latest and most important results right here, to give you an overview of what’s been happening in women’s cycling.

– Sarah Gigante claimed gold in both the U23 and Elite Australian Championships road races, while Rebecca Wiasak successfully defended her Criterium title.

– Georgia Christie became the U23 New Zealand road race champion, while Holly Edmondston won the Elite category. Georgia Williams took the honours in the time trial, with Jenna Merrick claiming the U23 time trial title.

– Valentina Scandolara won the overall classification at the Lexus Blackburn Bay Cycling Classic in Australia.

– Christine Majerus rode to first place at Cyclocross La Mézière.

– Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado notched up her first elite victory in Belgium at DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – Brussels Universities Cyclocross.

– Jolanda Neff took out the GP Sven Nys ahead of Sanne Cant and Nikki Brammeier.

Zwift Blog

In Leah Kirchmann’s inaugural blog for us, find out five reasons why you should go to Tucson for training
In our latest blog by Christine Majerus, find out how women’s cyclocross stepped up to save Christmas.

Insider Podcast powered by Rawvelo

Voxwomen is excited to announce a new partnership with Rawvelo, the first completely vegan and organic sports nutrition brand, who will be sponsoring the third season of our Insider Podcast. Look out for our first episode of the year, which will be coming to you from the Tour Down Under in Australia. Read more here about how Rawvelo will be helping us to bring you in-depth rider interviews, the latest news, and race coverage and analysis.

Voxwomen announcements and events

Be the first to know about exciting upcoming events. We’ll make sure to keep you in the loop about all our announcements right here in your Monday Briefing. 

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the “Voxwomen Big Week Off,” seven action-packed days of social riding, along with nutritional advice and yoga sessions, in the beautiful Spanish countryside from October 13th to 20th, all provided by Rocacorba Cycling. Limited places are available to purchase now from the Voxwomen Online Store.

This week in cycling history…

On 31st December 1938, the British long-distance cyclist Billie Fleming set the record for the most miles cycled in a single year: 29,603. This record stood untouched until 2015.

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Tucson, the Calpe of North America

Happy New Year! My preparations for the 2019 season are well underway, and I am now back in Europe to meet up with Team Sunweb. We were recently in Berlin for the team presentation, and will soon head to Calpe for our first winter training camp.

I will admit that before signing for a European team in 2016, I had never heard of Calpe. It will soon be my seventh visit to this popular Spanish training destination! Every cold country has snowbirds (typically retirees who escape the cold to live temporarily in warmer locations)  and pro cyclists seeking warm climates for training, and I am quite familiar with the North American choice destinations for snowbirds and cyclists alike.

One of the most famous winter getaways for North American cyclists is Tucson, Arizona. This is where I spent December training hard with a group of fellow Canadian riders. As pro cyclists, we race some of the biggest races of our careers, such as the World Championships and the Olympics with our national teams, despite spending most of our time training and competing with our trade teams. Establishing connections with National teammates can make a significant difference in cohesion and overall team performance in these races. It is also fun to spend time training with riders from one’s own country!

I figured since I had never heard of Calpe before, chances are a lot of international readers have never heard of Tucson. So here are some of the reasons why serious cyclists flock there and why you might want to visit too:

Climate:

The climate is hard to beat because Tucson is in the desert. It is sunny and warm every day, with very little rain. This fall was particularly bad for weather where I live in Canada, and after what felt like two months without sunlight, and hours spent freezing in rain and snow on the bike, the desert sun and warmth was pure bliss for training. Sometimes it is the contrasts in life that make you appreciate things the most.

The viewpoint on Mt Lemmon

Mount Lemmon:

The most famous climb in Tucson is called Mount Lemmon, and it is 28 miles (45 kms) of pristine pavement that climbs at a steady 5% grade, winding through five different biomes, from desert at the bottom to alpine forest on the way to the top. The views from the ridgeline as you climb are spectacular. However, most cyclists aren’t climbing for the views, they climb for the cookie! There is a famous cookie cabin at the top, selling cookies as big as your face. The top is at a high elevation, so it is normal to find a bit of snow up there. We Canadians found it highly entertaining to see folks from Tucson drive up the mountain to pile snow on their roofs and then drive back down to the desert.

The famous cookie!

The Loop:

Another huge advantage of Tucson is the bike infrastructure around the city. There are over 100 miles of shared use paths that connect to create “The Loop” around the city. Many sections run parallel to the river washes, totally separate from the noise and danger of traffic. Adequate bike infrastructure may be the norm in Europe, but it is still a work in progress in North America; Tucson is setting the bar higher with their efforts.

The Shootout:

Another advantage of Tucson is that there are always other cyclists to ride with. “The Shootout” is one of the most famous group rides in America, and it is a weekly test of fitness. Make the front group to the sprint, and you can earn bragging rights. I didn’t make it out to ride the Shootout this time around, but I still remember how much I suffered in the past to succeed in making that front group! There are also group rides that vary in distance and speed throughout the week where you can quickly find ride partners who will match your style.

Riding with fellow Canadians

Homestretch:

A new addition to Tucson is a fantastic non-profit organisation called Homestretch, founded by women’s cycling activist, Kathryn Bertine. Homestretch supports female endurance athletes by offering free temporary housing and the ideal training environment, along with other resources such as mentoring and career development opportunities, all aimed to support female endurance athletes who face financial and economic discrepancies. In exchange for housing and resources, riders give back by volunteering each week in the community. I was completely sold on Homestretch as a concept after being invited for a wonderful dinner from the current residents and after receiving a tour of the house.

Dinner at Homestretch

I stayed at Kathryn’s house during past winter training camps in Tucson, and have relied on countless host housing opportunities during my cycling career that allowed me to train in amazing places without huge financial cost. The generosity of friends and strangers never fails to amaze me in the cycling world! It is amazing to see how Kathryn has built the idea of host housing into a development model that tackles gender inequality by removing barriers and creating friendships and opportunities. There is progress being made on all fronts when it comes to gender equality and that gives me hope for the future.

I enjoyed my visit to Tucson and gained a solid base heading into the New Year. Now it’s time to switch gears and to get reacquainted with the European roads and my Sunweb teammates!  Thanks for reading my first blog, stay tuned for my next instalment, Leah Kirchmann!

Christine Majerus – how women’s cyclo-cross saved Christmas

Do you love Christmas time ? I might not see or hear you but I guess most of you say yes. Real cyclists love Christmas time. They are looking forward to getting another cycling related gift under the Christmas tree or to eat all they can eat several times in a row. But the real reason they love Christmas time is Cyclo-cross!

Continue reading “Christine Majerus – how women’s cyclo-cross saved Christmas”

Voxwomen X Rocacorba Cycling

Voxwomen are delighted to announce a new partnership with Rocacorba Cycling, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s new venture based in Banyoles, near Girona.

The South African climber, now riding for the new CCC team, has been hosting guided rides and retreats from her beautifully renovated 17th century estate, and Voxwomen have joined forces with her and husband Carl to give you an exclusive chance to escape in the beautiful Spanish countryside. 

We are very proud to announce the ‘Voxwomen Big Week Off!’ 

Taking place next October from the 13th-20th, the Big Week Off is one week of end-of-season social riding from Rocacorba Cycling, situated at the base of the famous Rocacorba climb, covering some of the best roads in the area, plus much more besides.
Not only will guests benefit from guided rides with the professionals, including Ashleigh, riders will also be treated to yoga sessions and nutrition advice. 

There are limited places – this is an exclusive getaway with the Voxwomen team, Carl and Ashleigh. Places are on sale now, so visit the Voxwomen shop for more information. 
Besides the Big Week Off, we will also be offering preferential rates at Rocacorba Cycling throughout the year. Book yours TODAY by contacting vox@rocacorbacycling.cc, quoting the code VoxRC.

For Ashleigh Moolman Pasio the partnership is a perfect fit: “We at Rocacorba Cycling are proud to partner with Voxwomen to host their first cycling tour. I’m very passionate about finding more sustainable ways forward for women’s cycling and this fits very well with what Voxwomen strives to achieve. Anthony and team have been very supportive of Rocacorba Cycling from the beginning and we look forward to building a sustainable relationship where women’s cycling is the winner.
“Our partnership and collaboration with Voxwomen is an exciting development in the evolution of Rocacorba Cycling. We share the same values and vision – for us it was a logical fit and easy decision to make. Exciting times ahead as we launch the first Voxwomen Big Week Off.”

And Voxwomen founder Anthony McCrossan agreed: “I have admired what Ashleigh and her family at Rocacorba Cycling have set out to do since Ashleigh and Carl first told me of their plans. A few months ago Hannah and I sampled just how fantastic their set up is when we rode with them and got to see the sights of Can Campolier, Banyoles and Girona. We share the same ethos and ambitions so this new partnership is an exciting one to help inspire and develop women’s cycling.

Our first Voxwomen Big Week Off at Rocacorba is going to be exclusive, groundbreaking and an incredible experience for the Voxwomen fans that join us.  Not only is our partnership offering the Big Week Off, it also includes a special price for all Voxwomen fans who want to stay at Can Campolier at any time of year by using the code VoxRC.”