- The new race, Hammer Colombia, will be held from 1 to 9 February, 2020 in the Columbian city of Pereira, and for the first time will also include a women’s Hammer Series event, which will take place on the same days as the men’s race. Both events will follow the usual Hammer format, with the Climb, Sprint and Chase disciplines spread out over three consecutive days. As the event will be live streamed, it will allow an ever-increasing audience to watch this exciting format of racing, while also giving women’s cycling increased exposure to cycling fans all over the world.
- Former world champion and winner of this year’s OVO Energy Women’s Tour, Lizzie Deignan, has announced that she will skip the British National Championships at the end of June in Norfolk, to be able to be fit and ready for the World Championships in Yorkshire. Having grown up in Otley, West Yorkshire, this year’s World Championship race holds a special importance for her and she’ll be keen to repeat her win in Richmond in 2015.
- The first stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour was taken out by Jolien D’Hoore (Boels–Dolmans), second stage went to Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) while Jolien D’Hoore was again victorious on the following stage. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM) won stage four while Lizzie Deignan (Trek–Segafredo) took out the fifth and Amy Pieters (Boels–Dolmans) won the final sprint in Pembrey Country Park. Lizzie Deignan secured the overall win of this year’s edition of the 6-day cycling event.
- Rotem Gafinovitz, currently riding for Canyon//SRAM is the new Israeli Time Trial Champion.
The Voxwomen Cycling Show
- Our latest episode of the Voxwomen Cycling Show is out now. We talk to Rachel Voyles about her role as a soigneur at Rally UHC Cycling, as well as Hagens Berman Supermint team owner Lindsay Goldman, and share with you all the action from Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Amgen Tour of California.
- InternationElles, a team of ten women cyclist of different nationalities who will cycle the complete 21 stages ahead of the male professional Tour de France give you insight into the aim of their project in their first blog. Stay tuned, as they will be documenting their journey and experiences over the coming weeks.
- In her latest blog, Christine Majerus wrote about the time when her team sent sprinters to Emakumeen Bira, the importance of smaller races for women’s cycling and the need for rest and recuperation. You won’t want to miss this piece!
- Sophie Wright penned a piece on her first training camp in Gran Canaria and looking at the bigger picture of riding as a professional athlete.
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Voxwomen announcements and events
- Sunday’s Big Day Out was a great success! Dani Rowe, Olympic Gold medallist and three-time World Champion, as well as Chloe Hosking, Commonwealth Games Champion who currently rides for Ale Cippolini, shared tips and advice to our guests while taking them on a ride through the picturesque New Forest. If you missed out on this fantastic opportunity, why not check out the Voxwomen Big Week Off! Fancy a week of social riding, nutritional advice and yoga sessions in the picturesque Spanish countryside? You can now secure your place in this fantastic event by paying a non-refundable deposit of £150. There are a maximum of 14 places at the event, so you can have peace of mind that you are going to be part of the event, and then pay in installments. If you would like to take advantage of this, then click here.
- Voting is now open for the first part of Voxwomen’s 2019 Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Award. Like last year, the award will be decided after two public votes which will determine the riders of the spring and summer. The two riders with the most votes from each round will then go through to a final round poll to find the overall winner. The riders who have been shortlisted in the spring period are: Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling), Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans), Annemiek van Vleuten (Michelton-Scott), Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Kirstin Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling). Cast your vote for your Voxwomen rider of the spring here!
This week in cycling history…
- Félicia Ballanger was born on 12 June 1971. To this day, she remains the most successful French track cyclist of all time. She won five consecutive world championships in the sprint and 500m time trial in the 1990s. She is also a triple Olympic champion. Her parents were cycling enthusiasts and her mother named her Félicia after the Italian Tour de France winner Felice Gimondi. In 2001, she became the vice-president of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC) and the Chair of the FFC’s Track Commission. She later moved to New Caledonia where she took up a new role overseeing the development of athlete health and anti-doping with the ministry of Youth and Sports on the islands.
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