Voxwomen are delighted to announce the Zwift VoxTour is returning for a second year.
After a hugely successful inaugural edition last year that saw over 4500 women taking part worldwide over 10 days, we are launching another VoxTour on the ever-popular Zwift virtual platform. Our mission? To inspire and motivate more and more women to ride their bikes.
From 16th-25th February, we will once again host our very own women’s only stage ride, with the help of five inspiring cycling ambassadors from all areas of the sport. Each of the five stages will run over two days, and there are multiple times to sign up for throughout the day to ensure all four corners of the globe can get involved, not matter what time it is where you are.
Anyone can take part in the VoxTour and you can ride each stage at your own pace – keeping pace with your ride leader, challenging yourself up the road, or enjoying a social spin.
Here are the five ride leaders….
Laura Winter – Voxwomen presenter, sports broadcaster, and women’s cycling commentator, dedicated to encouraging more women to ride and to improving the coverage of women’s cycling.
Hannah Walker – former pro cyclist turned cycling commentator and social media and communications manager for CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling and Voxwomen.
Dani Rowe – Olympic, world, European and national track champion and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist turned cycling coach, pundit and commentator.
Jess Pratt – winner of the 2019/20 Zwift Academy and therefore the coveted contract with Canyon SRAM Racing
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio – CCC-Liv pro rider, multiple South African national champion, and one of the best climbers in the peloton.
Voxwomen presenter Laura Winter said: “We are so excited to be launching a second VoxTour after the success of last year. I was completely blown away by the public reaction to the 2019 event, and amazed at how many women from all over the world took part. That has always been our mission with Voxwomen, to tell stories from the heart of the professional peloton and ultimately encourage more women to ride bikes. To be able to partner with Zwift once again to help achieve this is amazing. We can’t wait to ride with you all!”
Last year we also launched an eye-catching, bespoke I Ride in Style jersey, designed by former professional turned cycling commentator, designer and women’s cycling campaigner Iris Slappendel, that was unlocked for all those who took part in the VoxTour.
Now, we have a brand new design to unveil and it will be yours to wear when you complete any of the five stages. Designer Iris said: “It’s an honour to design the Zwift VoxTour jersey for a second year. Last year, this tour was my introduction to using Zwift myself and I was surprised how much I liked it. It was also cool to chat with women from all over the world on this ride. This experience gave me the inspiration in return to make an even bolder design then last year, because it’s fun to stand out, in real – and virtual reality!”
Plus the jersey has an extra special detail this year. At the end of 2019, we announced a competition to give our community the chance to choose an inspiring message to be printed on the pocket of that jersey.
We are excited to announce Mary Wilkinson of Great Britain, an avid Zwift racer and 2018 Zwift Academy finalist, is our winner and her phrase: “Together we can do more than we ever will alone” is on the jersey.
Iris continued: “Apparently I’m not the only one getting this feeling of camaraderie at events like this. When we asked our followers to come up with a good slogan for the jersey, I noticed a lot of them expressed a similar feeling. “Together we can do more than we ever will alone” totally reflects that! I can’t wait to ride again with a group of colourful looking ladies.”
You can also wear this inspiring, bright and bold women’s specific jersey out on the road too. Click here to buy!
Now for the route…
Each ride ambassador has selected and curated a specific stage. Here’s how the unique and tailored routes look for what is set to be another exciting and challenging VoxTour.
- Stage 1: Laura Winter in Innsbruck
- Feb 16-17
- Course: Innsbruck 2018 UCI Worlds Course Short Lap
- Distance: 23.6km/14.7mi
- Elevation: 494m/1622f
- Stage 2: Hannah Walker in Yorkshire
- Feb 18-19
- Course: 2 Laps of 2019 Harrogate Worlds Course
- Distance: 27.6km/17.2mi
- Elevation: 490m/1606ft
- Stage 3: Dani Rowe in London
- Feb 20-21
- Course: Greater London 8
- Distance: 24km/14.9mi
- Elevation: 278m/912ft
- Stage 4: Jess Pratt in Richmond
- Feb 22-23
- Course: 2015 Richmond Worlds Course
- Distance 24km/14.9mi
- Elevation: 157m/514ft
- Stage 5: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio in Italy
- Feb 24-25
- Course: Bologna TT
- Distance: 18.4mi // 29.8km
- Elevation Gain: 770ft // 234m
Are you up for riding all five stages, or even all 10 days?
For more information and to sign up for each stage, head here.
Ride on with Voxwomen!