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Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling

  • The Tour de Suisse organisers will be staging a women’s edition of the race this year. The event will commence on 5 June on a hilly circuit and conclude on the next day on the men’s time trial course, covering 10 laps of a total of 96 km. The races will be broadcast live for 90 minutes each day.
  • The Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, which is set to start in three weeks, has set up a crowdfunding campaign to pay for extra Covid-19 measures. The organisers hope to raise 35,000 Euro to meet expenses for frequent testing, safer accommodation and additional personnel to enforce health regulations.
  • The UCI Track Champions League has revealed its new racing format that will make its debut at the first series in November this year. Four riders will be crowned as champions: the best male and female sprint riders and the best male and female endurance riders. An equal number of men and women will take part in the event and prize money will be allocated equally.
  • The British Team Drops-Le Col s/b TEMPUR has launched a rider wellness program, an initiative that places emphasis on riders’ long-term physical and mental health. Educating riders and making their health a priority is an integral part of the team’s new racing program.
  • The Tour of Gila in the USA, a multiple day stage race for both men and women, was cancelled last year and is now awaiting approval from the UCI for a new date in late summer this year.
  • The Spanish Cycling Federation has released its new kit. The new design features a white jersey with the red and yellow flag of Spain in the central area, together with black shorts. The kit incorporates details such as the flag on the collar, sleeves and elastic on the shorts, as well as the inclusion of the names of the main sponsors and partners.
  • Luxemburg U23 National TT and road champion Claire Faber suffered multiple fractures after being hit by a car during a training ride. The 22-year old, who currently rides for Andy-Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch is recovering in hospital, and we wish her all the best for her recovery.
  • Olympic champion Elinor Barker is back in training after an injury she sustained when a driver failed to stop and collided with her in a roundabout.

Voxwomen Announcements

  • Voxwomen will be organising The Big Day Out again this year! Thanks to our partner, dhb, we’ll be running the popular event in the beautiful setting of the New Forest in Hampshire, U.K. on 13 June. This year, 30 lucky winners will be given free access to this event, an amazing day of sharing experiences and riding with like minded people. More information can be found here. And you can enter directly here!
  • We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Voxwomen Tour will be held on Zwift from 3 – 16 May. With this event being all about creating more fans of women’s pro cycling, the challenge will introduce Zwifters to the riders, training and the magic of the women’s pro peloton. This year, we’ll also invite men to participate as well! Every event will have a Women’s Only and an Open category. And when you take part in the Voxwomen Tour, you’ll unlock a special new Voxwomen jersey. So why not get involved and join us!

Results

CERATIZIT Festival Elsy Jacobs

Prologue: Lorena Wiebes ahead of Leah Kirchmann (both Team DSM) and Karlijn Swinkels (Team Jumbo-Visma Women)
Stage 1: Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) ahead Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling) and Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM)
Stage 2: Emma Norsgaard, ahead of Maria Giulia Confalonieri, and Sofia Bertizzolo (Liv Racing).
Overall: Emma Norsgaard ahead Maria Giulia Confalonieri and Leah Kirchmann.

Zwift Blog

Mavi Garcia

The Spanish rider talks about starting cycling late, being over 30 in the peloton, and most importantly, why it is never too late to discover your talent and passion. Read her thoughts here.

Neve Bradbury

In her newest blog the Australian rider shares her experiences of her first race with her new team Canyon//SRAM. She only got the call up to race shortly before Dwars Door Vlaanderen, so read what happened next.

Five minutes with…

This week in our exclusive interview series in partnership with Peloton Magazine, we talk with Karol-Ann Canuel. Find out how this trained nurse from Canada ended up being a pro rider with Team SD Worx, right here!

This week in cycling history

Olga Slyusareva

Born in the Ukraine on 28 April 1969, she won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games on the track, and bronze in the road race. She was also national track and road champion and a multi-time title holder at World and European championships on the track, in addition to winning stages at the Giro d’Italia Donna. In 2009 she retired from sports and subsequently became active in regional committees for sports and youth policy. Two years ago she was elected mayor of the city of Tula, 200km south of Moscow.

Amanda Cocker

On 30 April 2017, the ultra-cyclist from North Carolina smashed a previously held record by British rider Steve Abraham in riding 12,894km in a single month, the longest distance ever completed in that time period on a bike. After having sustained a brain injury when hit by a car while she was out on her bike, the young American had only started training again the previous year before she was able to break the record. She is also the holder of 5 Guinness World Records in cycling and is currently riding for the US Team TWENTY20 as well as coaching talented young riders.

GP Elsy Jacobs

To mark the 50th anniversary of the highly successful rider’s world title and hour record, the inaugural GP Elsy Jacobs was held on 26 April 2008. From then on, the race has become an annual celebration around her hometown of Garnish in Luxembourg. Between 2008 and 2011, the event was run as a single day race, but from 2012 onwards it has become a stage race.

Rides of the week

The Voxwomen Tour

This year’s Voxwomen Tour will be held from 3 May to 16 May and will include workouts with pro-riders Tanja Erath, Lauren Kitchen and Ella Harris. The event will focus on improving your sprinting, climbing and time trialling. We’re also offering a recovery ride – an optional social group ride after each workout where you have the opportunity to recharge and meet new friends. Sign up to join us for any stage and once completed you can unlock a new Voxwomen kit! More information on this fantastic event here!

From our online shop

“If in Doubt” – sweatshirt – men’s £37

We are constantly asked for men’s clothing so here we go! Support Voxwomen and women’s cycling with our first slogan sweatshirt for men. Made with all natural products. All Voxwomen products sold help us raise the profile of women’s cycling directly, so thank you for your support. Get shopping here!

“Be Part of the Journey” – long sleeve shirt  £22

From day one at Voxwomen, we knew we were on a journey to change the profile of women’s cycling. Everything we have done has required team and community. This statement has been part of that from day one. We asked the teams, fans and riders to ‘Be Part of the Journey’ and this still rings true. Our slogan long sleeve t-shirt supports us in bringing this great sport to more fans. And you can get yours here!

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Thank you for reading this Voxwomen blog. Our aim is to support and develop women’s cycling. If you liked what you just read, please consider making a small donation. This will be split 50/50 between the rider that wrote the blog and Voxwomen to create more content. Thank you for being part of the journey and supporting the sport.

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