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Both Amber Kraak and Aafke Soet have extended their contracts with Jumbo-Visma Women for another year.

Dutch rider Amber van der Hulst, who was third in the Grand Prix International d’Isbergues this year, as well as Eva Buurman, who has been a pro rider for eight years, have signed two year contracts with Liv Racing WT.

Alexis Ryan will be joining L39ION of Los Angeles in 2022, following seven seasons with Canyon//SRAM. She joins her sister, Kendall Ryan, at the squad.

Natalie Grinczer joins Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling, while Mieke Kroeger and Evy Kuijpers will ride for Rally Cycling, and Lilly Williams and Katie Clouse have renewed with the US team.

Lauretta Hanson has extended with Trek-Segafredo for two years. The Australian rider performed key domestique duties during the season and took a podium place on the penultimate stage of the Tour de l’Ardèche.

Dutch Triathlon Junior Champion Quinty Schoens will ride for Hotel Valkenburg next year.

Natalie van Gogh of Bingoal Casino – Chevalmeire Cycling is retiring from professional cycling at the age of 47.

Nine teams have applied for registration as a World Tour team (the existing teams of 2021), while five teams have applied for a WT license and registration. The latter are Rally Cycling, Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad, Team Jumbo-Visma Women, Team TIBCO-SVB and UNO-X Pro Cycling Team.

Dani Christmas of DROPS-Le Col s/b TEMPUR will retire at the end of this season.

After crashing out of Paris – Roubaix due to a broken shoulder and pelvis, Annemiek van Vleuten is back on the bike two weeks after her accident.

A three-year grant from Cannondale, EF Pro Cycling, and USA Cycling will allow two Tribal College and Universities and one women’s Historically Black college and university to launch a cycling program for members of first nations and black students at these selected educational institutions.

British Cycling has announced that Sara Symington, a former track and road cyclist and current Performance Director at UK Athletics, has been appointed as the Head of Olympic and Paralympic Programme for the Great Britain Cycling Team.

Pro Crit teams have responded to USA Crit Director’s SafeSport ban, stating that the teams will only participate in a program which provides transparency on critical issues, and complies with USAC and SafeSport code. They urge participating events to hold off on any decisions with regard to series participation.

Results

Track World Championships

Team Sprint: Germany ahead of RCF and Great Britain

Scratch: Martina Fidanza (ITA) aheadof Maike van der Duin (NED) and Jennifer Valente (USA)

Elimination race: Letitzia Paternoster (ITA) ahead of Lotte Kopecky (BEL) and Jennifer Valente (USA)

Team Pursuit: Germany ahead of Italy and Great Britain

Sprint: Emma Hinze (GER) ahead of Lea Friedrich (GER) and Kelsey Mitchell (CAN)

Omnium: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Lotte Kopecky (BEL) and Elisa Balsamo (ITA)

Individual pursuit: Lisa Brennauer (GET) ahead of Franziska Brauße (GER) and Mieke Kröger (GER)

Keirin: Lea Friedrich (GER) ahead of Mina Sato (JPN) and Yana Tyshchenko (Russian Cycling Federation

Points Race: Lotte Kopecky (BEL) ahead of Katie Archibald (GBR) and Kirsten Wild (NED)

Madison: Amy Pieters and Kirsten Wild (NED) ahead of Clara Copponi and Marie Le Net (FRA) and Katie Archibald and Neah Evans (GBR)

Drentse Acht van Westerveld: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) ahead of Charlotte Kool (NXTG Racing) and Eleonora Gasparrini (Valcar Travel & Service)

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Zonhoven: Denise Betsema ahead of Lucinda Brand and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado

Coupe de France Quelneuc: Amandine Fouquenet (Arkéa Pro Cycling) ahead of Anaïs Morichon and Joyce Vanderbeken

Quelneuc II: Amandine Fouquenet ahead of Anaïs Morichon and Marlene Petit

Superprestige Ruddervoorde: Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) ahead of Annemarie Worst (777) and Inge van der Heijden (777)

Kermiscross Ardooie: Alicia Franck ahead of Suzanne Verhoeven and Amira Mellor.

Zwift Blog

This week, Team SD Worx Food Coach Shara Marche shares a delicious cookie recipe. So if you have a sweet tooth, check out how to make them here!

This week in cycling history

Cyclocross began as “steeple chasing,” where participants rode towards a landmark, even if this meant crossing fences and rivers, taking any shortcuts they preferred. In 1902, the first official race was held when a French soldier organised the first French National CX Championship race. However, it was not until this week in 1929 that the first cyclocross race for women was held in Ville d’Avray, a western suburb of Paris, where Francine Even, a 28-year-old rider, won the first trophy in this discipline. The women’s discipline was added to the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in 2000, since which time it has grown immensely in popularity.

Rides of the week

AHDR Ladies p/b Liv Cycling

Come join AHDR Ladies ride in the famous AHDR format. A great social ride under 2w/kg MAX. We will ride as a group with the aim of keeping everyone together. This group ride is to encourage ladies to push themselves in a supportive environment with tips to get you riding stronger and faster!

We have a ‘Purple Shirt Contest’ (NTP) at the 30min mark, that rewards the closest Aussie/Kiwi lady to the beacon. The art of positioning in all its glory!

And we have a fun optional race called the ‘After Party’ in the last 5km. The perfect way to get a taste of racing! You have to be behind the yellow beacon at the start though, wait for the leader to announce the start and then go. If not, you will be disqualified from the official results on Zwift Power. For more information, visit: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/tag/ahdr/view/2363153

Team I Race Like A Girl Workout

After last week’s strength workout we shift focus to improve efficiency through cadence work. While cadence is individual, learning how to use and switch around various cadence targets will provide you with an important tool and will also enhance neuromuscular signalling and coordination.

Angela Naeth is a professional triathlete, coach, and founder of IRACELIKEAGIRL – a community of girls/women who provide opportunities for females of all ages and abilities to support, encourage and inspire one another in the sport of triathlon, cycling, running and swimming. She’s raced for over 10 years from Sprint to Ironman, and has coached triathletes/runners/cyclists for the last 7 years. For further information, visit www.angelanaeth.com

E-racing team: www.iracelikeagirl.com/e-racing

GirlsGetGritty gravel team: www.iracelikeagirl.com/ggg

For more information: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/view/2365318

Black Celebration Series Rides (until Oct 30th)

The Black Celebration Series is a year-long observance highlighting the joy the Black community brings to Zwift. October kicks off Black History Month in the UK, Ireland, and Netherlands. What better way to celebrate the vibrant community and athletes than by exploring the iconic roads of London!

These group rides are meant to be at a social pace, lasting 45 minutes. If there is a leader, they will maintain 1.5-2w/kg pace.

All October events will take place on the Greater London Loop. Plus when you complete any event, you will unlock the exclusive 2021 Black Celebration Series kit. To learn more about the Black Celebration Series and see the event schedule, visit this link.

For more information, click here!

 

From our online shop

Be Part of the Journey Hoodie – £40

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 hoodie supports us in bringing this great sport to more fans. Get yours here!

If in doubt, go flat out – £21

Make every day an amazing day with this statement shirt. An awesome print, the ideal fit and organic softness – we’ve got you covered. This slogan encapsulates the feeling of riding a bike. It doesn’t matter what flat out means to you, its fun and exhilarating. And you can get your shirt here!

 

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