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

  • The Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled to now run from 23 July to 8 August 2021.
  • In response to the ongoing health crisis, the UCI has extended its suspension of all races until 1 June. The organisation has also announced the creation of a working group that will focus on addressing the challenges facing riders and teams, with salary cuts and unemployment looming.
  • The owners behind Virtu Cycling, who had previously sponsored a women’s team, have decided to cease all activities, citing that the business model has not lived up to expectations, and the current situation made it more difficult to continue with the venture.
  • The UCI has approved the events programme for the 2020 Road World Championships, which are set to be held between the 20 and 27 September in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland. At this stage, the organisation has maintained the original dates of the event.
  • The Cyclists’ Alliance has announced the appointment of Judith van Maanen, an experienced legal counsel, as an ethics officer in an effort to better support riders who have experienced mistreatment and abuse within the sport. The ethics officer will act as the first point of contact for all new complaints and queries from riders before supporting them from start to finish.
  • Former Trek–Drops road-captain Molly Weaver will be riding on 18th April in support of Women’s Aid. With this year’s Dirty Reiver gravel event in Kielder postponed until September, she is instead recreating the distance by riding 1,111 laps of her garden on a combination of gravel, grass and tarmac over 12 hours. Weaver is aiming to raise funds for Women’s Aid, an organisation that helps women in situations of domestic abuse.
  • Santini SMS have switched from making cycling wear to now producing face masks to help ease the shortage of supplies.
  • The 2020 SRAM Women’s Tour is running from 5 April to 14 April on Zwift. Pro riders from Canyon//SRAM, Twenty20 and Roxsolt Attaquer will be joining in, with prizes on offer as well.

Video of the Week

  • If you’re missing the races and interviews from inside the pro peloton you’ll want to have a look at these episodes of the Voxwomen Cycling Show.
  • With the past weekend being the original date of De Ronde van Vlaanderen, why not check out this episode from last year, where we bring you action from Tour of Flanders, and meet up with Kasia Niewadoma.

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Our latest podcast is now out! In this episode, Laura Winter chats to Ella Harris from Canyon//SRAM about racing on Zwift, as well as what she’s getting up to during lockdown, and delves into the story of her maiden pro victory.

Zwift Blog

  • In a truly thought provoking piece, Christine Majerus writes about the effects of the current crisis on cycling, and also expresses her thoughts for those working on the front line in the fight against the pandemic.
  • Chloe Hosking writes about the only event that her team, Rally Cycling, raced in Europe this season so far, Omloop het Nieuwsblad. As a veteran rider, she has a wealth of experiences to share, so have a read about what she has to say about racing on the cobbles.
  • US Champion Ruth Winder shares her thoughts on how to cope with the current situation of not being able to race, as well as how, despite her feelings of uncertainty, she still feels grateful.
  • While not a blog, you’ll nevertheless want to read this piece about recently-graduated doctor of medicine Elise Chabbey. The Bigla-KATUSHA rider is facing the worst health crisis of a lifetime head on, as she takes up work in a hospital in Switzerland where she’s helping in the treatment of Coronavirus patients. A truly inspiring rider.

Exclusive from Voxwomen…

  • We want you to stay active and have some fun at the same time! So we start free instagram classes with former racing cyclist Charline Jones. The workout will be a high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Everyone from all sporting backgrounds is welcome to join us on Monday at 8am (BST). You won’t want to miss it!
  • We have some awesome jerseys available to purchase! The Voxwomen WorldTour jersey’s cut and fit have been tweaked and innovated in consultation with teams in the UCI WorldTour and on top of that, the kit was even handmade in Scotland. Don’t miss your chance to own one of these unique jerseys. Plus, we offer free delivery! For more info on how to order, click here.
  • We also have a few limited-edition Voxwomen #bepartofthejourney jerseys. These beautifully-crafted jerseys are handmade in Scotland by Endura. Delivery is also free, and you can order one here!

This week in cycling history…

  • Monique Knol, born on 31 March 1964, is a former racing cyclist from The Netherlands who raced competitively between 1986 and 1993. She won gold and bronze in two consecutive summer Olympics, starting in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, where she won the road race, followed by a bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics four years later in the same discipline. In 1990, the Dutch rider won the gold medal in the team time trial at the world championships in Utsunomiya in Japan. In addition, her palmarès also includes four stage wins at the Postgiro Feminin and eight stage wins at the Tour de France Féminin.

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