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

  • The UCI has announced that major women’s races will be rescheduled in 2020. The organisers of the Giro Rosa have requested a new date of 5-13 September.
  • Both title sponsors of the Bigla-KATUSHA team notified the squad that they are unable to commit their usual financial support during the current crisis, leaving the future of the team in jeopardy.
  • The UCI has released another statement providing further details on how it is planning to face the effects of the current health crisis on women’s road cycling. More details here.
  • Leah Kirchmann has extended her contract with Team Sunweb for 2022, while teammate Franziska Koch will be representing the team’s colours until 2021.
  • Trofeo Binda will be postponed until 2021.
  • The cycling community has been involved in various fundraising efforts to help those in the frontline battling the Covid-19 pandemic. One of those groups was the Toronto Hustle cycling team who rode in support of their local hospital. The group put on a Zwift ride that included pro riders Catherine Pendrel, Leah Kirchmann and Kate Courtney and raised over US$200,000 for the medical facility.
  • The UCI has released a statement on Health Mate Ladies Team, stating that its team manager violated the UCI Code of ethics and that the matter has now been handed over to the UCI Disciplinary Commission.

Video of the Week

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Check out our most recent podcast episodes here!
  • In our latest episode, presented by Brother UK Cycling, listen to Laura Winter’s chat with Alison Jackson, and Hannah Walker’s interview with Charlene Jones, who talks about coping mechanisms during the current crisis, her workout sessions, her cycling career and how to take advantage of a special offer for her 30 workout sessions.

Zwift Blog

  • Leah Kirchmann gives tips and helpful advice on maintaining physical and mental wellbeing while staying at home, such as keeping a routine and staying active despite being house-bound.
  • In her blog, Chloe Hosking shares the lessons she learned over her 11 seasons in the pro peloton.
  • Lauren Kitchen talks about life experiences, failure and leadership in her latest blog.

Exclusive from Voxwomen…

  • Need some extra motivation for training at home? We’re collecting the favourite tunes that feature on pro riders’ playlists. This week’s beats come from Zwift academy winner and Canyon//SRAM rider Tanja Erath, who shares her favourite songs with us as part of our Vox Turbo Tunes. Listen to her playlist here on Spotify.
  • In our Vox Kitchen series, we’re collecting tasty recipes from pro riders that will keep you fuelled during your training! This week, Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus makes a delicious dessert. Try out the recipe and send us a photo of your culinary creation!
  • We’re also offering free classes with former racing cyclist Charline Jones. Check out our Facebook page at 12 noon (BST) / 1pm (CEST) on Monday for her mobility session. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of age or ability! You can also sign up directly with Charline to her online sessions from anywhere in the world if you want something more regular with over 30 sessions a month to choose from for only £10. Visit her website to find out more and sign up.
  • Looking for an awesome jersey? Well look no further! The Voxwomen WorldTour jersey has been designed in consultation with teams in the UCI WorldTour, and on top of that, it was also handmade in Scotland. Don’t miss your chance to own one of these unique jerseys. Plus, we’re offering free delivery! For more info on how to order, click here.
  • We also have a few limited-edition Voxwomen #bepartofthejourney jerseys available. These beautifully-crafted jerseys are also handmade in Scotland by Endura. Delivery is free, and so order one here!

This week in cycling history…

  • The first Dutch woman to ever win a World Championship title was Mien van Bree, who was born on 24 April 1915. She succeeded in wining the title in 1938 but was not allowed to race in her home country, as women’s cycling races were banned at that time in The Netherlands.
  • Eileen Gray, born on 25 April 1920, was a rider and cycling pioneer, and among her many achievements, she successfully lobbied the UCI to include a women’s World Championships event and a women’s race at the Olympic Games. She was also the founder of the Women’s Cycling Association, which promoted championship races and international events. Originally very timid as a young girl, receiving her first bike changed her outlook on life and gave her the confidence to pursue new career goals. In recognition of her work and achievements in women’s cycling, in 2010, Gray was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 95.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • We are now offering the VOX bundle! This offer combines all our best-selling accessories into one money saving pack. In this bundle you’ll receive: Iris designed socks, an Iris designed cap and the Voxwomen cup. Available from our online store. So check it out and take advantage of this unique offer!
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