Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
- The European Road Championships in Trentino (Italy) from 9 to 13 September will be postponed to 2021 and will be held in the same city. The Union Européenne de Cyclisme is working with the UCI and National Federations to look at alternatives for the 2020 Championships.
- Italian pro riders are allowed to train and ride outside again after a long lockdown, while French professionals will be allowed outside for training from 11 May onwards.
- Bigla-KATUSHA Pro Cycling Team faces an uncertain future after its title sponsors announced they are unable to fully honour their financial commitments, and has set up a crowdfunding campaign to help secure the future of the team.
- Anti-doping controls have been affected by the current pandemic, with more limited controls being run to maintain the safety of riders and staff. In a recent statement, the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation provided an update on its operations.
- The German national road championships have been postponed until next year as organisers felt the current health crisis will not be resolved by the original planned date to stage the event safely.
- The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Championships, scheduled to take place in Germany in June, have been cancelled. However, the organisers are still hopeful that the event will be able to be run this year at a later stage.
- The UCI has postponed the announcement of its new schedule for both men’s and women’s races to 5 May, as it continues discussions with stakeholders. New rules concerning team participation, the number of riders per team taking part in races, and the establishment of a committee that will work on particular health concerns, will also be announced.
- As France lifts some restrictions, the government is aiming to get more people to ride their bikes. Some of the measures include providing a financial incentive of 50 Euros to everyone who needs their old bikes repaired, providing bike parking spaces, and establishing special bike lanes.
Video of the Week
- We have a huge selection of our shows available online! Head over to our channel and start watching.
- This week’s featured video goes back into the archives to the first program of the 2017 season. We visited Cylance at their pre-season training camp, Dame Sarah Storey tells you some top tips, we head to Aigle in Switzerland for the UCI Team Directors course and show off Boels Dolmans’ season launch.
The Voxwomen Podcast
- Check out our most recent podcast episode featuring Jolien D’hoore here!
- You can also have a listen to Laura Winter’s chat with Sunweb’s Alison Jackson about lockdown life, new skills she learned, her love for the classics and much more. In another episode Hannah Walker talks to Charlene Jones about coping mechanisms during the current crises, her work out sessions, her cycling career and her special offer for her 30 workout sessions.
- 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.
Exclusive from Voxwomen…
- Need some extra motivation for training at home? We’re collecting the favourite tunes on the pro riders’ playlists. This week’s suggestions come from Zwift academy winner and Canyon//SRAM rider Tanja Erath, who shares her favourite tunes with us on Vox Turbo Tunes. Listen to the playlist here on Spotify!
- In our recipes from the women’s peloton, which will keep you fuelled during your training. This week Jip van den Bos prepare chickpea omelette, a protein-heavy breakfast for vegans and non-vegans alike. Try out the recipe and send us a photo of your culinary creation!
- We’re offering free classes with former racing cyclist Charline Jones to keep you fit and active. Everyone from all sporting backgrounds is welcome to join us on Monday mornings on our Facebook! You can also sign up directly with Charline to her online sessions from anywhere in the world if you’d like 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.
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This week in cycling history…
- On 30 April 2017, ultra-cyclist Amanda Coker smashed a previously held record by Steve Abraham, by riding 12,894km in a single month, the longest distance ever completed in that time period on a bike. The young American had only started training again the previous year, after sustaining a brain injury when hit by a car while she was riding. She is currently riding for Team TWENTY20.
Voxwomen Online Shop
- Exciting new items are now available from our online shop! Have a look at our bags, sweatshirts, hoodies and much more. We also currently have a sale on some of our items. All are available from our online shop, so check it out and don’t miss this fantastic shopping opportunity.