Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.
- Nikki Brammeier has today announced her retirement from professional cycling. One of the stars of the World Cyclocross circuit is expecting a baby with her husband Matt, a former WorldTour professional rider and now British Cycling coach. During her lengthy career, Nikki competed on the road with teams such as Boels-Dolmans, rode in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and achieved success on the road, track and in cyclocross. Achievements include a string of British National Cyclocross Championships titles, the 2015 UCI Cyclocross World Cup title, as well as, earlier in her career, the U23 National Road Race title, multiple wins on the track at the British National Championships, and a win at the British National Mountain Bike Championships.
- Shara Gillow of FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine – Futuroscope, and four times Australian national champion, is the latest rider to join the 5th edition of Donnons des Elles au Vélo, in an effort to encourage the organisation of a staged women’s cycling race in France in parallel with the men’s event in July. This year’s team consists of 13 female cyclists from 3 different nations who will complete the entire course of the men’s Tour de France.
- Emilia Fahlin announced that she will be taking some time off to recover after her crash on a training ride. We wish her the speediest of recoveries.
- Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) took out the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatinaeu ahead of Rally UHC Cycling’s Allison Beveridge and Krista Doebel Hickok.
- Amber Neben (Cogeas–Mettler–Look) won the Chrono Gatineau while Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) and Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the podium.
- At the Tour de Bretagne Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) won the first and second stages, while the third stage, a time trial, went to Mikayla Harvey (Bigla). Jessica Roberts (British Cycling) took out the fourth and fifth stages, while Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France) won overall.
- At the national Championships of Slovenia Eugenia Bujak won the individual time trial.
- Tracey Hannah won the elite downhill title, while Valentina Höll took the junior classification, at the UCI MTB world Cup in Leogang, Austria.
The Voxwomen Cycling Show
- Our latest episode of the Voxwomen Cycling Show is out now. We talk to Rachel Voyles about her role as a soigneur at Rally UHC Cycling, as well as Hagens Berman Supermint team owner Lindsay Goldman, and share with you all the action from Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Amgen Tour of California.
- In her latest blog, Christine Majerus wrote about the time when her team sent sprinters to Emakumeen Bira, the importance of smaller races for women’s cycling and the need for rest and recuperation. You won’t want to miss this piece!
- Sophie Wright penned a piece on her first training camp in Gran Canaria and looking at the bigger picture of riding as a professional athlete.
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Voxwomen announcements and events
- Why not join us at the Big Day Out this coming Sunday. Receive tips and advice from Elena Cecchini, Dani Rowe and Sophie Wright, who will be leading the ride and will be available to answer your questions and stand by with assistance. Cycle some of the best roads in the South of England, receive a free goodie bag with gifts form our partners and form new friendships along the way. We still have a few tickets left, so secure your place here!
- Places are running out for the Voxwomen Big Week Off! Fancy a week of social riding, nutritional advice and yoga sessions in the picturesque Spanish countryside? You can now secure your place in this fantastic event by paying a non-refundable deposit of £150. There are a maximum of 14 places at the event, so you can have peace of mind that you are going to be part of the event, and then pay in installments. If you would like to take advantage of this, then click here.
- Voting is now open for the first part of Voxwomen’s 2019 Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Award. Like last year, the award will be decided after two public votes which will determine the riders of the spring and summer. The two riders with the most votes from each round will then go through to a final round poll to find the overall winner. The riders who have been shortlisted in the spring period are: Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling), Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans), Annemiek van Vleuten (Michelton-Scott), Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Kirstin Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling). Cast your vote for your Voxwomen rider of the spring here!
This week in cycling history…
- 4 June was Maria Canins’ birthday. She was an Italian racing cyclist who in 1985 and 1986 won the Grande Boucle, the women’s Tour de France. She also won the Tour de l’Aude, the Trofeo Binda twice, the Tour of Colorado and the first edition of women’s Giro d’Italia in 1988. Maria was a gifted athlete shown by her versatility. In 1982, she was the Italian national champion in cross-country skiing, mountain running, roller ski and road cycling. In 1995, she retired at the age of 46, however, Maria still runs, skis and cycles around her home in the Dolomites.
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