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

  • Two-time New Zealand time trial champion and 2018 road race champion Georgia Williams, and Dutch riders Janneke Ensing and Moniek Tenniglo have re-signed with Mitchelton-SCOTT for another year.
  • Recent graduate Elise Vander Sande and university student Silke Smulders will be joining Lotto Soudal Ladies next season.
  • Silver medallist at the U23 European Track Championships in Italy, Maike van der Duin, will ride for Drops Cycling in 2021, while young rider Alice Towers will also join the British squad.
  • Norwegian cyclocross champion from 2019, Mari Mohr, will be joining Team Hitec Products-Birk Sport in 2021.
  • 2019 World Champion track rider Stephanie Morton announced her retirement. The Australian concludes a successful career after 10 years in international cycling.
  • The organisers of the men’s Gooikse Pijl announced a women’s edition of the one-day Belgian race, the GP Oetingen, to be held in March 2021. The new event will take competing riders on a 12km long circuit around Oetingen, which is to be completed ten times.
  • The UCI announced that the 2020 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships in Mol (Belgium) have been cancelled. The next edition will take place in Ipswich (Great Britain) on 3 and 4 December, 2021.
  • Belgian Cycling has updated its COVID-19 measures for the cyclocross season in order to be able to organise all events safely.
  • In France, on the other hand, the entire Coup de France has been cancelled for this cyclocross season due to ongoing health concerns.
  • The Luxembourg national cyclocross championships, which were originally scheduled for 9 January 2021, have been cancelled. No new date has been set at this stage. Competitors from this country will also miss the next three weeks of competition due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Uno-X Pro Cycling will be creating a women’s team, with Lars Bak (previously a Sports Director at Team NTT), as the General Manager of Sports.
  • The UCI has modified its rules for the cyclocross ranking system, taking into account that several races, particularly in the US and Canada, have been cancelled and riders from these countries would be disadvantaged when lining up next season at the starting grid, which is based on individual rankings.
  • The Women of Colour Cycling Group U.K. which aims to make cycling more accessible to women of different backgrounds, has been accepted as a charitable incorporated organisation.

Race Results

  • Hungarian Kata Blanka Vas, who rides for Doltcini – van Eyck Sport- Proximus, won the Toi Toi cyclocross cup race in the Czech Republic ahead of Belgian rider Suzanne Verhoeven, and Anais Morichonová of France.
  • Omer Shapira (Canyon//SRAM) won the Israeli road championships ahead of Liane Vitkin and Antonina Reznikova.

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Road Rider of the Year 2020

  • Here at Voxwomen, we’ve teamed up with our partner, Peloton Magazine, to showcase the Sharon Laws Road Rider of the Year awards.
  • Don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote for this year’s winner! In 2020 you can decide on two winners: the Road Rider of the year, and the Young Road Rider of the year. So be sure to check out our shortlist and then vote for your favourite rider of this season!
  • The deadline for your vote is 2 December, so get in there and have your say!

Zwift Blog

  • In our latest blog, Team Sunweb rider Leah Kirchmann talks about the unusual 2020 season, her new perspective on the role of sport in times like these, and the importance of teamwork.

Videos of the Week

  • As part of our “How to…” series, Laura Winter talks about what to wear while riding. If you are new to the sport or if you just want some helpful ideas, then check out our YouTube channel
  • Megan Jastrab shows you how to best use your rollers in another feature of our “How to…” series.

Exclusive from Voxwomen…

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Check out our newest podcast… Laura winter talks to Elisa Longo Borghini about her intentions for the shortened season and how she deals with the various unique challenges in the life of a professional rider.
  • You can listen to all our previous podcasts right here!

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This week in cycling history…

  • This week in 1890, a group of women in London formed the Ladies Cycling Club, one of the earliest all-female cycling organisations to be established. Although the club folded not long afterwards, it provided an impetus for the creation of many more female cycling clubs, especially during the bicycle craze years of 1895-98. It was common for these cycling clubs to support causes other than cycling, including gender equality, education for girls and social assistance through charitable drives. As bicycles became safer and cheaper, more women had access to the personal freedom they embodied, and so the bicycle came to symbolise the new women of the late nineteenth century, especially in Britain and the United States.
  • Elizabeth Robins Pennell was an American writer who lived in London for most of her adult life. She was a well-known columnist, art critic and biographer, who also wrote travelogues of her cycling voyages that took her all over Europe. One of her travels took her to Italy on 18 November 1885, where she rode a tandem tricycle with her husband from Florence to Rome. On this journey she attracted immense attention from the public and media as possibly the first female rider that Italians had ever seen complete such a feat.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • You can now own our limited edition Iris Slappendel designed cap! This stylish item is manufactured in Italy and made from a breathable, wind-proof cotton/polyester mix, so it’s ready to wear on a variety of occasions. Check out this cap and our other products, which are all available from our online shop. You won’t want to miss out!
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