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

    • The Oceania Cycling Championships for road, track, BMX and mountain bike have been postponed until later this year. The event was scheduled to be held in Brisbane but due to the 14-day quarantine imposed on all those entering Australia, it will now be staged at a later date.
    • ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy is recruiting two amateur female riders between the ages of 17 and 22 to join their program. Successful applicants will work together with one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians, Dame Sarah Storey, to develop their cycling skills and also have a chance to be selected for a professional team. For more information and to apply, click here.
    • The French men’s WT team AG2R-Citroën is aiming to form a women’s team and is currently searching for financial backing.
    • The organisers of the Amstel Gold race, scheduled for 18 April, are planning to modify the course to make it an 18km long local circuit, which will be closed to spectators.
    • British Cycling has announced that the men’s and women’s editions of the Tour of the Reservoir, set for June 5-6, have been cancelled. along with the men’s and women’s editions of the Stockton Cycling Festival Grand Prix on July 18. This decision came at the request of the race organisers, and the events will not be rescheduled in 2021. An alternative date for the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix, which was originally planned for 9 May, is currently being pursued.
    • With some race organisers looking to postpone their races, the UCI has announced that no decision on new calendar dates will be made at this stage until there is more clarity on which races will be cancelled or postponed.
    • The UCI Management Committee has approved a plan to improve rider safety and implement a new strategy for the sustainable development of cycling. In its announcement, the UCI also acknowledged the success of the recent Cyclocross World Championships, particularly as it pertains to the women’s edition, noting that the Women’s Elite race had a TV audience of 812,000, taking a 64.2% audience share, which tops its previous record. Furthermore, the UCI has made a financial contribution to the women’s branch of the CPA as well as UNIO, an association that represents professional women’s teams.
    • Fayetteville, Arkansas will host a UCI Cyclocross Cup race in October this year, to be held on the same course as the World Championships, which are scheduled for January 2022.
    • The Women’s Tour will partner with Eurosport and GCN in a five-year deal to bring the race live to a global audience, starting with this year’s edition. This will be the first time that it is broadcast live.
    • The UCI has published its 2021-22 Cyclocross World Cup Calendar, which comments on 29 November 2021 in Tabor and finishes on 24 January 2022 in Overijse.
    • The organisers of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes have announced the list of selected teams, as well as the stage profile for the race, which is planned for 25 April. The fifth edition of the 140km long course features eight climbs and a total elevation gain of 2,300m.
    • The route of Strade Bianche, to be raced on 6 March, has now been confirmed. The race will again start in Siena and end on the Piazza del Campo in Siena, after 136km of racing. This year’s edition will incorporate over 30km of gravel.
    • British Cycling has announced the creation of a newly established 14 member strong Diversity Inclusion Advisory Group, which will oversee a five-year strategic plan to ensure that the sport of cycling will become more inclusive.

Results

Australian National Championships:

  • Elite TT: Sarah Gigante, Grace Brown, Nicole Frain
  • U23 TT: Sarah Gigante, of Emily Watts, Anya Louw
  • Junior TT: Elyssa Polites, Haylee Fuller, Isabelle Carnes
  • Elite Criterium: Annette Edmondson, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Chloe Hosking
  • U23 Criterium: Maeve Plouffe, Alexandra Martin-Wallace, Neve Bradbury
  • Junior Criterium: Lucy Stewart, Haylee Fuller, Sophie Marr
  • Elite Road: Sarah Roy, Grace Brown, Lauretta Hanson
  • U23 Road: Emily Watts, Neve Bradbury, Sarah Gigante
  • Junior Road: Elyssa Polites, Lucinda Stewart, Isabelle Carnes

Invitational Al Salam Championship UAE: Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana) won the race ahead of teammate Anna Trevisi.

Telenet Superprestige MIddelkerke: Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal) took out the race ahead of Ceylin de Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin – Fenix) and Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions)

X2O Trofee Lille – Krawatencross: Ceylin de Carmen Alvarado won ahead of Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema

Zwift Blog

  • Spending her off-season in Australia, Lauren Kitchen writes about her training Down Under and her hopes for the 2021 season, and it’s all in her latest blog.
  • The 2021 Zwift Academy winner, Australian Neve Bradbury, has penned her first blog for us, in which she describes how she went about her preparation for the Zwift challenge and what it means to have secured a contract with Canyon//SRAM.

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This week in cycling history…

  • 5 February was Anna Turvey’s birthday. The 41-year old Irish rider came to cycling quite late, after initially having competed in triathlon events. She held the Irish National records for the 10, 25 and 50 mile individual time trial. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she represented Scotland (by virtue of her Glasgow-born mother) and placed in the top 10 in the time trial. At the RTTC National Team Time Trial Championships in 2015, she won with teammates Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne. A year later, then riding under the Irish flag, she became the Irish ITT champion and took bronze at the European Track Championships in the individual pursuit. Throughout her sporting career, she has been able to combine the sport with her profession as an optometrist, a job that she still holds today.

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