Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
- The route of The Women’s Tour 2021 will be revealed today on International Women’s Day.
- The campaign for the Healthy Ageing Tour has reached around €4,500 of its targeted €9,500. The aim is to collect enough funds to be able to livestream the event, which is scheduled for 10-12 March.
- The UCI has asked riders to limit their celebrations after races, which includes refraining from hugging each other or staff members to set a good example to fans and spectators amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
- RideLondon is planning to return in the spring of 2022. The women’s Elite Classic race will retain its world-class status and will have TV coverage, but will be run on a closed circuit. The race organisers are currently seeking an agreement with the London Marathon organisers to finalise the plans and the budget. New routes will have to be found, as Surrey County Council withdrew its support last year.
- The UCI has published a 2021 Women’s WorldTour Calendar video on YouTube. You can access it here.
- Statistics from Dutch TV 1 indicate that the TV audience in the Netherlands for the Omloop Het Niewsblad women’s race was almost double the viewers than that of the men, with 330,000 compared to 170,000.
- Flanders Classics CEO Thomas Van Den Spiegel has responded to criticism about the lack of equal prize money at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which saw Anna van der Breggen earn €930 compared to the men’s winner, who took home €16,000. He noted that the race had invested a substantial amount of money into moving the event up into the 1.Pro category and providing live broadcasting for the first time in the history of the race. He went on to explain the goals of the Flanders Classics’ four-year “Closing the Gap” initiative that aims, among other things, to achieve equal prize money by 2023.
- Dutch cycling supporter Cem Tanyeri has set up a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, which has raised more than €21,000, with the proceeds going towards increasing the prize money at Strade Bianche. The Cycling Alliance will assist in dispersing the amount raised to the top five finishers of the Italian race.
- Global Relay Bridge The Gap, a Canadian cycling development program for young athletes, are offering webinars and web chats run by top Canadian cyclists answering their questions and providing guidance on reaching the international and professional level of road cycling. Canadian Leah Kirchmann, rider for Team DSM, will host one of the virtual meetings on nutrition and lifestyle in May. More information can be found here.