This is all you need to know from the world of women’s cycling to get your week started.
- The UCI has implemented a series of reforms to support women’s cyclo-cross:
– As of next season, national championships may feature a junior women’s category.
– From the 2020-2021 season onwards, we’ll see the possibility of women’s junior events on the UCI international calendar and at continental championships. Women’s Elite World Cup races will also last 50 minutes (the same as men’s U23 races).
– As of 2021-2022, it will be mandatory to include a women’s junior event at races on the UCI international calendar, as well as national championships. In addition, all races for women aged 19 and over will last 50 minutes.
- The UCI has also introduced the position of UCI Women’s WorldTour Technical Advisor, with the aim of improving safety in the Women’s WorldTour. This individual will work on improving technical aspects of race courses and infrastructure within the women’s sport.
- The list of teams participating in Strade Bianche on 9 March has been released, with 21 teams competing in the first race of the Women’s WorldTour. In addition to the automatically accepted teams, wildcards have been granted to Aromitalia – Basso Bikes – Vaiano, Bepink, BTC City Ljubljana, Eurotarget – Bianchi – Vittoria, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Servetto – Piumate – Beltrami TSA, and Top Girls Fassa Bortolo.
- The route of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race, which will span three days from May 16-18, has been revealed. This year’s edition will see the longest women’s race in the history of the event, as well as the inclusion of the iconic Mt. Baldy climb. Riders will complete over 6000m of climbing as well as eight QOMs. Stage 1 in Ventura is expected to end in a bunch sprint, with the winner of Stage 2 from Ontario to Mt. Baldy most likely coming from a select group, and the final stage being capped off by yet another field sprint.
- Sanne Cant soloed to her third consecutive title at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark, while Inge van der Heijden took out the U23 race.
- Lucy Kennedy took out the overall honours at the two-day Herald Sun Tour in Australia ahead of teammate Amanda Spratt.
- Chloe Hosking won Stage 1 of the Herald Sun Tour, ahead of Rachele Barbieri and Lotta Lepistö, while Lucy Kennedy prevailed over Amanda Spratt on the highly-decisive second stage.
- Our newest Zwift blogger, Ella Harris, who was also the winner of the Zwift Academy in 2018, discusses the role that the Academy played in her path to becoming the rider that she is today.
- In this latest exclusive, Giorgia Bronzini shares her unique experience about what it’s like to make the transition from top rider to Sports Director.
- Find out how Christine Majerus responded to the question posed to her by a journalist: “Why do you keep riding after all these years, it must get boring?”
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