Voxwomen announces ambassadors to support women’s cycling

A few months ago we launched a search for a team of women’s cycling ambassadors to help us in our next stage of supporting the growth of women’s cycling. We couldn’t believe the response so we want to say thank you to everyone who applied. After a review of the applications by our team we are excited to announce five Voxwomen Ambassadors based in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

You can find out all about them here, we thank them for their commitment to developing women’s cycling and we hope you will join them online when they host Zwift rides and other initiatives.

Shayna Powless

Shayna is based in Florida, USA.

Hailing from the USA, Shayna has been riding and racing bikes since her early childhood. She grew up as a multi-sport athlete, but always gravitated towards riding the most and became more serious about cycling during college. Powless became a professional at age 19 and has competed in multiple disciplines including mountain biking, gravel, track, road and Zwift (which she got heavily involved with during Covid). She has represented the USA at the World Championships 7 times as a junior, U23 and elite athlete, and is a former member of the track National team. Shayna currently rides for DNA Pro Cycling and stays busy off the bike with coaching and non-profit work through her Dream Catcher Foundation. The Dream Catcher Foundation is dedicated to empowering Native youth through sports and raising awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls (MMIWG) crisis.

On hearing about being appointed as a Voxwomen Ambassador, Shayna said “I am honoured to be a Voxwomen ambassador and am thrilled I can work with them in helping grow women’s cycling. I am confident that together, we can play a big role in supporting and uplifting women in the sport.”

Yannika Propach

Yannika is based in Germany.

The first time Yannika took her brothers road bike was for a schools triathlon at the age of 12. While studying at University cycling became more of a passion, especially for long distance events, the hillier the better.
Propach started Zwifting while being pregnant with her third child and took part in the Voxwomen Performance Project in 2023. As a single parent of three kids between 8 and 2 years old she mostly trains in the night on Zwift. The baby phone is next to her but Yannika enjoys using Zwift to stay in shape and keep in contact with other riders.

Yannika said, “In Voxwomen I not just found a very informative website about women cycling but also a wonderful and growing community with people all over the world sharing the same passion. The previously zwift group rides have always been a highlight of the week, combining an easy workout with great chatting and I am looking forward to the next ones.”

Katheryn Curi

Katheryn is based in California, USA.

She first started riding mountain and road bikes while in graduate school and quickly fell in love with the sport, so much so that she decided to give pro cycling a go after completing her Master’s degree. Curi raced professionally from 2002 – 10 and during that time won US Elite Road Nationals in 2005 and the Geelong World Cup in 2008 and raced all over the world. She represented the US in 4 World Championships.
After retiring from racing, Katheryn continues to be involved in cycling through working as a director sportif for several top level and developmental women’s cycling teams.
Zwift entered her life in 2018 when recovering from a fractured collarbone and she was hooked. Katheryn loves the community and that there is something for everyone – races, workouts, group rides, solo spins, etc. Curi is looking forward to helping Voxwomen grow women’s cycling.

“Being a Voxwomen ambassador is such an honour as I love their commitment to giving voice to women’s cycling”

Julia van der Veer

Julia is based in New South Wales, Australia and started road riding in 2014. She joined local Liv women’s rides to gain confidence in bunch riding and meet other female riders. In 2016 she took up riding indoors on Zwift whilst pregnant with twins. Julia recently competed in her first Critérium race through the encouragement and support of women in her local club. After receiving the news that Julia had been selected as an ambassador, Julia said “I am so excited to support the women’s cycling community which has provided me with the confidence to set new PRs (personal records), climb that hill, race my first crit and go the extra distance. I hope to inspire other women (and fellow mothers) that through cycling, they can do the same and make lifelong friendships along the way”

Shiqi

Shiqi is based in Guangdong, China.

Growing up, Shiqi wasn’t physically active and was solely focused on academics, as many Asian children are. It wasn’t until college that she discovered the incredible world of cycling. She has since ridden across the US, fundraising for cancer research, and quickly got into racing. Shiqi has won some renowned Chinese amateur races. During the pandemic, she embraced virtual cycling and found it to be a versatile and inspiring activity. And she hopes to encourage more women, especially Asians, to join and explore this amazing, often overlooked world.

Upon hearing about being appointed an ambassador, Shiqi was delighted and said; “Being a Voxwomen ambassador means being a voice for inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment in cycling. I’m honoured to represent and support women cyclists, particularly in Asia, as we pedal towards a more inclusive and celebrated future for the sport.”

 

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