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  • Thanks to the support of the public, the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour has reached its crowdfunding target and will now be able to go ahead. €47,000 was raised within 11 days, which was much more than was expected. The 33rd edition of the German stage race will commence on 25 May and come to a conclusion on 30 May.
  • This year’s European Cyclocross Championships will be held in Drenthe in Belgium from 6-7 November with the VAM-berg featuring prominently in this edition.
  • A report by researchers in Australia has suggested that women’s sports teams are able to provide greater benefits for sponsors and partners than men’s teams. Stronger sponsor outcomes, together with the currently lower costs of sponsorship often results in the sponsors of women’s teams outperforming the sponsors of men’s teams in terms of driving a strong return on investment. Taking this into consideration, an untapped and unrecognised value of women’s teams (including women’s cycling teams) becomes clear.
  • The Royal Dutch Cycling Union has announced the Dutch women’s road team for the Tokyo Olympics. Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering and Marianne Vos will participate in the road race. Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten will also ride the Olympic time trial. For Vos, it will be her fourth participation in the Olympics, for Van Vleuten the third, Van der Breggen will be selected for the second time, while Demi Vollering will be making her debut.
  • The Tour de France organiser Christian Prudhomme has confirmed that in 2022 there will be a Tour de France Femmes. Due to the current pandemic and the timing of the Olympics, he has explained that a 2021 edition was not possible. Pointing to the previous editions of a women’s Tour de France, which he said lacked economic balance, he hopes that the new event will be long-lasting and sustainable fixture on the women’s cycling calendar. Further details will be released in October. Even with the new Tour de France Femmes, the organisers will still continue to stage the one-day race, La Course by Le Tour de France.


Emakumeen Nafarroako: Annemiek van Vleuten (Team Movistar) ahead of Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo)

Navarra Women’s Elite Classics: Arlenis Sierra (A.R. Monex) ahead of Ruth Winder (Trek Segafredo) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Team Movistar)

Mercedes Benz UCI MTB World Cup Nove Mesto Na Morave (Czech Republic): Haley Batty (USA) ahead of Loana Lecomte (France) and Jenny Rissveds (Sweden)

Gran Premio Ciudad de Eibar: Anna van der Breggen (Team SD Worx) took the win, ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)

Zwift Blog

Alison Jackson

Check out the latest installment of Alison’s entertaining vlogs, in which she shows what it’s like to prepare for Paris – Roubaix, a race that has been cancelled, re-scheduled, cancelled, and re-scheduled…

Shara Gillow

Team SD Worx’s Food Coach shares her delicious Hazelnut Choc Squares recipe, a fantastic snack that is easy to make and easy to eat during a ride. Check out how to make it here!

Mavi Garcia

The Spanish rider talks about starting cycling late, being over 30 in the peloton, and most importantly, why it is never too late to discover your talent and passion. Read her thoughts here.

Five minutes with…

In our latest Q&A in collaboration with Peloton Magazine we talked with Olympic, World and European track champion Katie Archibald about her preparation for the Olympics, her special coffee ride snack and a lot more. Have a read about this talented Scottish-born rider.

This week in cycling history

Beryl Burton

The English rider, who was born on 12 May 1937, dominated the cycling scene in her time, winning more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles, in addition to setting a series of records. Born in West Yorkshire, she suffered rheumatic fever during her childhood and only took up riding after having been introduced to the sport by her husband. She rejected offers of sponsorship and remained an amateur, working on a rhubarb farm during most of her cycling years. She was outstandingly talented in the time trial discipline, and almost unbeatable on the domestic circuit. In order to honour her achievements, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She was also awarded three times the UK Cycling’s top accolade, the Bidlake Memorial Prize.

Catherine Swinnerton

Born into a cycling family on 12 May 1958, the British rider was twice national road race champion, winning the event in 1977 and then again in 1984. She was awarded more than 30 medals in total for national road and track championships and also participated in the Tour de France, placing second on the final stage in Paris as well as riding the first ever women’s cycling event in the Olympics in 1984. Her grandparents founded Swinnerton Cycles in 1915. Her parents then took over the shop in 1956 and from childhood on, Catherine was surrounded by cycling, starting out on club runs and subsequently competing further afield. With prize money virtually non-existent and with rare to no sponsorship opportunities, she worked as a supply teacher during the year, taking the summer off to concentrate on racing. Swinnerton was no doubt a trailblazer at a time when professional women’s racing in Britain was still in its infancy.

Rides of the week

The Voxwomen Tour

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Months in the United States. Join us in celebrating this vast and diverse community. Our goal this time is to send a resounding message to our AAPI employees and Zwifters that we embrace them, not just in May but throughout the year. Join us for a series of events here.

Zwift Insider Badge Hunters – Mega Pretzel Edition
Join Zwift Insider creator Eric Schlange and lots of friends from the Zwift Community to conquer this month’s Badge Hunters course! Earn your route badge (and bonus XP) or just get in a challenging, long ride with friends! Learn more here.

From our online shop

“If in Doubt” – Giro-inspired sweatshirt – £37

Bring a little brightness to your day with this slogan sweatshirt, inspired by the colours of the Giro Rosa leader’s jersey. It doesn’t matter how flat out is “flat out” to you – that freedom of riding a bike is perfectly encapsulated in this statement. Made with all natural products and available in a range of colours, sales of this product help us raise the profile of women;s cycling, so thank you for your support. Get shopping here!

“Be Part of the Journey” – long sleeve shirt – £22

From day one at Voxwomen, we knew we were on a journey to change the profile of women’s cycling. Everything we have done has required team and community. This statement has been part of that from day one. We asked the teams, fans and riders to ‘Be Part of the Journey’ and this still rings true. Our slogan long sleeve t-shirt supports us in bringing this great sport to more fans. And you can get yours here!

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