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  • The A.S.O. is launching the “Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift” in 2022, consisting of 8 stages starting on 24 July and finishing in Paris. Zwift has signed a 4-year agreement with the organisers, with the aim of making it the biggest cycling event on the women’s cycling calendar. The route of the first edition will be revealed on 14 October during the men’s Tour de France presentation, with the race also being broadcast live on public channels in Europe.
  • Liv Cycling, as part of its dedication to getting more women riding bikes, has joined A.S.O. as a major partner of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift by supporting the best young rider classification.
  • Unable to ride the actual route of the Tour De France again this year, U.K. based riders of InternationElles will attempt the Guinness World Record and World Ultra Cycling Record for the fastest four-rider relay from Lands End to John O’Groats on 28 June. By taking up this challenging ride, the group hopes to highlight gender inequality in cycling. This event is preceded by a Zwift ride by the 10 InternationElles riders from the U.K., Netherlands, USA and Australia on 26 June, which everyone is invited to join.
  • Despite having broken her hand in a crash at the MTB World Cup in Leogang, Jolanda Neff managed to finish fourth. The Swiss rider has been selected to ride at the Olympics in the cross-country mountain bike discipline, and at the moment is unsure how the injury will affect her racing. We wish her a speedy recovery!
  • Cycling Australia has announced the dates for its national championships. The road races will be held from 12 to 16 January 2022 in Victoria, the elite track championships are scheduled for 26-30 March in Brisbane, while the cyclo-cross event will be aligned with the World Championships in Wollongong, held between 18 -25 September 2022.
  • Emma Norsgaard of Team Movistar has extended with the Spanish team until the end of 2024.
  • Juliette Labous has re-signed with Team DSM until 2023.
  • Katrine Aalerud and Stine Borgli have been selected to represent Norway in road cycling at the Tokyo Olympics, while Anita Yvonne Stenberg will ride on the track.
  • Former rower and U23 world champion in the lightweight ladies double, Amber Kraak, has joined Team Jumbo-Visma Women until the end of the year. Her first race was the Dutch national championships.
  • After having contracted COVID-19 in April, Trek-Segafredo rider Chloe Hosking’s plans to return to racing have been thwarted again, as she faces more time out due to pericarditis, an after-effect of the virus. She hopes to be back for the later part of the season.
  • As part of the Olympic Virtual Series, a collaboration between Zwift and the UCI, an exhibition cycling race was held on 18 June with athletes from different sports competing in a bike race with a twist. On the women’s side, participants included three-time Olympic gold medallist and UCI TT champion Kirsten Armstrong, as well as 14-time gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey.
  • Cofis has set aside a 1 Million Euro budget for its new women’s team. The squad will consist of 10 riders with the aim of having five French and five foreign riders. Gaël Le Bellec, the manager of the new team, is hoping to make rider announcements starting at the end of June. The new team will benefit from the organisational expertise of the existing men’s program, as well as the sharing of equipment, sponsorship and clothing manufacturers.
  • Kirsten Faulkner of Team Tibco-SVB has filed a legal complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee to challenge the selection of the road cycling team for Tokyo. Faulkner, who was on the long list of candidates but was ultimately not selected, felt the selection process lacked transparency.
  • The WWT race Simac Ladies Tour (previously Holland Ladies Tour) scheduled from 24-29 August in the Netherlands may be in jeopardy due to a lack of police support. The area police indicated that it would not be able to staff the race, as well as the men’s BinckBank Tour on all days. There are only 30 trained motorised police personnel in the whole country and staffing both races would be an expensive undertaking. The Dutch House of Representatives will be debating the issue of police escorts this week, hoping to find a suitable solution.



ITT: Lotte KopeckyRoad: Lotte Kopecky

ITT: Anna van der Breggen
Road: Amy Pieters

ITT: Lisa Brennauer
Road: Lisa Brennauer

ITT: Marlen Reusser
Road: Marlen Reusser

ITT: Emma Norsgaard
Road: Amelie Dideriksen

ITT: Audrey Gordon-Ragot
Road: Evita Muzic

ITT: Chloe Dygert
Road: Lauren Stephens
Criterium: Kendall Ryan

ITT: Mavi Garcia
Road: Mavi Garcia

ITT: Elisa Longo Borghini
Road: Elisa Longo Borghini

ITT: Christine Majerus
Road: Christine Majerus

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Zwift Blog

Amalie Dideriksen

In her latest blog, the Trek-Segafredo rider writes about the bumpy road to Tokyo and her ever-changing plans and preparations for the Olympics. Have a read here.

Shara Gillow

Team SDWorx Food Coach Shara Gillow shares her recipe for a nourishing vegetable curry with a side of yoghurt naan bread right here.

Five minutes with…

The next rider in our Q&A series in collaboration with Peloton Magazine is World, Oceania and Australian track champion, Kaarle McCulloch, who has an interesting story about how she almost instantly knew she would become a cyclist after her first experience on the track. Find out more here!

This week in cycling history

Tracey Gaudry

Born on 17 June 1969, Gaudry is a former professional rider. She won the Australian national ITT and road championships, as well as a series of UCI one-day and stage races. After her retirement from active competition, she served in various administrative roles in government and private companies. She was the vice president of the UCI from 2013-2017 and is currently the President of the UCI Women’s Commission. She also serves as the president of the Oceania Cycling Federation and since 2018, has headed an agency dedicated to the prevention of all forms of family violence and violence against women in the state of Victoria, in Australia.

Nicole Brändli

The Swiss rider celebrated her 42nd birthday on 18 June. The three-time national road champion is also a three-time winner of the Giro d’Italia Femminile and won three world championship silver medals. She retired from the sport in 2010, but after an absence of six years from competition and at the age of 36, she decided to return to the sport and signed with an Italian team riding alongside compatriot Jolanda Neff.

Rides of the week

InternationElles Ride for Equality 2021

Come and ride with the InternationElles as we kick off our 2021 campaign!
This is a social ride for 1 hour around Paris. We are 10 amateur female riders based across the world and we ride for equality. In 2019 we rode the full route of the Tour de France to campaign for a women’s race. Join in here!

Athina’s Ride Zwift Challenge

The Athina’s Ride Zwift Challenge is a fun, social ride (2.5 watts per KG) to help support our effort to raise funds for Desmoid Tumour research. In 2019, Athina Merckx (Axel’s daughter) discovered she had a rare (about 4 in a million) disease that causes tumours in her body. This year we launched Athina’s Ride to raise funds for the Desmoid Tumour Foundation of Canada. Be part of it here!

From our online shop

Kid’s Shirt – £14

Do you know a little rider who aspires to be the next Marianne, Annemiek or Anna? Then don’t look past this kid’s shirt, available in white and pink. All Voxwomen products purchased help us raise the profile of women’s cycling and build the future of the sport, so get shopping here!

Coffee, Bike, Cake Shirt – £21

Every great day on a bike begins with coffee and ends with cake. Our new coffee, bike, cake shirt brings it all together! Made with all natural materials, this shirt is perfect for lounging around in, working at home in or making a statement when you’re out with friends at the café. You can get yours here!

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