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Rachel Neylan will be joining Team Parkhotel Valkenburg this year, with the aim of preparing for the World Championships.

Anna Henderson has re-signed with Team Jumbo-Visma Women through 2024. Henderson already had a contract until the end of 2022, but after her strong performances this year, this commitment has been extended.

French rider Morgane Coston has signed with Arkéa Pro Cycling next season. The 30-year-old rider, who started cycling in 2014, prefers hilly terrain.

DROPS – Le Col s/b Tempur rider Joscelin Lowden will attempt to break the UCI Hour Record on 30 September at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland. The first ever women’s hour record approved by the UCI was set by Tamara Novikova in 1955, when she covered 38.473 km. The current record holder, Vittoria Bussi, covered 48.007 km in one hour in Mexico in 2018.

The U.S. registered outfit Rally Cycling intends to apply to be upgraded to the WorldTour for 2022 and 2023 and join the already existing nine WorldTour teams. The squad will also be more focused on races in Europe, in addition to events in the USA.

Two WorldTour races have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-day Tour of Chongming Island, and the one-day Tour of Guangxi, which were both originally scheduled for October.

The Tour Series, involving three rounds set in the north of England and south Scotland, running from 8 to 12 August, is up and running. The opening round will take place in Guisborough, while Sunderland will host the second round, and the final round will take place in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway.

Results

Olympic Track Events

Team sprint: China (Bao Shanju & Zhong Tianshi) ahead of Germany (Lea Friedrich & Emma Hinze) and ROC (Daria Shmeleva & Anastasia Voynova).

Team pursuit: Germany (Franziska Brauße, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein & Mieke Kröger) ahead of Great Britain (Katie Archibald, Laura Kenny, Neah Evans, Josie Knight & Elinor Barker) and the U.S.A. (Chloé Dygert, Megan Jastrab, Jennifer Valente, Emma White & Lily Williams).

Keirin: Shanne Braspennincx (NED), Ellesse Andrews (NZL), Lauriane Genest (CAN).

Madison: Great Britain (Katie Archibald & Laura Kenny) ahead of Denmark (Amalie Dideriksen & Julie Leth) and ROC (Gulnaz Khatuntseva & Maria Novoldoskaya).

Sprint: Kelsey Mitchell (CAN) ahead of Olena Starokova (UKR) and Lee Wai Sze (HKG).

Omnium: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Yumi Kajihara (JPN) and Kirsten Wild (NED).

Zwift Blog

Shara Marche

Check out this delicious recipe for Bircher Muesli, put together by Team SD Worx’s Food Coach, Shara Marche.

Café Talk with…

In our exclusive feature p/b Liv Cycling World, discover the Cyclist Alliance Mentor Program where a group of smart, dynamic and knowledgeable people involved in professional women’s cycling united by their passion try to make the industry a better place. Read more about The Cyclists Alliance Mentor Programme (TCAMP) – an exciting collaboration between riders and industry.

This week in cycling history

Yvonne Reynder

Yvonne Reynder’s birthday was on 4 August. The now 84-year-old Belgian road and track rider won 13 medals at the World Championships, including seven gold. Initially retiring in 1967, she came out of retirement at the age of 39 to win the National Road Championships as well as a bronze medal at the Road World Championships. She initially started her sporting career in athletics but then switched to cycling and was one of the most successful riders of the late 1950s and 1960s. When she started cycling, she needed to build up some strength, so decided to take on coal deliveries, taking bags of coal and hauling them onto her specially made transport bike to customers around Antwerp. Despite her success, a cycling career was not profitable in the 1960s and she had to work night shifts in order to earn a living. Today she still lives in Antwerp, where she spends her time caring for her many animals.

Rides of the week

Black Celebration Series

The Black Celebration Series is all about supporting our Black community. Ride or run with notable athletes, community leaders, and their friends during special events. Be part of it!

Off the MAAP Tour

The Off the MAAP Tour is a multi-stage cycling tour that challenges you to ride or race your way through some of the routes less travelled. All while kitted up with an exclusive jersey designed by our friends at MAAP, and one you can order upon tour completion. Join in here!

From our online shop

If in doubt, go flat out – £21

Make every day an amazing day with this statement shirt. An awesome print, the ideal fit and organic softness – we’ve got you covered. This slogan encapsulates the feeling of riding a bike. It doesn’t matter what flat out means to you, its fun and exhilarating. And you can get your shirt here!

Be Part of the Journey shirt – £19

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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 commitment from day one, when we asked the teams, fans and riders to ‘Be Part of the Journey’ and this still rings true. Our slogan shirt supports us in bringing this great sport to more fans, so get shopping here

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