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Canyon//SRAM has signed Belgian rider Shari Bossuyt and Dutch climber Pauliena Rooijakkers for the next two years. Rooijakkers has been a pro for ten years and will bring a wealth of experience to the team, while Belgian U23 ITT Champion Bossuyt comes from NXTG Racing and is ready to take the next step up to a WorldTour team.

Eefje Brandt, Mieke Docx and Kylie Waterreus will be joining Lotto Soudal Ladies Team in 2022.

Australian national road champion Sarah Roy will switch from Team BikeExchange to join Canyon/SRAM for the next two years.

DROPS – Le Col s/b TEMPUR will welcome former Belgian national road champion Jesse Vandenbulcke next year. The Belgian rider joins from Lotto Soudal Ladies Team.

Olympic Gold medallist and five-time world champion Elinor Barker will join Uno-X Pro Cycling for the next two years.

Britt Knaven has extended with NXTG Racing for another year.

Jolien D’hoore will become a Sports Director at NXTG Racing from January 2022. The Dutch rider will race her last event on 2 October Paris-Roubaix before retiring from active sport.

On 30 September at 5 pm local time, British rider Joss Lowden will attempt to officially break the Hour Record in the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Kigali in Rwanda will host the UCI World Cycling Championships in 2025.

At the 2022 World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, next September the men’s and women’s ITT will take place on the same day and over the same distance.

The AJ Bell Women’s Tour has announced some of the riders who will be at the start of the race from 4 to 9 October.

Cofidis has announced the team roster for their new women’s squad. It consists of 10 riders with a mix of experienced riders and young talents.The organisers of the Tour de Romandie have announced the inaugural Tour de Romandie Féminin. The three-day event is planned for the autumn of 2022, with further details being revealed later.

This week saw the World ITT championships and some new participants from across the globe. Pakistan’s Kanza Malik, a mechanical engineer, and national champion Asma Jan, made history as the first two Pakistani women to compete internationally.

In a recent statement, the UCI has updated the development in off-road disciplines. Gravel racing will be added to the UCI Cycling Calendar in 2022. A UCI Gravel World Series will be created that will qualify athletes for the UCI Gravel World Championships. There will also be a test cyclo-cross team relay held in Fayetteville in January 2022 and the status of neo-pro will be introduced into women cycling. More details hereThe UCI will be opening a new women’s U23 category and rainbow jersey for the 2022 Road World Championships in Wollongong. However, the event is not run as a separate race but rather forms part of the existing elite women’s road race, with the first rider aged under 23 to cross the line to be crowned the first U23 world champion.

The Cycle to Work Scheme which was introduced in the U.K. in 1999 has undergone changes. It now includes the purchase of e-bikes and has removed the spending cap, in an effort to increase the amount of people using bikes. It aims to provide a more affordable way to buy bikes and equipment, with payments being tax-exempt.

Voxwomen Exclusive

Did you catch the news? We’ve launched the Vox Performance Project! Have the chance to be one of 10 women to be helped towards their cycling goals thanks to products and support from Supersapiens, Zwift and Precision Hydration. Learn more here about how you can enter. Applications close on 1 October, so don’t miss out!

Results

Road World Championships 

Elite ITT: Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) ahead of Merlen Reusser (Switzerland) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)Junior ITT: Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) ahead of Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain) and Antonia Niedermaier (Germany)

Team Time Trial – Mixed Relay: Germany ahead of The Netherlands and Italy

Junior Women Road: Zoe Backstedt (GBR) ahead of Kaia Schmid (USA) and Linda Riedmann (Germany)

Elite Women Road: Elisa Balsamo (ITA) ahead of Marianne Vos (NED) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL)

Zwift Blog

Ella Harris tells us about her latest adventure rides to France and the foothills of the Pyrenees, and summarises her thoughts on the Olympics, in her latest blog.

Product Reviews

The first Supersapiens wearable device designed specifically for athletes has arrived in the form of a wrist reader. The Energy Band syncs directly with the Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor via Bluetooth and displays minute-by-minute glucose data. Read more about the features of the Supersapiens Energy Band here.

This week in cycling history

Anna Meares

Born on 21 September 1983, the Australian track rider is a Commonwealth and Olympic gold medallist as well as track World Champion, making her one of the most decorated track cyclists of all times. She retired from the sport in 2016 and is now on the speaker circuits and provides commentary for an Australian TV network.

Victoria Pendleton

Born on 24 September 1980, the British former track cyclist is one of her country’s most successful track riders, with two Olympic gold medals, one silver and nine world titles. As a youngster, she was encouraged to cycle by her father, a national grass-track cycling champion but she did not become a full-time rider until after graduating from university. After retiring from track cycling, she tried her hand at becoming a jockey and has made appearances on several TV shows.

Mirjiam Melchers-van Poppel

The Dutch rider’s birthday was on 26 September. The now 46-year-old athlete was one of the leading cyclists of her time. She was not only an accomplished road cyclist, winning several one-day races, which were her specialty, but she was also highly successful in cyclo-cross.

Emma Johansson

The Swedish rider celebrated her 38th birthday on 23 September. Initially successful in cross-country skiing, she switched to mountain biking through her older brother and then to road cycling where she topped the UCI rankings and took bronze and silver medals at the UCI Road World Championships, in addition to two Olympic silver medals. She retired from the sport in 2016 and now lives in Belgium.

Rides of the week

3R Ladies iTT Race

This RACE is brought to you by 3R to help draw attention to our charity partners. One example is how Buffalo Bikes (provided by the charity WBR for £100/each) can benefit the world’s transport needy families. Expect this RACE to be highly competitive across all CATs. In order to make the racing as fair as possible, racers on zPower, lacking heart rate monitors, riding an inappropriate category, or riding very unrealistically may be disqualified. Further information is available here. Final results will be available on zwiftpower.com

We hope that everyone gets a great workout and has some good fun in this part of 3R’s #prostyletraining offering. Find out more here!

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Rides

Ride with Reason during this three-day ride series with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and professional cyclist Cory Greenberg. Millions of Americans live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ride on Zwift during this series to connect with others, and to raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for these painful and devastating diseases. Find out more here.

From our online shop

Coffee, Bike Cake T-Shirt – £21

Every great day on a bike begins with coffee and ends with cake. Our new tee brings it all together. Made with all natural materials, this t-shirt is perfect for lounging around in, working at home in or making a statement when you’re out with friends at the café. All sales help Voxwomen raise the profile of women’s cycling so thank you for supporting what we do. Get yours here!

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!

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