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Lizzie Deignan took out the inaugural edition of Paris Roubaix Femmes, with Trek-Segafredo announcing that they will match the men’s prize money.

After setting an unofficial hour record at a training ride earlier in the year, Joss Lowden rode 48.405 km to set a new UCI Hour Record in Grenchen, Switzerland. Find out more about her fantastic achievement here.

The AJ Bell Women’s Tour will not be able to expand coverage in 2021 to include live broadcast. However, a highlights program will be available each night. Read more about the upcoming race here.

After the most recent election during the World Championship in Belgium, the UCI Management Committee now has six female members out of 18, as opposed to just one following the previous elections.

Ruth Winder of the USA has been elected to represent the discipline of road cycling on the UCI Athletes’ Commission. She will serve for four years, with her role involving submitting proposals to the UCI Management Committee with the aim of improving conditions, protecting riders, and promoting ethics.

Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank Founder, Linda Jackson, has announced a new Seattle-based development team. Fount Cycling Guild is a grassroots club team of over 90 riders, which focuses on developing riders and preparing them for domestic elite teams.

Canadian Road and ITT champion Alison Jackson has extended her contract with Liv Racing for another year.

Sylvie Swinkels will join Team Coop – Hitec Products for 2022. The Norwegian team has also renewed the contracts with Norwegian Ann Helen Olsen, and German rider Christa Riffel for one more year.

The Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race have been cancelled for 2022 due to Australia’s border closures and strict quarantine requirements. Instead, the organisers are planning a local Festival of Cycling for riders in Australia. Australia’s oldest race, the Herald Sun Tour, which has attracted several WT teams in the past, has also been cancelled for 2022.

The second edition of the Tour de Suisse Women, held between 18 and 21 June 2022, will now have four stages and feature an individual time trial.The Giro Italia Donne will become a WT race again next year and will be held between 1 and 10 July 2022.

After a career spanning over two decades, German rider Trixi Worrack has announced her retirement. She has five Team Time Trial World Championship titles to her name and has taken out the German road and time trial titles on several occasions. After finishing her professional carer as a rider, she will take on a new role as a trainer for female and junior riders in Thüringen, Germany.


Paris-Roubaux: Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma Women) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo)

Irish National Championships Elite ITT: Joanna Patterson ahead of Eve McCrystal and Linda Kelly

Giro dell’Emilia: Mavi Garcia (Alé BTC Ljubljana) ahead of Arlenis Sierra (A. R. Monex Women’s Cycling) and Rachel Naylen (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Meulebeke Cyclocross: Sanne Cant (Belgium) ahead of Zoe Bäckstedt (Great Britain) and Marie Schreiber (Luxembourg)

Zwift Blog

Megan Jastrab shares her experience of her first WorldTour race, the recent Simac Ladies Tour, and how it panned out for her. Read all about it here 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

Emma Pooley

The British rider celebrated her birthday on 3 October. During her cycling career, she specialised in time trials and hilly terrain. She won Olympic silver in the time trial in 2008, was British ITT champion on three occasions, and won the national road championships in 2010 along with several stage races and setting an Everesting record, all the while completing her Ph.D in geotechnical engineering. After retiring from cycling, she embarked on a successful running and triathlon career. Besides English, she also speaks German and French and nowadays works in coaching and consulting,

Karen Kurreck

27 years ago, Karen Kurreck, then 32 years old, won the first ever women’s ITT World Championship title in Catania, Italy. The former gymnast and triathlete had only taken up cycling seriously three years earlier. After the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, she switched to cyclocross riding before retiring from active sport.

Beth Heiden

27 September was the birthday of this now 63-year-old U.S. former speed skater, cross country-skier and road cyclist, who won the Road World Championships in France in 1980.

Rides of the week

Absa Cape Epic | Qhubeka Podcast Ride (Oct 4 to Oct 11)

Ready to ride for a good cause? The Absa Cape Epic is back and you can help make a difference in the lives of others! Kicking off in-game on October 4, we’re thrilled to help build excitement for the IRL event on October 17 with this 8-part in-game series.

In collaboration with Qhubeka, these virtual rides benefit poverty-stricken areas throughout South Africa. By participating, you’ll help raise awareness about community members in need and receive bikes to stay mobile and active all year long. Funds raised by this campaign help children get to school, participate in sports, and improve access to job opportunities.

You’ll be tuned into the Zwift PowerUp Cycling podcast featuring pro athletes like Andrew Mclean, Victor Campenaerts, and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. They’re ready to get personal and give listeners an in-depth look into how bicycles have changed their own lives and why it’s important to give back to those in need. Click here for more information.

CMA Ladies Only Social Ride (Wed, Oct 6)

The focus for this group ride is to have fun! We are not just mums, but women who inspire, encourage, and empower each other. All women are welcome to join, especially those new to Zwift or wanting some good company to start off their week! The pace will be between 1.3-1.7wkg throughout the 45min duration. We hope to see you in Watopia!
This ride is led by Cycling Mums Australia. Our members all share a similar love for two wheels, they are mums, some are non mums, they know a mum, one day want to be a mum and dedicated to make cycling fun and safe for all and our future generations. So if you want to live a rich life with laughter, love and support, join us! Click here for more information!

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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