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After five years with Team DSM, U.S. rider Coryn Labecki will join Jumbo-Visma Women for two years. She was the first U.S. rider to win the Tour of Flanders in 2017. In addition, her palmarès include victories at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the Women’s Tour, and the RideLondon Classique.

The Cyclists’ Alliance, in partnership with Supersapiens, has launched a new initiative called “The Cyclists Alliance Duty of Care Framework” with the aim of assisting all stakeholders in female professional cycling to put their mental and physical well-being first. More information on the framework’s specific aims here.

Movistar Team has partnered with La Passione Cycling Couture to become the squad’s technical partner and supply the team with technical cycling apparel.

TIBCO-SVB rider Tanja Erath sustained multiple fractures due to a crash after the first stage of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour and requires spinal surgery. We wish her well and a speedy recovery.

The organisers of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol have announced the launch of a three day women’s race, planned from 29 April to 1 May 2022, covering 350km through the Spanish provinces of Malaga, Cadiz, and Granada.

CERATIZIT Tools has extended their sponsorship of the CERATIZIT Festival Elsy Jacobs which will take place from 29 April to 1 May 2022.

The race director of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour confirmed his intention to have live coverage for next year’s edition, but will not be taking funds away from other parts of the race in exchange for a short live stream. The race is contracted until 2025 to a highlights package with ITV4 and he believes that the advantages of this highlights program outweigh 45 minutes of live streaming.

After a failed attempt in 2019, Christina Mackenzie has now broken the Land’s End to John O’Groats women’s record of 51:05.05, surpassing Lynne Taylor’s 19-year-old record by 100 minutes

Following discussion about unequal price money at the women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix, Trek-Segafredo confirmed that since the start of the 2021 season, the team has matched the prize money for their female athletes at women’s road races to the money awarded in the equivalent men’s races. This did not only apply to the winner but for all riders who finished in prize money-earning positions.

France is offering owners of old cars the opportunity to return them for a 2,500 Euro grant towards the purchase of an electric bike in order to get more people on bikes and reduce greenhouse emissions.


AJ Bell Women’s Tour

Stage 1: Marta Bastianelli (Ale BTC Ljubljana) ahead of Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo) and Ciara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)
Stage 2: Amy Pieters (Team SD Worx) ahead of Ciara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team)
Stage 3: Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) ahead of Joscelin Lowden (DROPS – Le Col s/b TEMPUR) and Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM)
Stage 4: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo)
Stage 5: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Marjolein Van t’Geloof (Drops – Le Col s/b TEMPUR)
Stage 6: Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Travel & Service) ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segfredo)
GC: Demi Vollering ahead of Juliette Labous (Team DSM) and Ciara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)

Tre Valli Varesine: Arlenis Sierra (A. R. Monex Women’s) ahead of Mavi Garcia (Alé BTC Ljubljana) and Rachel Neylan (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Binche Chimay Binche: Sara Van De Vel (Team Rupelcleaning) ahead of Loes Adegeest (Mix Van Arckel Restore) and Nicole Steigenga (Doltcini – Van Eyck – Proximus CT)

European Track Championships 
Scratch: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Valentine Fortin (FRA) and Daria Pikulik (POL)
Team Sprint: Netherlands ahead of Germany and the Russian Federation
Team Pursuit: Germany ahead of Italy and Ireland
Elimination: Valentine Fortin (FRA) ahead of Letizia Paternoster (ITA) and Neah Evans (GBR)
Omnium: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Victoire Berteau (FRA) and Rachele Barbieri (ITA)
Sprint: Shane Braspennincx (NED) ahead of Sophie Lea Friedrich (GER) and Matilde Gros (FRA)
500m TT: Daria Shmeleva (RUS) ahead of Pauline Sophie Grabosch (GER) and Yana Tyshchenko (RUS)
Individual pursuit: Lisa Brennauer (GER) ahead of Marion Borras (FRA) and Mieke Kroger (GER)
Points Race: Gulnaz Khatuntseva (RUS) ahead of Shari Bossuyt (BEL) and Lonneke Uneken (NED
Madison: Great Britain ahead of Denmark and France

Trek CX Cup/Wisconsin,USA: Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing) ahead of Helene Clauzel (AS Bike Cross Team) and Katarina Nash (Cliff Pro Team)

Zwift Blog

Lauren Kitchen writes about the importance of building team engagement and creating a better environment for everyone to progress as an individual and as a team. Check out her tips here!

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

Deirdre “Dede” Barry

Dede Barry, a former rider from the U.S, turned 49 years old on 8 October. Originally a speed skater, she swapped her skates for a bike to became a six time US champion, win several world cups and two world Championship medals and in 2004 the silver medal in the time trial at the Olympics in Athens. After completing a MBA in Barcelona, she began working at Mariposa Cycling, a family run business that produces custom-made bikes in Ontario, Canada. These days, she divides her time between Canada and Girona, Spain, where she leads cycling tours in and around the area.

Rides of the week

KX3 Women’s Freestyle Ride (Oct 12th)

Join your coach, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, Kristin Armstrong, along with special guests and cycling mentors, for KX3 Lifestyle + Coaching’s weekly women’s group ride! Whether you are new to cycling or looking to take your riding to the next level, each unique 60-minute ride is designed to help you develop and improve upon aerobic fitness, cycling specific strength, and fuel efficiencies, all while having FUN and learning about all things Zwift! For more information, click here!

Black Celebration Series Rides (until Oct 30th)

The Black Celebration Series is a year-long observance highlighting the joy the Black community brings to Zwift. October kicks off Black History Month in the UK, Ireland, and Netherlands. What better way to celebrate the vibrant community and athletes than by exploring the iconic roads of London!

These group rides are meant to be at a social pace, lasting 45 minutes. If there is a leader, they will maintain 1.5-2w/kg pace.

All October events will take place on the Greater London Loop. Plus when you complete any event, you will unlock the exclusive 2021 Black Celebration Series kit. To learn more about the Black Celebration Series and see the event schedule, visit this link.

For more information, click here!

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