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The route of the inaugural Le Tour de France Femmes 2022 has been revealed. It will be an exciting route with two spectacular mountain stages, two punchy stages and four flat stages. And you can read all about it here. It has also been announced that the event will have a 250,000 Euro prize fund and will be broadcast via Discovery Sports across Europe.

Team UAE Emirates will take over Alé BTC Ljubljana, with plans for WorldTour status in 2022. The women will race in the same colours as the men’s team and the squad is set to continue with several of its current riders.

Liv Racing has signed two new Italian riders for the next two seasons. Rachele Barbieri will return to road racing after having focused on track, while Katia Ragusa is aiming to take the next step in her career with the squad.

Cuban rider Arlenis Sierra, a two-time Pan American champion, has signed a two-year contract with Movistar Team.Current Under-23 New Zealand national time trial champion Henrietta Christie, who most recently rode with Bepink, and Italian climber Barbara Malcotti, of Valcar-Travel & Service, will both join Rally Cycling.

German track rider Marla Sigmund and Dutch rider Mijntje Geurts will ride for Lotto Soudal next season.

Rally Cycling’s Emma White will retire after a 6-year career in road, track and cyclo-cross.Former rider and current consultant for France Télévisions, Marion Rousse, has been appointed Race Director of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Rousse, who retired from professional cycling in 2015, has maintained involvement in cycling and acted since 2019 as deputy director of the Tour de la Provence. Organised by the ASO, the women’s Tour de France will be held from 25 to 31 July next year.

Team BikeExchange’s Amanda Spratt has been diagnosed with Iliac artery endofibrosis and will be undergoing surgery. The Australian rider received the diagnosis after the Olympics, when she felt she was unable to hold power and was underperforming in races. We wish her all the best for a quick recovery.After crashing during the AJ Bell Women’s Tour, German rider Tanja Erath of TIBCO-SVB has voiced concerns about the medical treatment she received from local medics, who she reports failed to take specific spinal precautions. She was subsequently informed that she suffered a fracture of two thoracic vertebrae bodies and a fracture of her collarbone. We wish her the very best for a complete recovery.

In co-operation with Sylvan Adams, owner of the UCI men’s WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation, the NGO IsraAID, various governments, the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) as well as FIFA, the UCI has aided the evacuation of 125 Afghan citizens, including female cyclists, members of cycling management bodies, artists, a judge, and several journalists and human rights campaigners, all of whom have been able to reach Europe via Tirana in Albania. Thirty-eight individuals are being settled in Switzerland with the others travelling to Canada, France, Israel and the USA.

The UCI has confirmed that Zwift will host the Cycling E-Sports World Championships on 26 February 2022. The Championships will move from Zwift’s Watopia to its New York Map and is focused around Central Park.

Julia Soek will join DROPS-Le Col s/b TEMPUR as a Sports Director in 2022.  A 13-year veteran of the peloton, who most recently rode for Team DSM, Soek will retire at the end of this season to work together with current Sports Director Nicolas Marche.

It’s been announced that the sixth edition of the Volta Comunitat Valenciana Femines will be held from 17 to 20 February in 2022.

British Cycling has announced that Katie Archibald, Megan Barker, Ella Barnwell, Neah Evans and Josie Knight will compete in the women’s endurance race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix later this month, while Lauren Bate, Sophie Capewell, Blaine Ridge-Evans and Milly Tanner will participate in the sprint competition.

European bronze medallists Emily Kay, Kelly Murphy, Alice Sharpe and Mia Griffin have been selected by Cycling Ireland for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.


Chrono des Nations Elite: Marlen Reusser (Alé BTC Ljubljana) ahead of Anna Kiesenhofer and Mike Kröger (Team Coop – Hitec Products)

Chrono des Nations Juniors: Benedicte Ollier ahead of Faustine Croguennoc and Coline Raby

Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Waterloo, USA: Marianne Vos ahead of Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema

Cyclo-cross Fayetteville, USA: Lucinda Brand ahead of Denise Betsema and Clara Honsinger

Verge Cross Clonmel Elite: Amira Mellor ahead of Xan Crees and Libby Bell

National Road Series Championships – UK

U23 ITT:  Anna Shackley ahead of Pfeiffer Georgi and Abi Smith

Elite ITT: Anna Henderson ahead of Joss Lowden and Leah Dixon

Criterium: Jo Tindley ahead of Abi Smith and Corinne Side

Elite Road Race: Pfeiffer Georgi ahead of Josie Nelson and Joscelin Lowden

Dutch National ITT Championships – Junior: Anna van der Meiden ahead of Mirre Knaven and Scarlett Souren

La Classique Morhiban: Sofia Bertizzolo (Liv Racing) ahead of Valetine Fortin (St. Michel Auber 96) and Chiara Consonni (Valcar Travel & Service)

GP du Morbihan: Chiara Consonni (Valcar Travel & Service) ahead Charlotte Kool (NXTG Racing) and Silvia Zanardi (BePink)

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!

This week in cycling history

Eileen Sheridan

The Coventry-born rider celebrated her 98th birthday on 18 October. Sheridan was one of the most well known female cyclists in the 1940s and 1950s and broke all 21 long distance and place-to-place records on the books of the Women’s Road Records Association. In 1954, she rode from Lands End to John O’ Groats, needing only two days and eleven hours to complete the journey, thereby smashing the previous record. Her 1000 mile record stood for 48 years before it was eventually broken. Nicknamed “the Mighty Atom,” she had a physical and mental capacity for incredible performances on the bike, was at the forefront of women’s cycling for more than a decade, and was  instrumental in leading the change in attitudes towards women’s sports.

A race from the archives

In the late 19th and early part of the 20th century, the “Criterium of the Newspaper Carriers” was run in Paris, whereby riders transported a stack of newspapers weighing around 15 kg on their bikes and had to race a certain distance to the finish. The riders were required to pass several checkpoints along the route, and ride over cobbled and unpaved sections before rolling over the finish line in central Paris. Suzanne Trébis was the first female winner of the race in 1926, taking around 1 hour 30 minutes to complete the course.

Rides of the week

Nosco Foundation Social Ride p/b Liv Cycling (every Tuesdays at 6:30am PT)

The Nosco Foundation Ride p/b Liv is all about community, hope, and love! Why? That’s what the Michael P. Nosco Foundation is all about! And we can spread that by riding bikes on Zwift? Of course! Join us every week on Tuesday at 6:30am PT for a fun, social ride appropriate for all levels. Laugh and smile as you pedal along with ride leaders Jack Nosco, Janel Spilker and other Nosco Sherpas.

Together with the team at Liv Cycling, we hope this ride serves as motivation to get on your bike, a chance to invite friends to join in good healthy fun, and spread the love, hope, and community that embodies the Nosco Foundation. Learn more here.

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Roll with Castelli – Women (every Tuesdays at 5pm PDT)

Welcome to our weekly Roll with Castelli women’s group ride! Our course varies each week but are each designed to be fun, social, supportive, and allow you to meet and connect with other women riders.Come along and ride with other women of Zwift, where our ride leader will set a pace of 2.0-2.5w/kg.

This is a social group ride not a race, and the ride has a strong focus on keeping a tight pack with a leader beacon, so please respect the pace set by the ride leader, stick together, and enjoy the draft and companionship. We invite all gender identities to join us and we’ll be sporting Castelli’s virtual Maglia Rosa kit.

For all news and prize announcements, join the Castelli ‘Squadra Corse’ Strava club here.

Follow Castelli rides here!

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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.

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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!

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