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Dutch rider Janneke Ensing, who rode for Team BikeExchange for the past two years, has retired after a long and successful career.

British track and road rider Ellie Dickinson, British rider Emily Wadsworth (NXGT Racing) and New Zealand track and road rider Rushlee Buchanan have announced their retirement from the sport.

Former American rower Kristen Faulkner will join Team BikeExchange for the next two years. The talented rider was with TIBCO-SVB before making the step up to the WorldTour with the Australian squad.

Ruby Roseman-Gannon has signed her first WorldTour contract with Team Bike Exchange. The Australian rider will compete with the squad for the next two years.

Samantha Schneider will join her sister Skylar at L39ION of Los Angeles in 2022, while Shayna Powless will also be riding for the US squad.

Dutch riders Marit Raaijmakers and Nina Buijsman have joined Rally Cycling from Parkhotel Valkenburg. The latter has signed a contract for one year, while her compatriot has entered a two-year deal with the U.S. squad.

Australian rider Tiffany Cromwell has extended with Canyon//SRAM for another two years.Dutch rider Quinty Ton and Czech road champion Tereza Neumanova have signed with Liv Racing.

After having previously spent three seasons from 2017 to 2019 with the team, Lizzie Holden will be returning to DROPS – Le Col s/b TEMPUR.

The Cyclists’ Alliance has published its 2021/2022 Elected Rider Council.

Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten has topped the women’s WorldTour and World ranking by a significant margin. The Dutch rider had 12 victories in 2021, including the Olympic ITT gold, Ronde van Vlaanderen, and three stage races victories. New Zealand rider Niamh Fisher-Black took out the best young rider category.Recently retired Australian rider Lucy Kennedy has joined the coaching staff at the Australian Cycling Academy in Queensland, where she will bring her experience to the development of young riders.

Carmen Small, the former pro rider who won a bronze medal in the ITT at the World Championships and twice gold in the TTT, will be joining Team Jumbo-Visma Women as a race coach.Full details of the course for the road road and time trial events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 have been revealed. The road race route consists of a 16km loop (total 112km) starting in Warwick, while the 29km-long TT starts and finishes at Wolverhampton’s West Park. More information can be found here.

The elite women’s CX race on the Koppenberg will be renamed the GP Jolien Verschueren, in memory of the young rider who won the event in 2015 and 2016, and passed away in July this year.

Olympic road race gold medallist Anna Kiesenhofer has been named Austrian Sportswoman of the year.The UCI announced that Dutch rider Shanne Braspennincx has been elected to represent track cycling on the UCI Athletes’ Commission, in a vote organised during the 2021 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships held in Roubaix this September.

The Belgian elite women riders for the European Cyclo-cross Championships have been selected. They are: Lucinda Brand, Annemarie Worst, Denise Betsema, Yara Kastelijn, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Inge van der Heijden, Manon Bakker and Aniek van Alphen.

The finalists for the Zwift Academy Program have been announced. The five riders will now compete at the Zwift Academy road finals in Mallorca for a contract with Canyon//SRAM for 2022.

Results

At Cape Epic, Swiss rider Sina Frei and Austrian Laura Stigger completed their clean sweep. After winning every race, the pair then won the overall title at the South African MTB event.

The Lion’s Den Criterium: Olivia Ray (Rally Cycling) ahead of Kendall Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles) and Amy Pieters (SD Worx)

Druivencross Overijse Cyclo-Cross Worldcup: Blanka Vas ahead of Puck Pieterse and Lucinda Brand

Zwift Blog

Do you believe in luck? Mavi Garcia gives us her take on luck, risk taking, and making things work for you, in her latest blog right here. También en Español!

This week in cycling history

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg

The now 47-year-old German former pro rider celebrated her birthday on 28 October. She competed between 2000 and 2013 and won over 200 races in her career, including the World Team Time Trial Championships in 2012. After suffering a serious accident, she retired in 2013. Following her recovery, she directed the junior men’s and women’s program of USA Cycling in Europe and was later appointed Director of Sports for the newly-formed Trek-Segafredo women’s team in 2019. That year, she also became USA Cycling’s Women’s Road Sports Director for the World Championships and Olympic Games.

Dame Sarah Storey

The British Paralympic rider and former swimmer was born on 26 October 1977. She competed as a swimmer at the Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005. Among the most decorated athletes in Great Britain, she also holds numerous world records in both swimming and cycling. With her most recent 17th gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, she became the most successful British Paralympian ever. Following the 2012 Olympics, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Years Honours. She is also the founder of Storey Racing, a women’s team that rides road, track, TT, CX and trike.

Rides of the week

Le Col Training with Legends // Dame Sarah Storey (Nov 5-6 every 2 hours)

About Dame Sarah Storey: With 17x Gold Medals, Sarah is the most decorated and successful British Paralympian of all time. Adding to this, 23 UCI World Championship titles among a staggering number of world records. Expect to go deep in pursuit of gains.

Crank the heat this winter with legendary Le Col athletes. Stay motivated and up to speed with training tips from the front of the peloton. Join Sir Bradley Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara, Dame Sarah Storey, and Kristin Armstrong as they lead workouts and group rides designed to keep you moving fast all year long.

For more information: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/view/2377747

Ride With Reggie (Nov 6)

Ride to make a difference, ride for meaningful change, and Ride with Reggie!
Come ride with us, encourage a new generation of participation, and celebrate diversity in sport. Ride with NBA All Star Reggie Miller and other special guests while we attempt to set a Zwift World Record for participation and raise funds for the development of cycling programs at Historically Black Colleges or Universities.

For more information: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/view/2374952

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