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EF Education First joins the longest running North American women’s team as a co-title sponsor. The squad will be renamed EF Education-TIBCO-SVB in 2022. As a starting point, all riders racing for the team full-time will be paid at least the men’s WorldTour minimum salary.

Experienced Dutch rider Nina Kessler has joined Team BikeExchange for the next two years. She has been in the peloton for 12 years and will assist the team’s leaders and guide younger riders whilst also achieving results for herself.

American junior riders Makayla MacPherson and Kaia Schmid have signed with Rally Cycling for the next two seasons. MacPherson, who is currently studying nursing, and Schmid, who is an accomplished skier, already gained experience racing in Europe this season.

Lotto Soudal Ladies has signed the Belgian riders Esmée Gielkens and Ines Van de Paar, British rider Josie Knight and Czech rider Kristýna Burlová for 2022.

Team BikeExchange has signed Chelsie Wei Shi Tan for 2022. The 31 year old only started racing in 2018 but has shown great potential and won multiple national championship titles in Singapore. The Australian squad has been looking to support the development of new riders from new countries and regions.

American rider Heidi Franz joins Canadian outfit InstaFund Racing for 2022.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 Tour Down Under will not be run at the WorldTour level, but rather on a national level as The Santos Festival of Cycling. The event, which includes a four-stage women’s race, will kick off on 21 January 2022.

The partnership between Rapha and Canyon//SRAM Racing is coming to an end. It has been a successful and game-changing project for women’s cycling, with the hazard stripe jersey having become one of the most recognisable in the peloton.

RideLondon will return in May next year in a new format, including a three-day Women’s WorldTour race starting on 27 May in Essex.

The UCI has revealed its rankings. The top three riders are Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) ahead of Demi Vollering (Netherlands) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy). The Team World Rankings see SD Worx finish ahead of Trek-Segafredo and Team Movistar. The Nations World Rankings see Netherlands ahead of Italy and Denmark. In the World Tour Youth Ranking, Niamh Fisher-Black (New Zealand) takes first place ahead of Evita Muzic (France) and Mariia Novolodskaia (Russia).

After a break of three years, the route of the 2022 Transcontinental Race has been revealed. The event will begin in Geraardsbergen in Belgium, and after making the journey from east to west across the European continent, it will finish after 4100 km in Burgas on the Bulgarian Riviera. Fiona Kolbinger of Germany was the previous winner, taking slightly over 10 days to complete the race.

Results

UEC Cyclocross European Championships
Juniors: Zoe Backstedt (GBR) ahead of Leonie Bentveld (NED) and Nienke Vinke (NED)
U23: Shirin van Anrooij (NED) ahead of Puck Pieterse (NED) and Fem van Empel (NED)
Elite: Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Blanka Vas (HUN) and Yara Kastelijn (NED)
UCI Track Championships League:
Sprint: Emma Hinze ahead of Lea Friedrich (both GER)
Elimination: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Kirsten Wild (NED)
Scratch: Maggie Coles-Lyster ahead of Olivija Baleisyte (Lithuania) and Hanna Tserakh (BLR)
Keirin: Kelsey Mitchell (CAN) ahead of Emma Hinze (GER) and Martha Bayona Pineda (COL)

GP Jolien Verschueren/Koppenbergcross: Clara Honsinger (USA) ahead of Denise Betsema (NED) and Blanka Vas (HUN).

Zwift Blog

Medical doctor and pro rider Tanja Erath recounts her crash at the Women’s Tour and the recovery that follows. Read about her experience here.

This week in cycling history

Marianne Martin

Marianne Martin, born on 1 November 1957, has been officially indicted into the U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame this week. The American was the winner of the inaugural Tour de France Féminin in 1984. An injury forced her to make the change from running to cycling early in her sporting career, yet she still encountered further health problems which impeded her cycling. It was not until after her father, a doctor, diagnosed her with anaemia and she adapted her training regime that her form eventually improved. However, getting to the Tour posed several logistical and financial problems, as she had to fund everything herself, paying for flights, buying her bikes and taking on a debt to finance it all. Martin retired from the sport in 1986 after struggling with continued health issues. She worked two jobs for a couple of years in order to pay off the debt she incurred during her racing days. Her achievements, however, had a great impact on the growth of American women’s cycling, as she inspired others to get into the sport. These days, she is a professional photographer and manages her own business while in her free time she enjoys riding horses

Margaret Gast

Gast was born on 2 November 1876 in Germany, and later became an American citizen. During the final decade of the 19th century, she was the dominant racing cyclist in the U.S., having established several endurance records. After her retirement from cycling, she turned to motorcycle racing, specialising in stunt driving at fairs and carnivals.  In 1920, she left this dangerous work behind and trained as a physiotherapist, working for many decades in her own practice. She passed away in 1972 and was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1993.

Rides of the week

ODivaZ 2.3 Ride (2.0-2.5 w/kg) – Wed, Nov 10 (3:15am PST)

All riders are welcome to join the ODivaZ 2.3 Ride, led by the Women of TeamODZ, where we take pride in keeping the pace at the advertised average of 2.3 watts/kilogram. The ride is approximately 1 hour on a flat or semi-flat course (actual time/distance depends on the Zwift course of the day). Contingent on the course, there will be optional sprints and/or short “spicy segment(s)” (2.7-3.0 w/kg). The leader announces any pace changes and will slow to re-group after each sprint or spicy segment.

For more specifics about this ride and the various Zwift courses, go to: http://www.TeamODZ.com/ODivaZ/

For more description about the ride, head to: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/tag/odz/view/2398847

Backpedal Hill Climb Series – Friday, Nov 12 (11:30pm PST)

And for anyone who wants a great challenge, here’s another great ride!

Each Saturday morning we will attack the hills of Zwift, set new pb’s and have fun.
This event is part of the Backpedal Hill Climb Series:

Race 1: Fox Hill
Race 2: Hilly KOM
Race 3: Petit KOM
Race 4: Innsbruck KOM (halfway)

Backpedal is a cycling community build around the Youtube channels of former national hill climb champion Ed Laverack, Bike Racing Without Mercy and KOM Hunt TV.

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