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Team SD Worx rider and inaugural eSports World Champion, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, has launched the “Rocacorba Collective”, a membership funded program that will initially consist of a women’s racing league team, women-only rides, mixed social rides, workouts, and training plans. Read more details here.

Rally Cycling will be changing its name to Human Powered Health. Their women’s squad is set to join the WorldTour, which will make it the first co-ed team to have its women’s team reach the top level status before its men’s squad. The new partnership will allow the team to use its platform to inspire others to improve health and well-being.

Former BikeExchange riders Georgia Baker and Alexandra Manly will return to the Australian squad for the next two years. The accomplished track riders will now concentrate on their road cycling ambitions.

Alena Amialiusik has extended her contract with Canyon//SRAM until the end of 2022. The Belarusian rider had initially thought of retiring but eventually decided she was not yet ready to give up participating in the sport.

Irish road champion Imogen Cotter, who only took up cycling three years ago, and who races for the Movistar E-team, has recently signed with Plantur – Pura. Other new signings include Julie Van de Velde, Kim de Baat, and Justine Ghekiere. Laura Süssemilch has also extended with the team.

Annemiek van Veuten is the only female out of 12 nominees for the prestigious Vélo d’Or prize, which is awarded to the rider who has performed the best over the past year. The Velo d’Or is voted on by a number of European journalists from different countries and will be announced later this year.

Afghan rider Rukhsar Habibzai, who recently had to leave her native country, has settled in the USA and will be riding for Team Twenty24, a North American squad that has had much success in developing track and road riders.

After a 15-year career, Australian rack cyclist Kaarle McCulloch has announced her retirement. She has won four rainbow jerseys, 10 world Championships, an Olympic bronze, three Commonwealth Gold medals, 21 Oceania titles and 15 national crowns.

The 21-year-old cycling talent Desiet Kidane Tekeste has passed away following a tragic road incident in her home country of Eritrea. The young rider was out training when she was hit by a car. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and her World Cycling Centre teammates.

The organisers of the inaugural Tour de Romandie Féminin have revealed more details. The event will take place over three days between 7 and 9 October 2022. The first stage will start and finish in Lausanne, the second will link Sion to Thyon 2000, and the third will finish in Geneva.

Trek-Segafredo has welcomed Sports Psychologist Elisabetta Borgia to the squad. The 34-year old is a former cyclist with 17 years of experience. She started working with the Italian Cycling Federation Study Center and has worked with Elisa Longo Borghini since 2019.

The Vox Performance Project

The riders who will take part in the Vox Performance Project have been announced! They will be sharing their journey over the coming months and posting blogs on the Voxwomen website, so you can keep up to date with their progress. Get to know more about them here.

Results

Superprestige CX Niel: Lucinda Brand ahead of Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema

Gravel championships Netherlands: Demi Vollering ahead of Floortje Mackaij and Lorena Wiebes

CX World Cup, Tabor: Lucinda Brand ahead of Puck Pieterse and Annemarie Worst

Zwift Blog

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

Linda Jackson

Born on 13 November 1958 in Canada, Jackson is one of Canada’s most successful riders, having won bronze at the 1996 World Championships as well as medals at the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and Canadian national championships. After retiring from the sport in 2000, she worked as a Chief financial officer in San Francisco. Since then, she has been dedicated to helping the next generation of Canadian and American women gain experience racing overseas and achieve their potential in the sport. In 2004, she founded Team TIBCO-SVB, which is the longest running North American women’s cycling team, a squad that has applied for World Tour status in 2022.

Kristina Vogel

Vogel celebrated her 32nd birthday on 10 November. The German former track cyclist won two gold medals and a bronze medal at the Olympics and is seven-time UCI Track World Champion. Born in Kyrgystan, her parents moved to Germany when she was very young. Vogel, who worked part-time as a police officer, suffered a training accident in the velodrome in June 2018 which left her in a wheelchair. In 2019, she entered politics and was elected to the council in her home city of Erfurt, in Germany. She has also returned to the police force and now also serves on two UCI boards, all the while also commentating on track cycling for German television.

Rides of the week

Liv Langma Ride Series

Together with Zwift, Liv will be offering three weeks of virtual rides featuring in-game podcasts with Liv athletes and staff. As part of the series, participants will be able to ride the new Langma Disc and wear the Liv Racing WorldTeam kit in-game. Every participant will also be entered to win a real replica of the Liv Racing WorldTeam kit. Participants will also receive the chance to learn more about Zwift, the Langma and the first-ever Tour de France Femmes from Liv Racing WorldTeam riders Ayesha McGowan and Alison Jackson, as well as Liv Engineer Sophia Shih, Senior Product Marketing Specialist Jen Audia, and Marketing Manager Brook Hopper by listening to our exclusive podcast in-game.

Liv Party Podcast Ride 1: Zwift 101 with Ayesha McGowan and the new Liv Langma

– November 17, 18, 20
A- vailable five times per day! (3am, 8am, 3pm, 6pm, 8pm GMT)
– Route: Watopia Waistband
– Duration: 1hr
– Host: Rahsaan Bahati
– Guest: Ayesha McGowanClick here to sign up for the ride.

CAF Group Ride w/ Mohamed Lahna (Nov 16 @7amPST)

Join the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) on a fun group ride led by CAF sponsored athletes and get to learn more about what CAF is doing to level up and raise awareness for adaptive sports!

The Challenged Athletes Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to “provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.”
Learn more about the Challenged Athletes Foundation here: https://www.challengedathletes.org/

You can support CAF’s mission by donating here: https://www.givengain.com/e/challenged-athletes-foundatio/

Find more about the event here: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/tag/caf/view/2410501

Vitality for UNICEF Group Ride (Nov 18 @8amPST)

Vitality, in partnership with UNICEF, is teaming up with Zwift for a series of great social rides for a fantastic cause. Don’t miss out. Join our social rides of 45 minutes to one hour and do your part to give kids a head start. Keeping you active and helping Vitality and UNICEF vaccinate millions of children worldwide.

We encourage everyone to stay together for this social ride. Every ride completion will help UNICEF vaccinate a child against polio.

Find more about the event here: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/view/2420284

From our online shop

Men’s Coffee Bike Cake Hoodie – £45

We’re always being asked for men’s clothing, so here you are! Every great day on a bike begins with coffee and ends with cake. Our new coffee cake sweatshirt for men is bright and comfy. Made with all natural materials, this sweat is perfect for lounging around in, working at home in or making a statement when you are out with friends at the cafe. All sales help Voxwomen raise the profile of women’s cycling so thank you for supporting what we do! You can get your hoodie here!

Men’s If In Doubt, Go Flat Out hoodie – £40

Another item from our men’s range of clothing. Inspired by the Voxwomen team attitude, it doesn’t matter how “flat out” is “flat out” to you – the freedom of riding a bike is perfectly encapsulated in this statement. All Voxwomen products sold help us raise the profile of womens cycling directly so thank you for your support. Buy this hoodie here!

Women’s Be Part of the Journey mountain hoodie – £45

Since the launch of Voxwomen, we have always used the message, “Be Part of the Journey.” Women’s cycling has been on a journey and the development of the sport continues. This mountain design links with the message and looks great on this relaxed hoodie. Wear before or after an event it is sure to keep you warm. Get yours here!

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