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Trek-Segafredo has published its team for the 2022 season. Two new riders, including Elisa Balsamo, the World Road Race champion, as well as Leah Thomas, an all-rounder with great capabilities on the road bike and the time trial bike, have joined the squad.

Liv Racing has partnered with Xstra and will be known from next year as Liv Racing Xstra. Xstra is a Dutch based internationally operating company that has been selling computer components and products for data storage for 25 years.

Spanish climber Ane Santesteban has extended for two more years with Team BikeExchange.

Australian rider Jessica Allen has inked a new deal with Team BikeExchange for another year. Next season will be her seventh year with the Australian squad.

The UCI has published the list of UCI World Championship events that are open for bidding and whose hosts will be announced at the next UCI Congress, in September 2022 during the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia.

Movistar Team has launched the Navarra reforestation project, aiming to plant 1000 trees in Sangüesa (Navarra, Northern Spain). The project intends to increase the ecosystem’s resilience and biodiversity. Several of the team’s riders, including Lourdes Oyarbide and Sara Martin, attended the first sowing of seedlings.

And now for some off-season antics: in an alternative Hour Record attempt, A.R. Monex rider Maria Vittoria Sperotto and compatriot UAE Team Emirates rider Davide Formolo have a new record completing the shortest distance possible in one hour of continuous riding. They covered 981m in a test of balance and perseverance.

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards

Since 2016, Voxwomen supporters have voted for their rider of the year. In 2018, after the sad passing of Sharon Laws, the prestigious award was named after her to continue her memory.

The nominees for the two categories are:

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year: Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering, Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen, Elisa Balsamo, Lisa Brennauer

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Young Rider of the Year: Emma Norsgaard, Lorena Wiebes, Niamh Fisher-Black, Charlotte Kool.

Read all about the nominees here and cast your vote by clicking here.


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

UCI World Cup Koksijde: Annemarie Worst ahead of Denise Betsema and Lucinda Brand

Zwift Blog

Amalie Dideriksen of Trek – Segafredo tells us what she looks forward to in the off-season and what she has planned.

This week in cycling history

Monica Harwood’s winning ride

In Victorian times, over-the-top endurance sporting events were very popular with the public. Female athletes would compete on board tracks for considerable amounts of prize money in front of often packed crowds. On 18 November 1895, a novice racer, Monica Harwood from Buckinghamshire, who had only been riding for six months, started her track-racing career in spectacular fashion at the Royal Aquarium in London. The twelve-day race was the first of its kind in Britain and attracted riders from England, Belgium, France, Scotland and even Canada. Against all odds, Harwood beat formidable champions of the track to ultimately secure the win, taking home £50 in prize money, the equivalent of around £7000 today.

Rides of the week

Liv Party Podcast Ride: Tour de France Femmes with Liv’s Alison Jackson and Brook Hopper (Nov 24 @8am PST)

The latest in Liv’s line of performance road bikes designed for women, by women.
Perfect for any rider, from discerning road enthusiasts to UCI WorldTour riders, the Langma Disc range offers a wide selection of models for those looking for a direct path to the podium.

This three-week ride series starts November 1 and features in-game podcasts focusing on topics like Zwift 101 tips, Liv’s product perspective, and the Tour de France Femmes!

This is your shot at riding in style, because only on Zwift can you sport the Liv Pro Team kit in each event. After three weeks of rides, you’ll get to pedal alongside pro racer Ayesha McGowan during a community sportive hosted by Liv December 4.

For more information:

SZR WomenByBike Socialride (Nov 24 @9amPST)

Welcome to the SZR WomenByBike Social group ride! This ride is focused on women riders only.
– The goal with the SZR group ride is to focus on the group and keeping the group together the entire ride.
– We ride at 2.0-2.5w/kg for the most of the ride
– This is a social group ride and not a race. Staying close to the rideleader is the key.
– Follow the ride leaders instructions at all times.

– After steep hills we focus on keeping the group together and soft pedal to let the group come together again.

For more information:

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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