|Team BikeExchange, which will become Team BikeExchange Jayco next season, has confirmed its 13-rider roster for 2022, which represents the most significant roster change in the team’s history.
Former Slovenian time trial champion Urška Žigart has signed for another season with Team BikeExchange after a strong debut season with the Australian team 2021.
Japanese national champion Eri Yonamine has signed with Human Powered Health (Rally Cycling). The 30-year-old Netherlands-based rider joined from the U.S. squad TIBCO-SVB.
Multiple-time New Zealand champion Georgia Williams has signed for 2022 with Team BikeExchange. This will be the sixth year that the versatile rider spends with the Australian squad.
Lizzy Banks has signed for two years with EF Education TIBCO-SVB. The rider from Sheffield has been sidelined with a concussion injury, but is ready to take on new challenges with the U.S. squad.
Dutch talent Silke Smulders will join Liv Racing Xstra next season. The young rider has already proven herself this year with solid results at the Simac Ladies Tour and the Giro d’Italia Donne.
Life Time Inc, which owns Unbound Gravel and several other major events in the USA, is launching a pro series of off-road races between April and August 2022. 20 men and 20 women will be selected to compete after the organisers have reviewed their applications. The events consist of three mountain bike events and three gravel events with a total of $250,000 of prize money on offer, split evenly between the male and the female riders.
Within an opening period of two weeks, CANYON//SRAM Racing received 239 applications from riders of 62 different nationalities for its development team. It is the first time that a Women’s WorldTour team has its own development team, providing scholarships to cover training and racing.
The 2022 UCI Cycling E-sports World Championships promises to be one of the most accessible World Championships to date, with a new qualification pathway. Five Continental Qualifiers to these Championships, covering Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will be open to top community e-sports competitors from around the world. The women’s qualifications will take place on 27 November 2021. The top five from each race will be awarded a start in the Elite 2022 UCI Cycling E-sports World Championships and will race for their respective National Federations on 26 February 2022. More information can be found here.
From 2022, the Danilith Nokere Koerse – UCI ProSeries Road Race will offer equal prize money for male and female riders. The organisers will triple the prize money for the women’s race from 5,130 to 18,800 Euros. This makes it the largest prize pool in one day races on the women’s calendar.
Women’s cycling is gaining traction in Africa. Five African nations were at the start of the five-stage inaugural International Women’s Cycling Tour of Burundi in central Africa. Riders from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burindi took on the 358.5 km route.
The Val di Sole cyclocross World Cup will be held on sections of snow in the Italian Alps in an attempt to convince the IOC that it should be in the winter Olympics. The women’s elite races will be held on Sunday13 December 13 around the Vermiglio cross-country skiing centre. Vermiglio sits at an altitude of 1,261 metres at the foot of the Passo del Tonale that divides the Trentino and Lombardia regions.