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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.

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. Sharon was a fantastic bike rider and a member of the Voxwomen Team. She loved to watch races, see the progression of riders and discuss how races went. This award is a special way to remember her.

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.

Voting closes on Friday 3 December, so cast your vote by clicking here. You can also read all about the nominees here.

Results

X²O Badkamers Trofee Kortrijk, Belgium: Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED) and Denise Betsema (NED)

UCI Track Championships in Lithuania leaders: Women’s Sprint League: Emma Hinze (GER); Women’s Endurance League: Katie Archibald (GBR)

Cyclocross World Cup Besançon, France: Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Maghalie Rochette (CAN) and Denise Betsema (NED)

Zwift Blog

In her latest blog, the always-entertaining Ella Harris of Canyon//SRAM writes about communicating with teammates, cycling hacks, nutrition, travel and also “nature breaks” during races. You won’t want to miss her insights!

This week in cycling history

Anna Millward

The former Australian road and time trial champion’s birthday was on 26 November. The now 50 year old was one of Australia’s most successful riders, and was active between 1994 and 2002. After having commuted to and from university by bike, Millward decided to enter the Great Victorian Bike Ride, a nine-day recreational event. After this adventure, she developed a passion for cycling and went on to built an illustrious sporting career. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the time trial and bronze in the road race, came second in the World Championships in the road and time trial in 1999, and in 2001 won the overall UCI points title and became the UCI overall world cup points champion in the same year. During her cycling career, she also managed to complete a law degree and after retiring from the sport, she returned to work as a lawyer in Melbourne, Australia.

Rides of the week

Neokyo Badge Hunt – Stage 1 (Every hour throughout the week)

Welcome to the Neokyo Badge Hunting Series!

The Makuri Islands are expanding, and what better way to give Zwifters the lowdown on the new, neon-saturated metropolis of Neokyo than with a fun-filled badge hunt?

Rush into four electrifying routes and stake your claim in this slice of nocturnal paradise. You’ll have the opportunity to tear through all the mile-a-minute energy Neokyo brings while racking up the route badges. Whether you’re a first-time badge hunter or a seasoned vet, you’ll be in the right place.

For more information and all events: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/tag/neokyobadge

Betty Designs Group Workout (Wed, Dec 1)

A 90-minute workout with build sets of intervals both below + above your FTP. As the intervals get shorter, the effort gets harder!

About the workout designer: Betty Designs’ – Kristin Mayer: Kristin is the founder/designer of Betty Designs. She has no formal coaching credentials, but has raced over 100 triathlons and now participates in endurance gravel events. In this workout she shares her favorite long interval workout that she uses in peak training for endurance events. Her goal is to stay ahead of the age curve and gain watts on the bike, even over 50.

For more information: https://www.zwift.com/ca/events/tag/bettydesigns

 

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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