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Olympic road champion Anna Kiesenhofer will be racing without a trade team next year. However, the Austrian rider has announced that Swiss Krono Group will support her until 2024. She has also expressed interest in working in coaching, mentoring or appearances in public to add to her cycling career.

Katie Archibald, who put in a stellar performance during the first two rounds of the UCI Track Champions League, has signed with CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling for the next two years.

The Union Européenne de Cyclisme’s technical team and the Portuguese Cycling Federation have announced more details of ANADIA 2022. The city of Anadia in Portugal will host a unique event in June and July for youth cycling, particularly for the Juniors and U23 categories, with European Championship races in several disciplines: MTB XCO and XCC, road and track.

Flanders 2021 produced cycling’s first ever sustainability report concerning the Road World Championships this year. In this report, the organisers detailed the event’s environmental impact during the event. Some of the measures taken included the use of electric cars, biodiesel for energy, and reusable items.

Cycling Ireland has introduced an initiative called ‘Bike Like Me’ to get more women and girls into cycling. Cycling Ireland will support six women to become advocates and promote women and girls cycling in their local area in order to encourage greater participation.

American cyclocross and MTB rider Ellen Noble has decided to take a break from riding due to health problems, but hopes to return to the sport again at some stage.

Round 5 of the UCI Track Champions League in Israel had to be cancelled, as the Israeli government closed all borders to non-citizens due to COVID-19.

Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in Belgium, the organisers of the Cyclocross World Cup in Antwerp have decided to cancel the event, which was scheduled for 5 December. The future of the next races will be decided closer to the date.

Flanders Classics will become the full owner of the Gent-Wevelgem men’s and women’s race as of 2022. The event will take place on Sunday, 27 March of next year on a course between Ypres and Wevelgem.

NXTG Racing has partnered with Experza, an employment agency, with the team’s name changing to NXTG by Ezperza from next year. The aim of the squad is to provide riders with a professional training environment and a high-quality competition program to bridge the difficult step from junior to elite rider.


Superprestige Boom: Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Inge van der Heijden (NED) and Denise Betsema (NED)

UCI Track Champions League:  Emma Hinze (GER) (Sprint) and Katie Archibald (GBR) (Endurance)

Product Review

London Nootropics was a supporter of Voxwomen’s Big Day Out in June. After that event, several of our participants had fantastic things to say about their adaptogenic coffee, so we thought it was time to give you all some more details about this line of products.

Zwift Blog

Team SDWorx Food Coach Shara Marche shares her recipe for vegetable fritters. They are not only incredibly delicious, but also a great way to get a good serving of healthy vegetables! Try her latest recipe here.

Vox Performance Project Update

We’ve chosen ten riders to join us for the Vox Performance Project with the aim of providing nutritional guidance to help to heighten their cycling performance. The project will run for six months and we’ll be keeping you up to date on how they’re getting on. Here are the top updates on the Vox Performance Project journey from Philippa Draper, Coreen Mazzocchi, Sarah Cockin, Sophie Hamer and Holly Draper.

Voxwomen Podcast

Episode 78: The Barnes Sisters

In our latest episode, Hannah Walker speaks to the Barnes sisters, Hannah and Alice, about their season, their beginnings of getting into the sport, and designing their own kit with Rapha. Have a listen here!

Episode 79: “Women are not Small Men”

Every female athlete or aspiring athlete, no matter where they are on their fitness journey, should have a listen to this episode. Hannah Walker talks with researcher, author and leading global expert on female physiology and training, Dr. Stacy Sims, for our latest podcast episode “Women are not Small Men,” partnered with Supersapiens. Click here to listen.

This week in cycling history

Louise Armaindo

This French-speaking Canadian rider was the dominant bike racer of her time and one of Canada’s very first pro female athletes. Born into a circus family this week in 1861, she started out under the big top, switched to the very popular but gruelling sport of marathon walking and then became a successful high wheel racer. Also this week in 1879, the first women’s race was held on a wooden track in San Francisco. Armaindo broke every record there was and for her time earned a considerable amount money through her racing. But when in the late 1890’s the new safety bikes became more popular, and at almost 40 years old and unable to change to the new bikes, her star faded somewhat and the Canadian sport pioneer died shortly afterwards following injuries sustained in a hotel fire.

Rides of the week

The Tour 21 Tuesday Social (Tues, Dec 7th @10am PST)

Welcome to The Tour 21 Tuesday Social, a social ride celebrating this year’s Tour 21 as 25 amateurs take on the full 2021 Tour de France route ahead of the pros with a mission to raise £1 million for Cure Leukaemia, the official charity partner of the Tour de France in the UK.

Join us as we take on the best routes in France, including the iconic Champs-Elysees and Mont Ventoux. It’s time to live the Tour, feel the Tour and ride the Tour!

For more information:

Rave like there’s no Alpe (Sat, Dec 11th @12am PST)
Ladies only Alpe Saturdays! There’s no better place to spend your Saturdays than raving up the Alpe! 
Join Debbie Rodrigues from Team RAVE and other ladies to conquer the tallest mountain in Watopia. This is not a race. Feel free to challenge yourself or take it easy. Join us and above all, HAVE FUN! That’s all that matters.

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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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