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The organisers of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia have revealed the route for the events that are scheduled from 18 – 25 September next year. The courses promise spectacular sights with beaches, cliffs, sub-tropical rainforest and an exciting finish in the heart of the city of Wollongong. With 174km, the road race will be the longest women’s race in the history of the UCI World Championships.

Trek-Segafredo had their new kit day last week. The squad’s male and female riders will sport similar looking kits for 2022, but with a more updated look. Read more about it here.

CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling has completed its roster for 2022. 16 riders from 9 different nations will be on the squad next season. Further details here.

Australian track cyclist Annette Edmondson has announced her retirement after having raced at her final event, the UCI Track Champions League in London where she placed third in the overall endurance race.

Six new Women’s WorldTour licences have been awarded by the UCI: EF Education – TIBCO-SVB (USA), Human Powered Health (USA), Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad (SUI), Team Jumbo Visma (NED), UNO-X pro Cycling Team (NOR) and UAE Team (UAE). This brings the number of total UCI Women’s WorldTour teams to 14.

The UCI has renewed its commission and increased the percentage of their female members. One of its goals was to increase the proportion of women’s representation, which has now reached over 32% on average (59 women in a total of 184 members) and varies between 20% and 75% depending on the commission.

British Cycling has announced the dates and venues for both the 2022 National Road Series and the National Circuit Series. Women will receive equal prize money as male riders. The Road Series starts on 8 May at the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix and finishes on 18 September, while the Circuit Series will start on 29 June in Otley.  The finishing date and venue of the latter is still to be confirmed. More information can be found here.11-time national US track champion Christina Birch has been selected as one of 12 successful candidates for the 2021 NASA astronaut training class. Birch holds a Ph.D. from MIT, where she joined the institute’s cycling club. As an accomplished rider, she aims to put her training experience in the sport to use in the space exploration mission.

Team DSM had their team launch last week, and after many years as a German UCI WorldTour team, the squad will be registered as a Dutch UCI WorldTour team in 2022. The squad also launched their new kit at their team presentation, with images available here.

A chair lift dedicated to the Giro d’Italia has recently opened, featuring the names of the six male riders who  won on the climb. However, the two women, Fabiana Luperini and Annemiek van Vleuten, who won on the mountain were not awarded this honour.

New Swiss WorldTour squad Team Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Roland confirmed their 11-rider roster for 2022 and will become the first Swiss Women’s team on the World Tour.

Olivia Ray, the winner of the inaugural Into The Lion’s Den Criterium in Sacramento, has commented about not having received her $15,000 prize money five weeks after her win. Her social media post caused some criticism, but generally raised the issue of late payments of prize money. In response, she later made a statement of apology on her social media account. The organisers of Into The Lion’s Den Criterium have stated that all riders will be paid their prize money soon.


UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Val di Sole: Fem Van Empel (NED) ahead of Marianne Vos (NED) and Maghalie Rochette (CAN)

Ethias Cyclo-cross Essen: Zoe Bäckstedt (GBR) ahead of Laura Verdonschot (BEL) and Anna Kay (GBR)

Zwift Blog

In her latest blog, “When Less is More,” Athlete mentor Lauren Kitchen writes about the importance of listening to your body in times when the notion of stopping and respecting what your body is telling you is often overlooked. Get her advice here.

Vox Performance Project

Riding bikes has been a major part of Coreen’s life for several years, but she never took fuelling very seriously. The first 4 weeks of the Vox Performance Project, however, have been a real eye opener for her! Check out what she’s learned so far here.

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.

Voxwomen Podcast

Episode 80: In Conversation with Shara Marche, the Food Coach

Hannah Walker speaks with The Food Coach, Shara Marche on her career in the pro peloton, retirement and becoming the food coach for Team SD Worx and Groupama FDJ. She also reveals some exciting news for 2022. You won’t want to miss this one!

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.

12 Days of Voxmas Social Ride

Thursday 16 December – 7PM CET
Join Hannah Walker for a social ride with Voxwomen to celebrate 12 days of Voxmas and a special giveaway, with Zwift. We will be joined by a number of special guests, including pro riders Ella Harris of Canyon//SRAM Racing and Tanja Erath of TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank. More info here! We will also have several of our Vox Performance Project riders in the group. You can meet them here.About your Ride Leader: Hannah Walker is a former pro cyclist, Zwift Academy champion and multiple national champion. Now retired, she is a commentator for many of the key Zwift races and is a trailblazer for women in media. She became the first British woman to commentate on the men’s La Vuelta as a co-commentator.So be sure to join in here!

This week in cycling history

Cashandra Slingerland

Born on 8 December 1974, the South African former rider won the 2009 African Continental Championships in the ITT discipline, is three-time South African ITT champion and won the 2009 South African road championships.

Eliza Lynn Linton

Linton was the first female salaried journalist in Britain who this week in 1896 penned an article in the Lady’s Realm, writing that cycling’s utmost danger stems from the “unfettered liberty” that it affords. It was this freedom however, that was the principal motivation for women at the end of the 19th century to take up cycling. Despite criticism, it became very popular among women of all ages as a means of transport and as a recreational activity and sport.

Rides of the week

Z Badge Hunt – Tour of Tewit Well (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Badge hunters unite in this weekly series dedicated to securing some of the most coveted route badges available. Each week we’ll feature new routes with varying distance and elevation gain to ensure there is something for every Zwifter. Check the events calendar for shorter, faster routes during the week and longer routes with mega climbs on the weekends.

To learn more about general and cycling-specific badges:

Learn more about Z Badge Hunt:

British Cycling Women’s Race Series (Tues and Wed @4:20 and and 11:30am PST)

Turn the fans on, fill the bottles, grab a towel and join the British Cycling community on Zwift. We are here to get you through the next couple of weeks and keep you active. It doesn’t matter if you’re keeping fit, young at heart, wise beyond your years, or baffled by gears. Every woman is welcome to join. We are keeping it simple and have set up a series of events just for fun. It’s completely up to you how seriously you ride! Race hard and race fair but most importantly have fun.

Learn more about British Cycling events:

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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