|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.