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TIBCO-SVB will step up to the WorldTour level in 2022 as EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. The 14 rider strong team will focus primarily on WorldTour road races but will also ride gravel.

New UCI WorldTour squad UAE Team AQD has revealed their 2022 roster and jersey for next year. The team consists of 15 athletes from eight countries, lead by Team Manager Rubens Bertogliati.Australian rider Neve Bradbury has signed for another year with the German-based Canyon//SRAM squad.

Grace Brown of Team BikeExchange has taken out the Australian women’s road cyclist award again this year. Her best achievements in 2021 included two WorldTour victories and a fourth place in the time trial at the Olympic Games. She was forced to end her season early as a result of a shoulder injury.Belgian insurance company Yuzzu has signed a two year sponsorship deal with Team SDWorx with an option to extend for a further year.

Dame Sarah Storey, one of the most successful British Paralympic athletes, has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the year 2021. The 44 year-old rider is involved in several projects that aim to get more people on bikes and to make riding safer for all.

Movistar Team has revealed its new kit for 2022, featuring its traditional logo on a dark blue jersey.At next year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, the elite women will, for the first time ever, contest the iconic Koppenberg.

Team DSM will be continuing its ambassadorship with Trees For All in 2022. The project aims to plant trees worldwide in an effort to compensate for Co2 emissions.

USA Cycling has announced the formation of a new criterium racing series that will offer a $100,000 prize purse across several events. The series will include the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough in June, the ASWD Twilight Criterium and the Salt Lake City Criterium in July, the Littleton Criterium and Momentum Indy in August, and the Bommarito Audi Gateway Cup in September


CX World Cup in Rucphen: Marianne Vos ahead of Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema

CX World Cup in Namur: Lucinda Brand ahead of Denise Betsema and Puck Pieterse

Junior CX World Cup round in Namur: Zoe Bäckstedt ahead of Leonie Bentveld and Valentina Corvi

Voxwomen Rider of the Year

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling’s Lisa Brennauer has won the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year trophy for the second consecutive year. The German rider, who is an Olympic, World, European and National champion, received the most votes from our followers to receive this honour.

Movistar Team’s Emma Norsgaard has taken out the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Young Rider of the Year trophy, after an outstanding 2021 season.

Congratulations to our very deserving winners!

Zwift Blog

Food coach Shara Marche shows you how to whip up a delicious Christmas berry and apple tart. So get baking for the festive season with her recipe here!

Vox Performance Project

Holly Seear rode 1320km over a fortnight, but luckily had some help from Sean from Precision Hydration, who developed a hydration strategy for all those kilometres. Found out what she learned through the process here.

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

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!

This week in cycling history

Zulfiya Zabirova

The Russian former rider celebrated her 48th birthday on 19 December. She won a gold medal in the first ever women’s time trial event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and also took out the 2002 World Time Trial Championship title in Zolder. Originally from Uzbekistan, she immigrated to Russia in 1993, later becoming a citizen of Kazakhstan, and following that, moved over to Switzerland. After a long career of winning several national titles, The Tour of Flanders, and stages at the Grand Boucle and Giro Rosa, she retired in 2008.

Minnie Brinkhoff

Born on 19 December 1952, the Dutch former rider was active between 1970 and 1978, winning a bronze medal at the World Road Championships, as well as two national track sprint titles.

Rides of the week

SZR WomenByBike Social Ride (22 Dec, 9am PST)

Welcome to the SZR WomenByBike Social group ride! This ride is focused on women riders only. The goal with the SZR group ride is to focus on the group and keeping the group together the entire ride. We ride at 2.0-2.5w/kg for the most of the ride. This is a social group ride and not a race. Staying close to the ride leader is the key. Follow the ride leaders instructions at all times. After steep hills we focus on keeping the group together and soft pedal to let the group come together again. More information here!

Adidas Global Cycling Series

Hop on and clip in December 20—23 for the adidas Global Cycling Series. This four-day event includes group rides led by adidas ambassadors and an in-game adidas Indoor Cycling Shoes unlock when you complete any workout. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to match your avatar with an IRL giveaway. Earn an entry when you finish any event (*subject to eligible countries: US, AUS, NZ, DE, UK, FR, NL and ESP). Learn more here.


From our Online Shop

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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