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The Belgian Cycling Federation has asked the government to reconsider the strict COVID-19 measures regarding cyclocross, citing that measures are disproportionate and insufficiently justified for such races. Presently no spectators are allowed to attend the events. The Federation has indicated that it is prepared to take its complaints further.

Team Andy Schleck CP-NVST Immo Losch, which was forced to change its kit design after it was manufactured, has put its kit up for sale to recover costs, with all items being sold out in a very short time.

FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope has partnered with cycling apparel company Gobik for the next three seasons, and recently revealed their new kit for 2022.

Ceratizit –WNT Pro Cycling has also introduced its new jersey for next season, combining their trademark red and blue colours with an updated and fresh new look.

Following her training accident and subsequent surgery, Amy Pieters has been kept in an induced coma for some time to aid her recovery. Team SD Worx has released further information here.

Results

Telenet Superprestige Heusden-Zolder: Lucinda Brand ahead of Fem van Empel and Annemarie Worst (all NED)

X2O Badkamers Trofee Loenhout: Lucinda Brand ahead of Denise Betsema and Shirin van Anrooij (all NED)X2OBadkamers Trofee Baal: Lucinda Brand ahead of Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado and Denise Betsema (all NED)

CX World Cup Hulst: Lucinda Brand ahead of Puck Pieterse and Annemarie Worst (All NED)

Voxwomen Podcast

Episode 81: British Champion Pfeiffer Georgi

In this episode supported by Rapha, Hannah Walker talks to British Champion and inspirational young talent, Pfeiffer Georgi of Team DSM on growing up in a cycling mad family, her standout year with Team DSM, becoming National Champion and DSM’s road captain at a young age, as well as her aspirations for the future. Click here to listen!

Vox Performance Project

Jane Anstis recently did an Instagram takeover to give an insight into a typical day of training and recovery with the help of the Vox Performance Project partners, which you can re-live for a short time on our Instagram Stories!

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. Find out what she learned through the process here.

This week in cycling history

Maria Cressari

Born on 27 December 1943, Cressari was the Italian road race champion in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1973 and twice the pursuit champion. She also established a women’s new hour record in 1972 in Mexico City in the Olympic Velodrome, where she bettered Ely Jacobs’ record. Her average speed was 41.471km/h, and her record stood for six years. After 17 years as a competitor, she retired from active sport and became the Sports Director of the women’s national team for four years. Following on from that, she took on the role of Track Manager for the Italian track team for two years.

Sabine Spitz

Spitz turned 49 on the 27th of December. The German cyclocross and MTB rider won bronze at the 2004 Olympics, silver in 2012 and gold at the 2008 Olympics. She also became World, European and multiple-time National Champion. Now she campaigns for the promotion of cycling in schools and has become an ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity.

Ciska Hage

The Dutch rider celebrated her 71st birthday on the 29th of December. She grew up in a family of cyclists, with her sisters Keetie van Oosten-Hage, Bella and Heleen Hage and two brothers, all involved in the sport. Although not quite achieving the level of success of her sisters, Ciska nevertheless continued to ride competitively at a professional level for several years.

Rides of the week

Tour de Zwift

It’s official—Tour de Zwift is back! Join the global community for the biggest event of the year, bursting with opportunities to explore. Ride or run through eight fun-filled stages, each with three different routes. Choose your own adventure and complete each stage however you want. These are not races, they’re opportunities for you to discover some of Zwift’s must-see places. For more information, click 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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