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The UCI has published an updated Covid-19 health protocol, applicable to men’s and women’s road competitions. It plans to introduce a Health Pass for those who are vaccinated, had a PCR-confirmed COVID-19 infection or proof of a negative PCR test. The protocol will come into effect on 24 January 2022 and applies to road events of all classes. When national laws in an event’s host country are stricter than the UCI’s rules, it‘s the country’s laws that prevail. If the laws are less strict, then the UCI’s rules apply. More information can be foundhere.

Movistar Team recently presented its men’s, women’s and esport teams. The women’s team will be spearheaded by Annemiek van Vleuten, the world’s number one female rider and the Danish rider Emma Norsgaard. The women’s squad will kick off its season with the Vuelta CV Feminas on 6 February.

The teams for the second edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes have been announced.

The route for the 2022 edition of Liège-Bastone-Liège has been revealed. The course is 142km long and features the newly-added Côte de Mont-le-Soie. 24 teams will be at the start of the sixth edition of the race.

The teams that have been invited to the 25th edition of La Fleche Wallone have also been announced, as well as the 133.4 km long course, which for the first time contains three climbs of the Mur de Huy. Details on the Ardennes races can be found here.

The Tour Down Under Festival of Cycling has released its start list for the three-stage event running from 23-29 January. 15 women’s teams comprised of riders from the National Road Series, UCI Continental teams, and UCI WorldTour squads will line up in South Australia for the event. It will be Australian rider Amanda Spratt’s (BikeExchange – Jayco) first race after having had surgery for iliac artery endofibrosis in October.

It has been revealed that Burkina Faso will host the 2022 African Road Race Championships in March.

Swiss rider Noemi Rüegg has signed with Jumbo Visma Women for the next two years.

The Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge will have a women’s race, scheduled ahead of the men’s event, on 14 June.

News for cyclocross fans in Belgium and the Netherlands: as of 28 January, spectators are allowed back to watch events, alongside specific health measures.

Canyon//SRAM Racing has revealed its new kit. According to the designer, the “Astral Burn” design reflects nature’s meteorological displays and their associated human interpretations. The ambition of the print is to capture this energy and imbue the athletes who wear it with the same sense of power. In addition, diamonds were added to specific parts of the design to provide a counter to the visual chaos and serve as flashes to catch the eye.

Canyon//SRAM Generation has introduced their eight-rider roster, which features athletes from seven different nations, including Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Jamaica, Paraguay, Germany, Malaysia and Namibia. The new UCI Continental team is part of the World Tour Team Canyon//SRAM Racing’s program. This two-tier structure is the first of its kind for a women’s European-based WorldTour team, creating a formal pathway to the Women’s World Tour.

Former junior World Time Trial Champion Russian Aigul Gareeva has been provisionally suspended from racing after missing three anti-doping tests. For the last two years, she rode for the Continental team Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling.

After meeting with the UCI President and General Manager, CPA Women has announced that it will work on the following goals for female riders: improved salaries, equal prize money (per km raced), contract security, more races with greater visibility and better conditions for riders in Continental teams.

The Black Swift Group, based in Colorado, will use part of its management fees to support, among other groups, the USA Cycling Foundation. The Pro Cyclist Foundation will provide important financial support to several cycling-oriented groups in the U.S.A, with the aim of helping riders compete at the Olympics and World Championships as well as developing and supporting new talent.


X2O Trofee Hamme – Flandriencross: Lucinda Brand ahead of Shirin van Anrooij and Denise Betsema (all NED).

UCI World Cup Hoogerheide: Marianne Vos ahead of Lucinda Brand and Puck Pieterse (all NED).

Zwift Blog

Team SDWorx Food Coach Shara Marche is back in the Vox Kitchen to show you how to whip up apricot energy balls. These are great snacks before and after exercise with the sugar from the fruit, plus a small amount of carbohydrates. Get baking here!

Catch up on Team DSM rider Megan Jastrab’s reflection about her 2021 season, where not everything was smooth sailing. Read her Zwift blog right here!

Vox Performance Project Blog

Sarah Cockin recently celebrated her 50th birthday, a milestone which saw her in better shape and fitness than at any other point in about 30 years! Read more here in her inspiring blog.

In her latest blog, Vox Performance Project Participant Jade writes about how she’s reaching what she calls “very lofty goals” in the world of long-distance triathlon and endurance cycling with the help of the project’s partners. Check out her inspiring progress here.

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!

This week in cycling history

Bridie O’Donnell

On 22 January 2016, Bridie O’Donnell broke the women’s hour record at the Adelaide Superdome. She rode 46.882km, thereby exceeding the distance set by the previous recorder holder by 609 metres. The Australian road rider became a medical doctor after retirement and currently also works as a cycling commentator for Australian television.

Luigina Bissoli

Born on 21 January 1956, Bissoli is a retired Italian rider who won two silver and two bronze medals at the Road and Track World Championships. She also won 13 national titles on both the track and road. The Italian took three world records over 200m 500m and 1000m sprints in Milan in 1978.

Rides of the week

Tour of ZwiftThis is the biggest party on Zwift! From Jan 10 – Feb 15, the Tour de Zwift features eight stages with multiple routes to roam in each. Join the global community for can’t-miss events, badge hunts, and exclusive Tour unlocks.

This week features urban routes in stage 5 and some of the longest routes of the 2022 Tour de Zwift in stage 6. Get more info here!

Chicks Who Ride Bikes Group Ride

Chicks Who Ride Bikes is a community of women who share a passion and a zest for life. Whether your garage is chock full of bikes, or you’re on your first! They see the world as it could be – a place where women are respected, connected, empowered, and exhilarated. CWRB hosts weekly rides on Monday and Thursday every week! Find out 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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