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Team SDWorx has renegotiated and extended its contract with Niamh Fisher-Black until the end of 2024. The New Zealand rider won the youth classification in the WorldTour in 2021, her first year with the Dutch team.

Voxwomen will be sharing the live stream of the Team SD Worx 2022 Team Presentation. Click here to watch!

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad has announced the teams for this year’s race. In addition to the WorldTour teams, 12 continental teams will be at the start on 26 February.

EF Education TIBCO-SVB has revealed their new 2022 kit, which features the colour pink with a new interpretation of the Argyle patterns in a light blue colour. It will be the first time that the team wears Rapha kits.

Team SDWorx has announced that the condition of Amy Pieters, who recently had a training accident in Spain, remains unchanged. The Dutch rider is still in hospital in the Netherlands, unconscious but breathing on her own. We wish her the best for her recovery.

Team TWENTY24 has announced Virginia’s Blue Ridge as the title sponsor for the U.S women’s and girls’ development squad. The team competes in a variety of disciplines, including road cycling, gravel racing, mountain biking, and eSport racing.

US Cycling has announced a calendar of 10 events for a new national criterium series which will offer US$100,000 in overall prize money, equally split between the men and women, in addition to individual event prize purses.Costa Rica will host next season’s Pan American cyclocross championships, with the hope that the publicity of the event in the region will develop this discipline in South America.

Plantur-Pura rider and Irish champion Imogen Cotter was hit by a car while on a training ride in Spain. She suffered fractures to her patella and radius and requires surgery. We’re wishing her all the best.

Results

Tour Down Under stage 1: Emily Watts (Team Knights of Suburbia Racing) ahead of Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Bike Exchange-Jayco) and Nicole Frain (Roxolt Liv SRAM)

Stage 2: Maeve Plouffe (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) ahead of Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Nicole Frain

Stage 3: Ruby Roseman-Gannon ahead of Nicole Frain and Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco)

Overall: Ruby Roseman-Gannon ahead of Nicole Frain and Maeve Plouffe

Criterium: Georgia Baker (Bike Exchange – Jayco) ahead of Josie Talbot and Maeve Plouffe

Cyclocross World Championships:

Mixed Team Relay test event: Italy ahead of the USA and Belgium

Junior: Zoe Backstedt (GBR) ahead of Leonie Bentveld and Lauren Molengraaf (both NED)
Elite: Marianne Vos ahead of Lucinda Brand (both NED) and Silvia Perisico (ITA)

Zwift Blog

This time last year, Kristen Faulker was working a full-time job in Venture Capital. Now, she’s riding in the WorldTour with Team BikeExchange – Jayco. In her very first Zwift blog, she shares insights into how she made the decision to change careers, in the hope that her story will help anyone who is in similar shoes, looking to make a transition in their own life. Read about her inspiring journey here. 

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!

Vox Performance Project Blog

Amy Cuthbertson joined the project with the Haute Route and Ironman 70.3 as her goals. Despite injury throwing a spanner in the works, she is discovering new tools to be back to her best, thanks to the VVP partners and her fellow participants. Read more about her experience here.

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.

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

First women’s cyclo-cross world championships

The first women’s UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships were held in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, on 28 January 2000. The track for the race was 2660m long with 700m road, 1080m grass and 880m forest trail. Hanka Kupfernagel of Germany won the inaugural women’s elite race ahead of Louise Robinson (GBR) and Daphny van den Brand (NED).

Inga Thompson

The American former pro-rider turned 58 years on 27 January and is believed to have won more titles than any US female road racer. She represented her country in three Olympic Games and was second at the World Championships in 1987, 1990 and 1991. She placed third at the women’s Tour de France twice and was national road champion on four occasions, while taking the win twice at the National ITT Championships and three victories in the TTT Championships. After her retirement from the sport in 1991, she decided to move to a farm in Oregon, USA with her family. Never far away from cycling, though, she still managed to volunteer at local cycling races, did some coaching and became an advocate for women’s cycling. In 2017 she founded the Inga Thompson Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports competitive female riders through financial assistance and mentorship.

Marianne Vos

On 29 January 2006, a relatively unknown Marianne Vos won her first cyclocross world title in Zeddam, The Netherlands. The Dutch rider was 18 years at the time. Initially, she picked up the sport as a winter training activity while doing road cycling in the warmer months, but after her initial success so many years ago, she remained competitive in the discipline. Her successful 2006 winter season was followed by taking the road championship title later that year, followed by two more road titles, an Olympic title and numerous race wins, making her one of the most successful female riders of all times.

Rides of the week

Tour de Zwift

This 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 short and punchy climbs in stage 6 before rolling into NYC to conclude the Tour on the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championship course in stage 8. Get racing here!

Black Celebration Series

Come ride and run with inspirational Black athletes, and legends in sport during special group events all year round. Discover the warmth of this active community on Zwift that works towards a more just and level playing field for all. This month we’ll feature inspirational leaders from the community for group rides, podcast rides and much more! Find out more info 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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