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The UCI has announced the cyclocross calendar for the 2022/23 season. 14 World Cup races, including newly-added Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands and Benidorm in Spain, plus a possible race in London will take place next season, which starts on 9 October.

Gent-Wevelgem has announced the teams participating in the 11th edition of the race this year. All WorldTour teams plus 10 continental squads will be at the start line.

The Ronde van Vlaanderen has also announced the 24 teams which will be at the start line of the event.

Le Samyn des Dames has revealed its start list for the race on 1 March in the Walloon region of Belgium.The UCI has made changes to its current regulations regarding the use of drones for filming sporting events. Race organisers may authorise their use as long as they do not affect the sporting conduct of the event and do not pose a risk to riders, officials and spectators.

The Grand Est region has joined forces with Le Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift for the inaugural edition of the race, becoming the official sponsor of the most active rider classification. The aim is to help promote gender equality and shine a spotlight on measures taken to tackle violence against women. Le Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift will take place from 24 to 31 July.

Results

Setmana Valenciana-Volta Comunitat Valenciana Fémines

Stage 1: Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) and Anouska Koster (Team Jumbo-Visma)

Stage 2: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Soraya Paladin (Canyon//SRAM) and Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ)

Stage 3: Annemiek van Vleuten: (Movistar Team) ahead of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Marta Cavalli (both of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)

Stage 4: Marta Bastianelli ahead of Elisa Balsamo and Susanne Andersen (Uno-X Pro Cycling)

Overall: Annemiek van Vleuten ahead of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Marta Cavalli

Zwift Blog

In her first-ever blog for Voxwomen, InstaFund Racing Team’s Heidi Franz gives us an insight into making the shift to the pro continental racing scene and what goals she’s pursuing now. Read about the importance of recalibrating goals, slowing down and letting go of experiences that hold you back, all in Heidi’s first blog post here.

This week in cycling history

Susan B. Anthony and the bicycle

Born on 15 February 1820, U.S. social activist Susan B. Anthony famously praised the bicycle’s importance as an instrument of liberation, as a means of providing self-reliance and independence for women and one of the best inventions for women’s progress in society. As her famous quote states: “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

Zwift Rides of the week

ZHCC Ladies Rides
Join the lovely ZHCC LADIES for a 1-hour fun packed ride in the wonderful world of Zwift. This supportive female only environment is a great way of completing full hour long rides while knowing that if needed you can slow, join the red beacon, and won’t be left riding solo. Learn more about ZHCC Ladies here. And join in here!

 

INEOS Grenadiers Virtual Training Camp

Join the INEOS Grenadiers Virtual Training Camp on Zwift and train like a pro. In this exclusive series you can train in scheduled group workouts for something social, or take to the virtual tarmac solo with on-demand sessions via the workouts folder if you’d prefer flexibility. 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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