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After 16 years, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld team announced that it will not continue into the coming season. The squad fielded American cyclocross stars such as Kaitlin Keough and Clara Honsinger over the past years. The team won multiple national cyclocross titles and had numerous victories in North American races.

De Brabantse Pijl, to be held on 13 April, has released the names of the teams that will be at the start of its fifth edition.

The Sea Otter Classic, a festival of cycling held in Monterey, California between 7 and 10 April has released its Festival Guide of action-packed events for cycling enthusiasts.

The Ronde van Drenthe and Nokere Koerse last week unfortunately saw several crashes. Chloe Hosking, Grace Brown and Alice Barnes, among others, have been injured and will be unable to participate in the next races.

Safia Al Sayagh (UAE Team ADQ) has become the 2022 UAE road and ITT champion. The young Emirati rider won the double title two years in a row.

Results

Danilith Nokere Koerse: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) and Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ)

Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda: Francesca Pellegrini (Valcar Travel & Service U19), ahead of Michela De Grandis (U.C. Conscio Pedale del Sile) and Lucia Ruiz (Spain)

Trofeo Binda: Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ) and Soraya Paladin (Canyon//SRAM)

Vox Performance Project Blog

Annie Barsoum was struggling significantly with her training due to the dreaded imposter syndrome and being relatively new to the sport of triathlon. However, with the support of the Voxwomen Performance Project, she has made great strides. She is now enjoying her training more and improving steadily. Read more about her experience here.

Zwift Blog

Dutch rider Maud Oudeman’s biggest dreams came true when she won the 2021 Zwift Academy and joined Canyon//SRAM Racing. Find out what this life-changing experience was like for the 18 year-old rider in this latest blog here.

Team SDWorx Food coach Shara Marche shares her delicious recipe for breakfast or brunch, a healthier version of the traditional French toast. You can find the details here.

This week in cycling history

Alfonsina Strada

Strada was born on 16 March 1891. At an early age she developed a liking for cycling and competing. Her nickname among the locals, where she rode on the dirt roads, was the “Devil in a Dress.” Although her parents did all they could to discourage her bike racing, she was a strong-willed woman and did not give up. She entered the Giro under the name of Alfonso, letting the organisers believe she was a male rider. They allowed her to continue riding after finding out she was a woman and she completed the Giro in 1924 after riding all 3,610 km.

Hanka Kupfernagel

The German rider, born on 19 March 1974, was the first cyclo-cross world champion. She has won seven consecutive medals at the CX Worlds, including three gold medals in 2000, 2001 and 2005; two silver medals in 2002 and 2003; and the bronze medal in 2004. Although the primary focus of most of her career was cyclo-cross racing, she also won major road, track and mountain bike races. Her major career victories include a gold medal in the individual time trial at the 2003 Road World Championships in Germany and a silver medal in the road race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Three and a half years after retiring, she participated in the German cyclo-cross championships in 2019 at the age of 44, finishing the race in second place. She is now truly retired from competition but still active in sports such as beach volleyball, skiing and horseback riding.

Susanne Ljungskog

The Swedish rider celebrated her 46th birthday on born 16 March. A four-time Olympian, she won the World Road Championships in 2002 and 2003 in addition to many national and international road races. These days she works with a Personnel Recruitment firm in her native country of Sweden but still enjoys riding her bike.

Rides of the week

 

Women’s Ride + Run Series
Every trailblazer’s story began with a desire for movement. A need for change. A will to persevere. Pave your own path forward with the Women’s Ride and Run Series, a collection of women-only in-game events designed to get you moving.

Celebrate all month long with community group events, featuring Tuesday Podcast Rides, Wednesday Workout of the Week takeovers, and Saturday Community Rides and Runs.

Women’s History Month on Zwift – click here!
Women’s Ride + Run Series Events – click here!

WRRS Events Featured This Week:
March 22 – WRRS Podcast Ride with Sharron Yaxley (1st woman to hit 100,000km on Zwift)
March 23 – Workout of the Week – Climbing Power with Ella Harris (Canyon-Sram Pro Rider and Zwift Academy Winner)
March 26 – WRRS Volcano Circuit Laps (25 Laps of the Volcano Circuit Achievement Ride)

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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