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The CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 2022 has revealed details of the course and hosts cities in a live presentation last Tuesday. The race’s 8th edition will take off from Marina de Cudeyo, Cantabria, on 7 September and will conclude on 11 September in Madrid. There will be five very different stages: an inaugural team time trial, mid-mountain stages, an explosive finale and an opportunity for the sprinters on the traditional final circuit in Madrid.

Firefighter Sammie Stuart has joined Cams Racing for the remainder of the season. The young all rounder has been on the podium at a handful of regional races and won two rounds of the Road Series.

Glentress Forest will be hosting the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Mountain Bike Cross-country and Mountain Bike Cross-country marathon.Olympic medallist, World and European champion Katie Archibald has injured both of her ankles after a car hit her. Fortunately she did not suffer any serious injuries. The British rider had an unfortunate start to the year, suffering a fracture in March and another one in April. We wish Katie a speedy recovery.

The organisers of the Women’s Tour have opted for live TV coverage over parity in prize money, hoping to be able to showcase the event to potential sponsors and attract more money for future editions, in order to be able to increase the prize purse at that time.

After breaking her wrist in April, Annemiek van Vleuten is completing a training camp in Andorra with the men’s Movistar team. The Dutch rider has been able to train without pain but will skip the nationals in order to prepare for the Giro and the Tour de France.

Bicycles were also part of the British Queen’s Jubilee on Sunday 5 June. Among others, Dame Laura Kenny and Paralympic gold medallists Lora Fachie and Kadeena Cox led a peloton of 300 riders in the parade. In a bid to celebrate bicycles of all types, this peloton rode vintage bikes from across the Queen’s 70-year reign.


Dwars door de Westhoek: Chiara Consonni (Valcar – Travel & Service) ahead of Sofie van Rooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Gaia Masetti (AG Insurance – NXTG Team)

Alpes Gresivaudan Classic: Evita Muzic (France) ahead of Eglantine Rayer (France Juniors) and Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis Women)

Memorial Monica Bandini: Silvia Persico (Valcar – Travel & Service) ahead of Olga Shekel and Olivia Baril (Valcar – Travel & Service)

Big Day Out

The hugely popular Big Day Out is happening again in 2022. Evil Eye will be the title sponsor for the event and tickets will go on sale on Monday 17:00 (UK) / 18:00 (CEST). Don’t miss out!

Zwift Blog

UAE Team ADQ’s Mavi Garcia has penned her latest exclusive blog for Voxwomen, in Spanish and English, in which she delves into her views on the progress that’s being made in women’s cycling. Have a read here!

Here comes the Future Podcast p/b Liv

In the latest episode of “Here Comes the Future empowered by Liv,” host Hannah Walker talks with Elynor Backstedt. They chat about Elynor’s rise in the sport, how to deal with setbacks and injuries and coming back stronger, being a part of a talented cycling family and meeting her idols at the first Trek-Segafredo camp.

Hannah Walker is also joined by 3 x World Champion Giorgia Bronzini who talks us through the course and her thoughts for stage 4 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift on 27th July, giving listeners a unique and in-depth point of view from the Liv Racing Xstra sports director and former professional. And you can listen here!

This week in cycling history

Maria Canins

Canins was born on 4 June 1949 and first entered cycling by way of cross-country skiing, winning the Italian National Championship multiple times. She also took to mountain biking, winning the World Championship and Italian National Champion titles twice before embarking on a career as a road cyclist in 1982. She finished an impressive second place in the World Championships Road Race, just five months into her first season. Canins also won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda four times as well as the inaugural Giro d’Italia Femminile. After an illustrious career, she decided to retire at the age of 41 in 1990. When asked, she admitted that she preferred the racing style during the 1980s as riders did not receive instructions through an earpiece but had to read the race more by themselves and ride intelligently. These days she lives in the Italian Alps, still skiing, cycling, and on occasion acting as a cycle tour guide. To sum up her life, she said of herself: “I have been able to turn my hobby into a profession, I could travel the world, meet many interesting people and enrich myself culturally. Who can consider themselves luckier than me?”

Zwift Rides of the week

Team I Race Like a Girl

IRACELIKEAGIRL is a community of girls/women who provide opportunities for females of all ages and abilities to support, encourage and inspire one another in the sport of triathlon, cycling, running and swimming. Join IRACELIKEAGIRL for weekly workouts and check out their club for fun social rides. More info here!

Legacy Tri Series

Train your way toward the history books! Every Wednesday, ride or run through Watopia as you build fitness leading up to the in-person 2022 Legacy Triathlon on July 16 in Southern California. Complete any in-game event to unlock the USA Tri cycling and running kits! Find out more here!

From our online shop

“If in doubt, go flat out” hoodie – £40

Bring a little comfort to your day with this slogan hoodie, inspired by the Voxwomen team attitude. It doesn’t matter how “flat out” is “flat out” to you, that freedom of riding a bike is perfectly encapsulated in this statement. Made with all natural products and available in a range of colours. All Voxwomen products sold help us raise the profile of womens cycling directly so thank you for your support. Get yours here!

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