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British Cycling has announced the riders who will take part at the National Road Championships from 23-26 June in Dumfries and Galloway. Among others, Anna Henderson, Joss Lowden, Leah Dixon, Anna Shackley, Pfeiffer Georgi, Abi Smith, Alice Barnes, Josie Nelson and Elynor Bäckstedt will be participating.

USA Cycling has selected its national team for road, track, BMX, mountain and cyclocross. Coryn Labecki, Amber Neben, Leah Thomas, Clara Honsinger, Kristen Faulkner, Megan Jastrab and Lauren Stephens are among those selected.

Aude Biannic, one of the four riders who have been with Movistar Team since its founding in 2018, has renewed with the Spanish squad for another two years until the end of 2024.

An eight-year partnership signed between the UCI and Warner Bros. Discovery will see the emergence of a new-look UCI Mountain Bike World Cup from 2023. This will include the organisation, media production and broadcast of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

In light of the UNHCR’s commitment to the protection and assistance of refugees around the world for more than 70 years, and the current war in Ukraine, The Giro Donne wants to do their part by dedicating its Maglia Rosa to this organisation.

After two years of racing at the UCI Continental level, the CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling Team is ready to take the next step. The squad has submitted its application to become a Women’s WorldTour team in 2023. The team, based in Germany, consists of 16 riders from nine different nations, including Austrian road champion Kathrin Schweinberger, Olympic, World and European champions Lisa Brennauer, Katie Archibald and Franziska Brauße.

The UCI is organising the 2022 Afghanistan Women’s National Championships at its Aigle headquarters in Switzerland. 60 riders who have fled their country will take part in the event.


The Women’s Tour

Stage 1: Clara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) ahead of Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ) and Elena Cecchini (Team SD Worx)
Stage 2: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Barbara Guarischi (Movistar Team) and Shari Bossuyt (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
Stage 3: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Alexandra Manly (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) and Coryn Labecki (Team Jumbo-Visma)
Stage 4: Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafedo)
Stage 5: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
Stage 6: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Clara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
General Classification: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing)

Dwars door het Hageland: Ilaria Sanguinetti (Valcar Travel & Service) ahead of Christina Schweinberger (Plantur – Pura) and Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Big Day Out

Our Big Day Out is back in 2022! Come and join us for a great day of riding, chatting, sharing experiences and learning from our experts. The event is based in the beautiful setting of the Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest in Hampshire UK.

Find out all you need to know here, and get your tickets for road and for gravel!

Zwift Blog

Team SD Worx Food Coach Shara Marche shares her recipe for udon noodle soup, a popular Japanese dish. This recipe combines prawns and tofu in a delicious broth of miso. Check out her recipe here!

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

Félicia Ballanger

Born on 12 June 1971, she was named Félicia by her cycling mad family, after the Italian Tour de France winner Felice Gimondi, while her brother was named Frédéric, after the Spanish winner Federico Bahamontes. She began her athletic career as both a cyclist and a handball player, but success did not come easy as she suffered a severe injury that impeded her progress. However, once recovered, Ballanger was almost invincible in the velodrome between 1995 and 2000, dominating the individual sprint and 500m time trial events at the Olympic Games and the World Cycling Championships. She won five World Championships in the sprint and the 500 metre time trial and was also a triple Olympic champion. In 2001 she became vice-president of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme, a position she held for quite some time. She now lives in New Caledonia and has since become involved in local politics as well as sports commentary.

Erika Salumäe 

Born on 11 June 1962 in Estonia, Salumäe won the first Olympic gold medal for her country after it regained independence, at the 1992 Barcelona games. Previously she had won a gold medal on the track at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, competing for the USSR team. After retirement, she moved to Spain to set up a sports tourism company but the venture failed after five years. In her autobiography, which was translated into 22 languages, she wrote about her struggles growing up in an orphanage, and the difficulties of her childhood as well as the pain and defiance she experienced in her sporting career.

Zwift Rides of the week

British Cycling Women’s Race Series

Turn the fans on, fill the bottles, grab a towel and join the British Cycling community on Zwift. British Cycling hosts open and women’s only events multiple times every week! Race hard and race fair but most importantly have fun. Find out more here!

KX3 Women’s Freestyle Ride

Join KX3’s weekly women’s ride for a game changing, challenging, and fun structured workout developed by KX3 Coach, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, Kristin Armstrong. KX3 Lifestyle + Coaching’s weekly women’s group ride is for all levels and based on your personal FTP, so you’ll work at your own level while sticking together with the group! Get involved here!

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