Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling
The UCI has announced the eight teams seeking the first UCI Women’s WorldTour licences: Ale Cipollini, Canyon//SRAM, CCC-Liv, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar Team Women, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo.
Boels Dolmans have not registered for the first Women’s WorldTour licences for 2020-2024 as they are unable to comply with the UCI reforms due to the duration of their contacts with their two main sponsors. The have prepared a budget for 2020 but not beyond.
While several women’s teams unfortunately have to fold at the end of the season, Team Rogelli-Gyproc-APB announced that it will become a UCI continental team in 2020, providing a unique platform for the vital development of U23 riders.
The UCI recently published the results of a survey on the appeal of professional road cycling. Although this survey did not distinguish between women’s and men’s professional cycling, it nevertheless showed some interesting trends and areas where improvement is needed to ensure that fans maintain and grow interest in the sport. Four main areas of improvement were highlighted: Working on competition formats and rules, improving fan engagement through social media, working on alternative broadcasting methods and connecting with younger audiences.
Karlijn Swinkels, former Junior World Champion time triallist has signed with Team Parkhotel Valkenburg for three years. Prior to riding for her current team, Ale Cipollini, she had spent 2017 with Team Parkhotel Valkenburg.
Marta Tagliaferro and Lucy van der Haar have re-signed with Hitec Products-Birk Sport. Silje Mathisen will also join the Norwegian outfit. In 2018, Mathisen became Norwegian junior champion in three disciplines: individual time trial, road race and criterium.
At the UCI MTB World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada, the team relay was won by Swiss team SNV-Racing. The team was made up of 3 men and two women riders, including Jolanda Neff and Sina Frei. Swiss rider Nathalie Schneitter won the first ever UCI E-MTB World, an innovative new format introduced this year.
Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) won the GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération Trophée WN, ahead of Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) and Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans)
Leah Kirchmann expresses her concern that since the UCI changed the format to a national TTT at the World Championships this year, the discipline of the team time trial has almost disappeared from the race calendar. She explains the reason for this and why it is still important to organise this team discipline of cycling, in her blog “Case of the disappearing discipline”
Elena Cecchini shares her story about the first time she had to deal with a broken bone, an injury she sustained while riding the The Women’s Tour. Read how she coped with this unexpected event in her life in her latest blog “Facing injuries”
Tanja Erath writes about the experience of her first altitude camp, how it affected her body and what benefits it brought to her cycling. Check out her blog “High,but low on oxygen. ”
Ella Harris, in her latest blog “Nutrition is fuel”, shares her diet tips with us and looks at how the food one eats influences energy levels, as well as how to best fuel your daily activities.
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This week in cycling history…
On 30 August 1980, Beth Heiden won the Road World Championship title in Sallanches, France. The American excelled not only in cycling but also in speed skating and cross-country skiing.
On 30 August 1958, Elsy Jacobs became the first ever women’s Road World Champion. The rider from Luxembourg won many national road titles and held the hour record, riding 41,347m in the velodrome in Milan.
27 August is Alessandra Cappellotto’s birthday. The Italian rider won the women’s road race title at the 1997 UCI Road World Championships in San Sebastian, Spain.
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