Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Team Jumbo-Visma Women has signed three Dutch riders: puncheur Rosita Reijnhout, sprinter Nienke Veenhoven and last year’s Zwift Academy winner and Voxwomen blogger Maud Oudeman.
Le Col-Wahoo is seeking funding after one of its sponsors pulled out. Management has released their riders but is hopeful to find the 400,000 Euros which are needed to continue in 2023.
Team SDWorx has suffered the theft of their Specialized S-Works TT bikes, road bikes and Roubaix bikes and has asked the cycling community to be on the lookout for their bikes.
Women In Bikes has created the largest community of women on bikes in Spain. Five years since its launch, the program of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, with the collaboration of Movistar, has expanded and received the largest number of registrations to meetings, events and rides this year. The program aims to organise events and promote cycling for female riders in Spain.
Colombian rider Tatiana Ducuara will join the Spanish Massi-Tactic team next season. Ducuara became the first Colombian rider to wear a Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey at the Vuelta a Burgos this season. She has spent the last two years at Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano in her home country and hopes to achieve good results for her squad in Europe.
Gwendalyn Gibson, one of the breakout US riders of this year, has signed with Trek Factory Racing. She will be joining experienced riders such as Jolanda Neff and Evie Richards in the squad.
Tjarco Cuppens, who was the Team Manager and Sports Director at Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch over the past few years, will join Team Coop-Hitec Products. After an active cycling career of 22 years and seven years as Team Manager and Sports Director, the Dutchman brings a lot of experience to the squad.
In an attempt to increase the profile of cycling, the UCI is hoping to add mountain bike short track, mixed relay time trial and BMX flatland to the Olympic schedule. However, if a change does occur, it would not come into effect until the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. Cycling has 22 medal events at the Olympics and the UCI is keen to build on that. The UCI has also confirmed that 80 parties, including ASO, the organiser of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, have signed its new climate action charter which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cycling events.
UCI Track Championships League
Elimination: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Jennifer Valente (USA) and Lily Williams (USA)
Scratch: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Jennifer Valente (USA) and Chloe Moran (AUS)
Keirin: Kelsey Mitchell (CAN) ahead of Martha Bayona (COL) and Shanne Braspennincx (NED)
Sprint: Mathilde Gros (FRA) ahead of Laurine van Rissen (NED) and Urszula Los (POL)
Points: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Lily Williams (USA) and Chloe Moran (AUS)
Overijse CX World Cup: Puck Pieterse ahead of Fem Van Empel and Shirin Van Anrooij (all NED)
SP Merksplas: Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado ahead of Denise Betsema and Inge van der Heijden (all NED)
Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards 2022
Voting is open for this year’s awards! The nominees for the three categories are:
Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year: Lorena Wiebes, Marta Cavalli, Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky, and Marianne Vos
Voxwomen Sharon Laws Young Rider of the Year: Niamh Fisher-Black, Shirin van Anrooij, Pfeiffer Georgi, Shari Bossuyt, Chiara Consonni, and Vittoria Guazzini
2022 Voxwomen Sharon Laws Team of the Year: Team SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo, Team DSM, FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope, Movistar Team, Valcar Travel & Service
Voting will run for two weeks from Monday 21 November to Friday 2 December. So don’t forget to vote right here!
Vox Performance Project
With the support of the Voxwomen Performance Project Project, Philippa Draper has been getting stuck into her winter training, plus she also secured a place on her university’s top cycling team! Check out her progress here.
Vox Performance Project participant Amy Cuthbertson writes about how she managed to hit her target at Ironman Vouliagmeni and shares some tips that helped advance her progress. Check it out here!
In her latest blog, Maud Oudeman of Canyon//SRAM Racing recounts what is was like to go from once watching the Simac Ladies Tour to actually participating at the race in her home country. Have a read of her experience right here!
This week in cycling history
Multiple national track and road champion Petra Rossner was born on 14 November 1966 and was active in competition between 1987 and 2004. Starting out as a runner, she switched to cycling and won world and Olympic titles on the track. She also took stage wins at the women’s Tour de France and the Giro, among other road successes. She was honoured on several occasions as one of Germany’s most successful riders. After her retirement, she coached and led a women’s road cycling team, and was involved in the development of girls’ and young women’s cycling in Germany.
Celebrating her birthday on 14 November, the now 37-year-old U.S. rider Mara Katherine Abbott became the first US cyclist ever to win the Giro Donne in 2010. She won the national road championships and the Giro again three years later. After her retirement, she worked as a yoga instructor and writer for newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, and two years ago she joined a sustainability advocacy organisation in Boston.
Zwift Rides of the week
Tour of Makuri Islands
Six stages built for Zwifters who want to explore the best Makuri has to offer! From Neokyo’s neon, urban, non-stop action to the ancient land of Yumezi’s countryside, and the all-new coastal wilderness—it’s waiting for you. More info here.
New gravel roads. More fast fun. And a land that has stories to tell. Welcome to Urukazi, the coastal oasis of the Makuri Islands. Getting here from Yumezi and Neokyo is easy: just head south. But bring a sleeping bag, you’re going to want to explore. Find out more here.
From our online shop
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 this message and looks great on this relaxed hoodie. Wear before or after an event, and it will be sure to keep you warm. Get yours here!