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Belgium has revealed the course for the 2024 World Gravel Championships. Halle will be hosting the start and Leuven the finish. The inaugural championships were held in Italy, just like the second edition, before the race then moves to the Flanders region in 2024.
Dutch classics rider and national Madison champion Marjolein van’t Geloof will step up to the WorldTour, having signed with US team Human Powered Health for next year. She has been on the professional circuit since 2016, having previously ridden for Le Col-Wahoo.
Dutch rider Aafke Soet of Jumbo-Visma has announced her retirement. In her farewell message, she discusses her struggle with anorexia, from which she has now recovered. In 2023, she will be an ambassador of the (W)eetwatjedoet project, which aims to combat eating disorders in sport.
At the end of this season, Annemiek van Vleuten auctioned off her old kits at a local bike shop, which made 17,000 Euros for her two selected charities, the Amy Pieters Foundation, and Bikes4Masai, an organisation that helps the Masai, especially children, to gain access to bikes. More than 200 people went to the shop to participate in the event.

Apparel brand Le Col will end title sponsorship of Le Col-Wahoo but will continue as a lower-level sponsor and kit supplier. Wahoo will remain with the team as a co-title sponsor in 2023 and the 12-rider squad will remain at UCI continental level with hopes to step up to WorldTour when more funding has been secured.

Marie Le Net (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope) was honoured as the winner of the first edition of the French Pro Cup “Elites Femmes FDJ”, which was based on results in eight racing events in France, including the GP Morbihan. The Breton rider defeated her Australian teammate Grace Brown and the Italian rider Maria-Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) to take the trophy.

Pauliena Rooijakkers of Canyon//SRAM suffered a crash on a training ride and broke her elbow, while Belgian rider Amber Aernouts of AG-Insurance NXTG was hit by a car during training and broke her arm. We wish both riders all the best for a speedy recovery.

Matt White, who has been part of Team BikeExchange since its inception, has stepped up to Director of High Performance and Racing, and in this capacity will also be helping to run the women’s squad of the Australian team. Megan Chard of Britain, and Canadian Shawn Clarke, who has been a Sports Director at InstaFund La Prima, will join the women’s WorldTour team for the coming season, extending the women’s Sport Directors group to three.

BikeExchange-Jayco has revealed its line-up for 2023. Comprising of 15 riders from nine different countries, this is the largest and most international roster of the squad since its inception in 2012. Five new riders will join for the new season and the team will focus on general classification successes.

Multiple-time Luxembourg champion and SD Worx rider Christine Majerus has illustrated and published her first children’s book, called: “A velo fir de Muli”

Olympic champion Anna Kiesenhofer might be considering returning to racing full-time, putting her mathematics career at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on the back burner. The Austrian rider has raced as a guest at a few races this year such as the Challenge by La Vuelta, but racing for a team might be on the cards next year.

The one-day race Dwars door Vlaanderen had applied for Women’s WorldTour status, but their request has been denied and the event remains on the ProSeries calendar for 2023. The 11th edition of the race will be held on 29 March 2023.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24, which has developed riders such as Coryn Rivera, Ruth Winder, Mara Abbott, Chloe Dygert, and current World and Olympic Champion on the track, Jennifer Valente, intends to return to the professional ranks and has applied for a UCI Continental Team licence for 2023.  Besides racing in the USA, the squad aims to race in South America and Europe while also combining track, mountain biking, eSports, gravel racing and para-cycling.

Agua Marina Espinola Salinas (Paraguay), Valentine Nzayisenga (Rwanda), Llori Sharpe (Jamaica) and Olivia Shililifa (Namibia) have extended their contracts for a second year with CANYON//SRAM Generation. The team’s aim is to develop and teach riders to become professional cyclists through the squad’s principles of communication, patience and tolerance.

Liv Racing Xstra has partnered with Dutch cycling club JEGG – DJR Academy. The UCI Women’s WorldTeam aims to further develop women’s cycling and to optimise the integration of cycling talents into the top level of the sport. JEGG – DJR Academy has been a leading development team in Dutch cycling for many years and will participate in training days with Liv Racing Xstra next season.

Former Australian track rider, and World, Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist, Anna Mears, has been appointed Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic team for Paris 2024.

 

Results

X2O Trofee Kortrijk – Urban Cross
Elite: Marianne Vos ahead of Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Denise Betsema (all NED)
Junior: Fleur Moors (BEL) ahead of Vanda Dlaskova (CZE) and Niamh Murphy (GBR)

UCI Track Champions League Round 3
Keirin: Steffie van der Peet (NED) ahead of Mathilde Gros (FRA) and Kelsey Mitchell (CAN)
Scratch: Sophie Lewis (GBR) ahead of Katie Archibald (GBR) and Jennifer Valente (USA)
Sprint: Mathilde Gros (FRA) ahead of Martha Bayona (COL)
Elimination: Katie Archibald (GBR) ahead of Jennifer Valente (USA) and Maggie Coles-Lyster (CAN)

 

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards 2022

Voting continues for this year’s awards! If you haven’t already voted, then you can still do so!

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 until 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!

 

Zwift Blog

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

Sue Novarra-Reber

Sprint cycling champion Sue Novarra-Reber was born in Flint, Michigan on 2 November 1955. Initially a speed skater, she switched to cycling and in 1975, at the age of 19, she became the youngest woman to ever win the world sprint championship, a feat she repeated in 1980. As the 1984 women’s Los Angeles Olympic cycling event did not include the sprint, the seven-time national track champion switched to road racing, so that she could compete in the Olympics. In 1982, she became national champion in the road race but could not continue on from her successful track career. Two years later she retired and was subsequently hired by the US Cycling Federation to prepare the US women’s track team for the 1987 Worlds, which under her direction, won 4 medals including a gold. These days she works as a real estate broker in her hometown.

Edita Pučinskaitė

Born on 27 November 1975, the now 47-year-old Lithuanian rider was part of the pro peloton between 1993 and 2010. She won the World Championships in 1999, the Giro twice and the Tour de France once. Since her retirement, she remains very much involved in cycling particularly through the GF Edita Pučinskaitė, an annual charity cycling event in Italy that is in its 12th year since its inception.

 

Zwift Rides of the week

Zwift Pro Training Camp

Consider this your invitation to four different camps, hosted by four top-tier teams. Training camps have a rich history in cycling. They’re where teammates come together, get to know each other, and work hard. Closed to all except official team members…until now. Read more here!

Tour of Makuri Islands

This is your last chance to complete the Tour of Makuri Islands! 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!

 

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!

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