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Voxwomen wishes all our readers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to continue bringing you all the news from women’s cycling in 2023!

Fem van Empel, who had a nasty crash on the snow-covered course of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Val di Sole, did not sustain any fractures, but did suffer major bruises on her leg, fluids in both knees and possibly a slight concussion. She will take some time to recover. We wish Fem a speedy recovery!

Annemiek van Vleuten was crowned as the Dutch rider of the year for the fourth time.

Lisa Brennauer, who retired just recently, has been named director of a newly created women’s race in Germany, the Women’s Cycling Grand Prix in Stuttgart. The inaugural race will be held on 16 July next year.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot, one of the multi-disciplinary athletes of Ineos Grenadiers, has presented the team’s new kit for next season.

Several other teams revealed their jerseys for next season: Jumbo-Visma Women has introduced its new kit, which features some subtle changes for 2023. Lotto Soudal, known as Lotto Dstny in 2023, has also presented their new kit, which features the colours blue and red, with an orange stripe. AG Insurance –NXTG also gave us a look at their new 2023 kit.

As of next year, GreenEDGE Cycling (Team BikeExchange) will be named Team Jayco AlUla, with the Royal Commission for AlUla, Saudi Arabia, stepping up from official partner to second naming rights partner of the Australian registered UCI WorldTour team. The newly signed agreement will run from January 2023 through to December 2025.

Movistar Team held their presentation last week at the headquarters of their naming sponsor in Madrid. Annemiek van Vleuten will be the leader of a 15-rider roster, including Pan-American champion Arlenis Sierra, young Dane Emma Norsgaard, and the two Spanish riders Sheyla Gutiérrez and Sara Martín. The team will be reinforced by German road race champion Liane Lippert and Dutch all-rounder Floortje Mackaij.

Jumbo-Visma had their team presentation in Amsterdam, where they looked back at the past season’s successes and forward to goals for 2023.

Séverine Eraud and Morgane Coston from France, Spela Kern from Slovenia and Josie Talbot from Australia will join Team Cofidis for next season.

The full calendar for the 2023 UCI MTB World Cup has been released. It features 13 rounds in nine countries. One of the highlights in this calendar is a round hosted in Haute-Savoie (France), bringing together all the major mountain bike formats for the first time in the history of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The cross-country Olympic (XCO), cross-country short track (XCC) and downhill (DHI) competitions will take place in Les Gets, while the cross-country marathon (XCM), enduro (EDR) and E-enduro (EDR-E) events will be held in Châtel and Morzine.

The new U.S. National Cycling League has announced two of their new co-ed professional cycling teams. Former DSM rider, Canadian Olympian and World Team Trial Champion Leah Kirchmann will be riding for the Denver Disruptors. $700,000 awaits the winning team at the end of the series.



Exact Cross Mol – Zilvermeercross
Shirin van Anrooij ahead of Lucinda Brand and Annemarie Worst (all NED)


Vox Performance Project

When the opportunity to join the project arose, Claire jumped at the chance to kickstart her training and represent women over 50. Now, Claire is implementing nutritional and training tools to reach her goals. Read more here!


Zwift Blog

EF Education-TIBCO’s Abi Smith writes about the art of off-seasoning in her latest blog! She also reveals some of her hidden talents in addition to cycling. Have a read here!


This week in cycling history

Sandra Schuhmacher 

The German former road and track cyclist was born on 25 December 1966. She is also a gifted musician, playing the violin, guitar and the flute. She had intended to study music but combining cycling with studies proved to be too difficult and she eventually decided to pursue her athletic abilities. The then 17 year old was a surprise podium finisher at the inaugural Olympic women’s road race in 1984 in Los Angeles, taking the bronze medal behind U.S. riders Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Rebecca Twigg. The following year, she added another bronze medal at the UCI World Championships after having broken her arm only 2 months prior to the event. In both years, she also won the national elite women’s title. She retired in 1988 and made a brief comeback in 1993 before hanging up her cleats for good.


Siobhan Dervan-Horgan 

The Irish rider was born on 22 December 1978. The now 42 year old climber started out as a runner and came to cycling at the age of 24 while recovering from injury. After only one year of cycling she joined Lotto-Belisol and became Ireland’s first professional cyclist. She won seven national titles, the first ever to do so in her country. After retiring from the sport of cycling, she worked as an engineer but decided later to compete in the duathlon where she won two national titles. She retired in 2015 from competitive sport but still coaches some younger riders.


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. More information here!


ZRacing: Race Like a Pro

Get ready to Race Like a Pro throughout multiple worlds while wearing some of the most iconic team kits in cycling. Stage 2 kicks off December 12 – 18 with one lap of the Richmond Rollercoaster route. Complete all four routes in this month’s series to pick up the “Race Like a Pro” badge for your trophy case. 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!

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