Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
The teams participating in the 2023 Paris Roubaix avec Zwift have been announced. Find out all you need to know here.
The newly renamed Lifeplus-Wahoo team has announced its team for 2023. Read all about it here.
The official route, jerseys and sponsors for the first-ever edition of the Women’s UAE Tour have been announced. Find out more here.
Marianne Vos, who has been with Jumbo-Visma Women since its inception in 2021 and won 15 races with the outfit, has extended her contract with the Dutch squad until the end of 2025.
After 25 years of organising elite competitions at the highest level, and being part of the UCI WWT since 2016, Vargarda will be unable to continue as Sweden’s only WorldTour organiser due to financial reasons.
Marianne Vos will be unable to defend her title at the Cyclocross World Championships next week in Hoogerheide due to a constriction of her pelvic artery. She will now try to recover for her road season. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.
Alicia Franck, Marion Norbert Riberolle and Laura Verdonschot will represent Belgium at the elite level at the CX World Championships held between 3 to 5 February in Hooherheide.
The Dutch Cycling Federation has announced its elite squad for the 2023 Cyclocross World Championships on home soil: Fem van Empel, Puck Pieterse, Lucinda Brand, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Denise Betsema, Inge van der Heijden, Annemarie Worst, and Aniek van Alphen.
British Cycling has announced its team for the Cyclocross World Championships in the Netherlands next week. The team includes Anna Kay (elite) and Zoe Backstedt (U23).
The UAE Development team has unveiled its 16 athletes for the 2023 season. The riders come from nine different countries including the UAE. The athletes in the new team will be provided with the opportunity to improve their skills and grow through experience during the 2023 season. In addition, some will have the opportunity to race in the WorldTour with the UAE Team ADQ squad during the year.
SD Worx and Uno-X will not replace riders on maternity leave although a new UCI rule allows teams to take on a replacement athlete to cover riders on leave.
Shirin van Anrooij has decided to race the World CX championships in the U23 category rather than the elite level. She commented: “There are still many years to come in which I can fight for a podium place in the elites. I chose the U23 in Hoogerheide as I want to develop my career step by step and do not want to skip any steps.”
There’s a new look and a new sponsor for the British UCI team CAMS Basso, which will be named DAS Handsling. The squad will be riding road, track, gravel and cyclocross this season.
The course of the fifth edition of the Vuelta CV Feminas will have two climbs and a long descent into the finish in Valencia. Four WT teams, 17 continental teams and 2 elite teams will be participating at the race.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad has announced the teams that will be at the start at this year’s edition. All UCI WT teams plus nine continental squads will be battling it out for the podium placings.
The 2023 UCI Cycling Esport World Championships finals will beheld on 18 February in Glasgow, Scotland. More information can be found here.
The National Cycling League in the USA has announced its schedule. Events are planned in Miami Beach for 8 April, Atlanta on 14 May, Denver, on 8 August and 10 September in Washington D.C.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Loes Adegeest (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope) ahead of Amanda Spratt (Trek-Segafredo) and Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health)
Vox Performance Project
Despite my heart wanting to be out in the fresh air, enjoying sunrises with coffee and cake stops, my anxiety was holding me back.” Find out how the Vox Performance Project has helped Ally regain her love of two wheels, in her latest blog.
In her latest blog, Megan Jastrab of Team DSM shares some things she wish she knew when she started racing. Some are simple concepts, but can sometimes be hard to accept, and she still reminds herself of them today. Have a read here.
This week in cycling history
27 January was the now 58-year-old US rider’s birthday. She was active between 1984 and 1993. Initially, Thompson was on a college running scholarship but always enjoyed cycling. She had planned to go to Australia to get a job on a cattle ranch, but instead of doing that, she bought a bicycle and 3 months later made the Olympic team. Following from that, she won 10 National Championships and came second in three World Championships. She also raced in the Tour de France Feminin, taking third in 1986 and also winning the polka dot jersey. She was third again at the Grande Boucle in 1989. Thompson was inducted into the US Cycling Hall of Fame in 2014. Although now preferring a quieter life on her ranch in Oregon, she is still active in supporting cycling, having created the Inga Thompson Foundation, which assists competitive female cyclists through financial assistance. One of the trailblazers of women’s cycling in the 1980s, Thompson continues to be on many advocacy boards for Women in Sports.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
The first UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships for women were held in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands on 28 January 2000. The track for the race was 2660 meters long with 700m road, 1080m grass and 880m forest trails. Hanka Kupfernagel of Germany won the inaugural elite race ahead of Louise Robinson (GBR) and Daphny van den Brand (NED).
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Zwift Rides of the week
Tour de Zwift: The big tour to explore it all
It’s a new year and a brand new chance to ride, run, and explore as the global
community tours the amazing worlds of Zwift. With multiple routes for each stage, this year’s Tour de Zwift is serving up multiple chances to ride more miles, unblock more badges and collect more Tour swag. So get ready to take off on a tour to explore the best and newest maps Zwift has to offer. More information here!