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The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships organisers have released the route maps and further information on the event to be run across Scotland. More details can be found here.

Krista Doebel-Hickok of EF Education-Tibco SVB has suffered a broken collarbone in a crash halfway through the second stage of Itzulia Women and needed to be taken to hospital. We wish her all the best in her recovery.

Some viewers and commentators raised questions over the sportsmanship of Movistar’s actions on one of the stages of La Vuelta Femenina. Demi Vollering had stopped for a nature break and argued that the likes of Movistar decided to ride hard on the front of the bunch while knowing she was stopping by the side of the road. After the race, her DS Anna van der Breggen commented that “when you pee and they start the echelon, it’s not the most sporting thing to do. I think if you look now at the win of Annemiek [van Vleuten], you know, actually it’s because of that.” It looks like the battle between Team SD Worx and Movistar is alive and well.

The UCI has confirmed that the new ‘RERP’ equipment registration procedures and tamper-proof RFID frame tags will be in place at the Tour de France Femmes.

The cyclocross season will start later this year. The anticipated opener of the season, the Rapencross in Lokeren on 17 September, will not take place, and the Poldercross in Kruibeke, scheduled for 1 October, will also be put on hold for a year. Earlier this year, Lokeren hosted the Belgian championships, and is unable to organise another top cross event nine months later. In Kruibeke, infrastructure works are the main reason for cancelling the event. The cyclocross in Beringen on 24 September will therefore be the first Belgian race.

Social platforms are failing female riders through sexualisation, misogyny and harassment. What can be done about it to stop this treatment? Read more in this article by one of the female riders here.

On 13 May, cyclists lined up in Lyndon, Vermont, and on a virtual platform around the world to honour the legacy of Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson on a “Ride for Mo.” Wilson was tragically killed in May last year, and the Moriah Wilson Foundation organised the gravel and MTB fundraising event to benefit the local community’s children’s outdoor program. It is hoped that this race will become an annual event.

British Cycling has announced additional rounds of the 2023 National Circuit Series, the Dudley Grand Prix, while Guildford will host the previously unconfirmed third round of the series. The women’s series will now consist of five rounds. That means this year’s series will be bigger than last year’s, which is great news, especially in light of the postponement of the Tour Series and the Women’s Tour.



Vuelta Burgos: 
Stage 1: Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx) ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) and Chloe Dygert (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
Stage 2:  Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) ahead of Chloe Dygert and Lorena Wiebes
Stage 3: Lorena Wiebes ahead of Elisa Balsamo and Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team)

Durango – Durango: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (AG Insurance-Soudal Quickstep) ahead of Ane Santesteban (Team Jayco-Alula) and Claire Steels (Israel – Premier Tech)

Veenendaal-Veenendaal: Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) ahead of Martina Fidanza (CERATIZIT-WNT Cycling) and Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Health)

Omloop der Kempen: Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) ahead of Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Health) and Maike van der Duin (Canyon//SRAM Generation)


New Podcast: “Just 3 Questions”

Want to submit your own question to be answered by our experts? Send a voice note to us at!

In our second episode, three questions asked by you are answered by experts David from Supersapiens & Chris from Precision Fuel & Hydration. Topics include:

– Fuelling strategies for early morning training
– How to fuel for training vs. racing
– If there’s an upper limit for fuelling during exercise?

Listen on Spotify here!
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Zwift Blog

Franziska Koch of Team DSM shares her top tips for holding your own altitude camp. Have a read of them here!


Vox Performance Project

In her latest blog, Vox Performance Project participant Maria shares some insights about consuming gels during training. Have a read here.


This week in cycling history

Dervla Murphy

Born on 28 November 1931, Murphy passed away on 22 May 2022. She was an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books, writing for more than 50 years. For her tenth birthday, her parents gave her a second-hand bicycle and a second-hand atlas. With that, she was determined to explore the world, riding alone and mostly on two wheels. Murphy rode through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, South America, Madagascar and Cameroon, to name just a few of her destinations. When staying in these countries, she often volunteered in orphanages and refugee centres. She commented about her travelling, saying that the hardships and poverty of her youth were a good apprenticeship for this form of travel. She had been brought up to understand that material possessions and physical comfort should not be confused with success and achievement. At the age of 71, she attempted to bike through Siberia but an injury prevented her from completing her journey and she was forced to continue travelling by train. Even in her advanced age, she travelled on her bike as much as her health allowed. Murphy passed away at her home in Lismore, Ireland, aged 90.


Performance Corner




Are you fueling adequately to maintain health and performance?

Big training loads require a commitment to eating enough to support the work you’re doing. If you’re ramping up your volume or intensity, don’t be tempted to skimp on the carbs, or get too caught up with weight loss goals, because energy restriction will, more often than not, do more harm than good.

Learn more about the dangers of underfueling and the concept of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) here.


Zwift Rides of the week

The Voxwomen Club

Get ready for the next ride on the 23rd of May! Celebrate women’s cycling through our new club on Zwift! Here, you can be part of the journey and complete rides that cater to the busy lives we live and find motivation and enjoyment through riding. The rides will be held every other Tuesday at 7am/11am/1pm PST (3pm/7pm/9pm GMT). Rides are approximately 40 minutes and feature special guests to lead the events.

It’s also open pace and no drop, thanks to the Zwift bubble feature, which keeps everyone together so you can ride at your own pace without being dropped from the group. The first ride is this Tuesday, so be sure to join us here!

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