Your Monday Briefing


Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling:

  • During the 2019 World Championships, the UCI revealed the race routes for the 2020 UCI Road World Championships, which will be held in the Vaud and Valais cantons of Switzerland next September. The road races will include the climb of the 4km long and 10 per cent steep Côte de la Petite Forclaz. The climb comes half-way through each of the 20km finishing circuits, which will be raced three times by the elite women. The road races, which commence on 25 September with the junior women’s events, will be followed on September 26 by the elite women’s event.
  • Miriam Welte, multiple Olympic medal winner and world champion on the track has recently announced she will be ending her cycling career.
  • In a press release, Pavé 76 announced their unique development project for female riders. They propose a three tier system: the APB Junior Development Team, the U23 club named Watersley R&D Cycling Team and the new UCI U23 women’s team. They aim to be one of the best women’s teams within five years.
  • Boels-Dolmans announced in a press release that 2020 will be the tenth and final year for their title sponsors Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping. The team has had great success in the sport so far and has taken the UCI’s number one ranking since the end of 2015. The Dutch team  also won the Team Time Trial World Championship title in 2016 and has had extensive success in the Classics and stage races. The team is now looking to secure new sponsorship in order to be able to continue racing past the end of 2020.
  • The UCI has sanctioned the first e-sports World Championships, to be held in 2020 via the online riding platform Zwift. The competition will provide equal opportunities for both male and female competitors, including equal prize money.

Recent results

  • At the 2019 Yorkshire UCI Road World Championships, the Women’s Elite Road Race was won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) after a lengthy solo attack. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) made it a Dutch 1-2, with Amanda Spratt (Australia) taking the bronze medal.
  • The Women’s Elite ITT was won by Chloé Dygert-Owen (USA) ahead of Anna van der Breggen and her compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten.
  • Megan Jastrab of the USA took out the Women’s Junior Road Race, with Julie De Wilde (Belgium) winning the silver medal, and Lieke Nooijen (Netherlands) finishing in third place.
  • The Women’s Junior ITT was taken out by Aigul Gareeva of Russia ahead of Shirin van Androoij (Netherlands) and Elynor Bäckstedt of Great Britain.

Zwift Blog

  • In her latest blog, Collarbones, altitude, gravel riding and finding form,” Ella Harris shares her experiences from the road to recovery and her altitude training and discusses how she found her form again after injury.
  • Audrey Cordon-Ragot writes about her home region of Bretagne and why she loves it. She shares some mouth-watering recipes, and talks about cycling in the area as well as the importance of environmental protection. Read about it all here in her latest piece, “Three Things you should know about Bretagne.”
  • Sophie Wright tells us in her latest article, “The best things in life are free,” about the difficulties she faced upon returning to training and racing after injury and how she came to appreciate the basic things in life.

The Voxwomen Show

  • Check out the latest edition of The Voxwomen Show right here! We catch up with all the action from the European Championships in Alkmaar, Netherlands, we head to the UK and the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland and we meet WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling’s Lisa Brennauer and talk about her bikes.

Voxwomen Announcements and Events

  • Voting is now open for the second part of Voxwomen’s Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Award 2019. The winner of the spring poll was Annemiek van Vleuten, and now you can now vote for the rider of the summer! The widers who have been shortlisted in the summer period of 2019, covering races from May’s Tour de Yorkshire to last weekend’s Madrid Challenge, are: Lisa Brennauer, Lizzie Deignan, Christine Majerus, Annemiek van Vleuten, Lorena Wiebes and Marianne Vos. The award will be decided after the two public votes to find the riders of spring and summer. A final poll will determine the ultimate winner, who will be announced at the Rouleur Classic held from 31 October to 2 November in London. For more information and to vote click here!

This week in cycling history…

  • Twenty-five years ago, Karen Kurreck, then aged 32, won the first ever women’s ITT world championship in Catania, Italy. The former gymnast and triathlete had only taken up competitive cycling  three years prior to this. The U.S. rider also participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and subsequently concentrated on cyclo-cross riding before retiring from the sport.
  • 27 September was the birthday of Beth Heiden, a former U.S. speed skater, cross country-skier and road cyclist, who won the Road Race at the UCI World Championships in Sallanches, France, in 1980.
  • Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel celebrated her birthday on 26 September. During her racing career, the Dutch rider won a number of prestigious races, including both the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Holland Lades Tour GC on two occasions, and held the UCI’s number one ranking in 2001.

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