Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
The Giro Donne has finally released more information about the nine stages of this year’s race, which runs from 30 June to 9 July. The first stage kicks off in Chianciano Terme and finishes in Olbia. 24 teams will be at the start of the event that takes the riders over a total of 928 kilometres. More information can be found here.
Italian rider Vittoria Bussi, who set the hour record in 2018 which was surpassed by Ellen van Dijk a year ago, is aiming to set a new record. However, the UCI requires 50,000 euros to run the attempt. The mathematics graduate from Oxford is determined to give it another go and has set up the Road2Record project hoping to raise the necessary funds.
The Spanish Cycling Federation may pay the bank guarantee to Zaaf Cycling Team riders on 31 March 2024, more than a year after their request for payment was made. This could leave some riders in a precarious financial situation.
Chiara Consonni of UAE Team ADQ was hit by a team car of another squad at the beginning of stage 2 at the Vuelta Burgos. The accident caused a deep cut on her chin and four broken teeth. Elisa Balsamo of Trek-Segafredo crashed at Ride London and suffered a fracture of her left scaphoid as well as fractures of both her left and right mandible which will require surgery. CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling’s Martina Fidanza suffered a mild concussion after a crash during Antwerp Port Epic. She was scheduled to start at Ride London but will now take some time away from racing to recover. We wish all these riders well in their recovery.
After a nine-month policy review led by an internal working group, made up of a broad range of representatives from across British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling, British Cycling has issued an update on its transgender and non-binary participation policies.
Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour
Stage 1: Team SD Worx ahead of Jayco-Alula and Canyon//SRAM Racing
Stage 2: Mischa Bredewold (Team SD Worx) ahead of Barbara Guarischi (Team SD Worx) and Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx)
Stage 3: Barbara Guarischi ahead of Lorena Wiebes and Sandra Alonso (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling)
Stage 4: Lonneke Uneken (Team SD Worx) ahead of Marta Lach (CERATIZIT WNT- Pro Cycling) and Christina Schweinberger (Fenix-Deceuninck)
Stage 1: Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) ahead of Clara Copponi (FDJ-SUEZ) and Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo)
Stage 2: Chloe Dygert (Canyon//SRAM Racing) ahead of Lizzie Deignan and Soraya Paladin (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
New Podcast: “Just 3 Questions”
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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?
Franziska Koch of Team DSM shares her top tips for holding your own altitude camp. Have a read of them here!
Vox Performance Project
Jade, one of our Vox Performance Project participants, reflects on what she’s learned from this project. Your mind set is crucial in achieving your goals and so is physically investing in it and striving for consistency and happiness. Read about what she has to say right here!
This week in cycling history
Born in what was then Soviet Lithuania on 28 May 1977, the rider dominated road racing in the late 1990s and early 2000. The now 47-year-old made her debut in the pro cycling ranks in the mid-1990s after winning the 1994 World Junior Road Race Championship. She rose to the top of women’s cycling in 1998 when she won two World Cup races, the overall World Road Cup title, and ended the season by winning the World Road Championships. In 1999 she won the Grand Boucle, followed in 2000 by a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics. Following changes of Lithuania’s citizenship laws, Žiliūtė fought for years to retain her Lithuanian citizenship until she was able to successfully lobby the government on this issue.
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 30th 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!