Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Starlight, the company organising the Giro Donne this year, voiced concerns that they won’t be able to pay for television production, which is a requirement to run the race as a WorldTour event. However, RAI has reached an agreement with the Italian Cycling Federation to produce the TV coverage of the race, and the event will now proceed.
In the wake of the cancellation of the Tour des Pyrenees Féminin, an independent body to improve rider safety is set to launch prior to the Tour de France. According to a Dutch newspaper, in the works for three years already, the Safe Road Cycling – SAROC brings together teams, race organisers and the UCI, with the aim of guaranteeing the safety of cyclists. The costs of running this body will reportedly be shared across all participating teams, race organisers and the UCI.
Australian rider Chloe Hosking, who after the collapse of the B&B Hotels team, retired last year after a 16-year career, has presented the Hosking bicycle brand, a new bike that she has designed and engineered. Although without a team, she is currently riding criterium races in the USA.
Yara Kastelijn of Fenix-Deceuninck had to abandon the Tour de Suisse due to knee pain. She sustained a knee injury that required stitches at an earlier race and left Switzerland early as a precaution. particularly in view of the Tour de France Femmes.
In a recent interview, New Zealand rider Ally Wollaston, who is also a rider council member with the Cyclists’ Alliance, has expressed concerns about the priorities of reforms that have been put in place in recent years by the UCI. While prize money and minimum salaries have increased, other issues such as rider safety are being ignored. She noted that the pace of change in women’s cycling might be too fast and brings with it challenges for some organisers, forcing them to cancel races such as the recent Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées and the Lotto Belgium Tour, for instance.
Norwegian rider Susanne Andersen has extended with Uno-X-Pro Cycling Team until the end of 2026.
The Cyclists’ Alliance (TCA) will receive funding from Zwift for the development of its TCAMP Pre-career program. The aim of the program is to provide support so that those from any background who are aiming to become a professional riders have equal opportunities to do so. The TCA aims to launch the program in 2024.
For the next three seasons, VolkerWessels, an international construction company, will be the main sponsor of the team currently known as Parkhotel Valkenburg. Parkhotel has been sponsoring the team for the past 11 years. Currently there are no plans for the Dutch squad to aim for WorldTour status.
Tour de Suisse
Stage 3: Eleonora Gasparrini (Team UAE ADQ) ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Movistar) and Tereza Neumanova (Liv Racing TeqFind)
Stage 4: Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Marlen Reusser (SD Worx)
Overall: Marlen Reusser ahead of Demi Vollering (SD Worx) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
UCI MTB Wold Cup Leogang
Elite DH: Vali Höll (AUT) ahead of Camille Balance (FRA) and Rachel Atherton (GBR)
XCO Elite: Puck Pieterse (NDL) ahead of Mona Mitterweiler (AUT) and Laura Stigger (AUT)
National Road Championships:
Britain ITT: Lizzie Holden ahead of Anna Morris and Elinor Barker
British Road: Pfeiffer Georgi ahead of Claire Steels and Anna Henderson
Netherlands ITT: Riejanne Markus ahead of Demi Vollering and Annemiek van Vleuten
Netherlands Road: Demi Vollering ahead of Lorena Wiebes and Marianne Vos
Luxembourg ITT: Nina Berton ahead of Christine Majerus and Marie Schreiber
Luxembourg Road: Christine Majerus ahead of Nina Berton and Marie Schreiber
Sweden ITT: Jenny Rissveds ahead of Nathalie Eklund and Emilia Fahlin
Sweden Road: Emilia Fahlin ahead of Clara Lundmark and Julia Bergstrom
France ITT: Cedrine Kerboal ahead of Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Coralie Demay
France Road: Victoire Berteau ahead of Marie Le Net and Jade Wiel
Belgium ITT: Lotte Kopecky ahead of Febe Jooris and Marthe Goossens
Belgium Road: Lotte Kopecky ahead of Marthe Goossens and Kelly Druyts
Denmark ITT: Emma Norsgaard ahead of Cecilie Utrup Ludwig and Julie Nielsen Maribo
Denmark Road: Rebecca Koerner ahead of Marie-Louise Hartz and Amalie Nybroe
Slovenia ITT: Urška Žigart ahead of Urška Pintar and Nika Bobnar
Slovenia Road: Urška Pintar ahead of Urška Žigart and Spela Kern
Norway ITT: Mie Bjørndal Ottestad ahead of Ane Iversen and Sigrid Haugset
Norway Road: Susanne Andersen ahead of Katrine Aalerud and Mie Bjørndal Ottestad
USA ITT: Chloe Dygert ahead of Lauren Stephens and Amber Neben
Spain ITT: Mireia Benito ahead of Mavi Garcia and Sandra Alonso
Spain Road: Mavi Garcia ahead of Sara Martin and Mireia Benito
Italy ITT: Elisa Longo Borghini ahead of Marta Cavalli and Alessia Vigilia
Italy Road: Elisa Longo Borghini ahead of Silvia Persico and Marta Cavalli
Germany ITT: Mieke Kroeger ahead of Katharina Fox and Clara Koppenburg
Germany Road: Liane Lippert ahead of Kathrin Hammes and Romy Kasper
Austrian ITT: Anna Kiesenhofer ahead of Christina Schweinberger and Anna Kofler
Road: Carina Schrempf ahead of Lisa Perterer and Kathrin Schweinberger
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?
Alex Morrice writes about what it’s been like to be a pro rider for Canyon//SRAM since winning the Zwift Academy. Read her blog here.
This week in cycling history
Swedish former skier and pro road cyclist Marianne Berglund’s birthday was on 23 June. Berglund grew up on a farm near the Artic circle and started cycling as a teenager. Active between 1979 and 1994, the now 60-year-old won the UCI World Road Champion at the age of 20 years, was Swedish champion ten times, and a two-time Olympic participant. In 1984 she rode the Olympics in Los Angeles but failed to get a medal, so she decided to miss her flight home and stay in the U.S. After retiring from her cycling career, she became a management consultant in the US and obtained her PhD in Organizational Leadership. Besides some coaching and sharing her experience in nutrition and training, she mainly consults businesses on improving their performance. She currently lives in Oregon and is working in leadership development.
Understand your sweat to nail your hydration
We all sweat differently, both in terms of the volume of fluid we lose and the saltiness of our sweat. Knowing your own sweat rate and sweat sodium concentration is crucial if you want to personalise your hydration strategy and perform at your best.
Zwift Rides of the week
Voxwomen Zwift Rides
Join, ride, share, and be inspired! Join others and celebrate women’s cycling through a women’s cycling fan club on Zwift. Be part of the journey and complete rides that cater to our busy lives, and find motivation and enjoyment through riding!
The rides are open to everyone and there are two rides every other Thursday. The next one is on 29 June. The times of the ride are 7am and 7pm GMT (8am and 8pm CET) and are 40min in duration with special guests leading the rides! The pace will be set to open, but “rubberbanding” will be turned on which keeps everyone together regardless of how hard they are pedaling – so it is a no-drop ride as long as you keep pedaling. On the ride days, one ride will be a standard group ride, while the second ride will be Zwift’s Aerobic Conditioning Workout. Find inspiration from each other and have fun challenging yourself! We hope you join us in the virtual world of cycling!
Take advantage of the club chat and be a part of the women’s cycling community also – there will be some giveaways from time to time, so be on the lookout!
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