Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Belgian Cycling has announced its team for the world Championships in Glasgow and Scotland, with Lotte Kopecky leading the women’s team as she targets world titles on the road and the track.
Australian Cycling has published its list of athletes competing in 10 disciplines in and around Glasgow at the Worlds.
Liv Racing TeqFind will merge with Team Jayco AlUla to launch a comprehensive cycling plan for 2024 and beyond. The aim is to create a new Development Team with ambitions of becoming an international breeding ground for cycling talent, alongside a UCI Women’s WorldTeam.
Protime, a market leader in time registration, workforce scheduling, access control and online collaboration, will become co-sponsor of Team SD Worx. The new jersey with the logo of the new partner was introduced at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.
Lucinda Brand will continue to combine road cycling with Lid-Trek and cyclo-cross with Baloise-Trek Lions for another two seasons.
Jayco AlUla’s Kristen Faulkner, who suffered injuries when hit by a car during training in May, has developed a blood clot in her lungs and this will take three months to heal. She will unfortunately miss the World Championships next months. We wish Kirsten all the very best in her recovery.
Megan Jastrab of Team DSM shares some travel tips to make your airport experience more enjoyable in her latest blog.
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?
This week in cycling history
The women’s Tour de France
68 years after the first ever edition of a women’s Tour de France, the race has experienced many transformations and, also unfortunately, cancellations. In 1955 there was a one-off five stage Tour de France Féminin that took place at the same time as the men’s race. In 1984, the women’s peloton rode its own three-week Tour de France Féminin which ran until 1989. Just three years later in 1992, came the launch of another stage race across France, this time in the form of the Tour Cycliste Féminin. The event varied in length from year to year between four and fourteen stages. The following year, the race changed into La Grande Boucle which continued until 2009. After a break and following a petition of riders and fans, La Course by Le Tour de France, first ran in 2014 but was essentially only a one-day race. Then in 2022 Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, an eight-day stage race travelling around France was inaugurated and this year we see the second edition of this event.
The German rider celebrated her 47th birthday on 23 July. Judith Arndt started her career mainly as a track cyclist and time triallist but after a viral infecting hampered her success on the track at the 2000 Olympics, she made the switch to racing on the road. In 2004, she won the Road World Championships in Verona/Italy and took a further twelve silver and bronze medals at World Championships on the road and the track. She was also German Champion twenty-one times in six different disciplines. Arndt ended her career after taking gold in the time trial event at the 2012 World Championships and moved to Melbourne/Australia but still stayed active in the cycling community. She also went back to university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and later on took on a role of coaching women riders.
Born on the Isle of Man, Robinson was the winner of the first ever Tour de France for women, the Grand Boucle Féminin, in 1955, taking the victory ahead of British rider June Thackeray. Growing up in Peel and after some time in the Women’s Land Army during WWII, she moved to England and started competing in races at the age of 25. As an amateur and with not much prize money on offer, the Manx rider drove a van for a living but was also handy at shearing sheep. After a successful career, Robinson retired in 1960, quietly disappearing from the public eye but leaving a wake of wins and records. In regards to the first women’s Tour de France, without financial and public support, it remained a one-off event, fading away until 1984 when a new version, the first edition of the France Féminin, was held.
How to carb load before your next event
Starting a big ride fully fueled is mandatory if you want to maximise performance. Start carbing up as early as ~48 hours out from a really big race and make sure you’re getting enough carbs in during the final few hours. Find out more here!
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 27 July. 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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