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Team SD Worx has revealed its kit for 2024. Clothing sponsor Specialized has designed a colourful, geometric and dynamic jersey for the squad.
Movistar Team has presented its new kit for the 2024 season. The new jersey, produced by Gobik, shines with the light effects mixed asymmetrically with the well-known blue background used by the Telefónica-backed squad over its entire era under the current sponsor.
Jumbo-Visma Women has also revealed its new kit, with the familiar yellow-based jersey and black bibs, and sporting the team’s new co-sponsor Lease a Bike on the front of the jersey.
The recent UCIWT and UCIWWT seminar shared key financial information regarding teams and riders. The average WWT squad’s budget is 3.8 million Euros and the average salary for a female rider is 85,000 Euros while the medium is 65,000 Euros.
EF Pro Cycling team has revealed its 15-rider squad for 2024, which includes athletes from 10 different countries. The team features a mix of experienced riders such as Alison Jackson, Veronica Ewers and Letizia Borghesi, and a number of younger riders, with a range of personalities and strengths.
After two years with Movistar Team, Australian rider Sarah Gigante will not be riding for the Spanish squad in 2024. A mutual agreement to that effect was reached in October, after which she was free to sign with another team. The former Australian national road and ITT champion will join AG-Insurance Soudal Quickstep for 2024.
Cyclo-cross World Champion Fem Van Empel has extended her contract with Jumbo-Visma Women until 2027.
Anniina Ahtosalo will ride for Uno-X Pro Cycling until 2027. The Finish rider has twice been national road and ITT champion. Danish riders Julie Norman Leith and Rebecca Körner, and Swedish rider Wilma Olausson will also be part of the team until the end of 2024.
Israel-Premier Tech will not continue as co-title sponsor of Israel – Premier Tech Roland. and the squad is set to continue as Roland Cycling Team in 2024. IPT parted ways due to having a different vision for the team going forward. The company may return to women’s cycling in the future but, in the meantime, will be focusing on the men’s pro and continental teams.
Aus Cycling’s Virtual Talent ID program is aiming to unearth the next generation of Australian cycling champions who may not yet be involved in cycling, mountain bike, BMX racing or BMX freestyle. The program makes it easy for potential athletes to throw their hat in the ring for development opportunities, inviting candidates to complete a simple workout at home using Zwift. More details can be found here.
It’s the end of an era. GCN broadcast their last ever live race last Sunday, the CX World Cup in Namur before shutting down. Fans can continue to watch the same live coverage, with the same commentators on Eurosport or Discovery+ in Europe or on Max from February in the USA. For those elsewhere, updates will follow.
The Volta a Catalunya will introduce a women’s multi-stage race from 7th to 9th June 2024. This development marks a significant progression from the one-day reVolta race to a three-day event. Up to seven WWT teams, several UCI Women’s Continental Teams, and national teams will be invited to participate.
The 15th edition of the Trofeo ORO in EURO is scheduled for 3rd March 2024 in Montignoso. This event brings together Italian teams to compete with the best in the world and will offer live streaming of the race’s final stages.
Festival Elsy has released its route for the two separate races of next year’s event. On Saturday, the event returns to Garnich with a course made up of two loops. On Sunday, a 15km loop awaits, which has to be contested 8 times, and features the 14% climb up Rue Tubis.
The 37th edition of Tour of the Gila is planned for April 24-28, 2024. The race organisers will again offer the five-stage UCI-sanctioned races for women’s and men’s teams from across the globe. The terrain of southwest New Mexico’s notoriously steep and scenic roads will be testing the riders’ physical limits.
The Cyclists Alliance (TCA) has announced the names of the recipients of their TCAMP Pre-Career x Strava Grant. TCA has teamed up with Strava to create a grant that will help talented young athletes to further their careers and eventually move up to the elite level. The road riders are: Ugandan Nakaggwa Florence, Australians Sophie Marr and Emily Watts, British riders Emma Matthews and Awen Roberts, Canadians Anabelle Thomas and Florence Normand, Dutch Renee van Hout, South African Maddie Leroux, and BMX riders Caroline Amazonas from Brazil and Juzulla Mwamakazi from Rwanda.
After a couple of years of hiatus, USA CRITS has announced it will be back on the calendar with a six-week series of races. The series hopes to create greater visibility and stability in the U.S. road racing scene. The race organiser is pledging to stream all its racing and has a current total cash prize purse of $200,000.
The UCI has introduced a new high temperature protocol for rider health and safety, which includes moving the start location to a shadier area, supplying more motos that carry water, providing teams with more fresh drinks and ice, changing start times and offering the possibility of neutralising parts of a race due to heat.
Exact Cross Mol: Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Shirin van Anrooij (NED) and Laura Verdonschot (BEL)
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This week in cycling history
The Irish former rider was born on 22 December 1978. The now 45-year old climber started out as a runner and came to cycling at the age of 24 while recovering from an injury. After only one year of cycling, she joined Lotto-Belisol and became Ireland’s first professional cyclist. She won seven national titles, the first ever to do so in her country. After retiring from the sport, she worked as an engineer but decided later to compete in the duathlon where she won two national titles. She retired in 2015 from competitive sport but still coaches upcoming young riders.
Dutch former rider Minnie Brinkhoff-Nieuwenhuis was born on 19 December 1952. She was active between 1970 and 1978, winning a bronze medal at the World Road Championships, as well as two national track sprint titles.
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