Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Shirin van Anrooij has extended with Lidl-Trek until the end of 2026. The Dutch rider will represent the U.S. registered team on the road while she will also continue to ride cyclocross with Baloise Trek Lions.
Team SD Worx’s team presentation will take place on 22 January from 16:30 and 17:45 CET at the headquarters of new sponsor Protime, a workforce management company. The team has been renamed SD Worx-Protime, and the event will be streamed at www.teamsdworx.com.
The UAE Women’s Tour has revealed the new route for its 2024 edition. Three sprint stages and an uphill finish on Jebel Hafeet will be on the menu of the WWT event, which runs from 8 to 11 February.
USA Cycling has announced its team for the 2024 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tábor, Czech Republic, from 3rd to 4th February.
SweetSpot, which owns the Women’s Tour, part of the women’s WorldTour calendar, and the Tour Series, has appointed liquidators. With legal claims against the firm amounting to almost £1 million, the future of the British Women’s Tour is now in doubt.
The young Dutch track rider who was formerly with AG Insurance-Soudal, Yuli Van Der Molen, has been forced to put her cycling career on hold as she is currently in treatment for cancer of the lymphatic system. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.
On Wednesday last week, Australian Olympian Melissa Dennis née Hoskins was laid to rest at a funeral in her hometown of Freemantle in Western Australia. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
A new UCI Continental team, K2 Women Team, based in Novara, Italy, has been launched. The young squad consists of 10 riders in their early twenties who are just entering women’s cycling. The team made its debut at Challenge Mallorca Femenina.
The UCI Gravel World Series has added two new events to its 2024 calendar, bringing the total to 27. The first new race will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 8 June, while Champéry, Switzerland, hosts the second new edition on 8 September.
The UCI has revealed details of the inaugural UCI Snow Bike World Championships, set to take place in the French ski resort of Châtel on 10-11 February. Two competition formats are on the program, the Super G and the dual slalom.
Any bike rider could tell you this, but a major new study has shown that cycling offers significant mental health benefits. Researchers in Edinburgh, Scotland, combined the data of 378,253 people, which reveals that there was a 15% reduction in prescriptions for depression or anxiety-related illnesses amongst those who cycle. These are, however, not the only benefits. More information can be found here.
At the start of the new season, here are some interesting statistical facts! The youngest rider in the WWT is Cat Ferguson (GBR) who at only 17 years will be riding for Movistar Team, while veteran Mavi Garcia (ESP) is 40 years old and still going strong with Liv AlUla Jayco. With an average age of 22 years, Team dsm-firmenich PostNL has most young riders, while Team Roland, with an average age of 27.8 years, has the riders with the most experience. The Netherlands, with 54 riders, features most riders in the WWT, while UAE Team ADQ is the most international team with riders from 11 different countries.
Down Under Criterium: Nienke Veenhoven (Team Visma-Lease a Bike Women) ahead of Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco) and Lauretta Hanson (Lidl-Trek)
RDL GRVL Adelaide: Brodie Chapman (Lidl-Trek) ahead of Nicole Frain (Hess Cycling) and Heidi Franz (Lifeplus Wahoo)
The always entertaining Abi Smith gives her top 10 tips for cold weather training in this blog from our best-of-archives. Check out her pro training tips here!
This week in cycling history
The French former rider, who has lived in Denmark since 2005, turned 53 on 20th January. She won the World Championship title in 1990 and represented her country at four Olympic Games, the first time at the age of 17 years. She is also a former holder of the Hour Record. After her retirement from competition in 2005, she worked as a sports director for several teams and became the coach of the Danish women’s team, leading Denmark to their first ever World Championship gold medal on the road with Amalie Dideriksen in 2016.
The rider from Germany celebrated her 59th birthday on 18 January. She came to cycling at the age of nine when she was selected for the sport at her school, and from then progressed quickly, culminating in her win at the World Road Championship in 1981 in Prague. At the time she required a special starting permit as she was only 16 years old, but with that victory, she became the youngest rider ever to win the event. Enzenauer also won the national road championships twice and was on the podium several times at the Tour de France Féminin. She retired in 1987 at the age of only 23 years, after finishing third in the GC at the women’s Tour de France. After leaving the sport, she trained to work in the pharmaceutical section of a hospital clinic in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where she continues to work.
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