Your Monday Briefing


Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.

Transfer and re-signing news

  • British riders Elizabeth Bennett and April Tacey will be riding for Drops Cycling next season. Bennett joins after finishing her stagiaire contract with the team, while Tacey comes from Brother UK Fusion, where she raced on the domestic scene.
  • German rider Tanja Erath has extended with Canyon/SRAM for 2020. After winning the Zwift Academy in 2017, she joined the German-based team in 2018.

In other news…

  • Roxanne Kneteman, Meike Winkel and Janine van der Meet, all from Parkhotel Valkenburg, and Kristi Lay of Rally UHC Cycling have decided to end their cycling careers.
  • Kimberley Geist has also retired from competitive cycling. The top track cyclist and inspiring athlete ends her prolific career with among other achievements, two world championship titles and 32 US national track titles.
  • Jolanda Neff has been voted for the sixth time as the best Swiss rider by Swiss Cycling.
  • Nikola Nosková (Bigla Pro Cycling) has been named the best rider in the women’s road racing discipline as part of the King of Cycling poll in the Czech Republic.
  • Dutch champion Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) is said to be planning to leave her current team and join another team next year.
  • Velon has made complaints against the UCI for discriminating against women’s cycling after the UCI refused to support the Tour des Fjords in Norway. This follows the refusal of the UCI to support Hammer Columbia, an event that would have also held a women’s race.
  • Although OVO Energy will no longer be a sponsor for the Women’s Tour in 2020, the event will still be able to go ahead in June, as funding for next year is in place, according to the organisers.


At the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow:

  • Great Britain won gold ahead of Germany and Italy in the team pursuit with Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Eleanor Dickinson and Neah Evans.
  • Meanwhile, Russia took out the women’s team sprint ahead of China and Germany.
  • Kirsten Wild (NED) won the Omnium ahead of Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzbekistan) and Australian Annette Edmonson.
  • The Keirin was won by Katy Marchant of Great Britain, Germany’s Emma Hinze was second, and Mathilde Gros from France placed third.
  • The Scratch race was won by Karolina Karasiewicz of Poland ahead of Russian Anastasia Chulkova and her compatriot Diana Klimova.
  • The Madison was won by Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker (AUS), with Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker (GBR) taking second, and Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters (NED) finishing third.
  • In the Sprint, Lee Wai Sze (HKG) won gold, with Emma Hinze (GER) in second, and Olena Starikova (UKR) in third.

At the UEC Cyclo-cross European Championships:

  • Yara Kastelijn (NED) won the Elite category, with Eva Lechner (ITA) finishing second, and Annemarie Worst (NED) taking third.
  • The U23 category was won by Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED), with Anna Kay (GBR) and Marion Norbert Riberolle (FRA) finishing second and third.
  • The Junior event was won by Puck Pieterse (NED), followed by Olivia Onesti (FRA) and Shirin van Anrooij (NED).

In other racing news:

  • The third UCI World Championships in Trials was held as part of the newly created UCI Urban World Cycling Championships and took place in Chengdu, China. The event featured races for freestyle BMX, cross-country eliminator, and trials. Spain defended their Team Trials (mixed women and men) world title ahead of Switzerland and France. In the individual trial discipline, German rider Nina Reichenbach won the gold ahead of Vera Baron of Spain and Manon Basseville of France. The UCI BMX Flatland title at the event in China was won by Irina Sardonic of Austria ahead of Japanese rider Misaki Katagiri and Julia Preuss of Germany.
  • Bethany Crumpton (GBR) won the National Trophy Series (Round 4) in Crawley, ahead of Ffion James (GBR) and Suzanne Verhoeven (BEL).
  • At the Silver Goose Cyclocross Festival in Canada, Maghalie Rochette (CAN) took the win ahead of Clara Honsinger (USA) and Katie Clouse (USA).
  • The Northampton International Cyclocross Race was taken out by Caroline Nolan (USA) ahead of Regine Legge (USA) and Arley Kemmerer (USA).

Zwift Blog

Rawvelo Voxwomen Insider Podcast

  • Laura Winter travelled to Girona to talk to Lizzy Holden from Drops Cycling, Ella Harris from Canyon/SRAM Racing and Brodie Mai of Team TIBCO who all just finished off their year of cycling. Get all the insights into their season and more by having a listen right here!

Voxwomen Announcements and Events

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This week in cycling history…

  • 4 November was the birthday of Emīlija Sonka. The now 80 year old Latvian rider won the gold medal in the road race at the 1964 World Championships, held in Sallanches, France.
  • Nicole Van den Broeck, whose birthday was on 9 November, won the World Road Championship in Barcelona, Spain in 1973. The Belgian also held the national road race title five times and among other achievements won Trofeo Alfredo Binda in 1975.

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