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

Transfer and re-signing news

In other news…

  • The Zwift Academy finalists for 2019 have been announced, and South African Catherine Colyn, Australian Jessica Pratt, and the New Zealander Samara Sheppard will be hoping for a place on the Canyon//SRAM team next year. Colyn was U23 national road champion in 2018, Pratt was U19 national champion, while Sheppard is national mountain bike champion. The winner will be selected at the training camp in Spain and will receive a pro-contract with the  German team. Good luck to the three finalists!
  • Last month, John Burke, President of Trek Bikes, was awarded the Champion for Equality Award. Due to his commitment to equality and his vision, Voxwomen was able to broadcast the Giro Rosa last year. Have a listen to his inspirational acceptance speech on the award night.


  • At Lotto Zesdaagse Vlaanderen-Gent, the Omnium was taken out by Kirsten Wild (NED), followed by Jolien D’hoore (BEL) and Lotte Kopecky (BEL). The points race was won by Shari Bossuyt (BEL), with fellow Belgians Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’hoore finishing in second and third respectively.
  • The elite women’s Pan-American Cyclo-cross championship was won by Canadian rider Maghalie Rochette. The podium as rounded out by the US riders Clara Honsinger and Rebecca Fahringer.
  • The Rectavit Series CyclocrossJaarmarktcross was won by Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Katherine Compton (USA) and Marion Norbert-Riberolle (FRA).
  • The Elite Women’s Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup Tabor ended in an all Dutch podium. The race was won by Annemarie Worst ahead of her compatriots Ceylin Alvarado and Yara Kastelijn.
  • The Major Taylor Cross Cup in Indianapolis was won by Clara Honsinger (USA), with fellow Americans Raylyn Nuss and Sunny Gilbert finishing second and third.
  • Supercross Day 1 in the United States was taken out by American riders Rebecca Fahringer, with compatriots Courtenay McFadden and Carla Williams also finishing on the podium.
  • At the Kansai Cyclo Cross race in Japan, the Japanese riders Miyoko Karami, Aya Akamatsu Kasuga Watabe finished first, second and third.

Zwift Blog

  • Audrey Cordon-Ragot shares her worst travelling experiences of the season, some funny and some not so in her last blog for the year “Travelling Joys”.
  • Ella Harris writes about her unforgettable experience at the World Championships and what she took away from this special event in her latest blog “Descending with Vos and The World Champs.”

Rawvelo Voxwomen Insider Podcast

  • In our newest podcast, Laura Winter takes you behind the scenes at the Rouleur Classic as she speaks to Cecile Ludwig Uttrup, Anna Henderson and Christine Majerus and introduces the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Road Rider of the Year Award.
  • You can also have a listen to Laura Winter as she talks to Lizzy Holden from Drops Cycling, Ella Harris from Canyon/SRAM Racing and Brodie Mai of Team TIBCO. Fabulous insights into their past season and more. Check it out here!

Voxwomen Announcements and Events

  • Next February, we’ll be running the @gozwift x Voxwomen VoxTour, and we are delighted to be partnering with I R I S – I Ride In Style to create another special jersey design. We’re giving you the chance to help put the finishing touches on this fantastic jersey. Tell us here in your own 10 words or less an inspirational statement that can go on the pocket, which will encourage those who will wear it. The best one will be selected to appear on the pocket, and the winner will receive a jersey.

This week in cycling history…

  • Latvian-born Annie Cohen Kopchovsky passed away on 11 November 1947 in New York. Better known as Annie Londonderry, she became the first woman to cycle around the world in 1895. She was elected to circumnavigate the globe as part of a bet that required her to travel around the world in 15 months, starting with no money but earning $US 5,000 on the way. She sold advertising space on her bike and clothes, and did jobs along her journey to survive. Although she covered great distances on ships, her travels to Egypt, Arabia, China, Japan, Europe and America were an incredible feat for a woman in the late 19th century.
  • Katie Knox, a young keen cyclist, was a member of the League of American Wheelmen, but it was her attendance at the annual meeting of the League in 1895 that made newspaper headlines from coast to coast. The then only 21-year-old bi-racial seamstress and cycling enthusiast dared to challenge the new rule introduced by the League to make the influential club an all white affair. Knox also insisted on riding a man’s bike and wearing pantaloons of her own design instead of the long, heavy skirts that were customary for women in order to ride bikes. The young rider regularly completed century rides and finished near the front of the pack at many of the co-ed races in which she participated. Unfortunately her carrier was cut short due to a kidney disease, which took her life at only 26 years.

Voxwomen Online Shop

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