The unofficial Gravel Worlds race in Lincoln, Nebraska, will offer a free entry to riders who cannot afford the registration fees, aiming to encourage more riders to participate in the event. Last year’s edition was won by Alison Tetrick.
The teams for the 2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad have been released, including the 8 WorldTour teams in the peloton, and several continental teams.
The 2020 Road World Championships will be held in the Swiss cantons of Vaud and Valais. The 2021 Road World Championships will be held in the Flanders region, while the German region of Switzerland will host the championships in 2024.
The 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships was awarded to Achgabat in Turkmenistan.
The 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships went to Val di Sole in Italy, while Les Gets in France will host the same event in 2022 and Andorra will stage the event in 2024.
2021 UCI BMX World Championships will be held in Papendal in the Netherlands.
The 2021 cyclo-cross world championships will be held in Oostende, the 2022 edition in Fayettville, 2023 in Hoogerheide and Tabor will host the 2024 edition. The 2025 events have been awarded to France with details yet to be released.
The 2020-2021 cyclo-cross schedule has been released, covering 14 events starting in Waterloo in Wisconsin/USA. A maximum of half the events will be held in Belgium, thus ensuring the inclusion of prestigious, popular classics in the UCI World Cup. The other rounds will be hosted by nations that are active on the international scene or committed to developing cyclo-cross in their country.
The UCI has announced further steps to improve women’s cyclo-cross, expanding the junior women’s category and making elite women’s races longer. For road racing, the position of a UCI Women’s WorldTour Technical Adviser was created to improve the safety and quality of racing at the UCI Women’s WorldTour road racing events. The Technical Adviser will work with race organisers to assess technical aspects of racing, including courses and infrastructure.
And in some sad news, Josephine Gilbert, who raced in the British National Championships and the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, as well as Ghent-Wevelgem and the Troffee Maarten Wynants in Belgium, has passed away as a result of an accident whereby she was knocked off her bike just outside of Derby.
At the inaugural Race Torquay in Australia, Brodie Chapman took out the win ahead of Emily Herfoss and Tayler Wiles.
The Columbian road race championships were won by Maria Gomez ahead of Jeniffer Medelin and Jeimy Beltran.
The Deakin Women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was won by Liane Lippert ahead of Arlenis Sierra Candilla and Amanda Spratt.
The elite cyclo-cross World Championship title were won by Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, with Annemarie Worst and Lucinda Brand rounding out the podium.
The junior cyclo-cross World Championship title was taken out by Shirin van Anrooij, followed by Puck Pieterse, and Madigan Munro.
Junior World Road Race Champion Megan Jastrab will join us as a blogger for 2020, so look out for her first piece!
This week in cycling history…
On 29 January 2000, German rider Hanka Kupfernagel became the first UCI cyclo-cross World Champion. British rider Louise Robinson took second and the Dutch rider Daphny van den Brand won the bronze medal. Although Kupfernagel focused on cyclo-cross racing, she also won major road, track and mountain bike races. In addition, the German three-time cyclo-cross world champion won the gold medal in the 2007 UCI World Championships Time Trial event.
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