Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
The HR company SD Worx will take over title sponsorship of Boels Dolmans through to 2024. SD Worx will join the team this year as co-sponsor and from next year the team will be riding under its new name SD Worx Cycling.
CAMS-Tifosi will be the only British women’s team to ride the Amstel Gold Race 2020. The first of the Ardennes classics takes place on Sunday 19 April.
The Women’s Tour of Dubai, the only women’s cycling event in the Middle East, will run from 17 to 20 February. 16 international women’s teams from 13 countries will go on the start of this inaugural event, setting the stage for the expansion of women’s cycling to this part of the world.
The UCI has updated its regulations on the use of gravel in pro road races. Gravel sectors must be planned well ahead by the race organisers and be designed with the safety of riders and spectators in mind. Detailed descriptions of the unpaved part have to be forwarded to teams ahead of the race and organisers need to make sure the sections can be ridden safely in any weather condition. The UCI however, has the final decision over whether a gravel sector can be included in a race or not.
USA Cycling has announced the squad for the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Germany. Chloe Dygert, Megan Jastrab, Jennifer Valente, Madalyn Godby, Mandy Marquardt, Kendall Ryan, Emma White and Lily Williams will be at the start of the event in Berlin from 26 February to 1 March.
Germany has named its women riders for the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships: Lea-Sophie Friedrich, Pauline Sophie Grabosch, Emma Hinze, Charlotte Becker, Franzisca Brauße, Lisa Brennauer, Katharina Hechler, Lisa Klein, Mieke Kröger, Gudrun Stock, Laura Süßemilch and Lea-Lin Teuteberg
In 2019, ahead of its women-only debut, the Colorado Classic used cutting-edge and cost-efficient bonded cellular technology to capture live coverage of the race, which was streamed for free each day in its entirety. This year the organisers aim to improve their reach and develop a platform for increased exposure to women’s cycling.
At the New Zealand national road championships, Teresa Adam took the Elite ITT ahead of Georgia Perry and Brownwyn MacGregor. Ella Harris took out the U23 ITT title ahead of Mikayla Harvey and Niamh Fisher-Black. Fisher-Black also won the national Elite and U23 road title.
At the TelenetSuperprestige Middelkerke in Belgium, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado took out the win ahead of Denise Betsema and Annemarie Worst.
In her first blog of the year, Chloe Hosking writes about starting the season riding for Rally Cycling and what it means to be part of a new team. Have a read of her piece “A new decade brings a new team” and find out what’s important when a rider moves from one team to another.
Leah Kirchmann writes about her season opener in Australia, her first period of racing since her injury four months ago.
Jess Pratt has penned her first blog in which she tells us how she got into cycling, the importance of her family’s support, her job as a registered nurse and winning the 2019 Zwift Academy.
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The first episode of our podcast 2020 is here. Chloe Hosking, Amanda Spratt, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Kimberley Conte talk about the Tour Down Under, giving their insights and comments on the Australian cycling event. Join us and be part of what’s happening in women’s cycling.
This week in cycling history…
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå celebrated her birthday on 10 February. She is a Norwegian cross-country and marathon mountain biker with an outstanding palmarés. Dahle won the women’s cross-country gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, ten World Championships and nine European championships in cross-country and marathon. She claimed 30 career World Cup victories, four of which came in a row. In 2018, she retired at the age of 45 after 22 years in competitive sport. She is still involved in mountain biking, working as an ambassador to the sport and travelling around the world to promote mountain biking and share the experience of her long career with other women.
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