Your Monday Briefing

A note from Voxwomen

Before you get into this week’s Monday Briefing, I wanted to take a moment just to send all my best wishes to all of you, as fans of women’s cycling, wherever you are reading this in the world. Voxwomen has a global following and we love hearing from you as part of our community in so many countries.

Right now, the racing calendar has all but closed down and many of our friends and indeed colleagues are in isolation or in lockdown already to try and contain the spread of this virus. Our thoughts are with you if you are in that situation. As I write this, in the UK, we are not at that point, but we are close to it and my experience recently at the UAE Tour gives me some insight as to what quarantine is like. My concern right now is that many businesses, and most of the cycling business worldwide, rely mainly on freelancers and small businesses to keep the cogs of the teams, media and events going. Through this troubled time all are going to take a hit and it will cause stress for many. Some colleagues are already looking at empty diaries which were once full. Our older friends and family also need to be looked after.

So in the coming months let’s check in on people. Think about that elderly rider who volunteers at your local event, ask freelancers that you know, who have pretty much had all their booked work cancelled, if they are ok. Together we can make a little bit of a difference and collectively we can get through this troubled time.

Finally, as a team at Voxwomen, our content relies on racing in the summer. At present we can’t see when the season will re-start. But we will push on with giving you what you want to read. If you have ideas about what type of content you would like to read or listen to, please email and we will take a look and try to achieve what you request.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for being part of our journey to make women’s cycling the sport it deserves to be.

Founder, Voxwomen


Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:

  • Due to the coronavirus, the UCI officially announced the suspension of all events on the calendar across all disciplines, from 15 March 2020 and until further notice but at least until 3 April 2020.
  • With regard to the qualification procedure for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games (which has been completed for road, track and para-cycling track but is still ongoing for mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle and road para-cycling) the UCI has requested of the IOC and IPC that the qualification period is stopped retroactively from 3 March 2020.
  • Last week, The Colorado Classic announced the host cities of the women’s-only tour that will be held between 27 and 30 August. The four-day women’s race will travel to Snowmass Village, Avon, Boulder and Denver, and will be live-streamed from start to finish to showcase the only women’s stand alone pro road race in the Western hemisphere.
  • World Cup Champion Kate Courtney extended her contract until 2022 with SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing.
  • The British Road Championships will take place on 18 June and 20 June, with the time trial taking place during the week and the road races on the weekend. The road races, featuring undulating terrain, start in Birmingham’s Centenary Square and finish in Wolverhampton city centre.

Zwift Blog

  • Ella Harris tells us about her journey from being a Zwift winner to a professional rider. Find out about the challenges she faced by stepping up to racing in Europe and some of the joys she experienced during the past year.
  • In her first blog for us, Junior World Champion Megan Jastrab writes on how she sets her goals, and plans for her season ahead.
  • Ruth Winder, who had a very successful start to the season in Australia, has written about her first experience at the Olympics in 2016, and what has changed for her since then.

#ICYMI from Voxwomen

  • We have some awesome jerseys available to purchase! The Voxwomen WorldTour jersey’s cut and fit have been tweaked and innovated in consultation with teams in the UCI WorldTour and on top of that, the kit was even handmade in Scotland. Don’t miss your chance to own one of these unique jerseys. Plus, we offer free delivery! For more info on how to order, click here.
  • We also have a few limited-edition Voxwomen #bepartofthejourney jerseys. These beautifully-crafted jerseys are handmade in Scotland by Endura. Delivery is also free, and you can order one here!
  • In our latest edition of the Sunday Supplement, Voxwomen spoke to Pauline Ferrand Prevot about how she got into cycling, her successes and setbacks, and what MTB really means to her.

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • 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…

  • Annick Chapron’s birthday was on 6 March. The now 71-year old French rider won the national title in 1971. She only started cycling a few years beforehand, and did so against her mother’s advice, but was strong-willed and determined to achieve her goals. She subsequently went on to ride in the peloton alongside world champions and national champions such as Elsy Jabobs and Geneviève Gambillon. In later years, her passion became cyclo-tourism, particularly in her home region Brittany.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • Looking for cycling clothing and accessories? Then visit our online shop for a selection of quality items. Every purchase from our online store will support Voxwomen and make it possible for us to provide you with the latest from the world of women’s cycling. So check out our online shop!

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