Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
Exciting news from Voxwomen! We are partnering with the award-winning Peloton magazine. Our aim is to expand the global audience for women’s cycling in print, digital and online channels. Voxwomen founder Anthony McCrossan commented that the inspiring reach and focus on storytelling, design and quality of the magazine fits perfectly with Voxwomen’s brand. We are very excited to partner with them on many different projects to help keep women’s cycling in the forefront of everyone’s mind particularly in these unprecedented times.
The Giro d’Italia Virtual started on Saturday, where professional riders race the finale of 7 iconic stages of the Giro 2020. Trek-Segafredo’s Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini are among the current stars of the women’s peloton that will participate.
In the Zwift Classics, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio took out the 24km long Trofeo Bologna, winning the race to the top of the San Luca ascent. She beat Lou Bates and Canyon//SRAM’s Ella Harris on a replica of part of the opening course of the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
The Belgian road championships were due to be held in Anzegem, but the mayor Gino Devogelaere, would like to see it postponed until next year for health concern reasons and because sponsors had dropped their support for this year’s edition. In this case, Jesse Vandenbulke of Dolcini-Van Eyck Sport would be wearing the champion jersey for another year.
The UCI has proposed a new calendar for road races commencing later on in the year but have not made any comments about the re-scheduling of any of the women’s races.
Arkéa Pro Cycling Team is setting up a competition using Training Peaks that is open to all women cyclists older than 16 years old, regardless of age. Results of the competition may lead to a professional stagiaire contract or even subsequently to a neo-pro contract.
The Cyclists’ Alliance, represented by Marianne Vos, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Amanda Spratt, Ellen van Dijk, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Christine Majerus, Leah Kirchmann and Ariane Luthi wrote an open letter to the UCI, expressing the riders’ concern that there is no adequate representation from the women’s side in the ongoing discussions concerning the current pandemic and the challenges it brings. The riders requested that the UCI engage with the riders through the The Cyclists’ Alliance so that together strategies to sustain and improve women’s cycling can be formulated.
Leah Kirchmann gives tips and some helpful advice on maintaining physical and mental well being while staying at home, such as keeping a routine and staying active despite being house-bound.
In her latest blog, Chloe Hosking shares the lessons she learned over her 11 seasons in the pro peloton.
Lauren Kitchen talks about life experiences, failure and leadership in her new blog for Voxwomen
Exclusive from Voxwomen…
Need some extra motivation for training at home? We are collecting the favourite tunes from some of the pro-riders’ playlists. This week’s suggestions come from Anna Henderson of Team Sunweb who shares her favourite tunes with us on Vox Turbo Tunes. Listen to the tunes here on Spotify.
We want you to stay active and have some fun at the same time! So we’re offering free classes with former racing cyclist Charline Jones. Check out our Facebook page at 11am BST for a FRC (functional range conditioning) workout! You can also sign up directly with Charline to her online sessions from anywhere in the world if you want something more regular with over 30 sessions a month to choose from for only £10. Visit her website to find out more.
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!
This week in cycling history…
Billie Fleming, born on 13 April 1914, was a British long distance cyclist. She started riding at the age of 18 to promote the bike as an instrument for fitness and health and later set the woman’s record for greatest distance cycled in a year in 1938 at 47,642.5 km, a record that still stood as of November 2015. For her record ride she gained sponsorship, including from Cadbury who provided her with a bicycle and financial support so that she could ride every day of the year in all kinds of weather conditions. Even after she hung up the bike, she remained an inspiration to other women to get into cycling. Fleming died at the age of 100 years on 12 May 2014.
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