Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
- Anna van der Breggen and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak have extended their contracts with Boels-Dolmans. Van der Breggen will continue to ride until the end of 2021. In the three years that follow, she will take on the role with the team as a sports director and coach. Van den Broek-Blaak will be riding for the team until the Spring of 2022, and will then also join the team as sports director until the end of 2024.
- The UCI has released its newly reshuffled calendar for the 2020 Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championship events. Originally scheduled to be held in Albstadt, Germany, the Cross-country Worlds will now be held alongside the Downhill Worlds in Leogang, Austria, from 5-11 October. The World Cup series is scheduled to run from September, starting with the Lenzerheide World Cup in Switzerland, through to the beginning of November with the last event in Lousa, Portugal.
- The Dutch National Road Championships will not be rescheduled for this year, so Lorena Wiebes will wear the Dutch champion’s jersey for another year. Plans are still underway to find a 2020 replacement date for the TT Championships.
- The organisers of the Leadville Race Series that includes the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike event, which draws thousands of international and national participants each year, have cancelled all of their events this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Belgian road championships will not be able to take place in August as scheduled by the UCI, as the government will not allow mass gatherings by that point. A new date of 22 September has been announced and the event will take place in Anzegem. Italy and France are also looking to postpone their national championships until later in the year.
- Vårgårda CK has decided to cancel its WorldTour races in Sweden, citing that it would not be safe to run such events during the coronavirus pandemic.
Video of the Week
- We have a huge selection of our shows available online, so head over to our channel and start watching.
- Check out this video, where we visited the Giro Rosa in Italy, and La Course in France, talked to Leah Kirchmann of Liv Plantur, and got some tips from Lotta Henttala.
The Voxwomen Podcast
- This week, Laura Winter chats to Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, who’ll be sure to make you laugh, on our latest podcast powered by Brother UK Cycling. Don’t miss it!
- Hannah Walker talks to CCC-LIv rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and 2019 HSBC UK National Road Series winner Rebecca Durrell. Check it out here.
- Also check out our recent podcast featuring none other than Jolien D’hoore, right here!
- Lauren Kitchen gives her younger self three pieces of advice. Would she have made different decisions or taken a different path? Read it to find out!
- Leah Kirchmann gives tips and 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.
Exclusive from Voxwomen…
- Charline Jones is our DJ this week! Charline, who has been doing weekly live workouts via our social media platforms, shares her top 10 tunes as part of our Vox Turbo Tunes series, to get you motivated and ready to train hard at home!
- You’ll want to check out Ella Harris’ latest piece, entitled “I am officially addicted to Zwift.” She begins her blog: “Naturally I’ve decided to go with what I do best, that being to waffle on, so rather than addressing one of the world’s most pressing issues today, I’ll just be having a general chit chat with you all and seeing where my thoughts and this Google Doc take me.” Sounds like an interesting read. Check it out for yourself here!
- In her latest blog, Jess Pratt sends you all an update from Down Under, where she’s returned for the time being.
- Need some more motivation for training at home? This week Italian Canyon//SRAM rider Elena Cecchini shares her favourite tunes with us on Vox Turbo Tunes. Listen to the playlist here on Spotify!
- Read Laura Winter’s report on the UCI’s press release regarding the release of the new racing calendar.
- In our recipes from the women’s peloton Elena Cecchini of Canyon//SRAM shares her tips for making Tahini biscuits and two-time British TT champion Hayley Simmonds makes a simple and “healthy-ish” chocolate mousse. Don’t forget, if you try the recipes, make sure you tag us in your photos on social media!
- We’re offering free classes with former racing cyclist Charline Jones to keep you fit and active. Everyone from all sporting backgrounds is welcome to join us on Monday mornings on our Facebook page! You can also sign up directly with Charline to her online sessions from anywhere in the world if you’d like something more regular, with over 30 sessions a month to choose from for only £10. Visit her website to find out more and sign up.
Keep updated about upcoming events
- Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep updated on our latest events and announcements, such as Instagram takeovers by pro-riders during the week, and much more!
- The Colorado Classic is offering a free Business in Sport webinar series. The next session is entitled “You Should Pick Me: How to Effectively Seek Sponsorship,” and will be conducted on 19 May with a group of panellists including:
- Alex Pashley: Athlete & Strategic Partnership Manager at Smartwool
- Nicola Cranmer: Founder and General Manager of TWENTY20 Professional Women’s Cycling
- Guillermo Rojas: Founder and Partner at TORRE Consulting (his clients include Chloé Dygert, The Amgen Tour of California and KT Tape)
- Mary Rand: Professional Snowboarder and Sponsored Athlete for Smartwool, Vans Snow, and The North Face
- The webinars are free and all are welcome. They are accessible via RSVP. So join in on Tuesday 19 May at 10:30 a.m. MST (17:30 UK time) Via Zoom Conferencing
This week in cycling history…
- English rider Beryl Burton, born 12 May 1937, dominated women’s cycling, winning more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles and setting a series of impressive records. Born in West Yorkshire, she suffered rheumatic fever during childhood and only took up riding after having been introduced to the sport by her husband. She rejected offers of sponsorship and remained an amateur, working on a rhubarb farm during most of her cycling years. She was formidable in the time trial, and almost unbeatable on the domestic circuit. In order to honour her amazing achievements, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She was also awarded the UK cycling’s top accolade, the Bidlake Memorial Prize, three times.
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