Your Monday Briefing


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

  • Good news from the Colorado Classic, with the organisers intending to continue with the race in a revised format, a ‘Made for TV Streaming’ model. With this new model that takes into account the limits to the gathering of crowds and prioritises the safety of all involved in the race, the organisers are hopeful that authorities will give the go ahead for the event, which is planned to run from 27-30 August. The race will be broadcast free from start to finish by several international outlets and will include some new and exciting features, such as super-fan simulcasts and Zoom watch parties.
  • The Women’s Tour Down Under is planned for 14 to 17 January 2021.
  • The UCI has issued a press release advocating diversity in cycling and listing the measures it will take to make cycling accessible to all. It noted that last year, the UCI allocated a global amount of 5 million Swiss Francs for actions in favour of training and the development of cycling in the world.
  • In a similar vein, USA Cycling will outline financial measures to back new programs to promote diversity within the cycling community. All staff members will undergo diversity and inclusion training within the governing body.
  • The Slovenian Cycling Federation has confirmed that the elite and under-23 national championships for men and women will take place on Sunday 21 June. The country became the first nation in Europe to declare an end to the COVID-19 epidemic within its borders.
  • Trek Bikes have outlined a six step program to increase diversity in cycling, including staff training and making funds available to achieve these goals.
  • The organiser of the Boels Ladies Tour has presented three stages of the 2020 edition. The race will run from 1 to 6  September and will feature a time trial in Gennep on 3 September as well as a course around Sittard-Geleen on 5 September, and will finish with a tough stage in Arnhem.
  • Chloé Dygert, Kate Courtney, Coryn Rovera, Katie Hall, Amber Neben, Christa Doebel-Hickcok, Lauren Stephens, Tyler Wiles, Ruth Winder and Leah Thomas are among the 38 riders named on the long list across the disciplines of road, track, and mountain bike for the American Olympic squad. A final decision will be made after May 2021.
  • The Manuela Fundación, a Spanish non-for-profit entity, has signed with GreenEDGE Cycling to secure Mitchelton-SCOTT’s future. At the re-start of the new season next month, the new name and jersey of the team of World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten will be launched.
  • Hungarian rider Blanka Kata Vas from Team Doltcini Van Eyck Sport won her first race on Slovakian roads last week.
  • Maëlle Grossetête, Eugénie Duval and Victorie Guilman extended their contracts with FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope
  • Vita Heine of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport broke her arm on a training ride. We wish her a speedy recovery.
  • The UCI has published a revised calendar, which sees the Tour of Guangxi (China) being  moved from 20 October to 10 November. With regards to track cycling, the 2020 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, which were to take place in Cairo on 16-21 August, have been pushed back one year. They will be organised at the same venue in 2021. The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, which were due to take place in Colombia, have now been awarded to Elba, Italy. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several UCI World Championships will not be contested in 2020 and as a consequence, UCI World Champions who are unable to defend their title this year will be able to wear their rainbow jersey until the next edition of the relevant World Championships.
  • The UCI announced that it will move its anti-doping activities from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation to the International Testing Agency, a multi-sport independent group established in 2018. The latter is to establish a special unit to look after cycling and will begin tasks on 1 January 2021.
  • Geerte Hoecke, currently 26th in the UCI ranking, has ended her cyclocross career. Disillusioned by the Belgian XALT cycling outfit, which turned out to be a ghost team, she decided to pursue a career in business, but is not excluding the possibility of MTB-marathon in the future.
  • Team Illuminate has taken the decision not to compete in any UCI races this summer, citing the reason that Covid-19 is still very active worldwide and the team is currently prioritising the safety of their riders and staff. The team will announce a different plan for the season in the coming week.

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  • During lockdown, we hosted a Q&A with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. Fans were able to send in their questions, ranging from avocados to her famed Fanta addiction, to her unforgettable post race interview at the Tour of Flanders in 2019. You won’t want to miss what Cecilie had to say, right here!

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This week in cycling history…

  • Karen Kurreck, a retired US rider, was born on 13 June 1962. She is best known for winning the inaugural women’s individual time trial at the 1994 UCI Road World Championships in Catania, Italy. The then 32 year old had only taken up cycling three years earlier, but was a gymnast and triathlete prior to that. Kurreck also raced at the Tour de France and the 2000 Olympic Games. Later in her career, she went on to concentrate on cyclo-cross.

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