Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
The UCI revealed its 2021 calendar for the Women’s World Tour which comprises 25 events in 10 countries. 2021 will include two new Spanish stage races: “Itzulia Women” from May 14-16 and “Vuelta a Burgos Feminas” from May 20-23. The “Prudential RideLondon Classique” is scheduled to make a return on May 30.
Swiss Cycling has announced the selection of riders for the European Championships time trial, held in France: Elise Chabbey and Marlen Reusser (both Équipe Paule Ka) will be representing Switzerland in the Women’s Elite category.
The Boels Ladies Tour has been cancelled, as the organisers could not guarantee the safety of all involved. At this stage, the number of UCI Women’s WorldTour races has been reduced to 14 events: three stage races and 11 one-day races, making for a total of 26 days of racing.
Following ongoing consultation with all stakeholders and advice from State Governments and health authorities, the OCC Executive Board has resolved that the 2020 Oceania Road Championships and 2020 Oceania BMX Championships will not be held this year.
Italian rider Martina Alzini has signed with Team Valcar – Travel & Service.
Unfortunately, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) crashed hard during training and was unable to participate at the long awaited Strade Bianche. Best wishes for a quick recovery.
Ella Harris (Canyon//SRAM) broke her hip in training and will have to undergo surgery. We wish her all the best and a speedy recovery.
Clara Koppenburg of Équipe Paule Ka had a fall at training and was unable to participate at Strade Bianche. Best wishes to Clara for her recovery.
Portland Cycling Worlds, a community-based group, has started a campaign to bring the World Championships to Portland, Oregon
Belgium Cycling has published a revised version of safety measures imposed by the national security councils and the province of Antwerp for the staging of cycling competitions.
The UCI has announced tough penalties for teams, race organisers and riders if they fail to follow the rules regarding Covid-19 safety at races. Measures could include removal of riders from the events, fines and even the removal of races from the UCI road calendar.
The Crocodile Trophy MTB stage race usually held in October in Queensland, Australia has been postponed to 2021.
Organisers of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile have announced that the nine-day race will begin with a team time trial in Grosseto, Tuscany. The Giro is to run between 11 and 19 September. They have also unveiled the 124km second stage of this year’s race from Paganico to Arcidosso. The course will feature gravel roads in Cinigiano and Seggiano.
At 61 years old, Jeannie Longo, multiple national French road and world champion, won a recent time trial in France. Although participating at a smaller race, her result showed that her passion for cycling remains, despite her age.
The Trek-Segafredo women’s team had several of their bikes stolen just before Strade Bianche and had to ride on spare bikes.
Annemiek van Vleuten won Strade Bianche ahead of Mavi Garcia (Ale BTC Ljubljana) and Équipe Paule Ka’s Leah Thomas.
Austrian Racing has re-started the season with the Postalm Sprint time trial race. Kathrin Schweinberger and her sister Christina (both from team Doltcini-Van Eyck) placed first and second respectively.
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In our latest podcast Hannah Walker talks to Amina Lanaya, the UCI’s Director General about her role in the organisation, her strategies and plans to move cycling forward and many more interesting topics.
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In her latest blog, Lauren Kitchen gives some good advice on learning from misfortunes and challenges.
Leah Kirchmann talks about her experience in a long career in professional cycling.
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Julia Shaw celebrated her birthday on 28 July. The 55-year-old British rider specialised in time trials, winning several national titles and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games time trial event in 2010. She didn’t pick up the sport until her late twenties, when she became hooked on cycling. Shaw was awarded the Beryl Burton Trophy presented to the CTT’s female Champion of Champions eight times. She also holds a degree in physics and currently works as a research scientist.
On 30 July 1984, 12 years after her first Olympic appearance, Connie Carpenter-Phinney became the first female cyclist to win a gold medal in the Olympic women’s cycling debut event in Los Angeles. After having to give up a speed skating career due to an ankle injury, she took up cycling and subsequently won 12 national titles.
American rider Janelle Parks’ birthday is on 1 August 1962. Besides winning a national road title, she also won the silver medal at the World Championships in 1986.
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