Your Monday Briefing


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

  • The start list for the Zwift UCI E-Sport World Championships on 9 December has been released. Participants include riders such as Elinor Barker, Lisa Brennauer, Tanja Erath, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Krista Doebel-Hickok, Kirsten Wild, Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten.
  • The Cyclists’ Alliance has launched their Approved Agent Quality Standard initiative, which lists official agents who adhere to a set of minimum standards and ethics that are outlined in its own charter. This is to further the advancement and promotion of women’s professional cycling by achieving equality in the sport.
  • Jelena Eric, Paula Patino, Katrine Aalerud and Gloria Rodriguez originally had one more year on their contracts with Movistar Team, but all four riders have now signed an extension until 2023.
  • Alison Jackson will be joining LIV Cycling for the coming season, with Lars Boom taking on the role of Sports Director.
  • Two-time British TT champion Hayley Simmonds, as well as Kate Wootton and Emma Edwards, will be joining CAMS-Tifosi in 2021.
  • U.S. riders Holly Breck and Madeline Bemis, as well as New Zealand rider Olivia Ray have signed with Rally Cycling.
  • The CERATIZIT Festival Elsy Jacobs will be a ProSeries stage race next year, running from 30 April to 2 May 2021.
  • The Black Cyclists Network, formed to encourage individuals from minority backgrounds to become involved in cycling, is organising a series of races, in addition to a training camp in the Spring in Malaga, Spain. The organisation also supports a nine-rider race squad as well as a development team.
  • Lotto-Soudal rider Lotte Kopecky has been crowned the 2020 Flandrienne of the year. The Belgian took three victories and six podium places this season. Jolien D’Hoore (Boels-Dolmans) came in second ahead of Shari Bossuyt (NXTG Racing). The Flandrien(ne) of the year is an annual award presented to the best Belgian male and female cyclist of the year.

Race Results

  • At the Cyclocross World Cup in Tábor, it was an all-Dutch podium, with Lucinda Brand finishing first, ahead of Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Denise Betsema. British rider Zoe Backstedt won in the junior category ahead of Marie Schreiber of Luxembourg and Italian Lucia Bramati.
  • At the CAPS Urban Cross Kortrijk in Belgium, Lucinda Brand took the win ahead of Denise Betsema and Yara Kastellijn.
  • Sarah Gigante (TIBCO-SVB), the reigning Australian time trial champion, won the opening time trial at the National Road Series in Australia.

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Road Rider of the Year 2020

  • Here at Voxwomen, we’ve teamed up with our partner, Peloton Magazine, to showcase the Sharon Laws Road Rider of the Year awards.
  • Don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote for this year’s winner! In 2020 you can decide on two winners: the Road Rider of the year, and the Young Road Rider of the year. So be sure to check out our shortlist and then vote for your favourite rider of this season! The deadline for your vote is 2 December, so get in there and have your say!

Zwift Blog

  • All the way from New Zealand, Canyon//SRAM’s Ella Harris talks injury rehab, a late season comeback and quarantine in her latest piece for us.
  • In her blog, Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann talks about the unusual 2020 season, her new perspective on the role of sport in times like these, and the importance of teamwork.

Videos of the Week

  • As part of our “How to…” series, Laura Winter talks about what to wear while riding, while Megan Jastrab shows you how to best use your rollers. If you’re new to the sport or if you just want some helpful ideas, then check out our YouTube channel.

Exclusive from Voxwomen

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Check out our podcast, in which Laura winter talks to Elisa Longo Borghini about her intentions for the shortened season and how she deals with the various unique challenges in the life of a professional rider.
  • You can listen to all our previous podcasts right here!

Keep updated about upcoming events

  • Be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to keep updated on our latest events and announcements, such as Instagram takeovers by pro-riders during the week, and much more!
  • All our latest posts are also featured on our homepagemaking it easier for you to keep up with our newest content.

This week in cycling history…

  • This week in 1895, French rider Lisette Martin won the Ladies Bicycle World Championship at the end of the Royal Aquarium six-day race in London. Riders from Belgium, France, England, Scotland and Canada garnered significant attention during the event, in front of a sold-out crowd. Although some press at the time portrayed the races as a mixture of female athleticism and amusement, it nevertheless provided a start for women’s cycling to get further off the ground.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • You can be the owner of the limited-edition Iris Slappendel designed cap! This stylish item is manufactured in Italy and made from a breathable, wind-proof cotton/polyester mix, so it’s ready to wear on a variety of occasions. Check out this cap and our other products, which are all available from our online shop. You won’t want to miss out!

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