Your Monday Briefing

Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards

  • We are pleased to announce the winners of the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year 2020!
  • German rider Lisa Brennauer took out the honours this year. You can check out our exclusive interview with her here.
  • Liane Lippert won the Young Rider category. She also gave us an interview about her 2020 season, which you can read right here.
  • You can also listen to our latest podcast featuring both winners right here, and hear directly from Lisa and Liane about how they tackled the unique 2020 season as they chat with Hannah Walker about their season.
  • Congratulations to our winners, as well as all of the nominees, for an outstanding year of achievements.


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

  • The UCI has announced that at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, a total of 514 athletes will participate in cycling events (the third largest sport on the Olympic program) with an equal split between women and men. Mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle Park had already achieved an equal quota for the Tokyo 2020 program, and this will now also be replicated in the track and road disciplines in 2024.
  • The UCI has also published a new protocol for all cycling disciplines that deals with concussion. Among other regulations, it stipulates that particularly for road cycling, non-health team professionals are to be trained in recognising concussion and taking appropriate steps. The protocol also makes recommendations for when a rider may return to racing and requires the notification of all concussion-related incidents to the UCI medical director.
  • In a further statement, the UCI has released further measures to improve rider safety in 2021, such as the appointment of an Event Safety Manager,  improved data collection of all accidents and incidents at events, better risk assessment before events and enforcement of safety measures at races, and stronger regulations concerning potentially dangerous rider conduct.
  • SBT GRVC, one of the premier gravel races in the USA, will split its prize money of US $22,000 equally between the male and female professional riders. The event, which had to be cancelled this year, is scheduled for 15 August next year.
  • Although the 2021 Tour Down Under had to be cancelled, South Australia will stage a six-day festival of cycling which includes various cycling disciplines such as track, road paracycling, BMX, mountain biking, and cyclo-cross. The event is scheduled between 19-24 January 2021.
  • Melissa van Neck will join Biehler Krush Pro Cycling in 2021. She has  ridden professionally for four years with Dukla Praha and also BePink.
  • British rider Dani Christmas will be joining Drops next year. She previously rode for Lotto Soudal Ladies for two years.
  • The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will go ahead as planned between 30-31 January next year. The UCI, the World Cup series, and the Belgian and Flemish governments, together with the host City of Ostend, have agreed on an event behind closed doors with no fans allowed to line the course.
  • Shirin van Anrooij has had to return to hospital to treat an infection in her arm which she sustained in a recent cyclocross race. We wish her a speedy recovery.
  • UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is currently in contact with pharmaceutical companies and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations to determine whether any substances in the COVID-19 vaccine are prohibited in sport and whether the technologies used in the development of the vaccine will pose any complications for detecting doping. The organisation is awaiting updates from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) before informing athletes on the anti-doping implications of any new vaccines.
  • The Irish cyclocross championships have been cancelled, with the country also not sending any athletes to the Cyclo-cross world Championships in January next year.


  • South African rider Ashleigh Moolman Pasio won the inaugural UCI Cycling eSports World Championship title, ahead of Australian Sarah Gigante and Swedish rider Cecelia Hansen, on the 50km-long Zwift course.
  • At the Telenet Superprestige, Lucinda Brand prevailed over Denise Betsema and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, to make an all Dutch podium.
  • The Cyclo-cross X2O Badkamers Trophy in Antwerp was won by Denise Betsema of the Netherlands, ahead of her compatriots Lucinda Brand and Annemarie Worst.
  • At the Toi Toi Cup, Pavla Havlikova took the win ahead of Karla Stepanova Tereza Vanickova, all of the Czech Republic
  • At Ciclo-cross Ciudad de Xàtiva, Lucia Blanco Gonzales of Spain won ahead of Lauriane Duraffourg of France, and Aida Nuno Palacio of Spain.

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.

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Our latest podcast with the winners of the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards is now available right here. Listen to Hannah Walker’s chat with Lisa Brennauer and Liane Lippert about how they tackled the unique 2020 season.
  • You can also catch up on our previous podcasts right here.

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.

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This week in cycling history…

  • Eliza Lynn Linton, the first female salaried journalist in Britain, penned an article this week in 1896 in the Lady’s Realm, writing that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity for women because of the freedom that it provides. It was this freedom, however, that was the principal motivation for women at the end of the 19th century to take up cycling. Despite the criticism from certain circles such as Linton’s, it became very popular among women of all ages as a means of transport, a recreational activity, and a sport.
  • Cashandra Slingerland was born on 8 December 1974. This South African former rider won the 2009 African Continental Championships in the ITT discipline, is a three-time South African ITT champion and won the 2009 South African road championships.

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