Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling:
- The Women’s Tour announced the rest of the stages that will form the 2019 edition of the race. Kent Cyclopark will host Kent’s first ever Women’s Tour stage, on the second day of racing. Henley-on-Thames will hots the start of Stage three, which finishes at Blenheim Palace. Burton Dassett Country Park will see the race’s first hilltop finish on Stage four, which commences almost 160km prior in Warwick. Powys will then host the toughest ever stage in the history of the event, featuring over 2,200m of climbing between Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells, on Stage 5. Lastly, the sixth and final stage will take the riders over 126km from Carmarthen to Pembrey Country Park.
- USA Cycling and the family of Kelly Catlin have announced that the Kelly Catlin Fund will be set up to support emerging talent and assist in performance development in women’s track cycling. Yearly grants will go towards supporting the Minnesota Cycling Center and talented female track riders through the Kelly Catlin Women’s Track Development Grant, to honour the memory of the 2016 Olympic silver medallist and three-time World Champion.
- The organisers of Amstel Gold Ladies Edition have announced that they have doubled the prize money for the women’s race, and increased appearance fees by almost €10,000 in total.
- Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) won Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) and Marianne Vos (CCC – Liv).
- Sofie De Vuyst (Parkhotel Valkenburg) took out Brabantse Pijl, with Marta Cavalli (Valcar Cyclance Cycling) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) rounding out the podium of the Belgian one-day race.
- Zwift Academy winner Tanja Erath, of Canyon//SRAM Racing explains how riders prepare for races, from pre-race baby wipe showers to scurrying after planes and trains post-race. Check out this entertaining blog right here!
- Voxwomen podcast host Abby Mickey penned this moving piece about friendships within pro cycling teams: “Friendships so strong they last past retirement. Recently my team was shaken. Actually, shaken isn’t quite a strong enough word… torn. Ripped right down the middle.” You can read the piece here.
- “How are you so good at mountain biking when you live in Norfolk!?” Sophie Wright answers this question in her latest exclusive blog for us. And you can catch it right here!
Insider Podcast powered by Rawvelo
- Listen to our second podcast of the year right here. Your host Abby Mickey talks to Laura Winter about the races which have unfolded so far. You can also hear exclusive rider interviews direct from the races here via the podcast!
Want to find out more about the Drops riders? Then check out our latest exclusive series of videos:
- Find out about the 2018 New Zealand U23 Champion and Santos Tour Down Under White Jersey winner, Grace Anderson’s move to Europe and her future aspirations.
- Hannah Payton tells us: “I’d never question missing a training session and I’m beyond lucky every single day to be able to turn pedals on a bike.” See what else she had to say here.
- What was Manon Lloyd’s best day on the bike, as well as her worst day in the saddle? Find out right here.
- Lucy Shaw talks with us about cycling idols, getting into cycling, racing memories and her role within the Drops team in 2019.
- Want to find out a couple of things about Lizzie Holden that you probably didn’t know yet? You’ll find them all here in this video.
- Riejanne Markus, team leader at CCC Liv, spoke with us from her team training camp about her goals for the season, and her love of time trials.
Voxwomen announcements and events
- Places are running out for the Voxwomen Big Week Off! Fancy a week of social riding, nutritional advice and yoga sessions in the picturesque Spanish countryside? You can now secure your place in this fantastic event by paying a non-refundable deposit of £150. There are a maximum of 14 places at the event, so you can have peace of mind that you are going to be part of the event, and then pay in installments. If you would like to take advantage of this, then click here.
This week in cycling history…
- Current Road World Champion Anna van der Breggen celebrated her birthday on 18 April. The Dutch Boels-Dolmans rider won the Road Race at the 2016 Olympics, two edition of the the Giro d’Italia Femminile, four consecutive editions of La Fleche Wallonne, two editions of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, as well as the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, Strade Bianche, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the European Road Race Championships. In 2017, she achieved the incredible feat of winning all three Ardennes Classics.
Shop Voxwomen and insider specials
- Want to shop our range of quality cycling clothing and accessories? It couldn’t be any easier than heading over to our online store. Plus, you’ll be supporting Voxwomen so we can continue to bring you the best content that women’s cycling has to offer!