This is all you need to know from the world of women’s cycling to get your week started:
- Voxwomen revealed the new-look Drops kit for 2019. Designed by Le Col, the team’s new jersey marks a stark contrast from last year, but remains true to its slogan “colour the road.” To watch the kit reveal, check out this video on Voxwomen’s Facebook page or have a look at these photos on Drops’ Twitter feed.
- The Colorado Classic received UCI 2.1 category classification in its first year as a standalone women’s race, making it one of only 13 such races in the world. This also means that participating riders can earn UCI points for their respective nations’ Olympic qualification.
- The teams participating in the Ronde van Vlaanderen were announced. Apart from the 15 automatically-invited teams, invitations were also extended to: BTC City Ljubljana, Astana Women’s Team, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport, Aromitalia – Basso Bikes – Vaiano, Health Mate Ladies Team, Servetto – Piumate – Beltrami TSA, Bepink, Hitec Products – Birk Sport. In total, 24 teams will compete in the 157km-long prestigious Classic on 7 April.
- Denise Betsema took her thirteenth victory of the season, winning Vestingcross Hulst in the Netherlands
- Betsema also won the Telenet Superprestige Noordzeecross Middelkerke, with Sanne Cant and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado taking out the overall Superprestige titles in the Elite and U23 categories respectively.
- Andrea Waldis won the Schweizermeisterschaften Omnium (Swiss national championships) in Grenchen.
- Audrey Cordon-Ragot has penned an interesting article entitled “Husband of a cyclist / Homme de cycliste,” published in both French and English on our site, discussing the support that female athletes receive from the men in their lives.
- We’ve got some exciting news! Multiple track world champion Amy Cure has started blogging for Voxwomen. Get to know more about her year ahead in her very first post for us.
- Did you catch Sophie Wright’s first blog, in which she reflects on last season, her crash at the British cyclo-cross national championships, an eye-opening “training holiday,” and her love of road racing? Be sure to check it out here.
Voxwomen announcements and events
- Get your diaries ready, because Sunday 16 June marks the return of the Voxwomen Big Day Out! We’re incredibly excited to bring you an exclusive opportunity to join a 48-mile guided ride in the picturesque New Forest with Dani Rowe, Elena Cecchini and Sophie Wright. These three stars of the pro peloton will also be available for expert advice, tips, coaching and a Q&A Session. Plus you’ll also enjoy full on-road support from Brother Cycling. But there are only 50 places, and they’re selling quickly, so don’t delay! Tickets are only £40, so head over to our online store by clicking here to get yours now. And if you fancy afternoon tea with the riders, plus exclusive access to the luxury spa facilities at the Harbour Hotel, why not buy yourself a premium ticket for just £65 by clicking here.
This week in cycling history…
- 11 February is the birthday of Ellen van Dijk. The Dutch rider originally started out as a speed skater, and made the switch to cycling after taking up the sport as part of her cross-training. She has over 40 professional wins in road cycling alone, including the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Tour of Qatar, Boels Ladies Tour, Healthy Ageing Tour and Dwars door Vlaanderen, as well as European, Dutch and World Championship ITT titles. She has also had several wins at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, and claimed World, European and National championship titles in disciplines such as the individual pursuit, madison, points and scratch race.
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