This is all you need to know from the world of women’s cycling to get your week started:
Helen Wyman has retired from professional racing. The British rider competed in cyclo-cross as well as road racing for the past 15 years and has 77 wins to her name. Despite her retirement from racing, she will continue to pass on her experience to up and coming racers and pushing for the development of the sport, through her Helen100 project, and in her role with the Experza Pro CX team. See the team’s report on her retirement and future plans here.
The Colorado Classic and USA Cycling are partnering to form an all-star collegiate team, to give talented riders from the USA Cycling Collegiate Program the opportunity to compete as members of a UCI Cycling national team in the 2019 race. The Colorado Classic, which is the only 2.1 race in the western hemisphere, takes place from 22 to 25 August.
The Women’s Zwift KISS Super League has commenced. In this new e-sports racing format, four riders from professional women’s teams will participate in a series of eight live-streamed events each Tuesday, where they will race each other remotely via the Zwift platform.
At Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, the first four stages were taken out by Ruth Winder, Lotta Lepistö, Clara Koppenburg and Lepistö respectively. Clara Koppenburg took home the overall victory after an outstanding display of early-season form this week.
Denise Betsema continued her winning form, taking out the GP Leuven over this weekend.
The Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle was also taken out by Betsema.
World Champion Anna van der Breggen has written an exclusive blogpost for us, in which she discusses what the rainbow jersey means to her, and reflects on several encouraging signs for the continued growth of women’s cycling.
Did you see last week’s piece from Audrey Cordon-Ragot, “Husband of a cyclist / Homme de cycliste”?Published in both French and English, it provides fascinating insight into the support that female athletes receive from the men in their lives.
The Voxwomen Big Day Out is back! We’re giving social cyclists of all abilities an exclusive opportunity to join a 48-mile ride in the picturesque New Forest with Dani Rowe, Elena Cecchini and Sophie Wright on Sunday 16 June. These three stars of the 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 tickets are selling out very quickly, so don’t delay! Get yours for only £40 from our online store!
This week in cycling history…
21 February is the birthday of the road and track cyclist Rachele Barbieri. The young Italian rider has won titles at the UEC Under-23 Track Championships and National Track Championships, and taken out the scratch race at the 2017 UCI Track World Championships.
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