Hello! Welcome to issue 28 of Women’s Cycling Weekly 🚴♀️
When it rains, it pours! From new contracts to race news, to a busy UCI post-meeting press release yesterday, it’s been a pretty busy week.
In addition, we finally have news from the Giro Rosa, and it looks promising. I won’t be holding my breath just yet, but the ‘under new management’ sign is in place and the renovation looks pretty cool through the window so far.
Elsewhere, the Olympic selections follow one another and live women’s races resume this weekend during the very first Women’s Tour de Suisse. There is a lot to do, so let’s go …
- As mentioned, the new organizers of the Giro Rosa (now Giro d’Italia Donne), PMG / Starlight, made a presentation yesterday to outline their plans for the race and outline the stages. They then released a full media kit with a provisional start list (!!) and details of each stage. The promise of live coverage has been reiterated, with more details expected to arrive in the coming weeks. For now, you can see a preview here.
- Buried in all this news from the Giro d’Italia Donne was the revelation that Annemiek van Vleuten is “undecided” on whether to race in Italy or not. She had previously named running as a goal this season, but said Cycling news that she now seeks to concentrate on preparing for the Olympic Games.
- In other calendar / race news: as part of a large press release following a meeting of the Management Committee, the UCI set the schedule for 2022 who understood the news that Ride in London will now become a three day event, Ceratizit challenge by La Vueltagoes from three to four stages, the 6 days Battle of the North is on, and the Tour de France Women is official at eight days starting just after the Men’s Tour. Much to look forward to!
- It was a meeting in its own right since the UCI also announced that it would give sanctioning powers to its ethics commission (without having to wait for a decision of the disciplinary commission at the the case of Marc Bracke) to combat abuse in sport. This follows a series of recommendations made by The Cyclists Alliance.
- Last of the Busy Bees in Aigle: The 2022 team selection process for WWT races will include the 15 WWT teams (there should be 15 next year) that will be automatically entered, as will the top two continental teams. An approach which, according to the UCI, “will stimulate the development of women’s teams”.
- Brand Lucinda has re-signed with his two road teams, Trek-Segafredo and cyclocross team, Baloise Trek Lions, for another two years.
- In other contractual news, Monkfish Kopecky signed a three-year contract with SD Worx until 2024.
- This week Drops-The Col s / b Tempur officially confirmed that their rider Joss lowden will attempt an hour-long record in Grenchen, Switzerland, in September, after unofficially breaking the record in training in February.
- The transcontinental race ultra-endurance has even been postponed again due to the Covid-19, the race will now be postponed to 2022.
- Marlen Reusser was selected to represent Switzerland on the road at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 29-year-old finished second at the ITT World Championships last year and will therefore be one to watch next month.
- Liv racing announced this week that the team will separate from the ex-pro and the performance manager Lars Boom with immediate effect after Boom signed a contract with a different, unnamed team for 2022.
- Barbados National Champion Amber Joseph will be a guest for L39ION in Los Angeles. She will make her Armed Forces Cycling Classic debut in Virginia this weekend.
- Two for two in the Stakes Stripping Dictatorships of Track Events. After the UEC championships were moved from Minsk last week, the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships – which is to be held from October 13 to 7 – have been transferred from Turkmenistan to Glasgow. Even if this time the reason given was that: “at the request of their organizers, the health constraints and restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic making it impossible to organize the event in the country” – which is strange coming from from the home of a dictator who denies the existence of the Covid.
- Steps five and six of the Internationale LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour were taken by Brand Lucinda and Lorena Wiebes respectively with Brand continuing to retain the general classification ahead of Monkfish Kopecky(0:09) and Emma Norsgaard (0:18).
- Jolanda Neff took the Swiss National Mountain Bike XCO title sunday before Alessandra keller and Sina Frei. Jacqueline Schneebeliwon the under 23 race while Monique Halter won the junior title.
- the Austrian mountain bike XCO the title was won by Mona mitterwaller in front of Laura Stigger and Anna spielmann. Claire Sommer won the junior title.
Lots this weekend!
Tomorrow June 5
- The new two days Tour of Switzerland Women 2.1 starts tomorrow with a hilly 114 km stage. The race will be broadcast live from 1:30 p.m. CET. Show preview here. See the provisional starting list here.
- Elsewhere, Dwars wears het Hageland 1.2 starts at 10:45 am CET with 122.3 km to go. No live streaming, unfortunately. Provisional start list here.
- Tomorrow is also XCO Mountain Bike German Championships, as good as Peru and Ecuador ITT Championships.
- Unbound gravel will also be held tomorrow and will be broadcast live for the first time. More info via the race site.
Sunday 6 June
- The second and final stage of the Tour of Switzerland Women. A 97 km flat race broadcast live from 11:00 am CET.
- Westhoek Dwarven Gate 1.1. No live but a provisional start list here.
- Honduras XCO MTB nationals.
- Ecuador and Peru national road racing championships.
It’s technically not this week, but I came across the link to this webinar. You may remember the book Revolutions through Hannah ross from a few weeks ago. It’s a fascinating and inspiring tale of some of the most impressive female figures in the cycling world past and present. Now, as part of York Festival of Ideas, you can hear her talk about the book and the aforementioned women in a free live webinar.
I’m so determined to save Free wheel that, to do this week’s podcast, I sat on a bed swinging my microphone to my chest in my friend’s guest room while poor Abby and Loren had to stare at my double chin.
– Abby Mickey (@abimickey) June 3, 2021
So if that doesn’t get you listening, I don’t know what will (other than the usual high level talks and discussions about women’s cycling …)
He even manages to tie up dogs and bicycles …
If you didn’t know, (why should you?) Singer Ariana Grande recently married and, as a wedding gift, animal charity PETA sent him… a “vegan tandem bike”. The association did not explain what makes a bicycle vegan but they said: “Grande has spoken openly about animal rights since becoming a celebrity, and at the end of last year she launched Orange Twins Rescue, an effort to sterilize, sterilize and find homes for dogs and cats in the Los Angeles area PETA was thrilled to see that while the happy couple’s ceremony only included a few close friends and family, they sure made room for Grande’s own adopted dogs.
Unfortunately, there was no picture of the dogs or the bicycle.
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