Women’s cycling

It’s official: Africa set to have a UCI women’s team in 2017

Team Africa Rising announced it will forge ahead with previously tentative plans to set up the first African women’s UCI cycling team to race professionally in the 2017 season, after a training camp to assess potential gave them the confidence that now was the right time to provide this opportunity for the rising tide of female talent across the continent. Team Africa Rising, who set …

World cx champion Thalita de Jong leaves disbanding Rabo-Liv team for lead role in small Belgian team

Following Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen’s and Lucinda Brand‘s transfer announcements earlier this month, today another Rabo-Liv rider announced she’ll be leaving the Dutch squad. Cyclocross world champion Thalita de Jong revealed that, after five years with Rabo-Liv, she’ll be taking a lead role for the small Belgium UCI team Lares-Waowdeals. Rabo-Liv has been …

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Surprise win in the Women’s WorldTour today as Polish rider Eugenia Bujak outsprints everyone

While Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) had already secured the overall Women’s WorldTour victory going into today’s penultimate Women’s WorldTour event, the team wasn’t planning on just sitting in as they aimed for their 11th team win. And sure enough, when the livestream started one-and-a-half hours into the race, it was indeed Boels-Dolmans on screen, dictating the …

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Fueled by peaches: A Day in the Life of Pro Cyclist Lotta Lepistö

Having found her sprinter legs, Finnish road and time trial champion Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) is enjoying quite the breakout summer with a stage wins in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Emakumeen Bira and GP Elsy Jacobs; two more national champion titles to add to her palmares, and second place finishes at La Course and in Sweden’s …

Ask Ella: Why are my lady bits hurting after cycling?

Who doesn’t love the banter at the post-ride park-up? Talk of the ride, other adventures, equipment and then there are those tidbits that usually fall under the class of  TMI (too much information). Something I love about the ladies I ride with, is there is never such a thing as TMI. So true to form …

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“The bike was what I loved to do the most, but it became my biggest nightmare”: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot uncertain when she will return to cycling

French mountain bike and road cycling Olympian Pauline Ferrand-Prévot today announced that she has decided to end her season and that she is unsure when she will return to cycling. In a heart-rending Facebook post, the former multi-discipline world champion explained her reasons behind abandoning the Olympic mountain bike race last Saturday, revealing that her …

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Riding for the Amy D Foundation, Yohana Dawitt to become first Eritrean to race in America at the Green Mountain Stage Race

Team Africa Rising, the all-black women’s pro cycling team supposed to become part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2017, today announced that Yohana Dawitt, the Eritrean national road champion, will be racing the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont with the Amy D. Foundation race team. Dawitt will be the first Eritrean to professionally …

Preview: What you should know about GP de Plouay, the penultimate Women’s WorldTour race of 2016

The GP de Plouay was perhaps the most thrilling race in the women’s WorldCup last year. With the overall series title still uncertain, a group of nine favourites battled one another to the line in an aggressive final. In the end, it was Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) who won the dash to the line, and by doing so, she regained the …

Ridden and reviewed: The 2017 Diamondback Airén, a women’s endurance bike

The US-based Diamondback Bicycles is an interesting brand. It was founded as a BMX brand in 1970s, but is mostly known for being a more ubiquitous bike brand with large entry-level kids and mountain bike product lines. Diamondback, nowadays owned by Accell North America, adopted the consumer direct sales model early on and has been …

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Video: From losing a kidney to competing in Rio, Trixi Worrack’s incredible journey of recovery

At first glance, Trixi Worrack’s crash in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on March 20th didn’t appear that bad. The Canyon-SRAM rider wiped out in a downhill corner, 55 kilometres into the Italian WorldTour race. She had had harder crashes. It wasn’t even spectacular, Worrack says. But the consequences were severe. Torn in three places, Worrack’s …

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