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Mud, strippers and Sven Nys: Portland’s wild singlespeed CX world championships

When I woke up on Saturday morning in Portland, Oregon, I listened to the pouring rain outside and felt the familiar dull pounding of my head. The 2016 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXPDX16) hadn’t even officially started yet and I was already slightly hungover. SSCXPDX16: 1 – Me: 0 I had been training (read: drinking …

Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month

Rabo-Liv today announced that seven-time former world cyclocross champion Marianne Vos will be making her return to the dirt on December 17th at Scheldecross in Belgium. Vos has been absent from the cyclocross scene since December 2014 due to a series of injuries. She made her return to the road this March and rode a …

No more podium girls at Tour Down Under

When the men’s UCI WorldTour kicks off in Australia in January, there’s one thing we won’t see: race winners flanked by podium girls. In the interest of creating a more positive image of women in sport, the South Australian Government withdrew its support of the use of podium girls at the Santos Tour Down Under, …

Carmen Small starts new career path, takes on rider-Sports Director role in Danish team

A recent graduate of the UCI Sports Director course, US national time trial champion Carmen Small will put her directeur sportif credentials to use at a Danish development team called Team Virtu Pro-VéloConcept in 2017. After a couple rocky years that saw Small change teams mid-season and controversially miss out on the US Olympic selection, …

Video: The best moments of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour

This year we saw the introduction of a women’s WorldTour. Replacing the former UCI Women Road World Cup, which was held from 1998 to 2015, the UCI Women’s WorldTour now serves as the leading series of races for professional women cyclists. And the racing sure did not disappoint. We already recapped the inaugural series in numbers, …

Newly retired Iris Slappendel as passionate about women’s cycling as ever

Armed with knowledge and a UCI certification in her back pocket, recently retired pro cyclist Iris Slappendel left the UCI World Cycling Centre in Switzerland last week with a head buzzing with information and ideas to further women’s cycling. Slappendel was among the 41 men and women completing the UCI Sports Directors course, which is …

Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next

Cycling fans will get their first chance in more than six years to see a top level women’s cycling race in Australia televised in real time, with the news announced today that the Seven Network will broadcast live from the women’s event at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The race, called the Deakin University Elite Women’s Race, …

The transfer carousel comes to a stop: could we see a more level playing field in the Women’s WorldTour?

As the year is coming to an end, so is the transfer season. Contracts have been inked, and by now most teams and riders have announced their 2017 plans. There have been a fair bit of rider switcharoos, the announcement of a new WorldTour team and some exciting changes in UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar. After …

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ASO says desire for new challenge, not repetition spurred La Course change

Earlier this month, the organisers of La Course by Le Tour, ASO, announced that they were changing up the format of their much celebrated women’s criterium, turning the fast-paced spectacle in the heart of Paris on the final day of the men’s Tour de France into a mountain stage up the Izoard. For three years …

Women’s race distance maximums increase in 2017 to accommodate ‘increased level of competitiveness’

The UCI’s Professional Cycling Council (PCC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to discuss the rules and regulations for the 2017 season. The full and final rules and regulations are yet to be published, but the amendments that were made at the last UCI Management Committee’s meeting are available through the UCI. For the women’s …

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