News Round-Up 02-09.02.2015

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Youth Category at 2016 CX Worlds and Wyman auctions Worlds kit — Last Week’s Results — Shorts and Interesting Links — Blogs — Photo of the Week — More to come…!

Youth Category at 2016 CX Worlds

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Helen Wyman has been a very vocal supporter of moves to introduce a Youth category for women at the CX Worlds.

Following pressure from riders and fans alike, the UCI has finally relented and confirmed that a women’s Youth/U23 category will be added to the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships.

“A Women’s Youth category (17-22 years old) will be added to the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championshipsprogramme. In addition, the first two rounds of the 2015-16 Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar will be held in North America (Las Vegas then Montreal) for the first time, demonstrating the discipline’s growth in this vital territory,” reads the press release on the UCI’s website. Read it in full here.

Previously, riders aged between 17 and 22 have had to race with the Elite category alongside Marianne Vos, Sanne Cant, Helen Wyman and the rest of the best riders in the world, which has left them with very little chance of placing highly – in addition to being disheartening for some riders, this has meant that riders who have been very successful in their age group do not get the chance to experience the Championships and learn from it as their national federations concentrate on the top riders who are more likely to bring home medals.

Wyman auctions Worlds kit

Wyman, who has been very vocal in pressing for the change, signed and auctioned the skinsuit she wore at the 2015 World Championships last weekend to raise funds to assist Hannah Payton and Amira Mellor in getting to next year’s events in North America. The top bid was£350.

“Thank you to everyone that bid. I’m working on more ways for people to help fund these two young stars. Smaller amounts so it’s more open to everyone,” the nine-time British champion wrote afterwards.

“Thanks so much to everyone for their generosity. I wish I could ride Worlds every week and get a skinsuit for them each time.”

Last Week’s Results

Velo29 Winter Series #4
Cats. 2/3/4 31.01.15
1 Gemma Sargent(Evans Cycles) 3pts
2 Julia Macchi (Team WattCycle) 2pts

East London Velo Winter Series #4
Cats. 2/3/4 31.01.15
1 Alice Lethbridge (GB Cycles.co.uk) 3pts
2 Emily Wadsworth (Beeline Bicycles) 2pts
3 Sophia Chastell (M&D Cycles-Fusion-WORX) 1pt
4 Michelle Forster (London Phoenix CC) 0pts
5 Francesca Rust (VO2 Bikes) 0pts

Woolly Mamil Winter Series #3
Cats. E/1/2/3/4 31.01.15
1 Emily Barnes 10pts
2 Catherine Coley (Ludlow CC) 8pts
3 Melissa Brand (IKON-Mazda) 7pts
4 Maisie Duckworth (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 6pts
5 Gemma Stuart (Performance Cycles) 5pts
6 Heulwen Gilbert (University of Birmingham CC) 4pts
7 Lindsay Nell (Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe) 3pts
8 Aileen Baird (University of Birmingham CC) 2pts
9 Natasha Cutmore (Aero-Coach/RST Sport) 1pts
10 Caroline Flooks (RLS CC) 1pt

U16
1 Georgia Hilleard (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 3pts
2 Gabriella Homer (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 2pts
3 Connie Hudson (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 1pt

U14
1 Aleshia Mellor (Lyme RC) 3pts
2 Sophie White (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 2pts

Neutral Service UK and UCI Women’s Cycling Calendar

Shorts and Interesting Links

Ottilie Quince’s Tour of Qatar photos (Facebook)

Ten Minutes with Detta Guerrini (Neutral Service)

 

Blogs

Margriet Kloppenberg: Finding back the love for racing

“While almost everyone I know is in Tabor in the Czech Republic these days for the cyclocross world championship I am at home in Belgium. As you all know, I had to sit at the sideline for most of the October-December period of this CX season. Just before the so-called “Christmas period” I got the go ahead from the doctor to start riding and racing again. Ï had a lot of different thoughts about returning to racing…” Read more

 

Photo of the Week