Women’s Cycling News Round-Up 18-25.08.2014

Latest — Johannson will retire after 2016 Olympics — Tour of New Zealand resurrected! — Gabby Durrin launches CX team — New women-only track league for Stratford VeloPark — Shorts: Vårgårda CDM RR live online — Upcoming Events — Interesting Links — more to come

Latest: Dutch mountain biker Annefleur Kalvenhaar dies after crash at Maribel World Cup. Link

“Not a day after” 2016 Olympics, says Emma Johansson


Emma Johansson says she will retire after the 2016 Olympics. (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Swedish rider Emma Johansson, currently ranked Number 1 in the world by the UCI, has revealed in an interview on the World Cup Vargarda website that she will retire immediately after the 2016 Olympic Games.

“Not a day after that,” says the Orica-AIS rider. “Then I want to do something else. Becoming a mother is the highest on the list.”

Johansson has been cycling for twenty years, including ten as a professional, and is one of the most successful riders of her generation. She has been a National Champion seven times and has won many of the most presitigious one-day and stage events in women’s cycling, but has never won an Olympic old medal.

Tour of New Zealand back for 2015

Having last been held in 2012 (when it was won by Evie Stevens, incidentally), the popular Women’s Tour of New Zealand is to return next year, the UCI has announced. The race has been granted 2.2 status and will continue over five days, remaining within the beautiful Wairarapa region in the south-east of the North Island.

Organisers blamed the cost of new mandatory anti-doping tests for their decision to cancel the race in 2013, saying that they could not raise the funds required to put them in place. In 2014, they were unable to find sufficient sponsorship.

“I’ve worked really hard to gain support to stage this event and am so excited cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has granted international status to the 2015 Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand,” says race director Jorge Sandoval.

“The Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand is a highly-anticipated addition to the 2015 World and Oceania road cycling calendars for women, ” said Tracey Gaudry, president of the Oceania Cycling Federation and vice-president of the UCI. “”Every continent around the world will host the world’s best women road cyclists in 2015 – what a great way to inspire women to take up cycling.”

For fans, riders and organisers alike, the announcement comes as doubly good news – not only is one of the sport’s greatest races back on the calendar, it is also further indication that sponsors – either because of the improving global economy or because women’s cycling is now big enough to more obviously offer great potential for investors – are becoming more willing to become involved.

The race will be held from the 18th to the 22nd of February, making it the third event on the UCI Elite Women’s calendar.



Gabby Durrin launches new CX team


Gabby Durrin (image: literallywickedawesome.com)

British cyclo cross star Gabby Durrin and husband Jeremy have launched a new cyclo cross team just before the 2014/15 season gets underway. Based in the USA, it will take the name of main sponsor Neon Velo, a British-based cycling holiday company that already sponsors a development team.

“Partnering with Neon Velo as our title sponsor is something I am really excited about,” Gabby writes on the team’s website. “Being a British rider, it seems only natural to have the backing of a British company. We also love the idea of having representation in both the UK and the US, as it means both Jeremy and I can give maximum exposure to our sponsors. Having the development team already established in the UK enables us both to have support at the races in the US and Europe.”

More information on the team website.


New women-only track league at Stratford VeloPark

Ellie Cadzow, whom women’s cycling fans will recognise as a member of the Bonito Squadra Corsa team, is working to set up a women-only track racing league based at the VeloPark in Stratford. In order to do this, she needs more women accredited and ready to race and therefore proposes a 4 week accreditation course (4×2 hour sessions) to get 32 women accredited prior to the first League race.

Ellie needs to know how many people would be interested so that she can start organising the course. If you would be interested or would like to know more, you can talk to her on Twitter or via the Women’s Eastern Racing League Facebook page.

“There are enough women in the London, East and South East areas to make it happen and it’s more fun than turbo sessions in winter!” says Ellie.



Vårgårda CDM RR live online

The penultimate round of the Women’s Road World Cup, the Vårgårda road race, will be broadcast live from start to finish on the UCI’s Youtube channel.

More information on the race can be found here.


Upcoming Events

British Events
19.08.14 Crystal Palace Crits 16 Cancelled
19.08.14 Salt Ayre – The Edge Cycleworks Mens Series & Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #19
20.08.14 Twickenham CC / WTP Women’s & Vets Races #10
20.08.14 Cycling Legacy Supporters League
23.08.14 Colin Lewis Cycles Grand Prix
23.08.14 Les Quennevais Circuit Races
23.08.14 Vuelta a”Fowlmead
23-25.08.14 Surrey League Women’s 3-day Stage Race + Support Races
23.08.14 John Hinksman Memorial Trophy (Women’s Team Series)
23.08.14 Wolverhampton Wheelers CC Circuit Race #2
23.08.14 CDNW Road Race League #15 – Manchester Wheelers/Great Budworth
24.08.14 Tickhill Velo (Recommended)
24.08.14 Jersey Town Centre Criteriums
24.08.14 Behind The Bikeshed’s End of Summer Circuit Race
24.08.14 Water Splash Road Races
More details/entry

UCI Events
22.08.14 Open de Suède Vargarda TTT (CDM/World Cup)
23-27.08.14 Trophée d’Or Féminin
24.08.14 Open de Suède Vargarda (CDM/World Cup)


Interesting Links

Brits at the Tour of Norway (Neutral Service)

Women’s cycling helped by UCI boss, says Chrissie Wellington (BBC)

Norwich pair launch cycle wear business for women cyclists (Eastern Daily Press)