women’s cycling

Lizzie Armitstead crowned the new UCI women’s world champion

As the top pre-race favourite, there was a lot of pressure for Great Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead going into this race. And even as the fans were biting their nails in a thrilling last lap, Armitstead stayed calm, followed her plan and sprinted to rainbow glory. “It’s very surreal. I think every cyclist dreams of the […]


Molly Shaffer Van Houweling sets new women’s World Hour Record

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) set a new women’s hour record in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Saturday. The 42-year-old American set a distance of 46.274 kilometres, 209 metres ahead of the previous record of 46.065 kilometres set by Dutchwoman Leontien Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel in 2003. The actual start time of Van Houweling’s attempt remained uncertain up until […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: National championships round-up; Bjarne Riis gives first interview after Danish doping report; Nacer Bouhanni crashes in French nationals, out of Tour de France?; Giro heads back to the Netherlands for 2016 start; Kessiakoff on Astana’s pressurising of riders, team’s licence woes, Nibali’s panache and an […]


Playing with the big boys: Carmen Small to race in the men’s pro field at North Star Grand Prix

It’s the day before the start of the North Star Grand Prix and Twenty16 rider Carmen Small is at the airport waiting for her bags. “I don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into!” she exclaims with a nervous giggle. “I just don’t know what to expect.” Small is not usually this nervous. She has won […]


How to get more women’s racing on TV: the challenges and the opportunities

There’s little doubt women’s road cycling is on the upswing. Major new races have been added to the calendar in the past two years and when you speak to riders in the elite women’s peloton you hear over and over again that the standard of racing is improving rapidly. And while these improvements seem to […]


Weekly Wisdom: Mental Fitness

Please welcome Jennifer Sharp (née Triplett), an ALP Cycles coach and Weekly Wisdom contributor. Jennifer, a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach, started racing in 2004 as a means to fulfill her competitive itch. Previously a national level boxer, she grew tired of getting hit in the head and decided to pound the pedals instead. She […]


Weekly Wisdom: Race day nutrition

Please welcome Patricia Schwager, an ALP Cycles coach and Weekly Wisdom contributor. Patricia began racing as a junior in 1998. After racing on the domestic level and completing her pastry chef diploma, she got her first pro contract in 2006. Now in her tenth year of professional racing, Patricia has a lot of experience racing […]


The slow but steady return to racing for Marianne Vos

With a 1.2 UCI ranking, the Ronde van Gelderland might be a minor race on the women’s race calendar, but for 12-time world champion Marianne Vos this race was a big one. Sidelined with a hamstring injury since the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships in January, Gelderland marked Vos’ long-awaited return to the peloton. Prior to […]


Elisa Longo Borghini reflects on the Ronde

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) was the talk of the (women’s cycling) town last Sunday. The young Italian won the Tour of Flanders with panache, class and heart. Thirty hilly, cobbled kilometres from the finish, Longo Borghini attacked the peloton and soloed to the finish line. Her teammate Jolien d’Hoore won the chase group sprint […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte leads Sky 1-2 on stage 4 of Paris-Nice; Jens Debusschere claims crash-marred stage 1 at Tirreno-Adriatico; Joon Yong Seo wins stage 5 of the Tour de Langkawi; Giorgia Bronzini wins Molecaten Drentse 8; Women’s WorldTour, two-tiered system amongst changes proposed by UCI Women’s […]