Welcome to the second issue of the Women's Wednesday round up, a monthly digest of some of the most notable achievements from women in the bike world. We want to highlight all of the women who work to push our sport forward, so we plan to share news, race results, our favorite video clips, and more. You can help us find more content from rad women by using the Instagram tag #PBWMN.News
Former World Champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Maja Włoszczowska announced that she will retire
from World Cup racing at the end of the 2021 season, capping off an incredible career that spanned nearly 20 years at the elite level. In addition to her 2010 World Championship victory at Mont-Sainte-Anne, she has collected four silver World Championship medals and numerous other top-level podiums. "I will not be flirting anymore, this year I am finishing my career," she told Red Bull Poland. "I will not part with MTB, I will stay with the bikes, I will definitely train and compete as an amateur, but it will be over with great racing."
In freeride news, Proving Grounds has added young (read: wildly impressive teenage) up-and-comers Brooke Anderson and Gracey Hemstreet
to the already stacked women's roster, bringing the field up to nine accomplished riders. Even better, we don't have to wait 'til Proving Grounds for a top-notch freeride event. Dark Horse is now underway and our very own correspondent Christina Chappetta is there to capture all the action as the freeride women continue to up the ante.
Also on the freeride front, Audi Nines announced yesterday that it will add Alma Wiggberg, Gemma Corbera, and Patricia Duwen
to the rider list as wildcards, meaning that nine women will take on the massive course starting August 24. Hannah Bergemann also announced
that she'll be hosting a jump jam in Bellingham on September 3-4 that she's calling Hang Time. She says that it's a "2-day event where some of the best female freeriders will come together, ride, progress, and strengthen this community. The invited athletes will also be taking time to work with a small group of up and coming girls, helping them unlock their next level."
On the BMX side of things, Charlotte Worthington became the first ever woman to land a backflip 360 in competition in her Olympic freestyle BMX run, which is a huge progression for the sport.
Next, we've been following the controversy around Canada's downhill World Champs team, which originally had no elite women
. The decision seems to be the result of poor planning and little foresight, and after a loud outcry from the mountain biking community, Cycling Canada changed course and named Jennifer McHugh, Rachel Pageau, and Vaea Verbeeck
to the team.
Finally, we'd like to extend a big congratulations to Rachel Atherton for the birth of her baby daughter
, Arna. Rachel, we look forward to seeing the Atherton balance bike and the little ripper you and Olly raise.
Racing & Events
We saw a pause in World Cup and EWS racing for a few weeks before Maribor, but the Olympics gave us more than enough excitement in the meantime. In the XC race, Jolanda Neff took a commanding victory, using her technical skills to keep an edge on her opponents for most of the race while racing on "legs and heart" without a bike computer or heart rate monitor. Then, at Maribor, Myriam Nicole took a commanding win and is now tied for the overall with Camile Balanche. Eleonora Farina finished next with a career-best second, and Camille Balanche once again showed that she's a regular podium contender by slotting into third.
Enduro World Series
EWS La Thuile Race 2 - Round 41st.
Harriet Harnden: 33:42.292nd.
Melanie Pugin: 33:43.273rd.
Isabeau Courdurier: 33:51.544th.
Noga Korem: 33:57.965th.
Morgane Charre: 34:25.62
Enduro World Series Standings:1st.
Melanie Pugin 2005 2nd.
Isabeau Courdurier 1665 3rd.
Harriet Harnden 1665 4th.
Morgane Charre 1645 5th.
Noga Korem 1355
Downhill World Cup
DH World Cup Maribor - Round 31st.
Myriam Nicole: 3:35.9092nd.
Eleonora Farina: 3:37.2313rd.
Camille Balanche: 3:39.1034th.
Monika Hrastnik: 3:40.4025th.
Tahnee Seagrave: 3:40.406
DH World Cup Overall Standings:1st.
Myriam Nicole 5602nd.
Camille Balanche 5603rd.
Valentina Höll 475 4th.
Tahnee Seagrave 4625th.
Monika Hrastnik 427
World Cup XC
XC World Cup Les Gets - Round 4:1st.
Loana Lecomte: 1:27:232nd.
Jenny Rissveds: +513rd.
Evie Richards: +1:10 4th.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:51 5th.
Rebecca McConnell: +1:55
XC World Cup Overall Standings:1st.
Loana Lecomte 1330 2nd.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot 955 3rd.
Jenny Rissveds 780 4th.
Haley Batten 755 5th.
Rebecca McConnell 710
1st. Jolanda Neff 1:15:46
2nd. Sina Frei +1:11
3rd. Linda Indergand +1:16
4th. Kata Blanka Vas: +2:09
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:35
Olympic BMX racing:
1st. Bethany Shriever 44.358
2nd. Mariana Pajon 44.448
3rd. Merel Smulders 44.721
4th. Felicia Stancil 45.131
5th. Lauren Reynolds 45.401
Olympic freestyle BMX:
1st. Charlotte Worthington 97.50
2nd. Hannah Roberts 96.10
3rd. Nikita Ducarroz 89.20
4th. Perris Benegas 88.50
5th. Natalya Diehm 86.00
With events all across the board this month, from the Olympics to 'Ard Rock and Dark Horse, we have a whole range of bikes to check out, plus some gear designed for and reviewed by women.Gear Guide: 10 Summer Riding Kits for Women6 Women's Enduro Bikes from 'Ard RockBike Check: The Absolute-Absalon BMC Team's Olympic XC Bikes
There's nothing like getting to know someone in a long-form interview. Here were some of the podcasts that we listened to in the past month.Hattie Harnden Talks About Her First EWS Win, Being a Multi-Discipline Athlete & MorePodcast: Managing Work, Travel & Bike Park Laps with Karin ChristenAll Things Training with Sian A'HernBrooke Goudy on Bringing Diversity to the TrailsMicayla Gatto on the Brett Tippie PodcastHaley Batten on the Adventure Stache
We caught up with Hattie Harnden, who made history as the youngest woman ever to win an elite EWS race and Hannah Bergemann, who has made a name for herself as one of the brightest rising stars in freeride.Getting to Know Hattie Harnden, the Youngest Elite Women's EWS Winner in HistoryHannah Bergemann on Her Visualization Process, Formation, & the Future of Women's freeride
As always, there's a lot to celebrate this month, and we love to see it. Shoutout to Kaylee Gibb for landing her first underflip to dirt on her downhill bike, Alma Wiggberg for becoming one of the Audi Nines wildcards, Rachel Atherton for growing a whole 'nother human, and of course Jolanda Neff for the momentous achievement of winning the Olympics. Remember to tag #pbwmn
on Instagram to help us find more content from all the rad ladies out there.
Celebrating all the female riders out there working together to push our sport forward. Remember to use #PBWMN on Instagram so that we can find your content and engage with it. We look forward to sharing some of our favourites on our social media and in monthly women’s round ups.