Next year the UCI Women Road World Cup will comprise eight events in seven different countries. On Monday, organisers of six of the races met at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
The UCI Women Road World Cup seminar started with short presentations from each organiser explaining the
particularities of their event. This was followed by presentations from the UCI and discussions on a range of topics including the UCI Regulations, marketing and advertising, television broadcast and social media coverage.
Guest speaker was Emily Shaw, Manager of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Women’s Football Development, who outlined their four-year strategy to promote women’s football in Europe.
“All our organisers are very experienced and already stage top class events,” explains UCI Project Coordinator Andrea Marcellini. “The seminar gave them a chance to share their experiences and learn how others tackle different organisational issues.”
The seminar was also an occasion to award the “best event” trophy. This year it went to the Open de Suède Vargarda. Teams and riders voted for the Swedish event thanks to its excellent organisation, atmosphere and format that includes both a team time trial and road race.
New to the World Cup calendar in 2014 will be a German event, the Sparkassen Giro which will take place on August 3rd, three weeks before the Open de Suède Vargarda.
Photo: The Open de Suède Vargarda, which includes a team time trial, was voted best event of the 2013 UCI Women Road World Cup
Reigning Olympic champion Laura Trott showed the Manchester fans she remained the queen of Omnium: “You only need to listen to the crowd to understand that you’re fast. On the 500 metres, they really helped me out, I won it for them!” she said.
After a cautious start and only the 6th fastest time on the flying lap and 7th in the points race, Trott crushed the opposition in the last events, coming second on the elimination and pursuit before winning both the scratch and 500 metres.
It was the second victory of the week-end for the 21-year-old after her part in the British world record in the team pursuit. Overall she collected 19 points, ahead of Canada’s Gillian Carleton (24) and France’s Laurie Berthon (26).
Points race – A first for Brown Third in the team pursuit last year at the worlds in Minsk, Laura Brown snatched her first World Cup laurels in the women’s points race. The 26-year-old Calgary-born Canadian scored 29 points to win ahead of American Elizabeth Newell (26) and Hong Kong rider Jamie Yiu Wan Pong, also on 26.
Women’s keirin – Hat-trick for Vogel
Winner of the team and individual sprints, Kristina Vogel will hold three leader’s jerseys in the next World Cup leg in Aguascalientes in Mexico on December 5 to 7. The 22-year-old German added the keirin to her collection, grabbing her second World Cup victory in the event after Glasgow last season. She won ahead of local favourite Rebecca James, who readily conceded defeat:
“She’s in another league right now. In these conditions, I’m glad to come second,” she said. France’s Sandie Clair took the other podium spot.
Men’s Scratch – Mueller on experience
At nearly 34, Austria’s Andreas Mueller confirmed on the last day of racing in Manchester that he remained one of the world’s best Scratch specialists. The Six-Days rider won ahead of Italy’s Elia Viviani, already third in the points race, while Welshman Jonathan Mould was third.
Men’s sprint – Foerstemann’s power
Germany simply ruled the sprints in Manchester, winning all four events.
Robert Foerstemann’s victory in the men’s individual sprint was the icing on the cake, the burly German easily disposing of Trinidad’s Njisane Nicholas Phillip in the final. Australian Shane Perkins won the third place tie.
Photo: Laura Trott pleased the crowd with her second gold in the omnium event