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VN ticker: Flanders Classics confirms 2022 schedule, Canyon-SRAM and Rapha conclude partnership

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Flanders Classics confirms 2022 schedule

Get your diaries out, because Flanders Classics has confirmed the dates for its series of leading men’s and women’s one-day races.

Classics curtain-raiser Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will kick-start the northern classics 26 February. Flanders Classics’ marquee races Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders fall on consecutive weekends, 27 March and 3 April.

The only major change expected to the traditional calendar of one-day events will be the delay of ASO’s Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Roubaix Femmes by one week (to April 17) to prevent a clash with French presidential elections. The two cobblestone monuments will swap dates with Amstel Gold Race.

Elsewhere, the WorldTour will open up 20-26 February at the UAE Tour.

Canyon-SRAM and Rapha conclude partnership

After five years, Canyon-SRAM and Rapha are parting ways. The announcement, made on the Canyon-SRAM Instagram feed, indicated that the Rapha was a valuable partner, which made apparel that stood apart from the rest in the peloton and was pioneering in its approach to design.

“Since CANYON//SRAM Racing hit the road in 2016, Rapha has been a part of our journey. Every step of the way they have supported us in developing high-performance racewear for our riders to excel in, alongside executing the freshest, boldest designs in the peloton, setting the benchmark for others to follow.

“While our chapter with Rapha is now drawing to a close, we look ahead to continuing with those exact same principles of performance and innovation in mind.

“For now, we say thank you to Rapha and look forward to sharing the road with them in 2022.”

The team has not yet made an announcement about the apparel parter for the 2022 season.

Santos Festival of Cycling confirms January program

There may be no Tour D0wn Under or Cadel Evans Road Race in 2022, but Australia’s summer of cycling isn’t canceled altogether.

The Santos Festival of Cycling confirmed the schedule and dates for its multi-format domestic event Friday. The celebration of all-things cycling will start on January 21.

“The dynamic nine-day program will showcase the best of South Australia, offering more than 25 events and will highlight multiple cycling disciplines including road, track, BMX, mountain biking, para-cycling, cyclo-cross, pedal prix and much more,” read a statement from the event organizers.

“This year, the festival of cycling features a new and exciting para-cycling program including three event opportunities to watch and celebrate our Tokyo cycling Paralympians, as well as several other para-cycling races as part of the Festival Village program.”

Like last year, the event will be headlined by a domestic stage race, starting January 27. The 2021 event saw the rise of Luke Plapp, now signed for Ineos Grenadiers, while Sarah Gigante and Luke Durbridge won the GC in the four-day race.

CYCLE Kids Partners with L39ION of Los Angeles

CYCLE Kids Partners with L39ION of Los Angeles to bring more scholastic programs, and bikes, to kids in America.

CYCLE Kids will work closely with staff and teachers to implement programs that combine the fun and practical skill of riding a bike with healthy nutrition. The selected schools will receive helmets and bikes along with program training to provide an exciting and safe biking environment for young children.

L39ion founders Justin and Cory Williams plan to raise funds that will be provided to schools in their home community CYCLE Kids programs. Their goal is to raise $200,000 to reach children with the CYCLE Kids program in eight schools. Donations can be made at https://www.l39ionoflosangeles.com/cyclekids

CYCLE Kids developed an elementary school curriculum based on research funded by the American Heart Association, and academic staff at Boston University’s Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences collaborating with scholastic physical education instructors. The research-based curriculum meets national core learning standards

With support provided by the Rapha Foundation, CYCLE kids began efforts to combat childhood obesity, as well as provide physical and emotional support during developmental years. The program aims to help kids, families, and educators implement basic fitness programs in non-competitive, fun ways, through simple methods.