Rabobank’s Iris Slappendel has more of an incentive than any other rider to get herself into the lead of one of the classifications in next season’s UCI Women Road World Cup – she’s won a competition run by the governing body to design the jerseys that will feature in the season-long contest.
When not riding, the 28-year-old Dutchwoman works as a graphic designer and her interpretations of the jerseys that will be worn by the overall series leader as well as those for the three new classifications to be introduced in 2013 are certainly eye-catching.
Each marries the existing, multi-coloured World Cup theme with the initial letter of the classification in question – L for the overall leader, and S, M and Y for, respectively, the new Sprints, Mountains and Young Rider’s contests.
UCI Women Cycling Coordinator Andrea Marcellini commented: “Iris Slappendel’s project brings together all the expected qualities. The concept she has developed is very complete and could almost be used as it is.
“It is an evolution in the visual identity of the UCI Women Road World Cup and incorporates a very contemporary eighties look.
She added: "The fact that the winner is an active rider is definitely the icing on the cake!”
2014 UCI Women Road World Cup Calendar 15.03 Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe (Netherlands) 30.03 Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio (Italy) 06.04 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium) 23.04 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium) 18.05 Tour of Chongming Island World Cup (China) 03.08 Sparkassen Giro (Germany) 22.08 Open de Suède Vargarda TTT (Sweden) 24.08 Open de Suède Vargarda (Sweden) 30.08 GP de Plouay-Bretagne (France)
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.