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)
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.