2022 was a whirlwind year for Human Powered Health, in this, the first season at the top table of the sport, the Women’s WorldTour.
In this special gallery review, we look back on a huge year for the program through the lenses of those who have covered the team throughout the year.
Having begun the season in Spain, the squad was quickly into the thick of the action at the classics, laying the groundwork at Strade Bianche, Danilith Nokere Koerse, Exterioo Classic Brugge-De Panne, Gent-Wevelgem and Dwars Door Vlaanderen.
Then came the big ones, the monuments of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift – with the Amstel Gold Race and De Brabantse Pijl sandwiched in between – followed by the Ardennes doubleheader of La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes.
The highlight of Spring came at the cobbled beasts with Marit Raaijmakers racing as part of the front group up the iconic Koppenberg and Katie Clouse joining the early breakaway at the Hell of the North. Tough days in the saddle, but ones that will live long in the memory.
A month in the Med
In May the riders ditched the Pactimo jackets and Spring gear in favor of summer jerseys as they headed back to Spain to begin a stage race campaign. While Mieke Kröger embarked on a Grand Tour of her own, the athletes raced Emakumeen Nafarroako, Navarra Women’s Elite Classic and Itzulia Women, before concluding the block at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas.
One of the high points of the season, Nina Buijsman scored a Women’s WorldTour podium when she lunged for victory on stage 2 after evading the peloton, with a photo finish required to separate her from the rider on the top step.
Back to Blighty and Belgium
With the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift on the horizon, it was time to get even more stage racing in the legs at the UK-based Women’s Tour. Lily Williams may have called it a “bonkers” week but the team left their mark on British roads with Williams’s bid for glory on day two, Buijsman going for a good overall place and Kröger emptying the tank in a breakaway on the final stage… and who could forget the podium dog in Wales?
The German Olympic champion’s efforts got her back on track for the season ahead and she quickly displayed her TT prowess by finishing runner-up at both the Lotto Belgium Tour and Baloise Ladies Tour time trials.
After a bigger European campaign for the program than ever before it was time to return to the United States for the national championships in Knoxville, TN. The squad came away with a heap of medals in the under 23 races with Kaia Schmid adding bronze in the road race to her silver medal from the criterium, where teammate Katie Clouse finished third.
Prelude to history
La Grande Boucle
Then came the big one, Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, most likely one of the most important moments in women’s cycling history and Human Powered Health were there for every pedal stroke. From a Parisian départ and crunching gravel in the Champagne region, to Antri Christoforou’s courageous breakaway and a battle up the fierce walls of the Vosges, the Tour had it all. It was an event unlike any other, our very own Lily Williams even got a message of good luck from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
The next generation
Throughout the season, the squad has carried the Human Powered Health message at the forefront of their minds, competing on a world stage for something different.
In 2023, we will continue to empower people of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds to embrace healthier lifestyles. If you can see it, you can be it.