Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly August 29, 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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1 min.
start line 29.08

Hands up all of you who have at one point or another become too obsessed with your riding? It definitely happened to me, when I was young and full of dreams of winning the Tour de France. If anything got in the way of my training and racing I could sulk for England. I remember once getting over one bug or illness only to immediately get ill again. I barely spoke to my parents for a day or two I was so upset. Of course now I’m older and wiser, with countless other responsibilities, I think I’d never be like that again. Then I set myself a little target to get fit for and I suddenly catch myself slipping back into those old habits of putting my training and diet before everyday…

2 min.
tour de l’avenir crashes dent gb’s rainbow hopes

The loss of Tom Pidcock and Ethan Hayter to crashes at the Tour de l’Avenir last week was described as a “significant blow” to Great Britain’s U23 Worlds hopes by coach Keith Lambert. But he cautioned against pessimism and said that even Hayter, who broke his collarbone on stage four of the French U23 race could potentially comeback for the race in Yorkshire. Pidcock crashed out on stage six while wearing the green points jersey, falling at speed on a wet corner and suffering a severe cut to his knee, a hairline crack in his pelvis and facial cuts and bruises. He will be off the bike for at least eight days. “We were probably the strongest under-23 team in the world,” said Lambert. “We’ve still got a strong team but if those two…

1 min.
wiggins-le col team to stop this winter

The Wiggins Le-Col team will not continue into the 2020 season, ending one of the country’s most successful development pathways to the WorldTour. After five years in the peloton, the British team run by Trinity Sports has successfully moved several riders on to bigger teams, having ridden a European-based programme as well as the bigger domestic races. The team was originally set up as a vehicle for Sir Bradley Wiggins’s run-in to the Rio Olympics after he left Team Sky. Following his retirement it changed into being a team for developing young British talent. Its graduates include Owain Doull, James Knox, Chris Lawless, Scott Davies and this year Gabrial Cullaigh and Mark Donovan. “It’s a pity because obviously that’s such a good pathway in, an easy way for the young British talent…

2 min.
gc battle starts early at la vuetla

The General Classification riders came out all guns blazing at the Vuelta’s opening weekend, with a stage win for Nairo Quintana and the leader’s red jersey on the shoulders of Irishman Nicolas Roche. Quintana, who is famously slow to hit his peak at each Tour de France, took stage two in to Calpe. The Movistar rider was part of a six-man move that went clear over the second-category climb of Alto de Puig Llorença on the run-in to the finish. Quintana hit out with three kilometres to go to the finish in Calpe, just north of Benidorm. Irishman Roche led Primož Roglič, Rigoberto Uran and Fabio Aru over the line five seconds back as time gaps opened up further down. Most other favourites were in a small group 37 seconds back, with…

1 min.
dominant teams curb enjoyment of cycling, uci survey reveals

A Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) commissioned survey has shown that budget gaps between teams and squads with a high concentration of quality riders have a negative impact upon fans’ enjoyment of the sport. The survey completed by 22,364 fans from 134 countries found 84 percent said they thought road racing was interesting to watch. However, half agreed with the statement “the outcome of road cycling events is predictable”. Deeper questioning showed that for most, the dominance of a few rich teams was having a negative impact upon their viewing pleasure. Asked what factors limit their enjoyment, 76 percent said that the difference in budgets between “the best and the rest” was a factor and 71 percent pointed to a high concentration of the best riders being in the same team. The UCI has considered slapping…

2 min.
educating katie

Age 12, watching the 2006 Tour de France, my father explained blood doping to me. It’s an unfortunate part of the sport’s history that most of us know about but that, at that age, I did not. Here was an opportunity for my dad to talk about the morals and values we all buy into when we enjoy sport. Here was also an opportunity to explain a biological process. He could have done both, but never one to speak too emotively, he only explained the latter and how you could greatly increase your blood’s oxygen carrying capacity. Now, I don’t mean to fault my poor dad (though I definitely can on a wide range of topics if you are interested) because he no doubt believed I was a smart kid who…