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Cycling Weekly December 14, 2017

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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editor’s choice

The array of cycling kit on offer can be quite baffling. A new clothing company seems to pop up each week while the range of bikes across the disc/non-disc aero/climbing/ endurance variations can make it difficult to make sense of the ranges and how models compare.So we’ve simplified all of that for you, by picking the best. Everything in our Editor’s Choice selection has been tested during the year and has passed with flying colours. If you see it on the following pages, it has our seal of approval. The full selection is on our website.This week we’ve also had to select the big news stories of 2017 and the photos that stopped us in our tracks. For that second feature we started with well over 100 photos and had…

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in focus

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOWBen Tulett (right) and Lewis Askey of Great Britain jockey for an early corner at the Druivencross junior cyclo-cross at Overijse in Belgium. Tulett crossed the line alone for victory, 21 seconds ahead of Tom Lindner of Germany, in conditions he described as “treacherous”. Askey finished in a strong ninth place. Ben Tulett, younger brother of Junior Cross World Championship silver medallist Dan Tulett, recently signed for the Belgian IKO-Beobank cross team for next season. ■…

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porte spies ways to beat froome to tour title

Watching the Tour de France on TV gave Richie Porte an insight into the race and his main rival Chris Froome that should help him in his bid for Tour victory next year, the Australian said this week.A big crash on stage nine put Porte out of this year’s race with a fractured pelvis and collarbone. But the BMC rider, speaking at a training camp in Spain, said being relegated to the sofa wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.“It was probably good to see the Tour on TV from a different persepective,” said Porte, who is due to become a father in May. “When you’re there, you’re in a bubble and it’s really stressful. To be able to watch it with a bit less stress, you can see... Froomey had mechanicals…

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should we celebrate the fall in convictions for serious driving offences?

More cyclists are dying on the road than ever before (Photo: Cecilia Colussi Stock / Alamy Stock Photo)As cyclists we’re all acutely aware of how vulnerable on the road we are. So statistics released last month showing that there has been a marked downturn in the number of convictions for serious driving offences should be welcome news as they seem to indicate the streets are getting safer for vulnerable road users. But is that the case?What has happened?Figures released by the Department for Transport last month showed a 35 per cent drop in the number of motorists convicted of 28 different types of dangerous, careless, or drunken driving offences between 2011 and 2016. The annual number of convictions fell from 276,000 to 179,000 over the period.What’s bad about it?It depends…

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drops cycling eye women’s worldtour place

Drops Cycling have set their sights on securing a spot on the Women’s WorldTour after receiving a boost from the addition of Trek bikes as a co-title sponsor.There are currently no different divisions of teams in the women’s pro peloton but this is expected to be introduced by the UCI in 2019.Drops team director Bob Varney said the addition of Trek as a title sponsor gave the team, which ranked 17th in the world in 2017, the resources to target a spot in the top flight. “Going forward we want to get into the top 15 and stay there, that’s our plan because we want to be a WorldTour team. We are in a good place to make that step up by then, but only time will tell,” he said.The…

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weekly column katie archibald

(Picture: simon@swpix.com)“Even the time we spent avoiding ice at the top of Mount Tiede, staying in the middle of nowhere and not getting home until December 23, was fantastic”This week I’m on a training camp with my British Cycling team-mates in Portugal. It’s fantastic. Not Portugal per se, or even this particular camp; all camps, ever, are fantastic. Even the fortnight we spent avoiding ice at the top of Mount Tiede in 2014, riding stupid-long days, staying in the middle of nowhere and not getting home until December 23, was fantastic. I remember being very upset at losing 4kg and feeling sure I had spent two weeks getting slow (for I had spent two weeks going slow). I would not recommend such a camp and never plan to return myself.…