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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 1, 2018

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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1 min.
start line 01.11

What Huub-Wattbike are doing at the World Cups should not be underestimated. As Team KGF they won the team pursuit overall last winter; now after a fourth place in Paris and a second place in Canada last weekend they are once again looking good. That’s after the Derby-based team lost their ‘man one’ Charlie Tanfield, the hardest position to ride, and facing a six-round series spread around the world. World Cups have always been the domain of national teams — and the team pursuit the speciality for the well-funded ones. As Great Britain and Australia dominated the event it led to many proclaiming the competition was as good as finished as no one could ever match their funding, talent pool and therefore their speed. If a team pursuit squad has the funding,…

2 min.
feather rises to hill-climb challenge

He started in the wrong gear and had to battle through wind and hail, but Andrew Feather (BCR Racing) still broke the course record on his way to victory in the National Hill-Climb Championships on Pea Royd Lane in South Yorkshire on Sunday. The 33-year-old from Bath has covered hundreds of miles over the last four weeks, travelling to and from the north of England to prepare for the National Championships, and with 12 victories in 15 rides the former elite-level road racer has been the man in form this autumn. “When the hail came I just waited in the car instead of warming up,” Feather said of the crucial moments before his ride. “When I did get to the start I realised with about 15 seconds to go I was in…

1 min.
field & james go top at new trophy venue

Ian Field led virtually from start to finish as the Neon Velo CT rider took victory in round two of the National Trophy cyclo-cross series in Scotland. After a start-line mechanical left him to finish a disappointing seventh in the opening round at Derby three weeks before, Field enjoyed better luck at the Irvine Beach Park, a new venue for the series. He hit the front on lap one with new team-mate Yorben Van Tichelt for company, while the best of the rest were soon left chasing the minor placings. Van Tichelt attacked on the last lap, gapping Field as he bunny-hopped the hurdles. But the Brit didn’t give up, got back on his wheel and overtook him to cross the finish line a couple of seconds ahead. “It was good for the team…

2 min.
tour de france floats power meter ban

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme wants to ban power meters to introduce more “uncertainty” in races. The Frenchman reiterated his disdain for the technology while unveiling the 2019 Tour de France route in Paris on Thursday and was met with widespread applause from the assembled crowd. Speaking in front of current and retired professionals and others from the cycling world, Prudhomme said: “We assert our desire to see the end of power meters in races, which annihilate the glorious uncertainty of sport. So we’d like to get rid of those power meters.” The controversy over power meters has rumbled along for years, in part due to the Grand Tour dominance of Team Sky. Some, including Prudhomme, believe power meters have a negative impact on racing as riders measure their attacks and inexorably…

1 min.
my view

VERN PITT News editor Here we go again. Did you know the first cycling power meter was released to the public in 1989? And yet it was last week that the Tour de France organiser decided to rail against it. I can’t wait to see what he thinks of Nirvana’s Nevermind. Jokes aside, power meters didn’t ruin racing through the 1990s or the 2000s — though I concede they weren’t being used as widely. It’s only really been since 2010 and the formation of Team Sky and Froome’s fascination with his stem that power meters have been in the news again. And maybe, in those early years they were used to enable riders to lock down races and win on watts alone. But the secret is out now and I think you would be…

2 min.
kenny back on top

Following his break from the sport last year Jason Kenny seems to be getting back to something near his best, winning the keirin at last weekend’s World Cup track meeting in Milton, Canada. Not to be outdone, his wife Laura Kenny claimed two golds — one in the team pursuit alongside Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Eleanor Dickinson, and a second gold in the omnium. Kenny had quietly decided he would make Rio 2016, where he won golds in the team sprint, sprint and keirin, his final Olympic Games. But after becoming a father in 2017 and having most of the year away from competition, he equally quietly slipped back into it, returning to the boards at the Revolution Series in January. He’s had a low profile year, but his performance at…