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Cycling Weekly November 8, 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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start line 08.11

During my time working for Cycling Weekly I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and work with some exceptional people. One such person was our associate web editor Nigel Wynn, who sadly passed away last week from a cancer-related illness. I still remember the first day I met him. In fact, I remember the very moment as no sooner had I been introduced than I spilt his fresh cup of coffee all over the floor. Typical of Nigel, he said it was a stupid place to leave a hot drink and refused to let me buy him another. Nigel started working on the magazine in 2003 as deputy editor before moving into his role on our website, on which he continued to work until his health deteriorated. A good editor and quite brilliant sub…

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how drops found themselves in fight for survival

British women’s professional cycling was dealt another blow last week after Drops revealed they were turning to crowdfunding after a new sponsor had pulled out. Team management had been in negotiations with the unnamed new backer since May, after being informed by Trek, this year’s co-title sponsor, that it would be withdrawing its backing to form its own team. However, as the UCI deadline for registration approached, the potential partner began stalling, finally withdrawing at the end of October, despite a previously signed letter of intent. “When it became apparent that we didn’t have a deal it was heartbreaking,” Drops’s co-owner Bob Varney told CW. “We’ve got a 12-rider roster and more points at the beginning of the season than we had in any of the previous three years. “We were planning the December…

1 min.
my view

SWpix.com OWEN ROGERS CW news writer The prospect of there being no British teams competing in the women’s international peloton is one which should worry us all. While much of the country’s recent success in the women’s sport has come from riders competing on foreign teams, squads like Drops have provided both development opportunities and riders to the national team. Alice Barnes is a Drops graduate, even winning international races with the team. This year she has continued that success and, with her sister Hannah was part of the Canyon-SRAM squad which won the team time trial World Championships in September. Though the country’s top ranked team, Wiggle-High5 have not always been the best for Brits. None of their international victories have come from British riders, and it took Dani Rowe to move to WaowDeals to…

2 min.
pidcock recovers from ‘chopper mistake’ to win euros

Rising British star Tom Pidcock has said it was a “chopper mistake” that cost him in the early part of the cyclo-cross season as he celebrated a return to winning ways at the European Championships at the weekend. Pidcock had yet to win a race this season at the beginning of the weekend but he put together a near flawless race to take the title with reigning under-23 world champion Eli Iserbyt in second. “I had a brilliant start, I don’t normally start very well, but after a lap I was second then I was out on my own,” Pidcock told CW. The Leeds-born rider said that he had also felt he was returning to form at the third round of the Superprestige the previous weekend but that a bad start had…

2 min.
cycling is like public speaking — timing is everything

Sometimes when I’m listening to a podcast I think wow, this is fantastic, I wish I ran a podcast. Sometimes when I’m listening to race commentary I think wow, this is terrible, I wish I was the one doing commentary. And then sometimes I’m asked a simple question and my arrogant desire to have the world hear me speak, arrogance that looked like a tiger when I saw its reflected shadow but is revealed as a sloth on all fours when it steps into the light, collapses into “um”s and “ehm”s and “well”s. I had such an experience at the Sunday Times Sportswomen Of The Year awards last weekend. I may have set myself up to fail by panicking so much beforehand, but I’m struck with panic before every bike race…

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racing ahead

DVV Verzekeringen trofee - Jaarmarktcross (November 10) British rider Nikki Brammeier won the women’s race last year, with Toon Aerts taking the men’s title for the second successive year. Aerts is in excellent form and will be targeting a hat-trick. Held in Niel, Belgium, it’s the second round of the eight-race series, with the first being Koppenbergcross last week (which Aerts also won). It is the 28th year the series has been running; Sven Nys has won the most titles, with a total of nine. Telenet Superprestige Gavere (November 11) Sanne Cant is aiming to make it four wins in as many rounds in the series; the Corendon-Circus rider looking to get back to winning ways after finishing fourth at the European Championships. Wout van Aert has won two of the series’s races…