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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 15, 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 15.11

When I worked in a bike shop I spent many happy hours sat in the mechanic’s (slightly grubby) workshop. I watched and asked questions while eating my lunch or hiding from customers. That was during my formative years in cycling, and I learnt a huge amount. Before that I was useless with anything mechanical. Once, to clean my chain, I split a link and submerged it in white spirit. I didn’t realise this would weaken the link and completely dry out the chain. And I didn’t know how to correctly loop it back through the jockey wheels either. So having put it back together I had to work out why I couldn’t get the rear wheel back in. I then had to break it again, weaken another link and thread it back through. But…

2 min.
norfolk to host national championships

Next year’s road National Championships will be staged in Norfolk, and for the first time you will have the chance to ride the route yourself. The introduction of a 100-mile closed road sportive to be run on the same day as the road races, on the same route, is a new initiative for British Cycling. Entry fees should also allow the governing body to offset at least some of the costs, which are likely to be substantial given the day-long road closures. The elite road races will take place on Sunday June 30, with the time trials on the preceding Thursday. Distances and routes are yet to be confirmed; they are, however, likely to be similar to those at this year’s championships in Northumbria. There the men raced 185km and the women…

1 min.
thomas’s yellow jersey sells for £3,200

Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France yellow jersey, signed by the man himself, was the highest grossing item at the Dave Rayner Fund charity auction in Leeds on Saturday night. The jersey, the star lot in an impressive line-up that included Chris Froome’s pink Giro d’Italia jersey, his red Vuelta a España jersey and Simon Yates’s red Vuelta leader’s jersey, was bought by endurance cyclist and training camp business owner James Golding for £3,200. In total the fund raised £27,000 on the night from an auction that also featured a signed green jersey from Peter Sagan, a signed world champion’s jersey from cyclo-cross star Tom Pidcock, luxury holidays and other memorabilia. Meanwhile, Stuart Balfour was awarded the fund’s rider of the year award after a season that included winning the prestigious under-23 edition of…

2 min.
troubled trek-drops sparks fears for women’s cycling

Despite recent successes, British women could struggle to compete at major championships should the struggling Trek-Drops team go to the wall. After the late withdrawal of a new sponsor, the Milton-Keynes based outfit is running out of time to meet the November 26 deadline for UCI registration. While team managers have told Cycling Weekly that they have had “several conversations” with potential backers, they “There did not describe these as positive, and they are yet to secure funding for the squad’s future as a UCI Women’s team. At the time of going to press, the team had attracted only five per cent of the required sum on its crowd-funding page. The future looks uncertain at best. In its three seasons the team has been a major force for exposing British women to top-level competition. “We’re…

2 min.
belgians beat the brits in crawley

Third spot was enough for Ian Field to extend his lead in the National Trophy series, as Belgian riders powered to first and second on a challenging course near Crawley, West Sussex, on Sunday. Marlux-Bingoal’s Thomas Joseph and Lander Loockx (Creafin-Tuv Sud) were with Field on the opening lap, but the Belgian pair soon broke away to contest the win. With heavy rain the previous day making for a muddy course, Joseph’s choice of intermediate tyres proved critical as conditions were not as slippery as many expected, with dry conditions for much of the second day of the event, organised by Crawley Wheelers. “I found the course really nice,” said Joseph. “There was space for overtaking everywhere, and also with all the mud out there it was fun and real cyclo-cross conditions.” Field added:…

2 min.
easing myself into the camp lifestyle

I’m on a rest day on a training camp. Which means that for 24 hours it’s not really a training camp at all but an odd holiday where we all wear the same clothes and talk about bikes all the time. It’s also pouring down with rain, which is quite satisfying. Portugal (I’m in Portugal) I expect has an allotted amount of rainfall, and every hour it spends raining while we’re sat inside surely reduces the odds of it raining when we go outside. Science. Rest days tend to lead to an overload of meetings as well. Every evening on camp we do a short video analysis meeting before dinner, but with the whole day before that free as well, we can fit in all sorts of meetings on a rest…