Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 22, 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

We all have moments from our cycling lives that we look back upon and inwardly cringe. Mine are from my first year or so — I guess that’s not surprising. There’s a broad base of cycling knowledge we all have to assimilate and some can be quite personal. Hence our fitness feature this week discussing issues that often go unsaid. Because no one turns up to their first club run and says, “How do I avoid saddle sores?!” When I was a newbie I spent the first six months dry shaving my legs. I don’t remember cutting them to shreds but I must have done. I was a student and maybe there wasn’t enough hot water to go round to do them in the shower, so I’d warm the room up and…

2 min.
huub-wattbike sign pursuit world record holder

Huub-Wattbike have called in back-up from the USA for their pre-Christmas World Cup campaign, taking on individual pursuit world record holder Ashton Lambie for four weeks. Lambie, who set an IP time of 4:07.25 at Aguascalientes, Mexico, will join the team for the Berlin World Cup later this month, and the following round in London, before returning to the USA. “Ashton’s dad got chatting to a guy who works for Huub over in the States and mentioned that he was looking at team options,” said Huub rider Dan Bigham, “and that he was looking to do some fast rides. That came back to us.” The team had been looking around for a rider to replace Harry Tanfield, who has signed for WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin. “We dropped Ashton a message literally two weeks ago and…

2 min.
pidcock eyes elite-level success

Tom Pidcock is already focusing on success in the elite ranks as he racked up another under-23 level win at the weekend. Pidcock took the U23 World Cup lead in Tabor, Czech Republic, with a win, but it’s the next level of racing he has an eye on. “The World Cup is not one of the biggest aims, because the Worlds are the most important and I am focusing more on the Superprestige because there’s big prize money,” he said. “But it’s nice and it shows consistency to win championships and do well in the World Cup.” Pidcock was fourth in the Superprestige last weekend. He added he “should be winning” U23 races if he wants to compete at elite level soon. “In recent years the elite level has become an elite sport, whereas…

2 min.
chewing over the metaphorical fat

I just had a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan. Or, as you might know it, a DEXA scan. I actually had to Google that long version, and I’ve already forgotten what the big word beginning with ‘a’ was. A DEXA is a full body scan that tells you how fat you are. It also measures bone density, but I’m 24 years old and no one has ever said to me, “Damn girl, that’s a really robust hip you got yourself, I bet somebody could handle a fall,” and winked. Or the more hurtful, “You weak-boned cow, have you ever even heard of calcium?” So forgive me if I’m more emotionally attached to the bit where it says if I’m obese. Which is an actual bit. A summary report is automatically produced and…

1 min.
racing ahead

Ambiancecross (November 24) A new addition to the UCI calendar, the inaugural Belgian event attracts a stellar line-up, with all the top riders — Wout van Aert, Toon Aerts, Sanne Cant and Helen Wyman to name a few — appearing on the startline, each using the technical course as preparation for the World Cup meeting the day after. Cross World Cup Koksijde (November 25) Mathieu van der Poel is currently in phenomenal form, already totalling 11 wins for the season. He will, therefore, be the Belgian to beat in the sand in the men’s race. British hopes rest with Tom Pidcock, who has picked up form after struggling at the start of the season, recently winning both the U23 European Championships and the last World Cup round. The women’s field is slightly more…

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uci ignites sock-height debate

The UCI has reintroduced sock height rules for the 2019 season, leading to some criticism that the organisation hasn’t got its priorities straight and rather a lot of mockery. The sock rule, which has been in existence in less binding form for several years, forms part of a raft of changes for 2019 including a revamp of team time trials, a new world ranking system and now a maximum Fibula sock height. The sock rule states: “Socks and overshoes used in competition may not rise above the height defined by half the distance between the middle of the lateral malleolus and the middle of the fibula head.” It is part of the UCI’s desire to cut down on clothing being used for excessive aerodynamic gain. But the rule drew some criticism on social…