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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 29, 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 29.11

After 20 years working in the cycling industry, and a few more than that as a cyclist, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable. That was until I started looking at kids’ bikes. Definitely something I hadn’t paid much attention to. But my hand has been forced. My two-year-old is surrounded by cycling at home and naturally wants a bike. I’ve therefore been researching bikes where the words ‘carbon’ and ‘Di2’ are just meaningless sounds. On the recommendation of colleagues I’ve gone for a balance bike — I’ll let you know how it goes and I promise not to be a pushy parent. You’ll be glad to know she’s already started to embarrass me. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I fell off my bike a couple of months back. This…

2 min.
brammeier looks strong on way to world cup podium

Nikki Brammeier is hoping for continued bad weather in Europe over the coming months after bagging her first World Cup podium of the season in Koksijde on Sunday. Brammeier was leading at the end of the first of five laps through the sandy course in Belgium and was only narrowly beaten into second by Dutchwoman Denise Betsema, who took off from the highly select front group on the fifth and final lap. Former British champion Brammeier had looked strong throughout the tough and technical race, often being the rider to close gaps and shut down attacks, including one by world champion Sanne Cant. Brammeier said: “I’m super happy. It was my first target race of the season and the races this year have been super fast, more like criteriums, and Koksijde is really…

1 min.
cautious optimism for drops’s future

With the UCI’s deadline for team registration now passed, at the time of going to press British women’s team Drops was yet to resolve the funding problems that threatened its existence. However, with negotiations ongoing, team manager Bob Varney remained optimistic that the squad would continue in 2019. “It is highly likely the team will continue in some form or other,” Varney said. “We have ongoing dialogues that we would describe as meaningful. One is a UK company that reached out when they saw our predicament on social media and the other is a non-UK company that wants to increase their profile in Western Europe.” Drops lost Trek as a title sponsor in May and Varney has been in a race to find new funding since a new backer withdrew at the…

2 min.
not always leading the pack

At age 19 I was accepted onto the British Cycling Academy and moved to Manchester. It was November of 2013 and though in my mind I’d been knocking on the door of greatness for the past year and a bit, to British Cycling I’d come as a bit of a surprise. Like an unexpected baby but to a couple that’s already settled with kids and fully equipped to deal with another. Sure, we haven’t painted your room yellow or brought the crib down from the attic, but purple is a fine shade, the crib will take two minutes to put together, and so we’ll just have to make room and love you nonetheless. So Mama UK Sport and Papa British Cycling made space, and two months after the ‘official’ Academy…

1 min.
racing ahead

Track World Cup round three (November 30-December 2) Trade team Huub-Wattbike will be aiming to cause further upsets in Berlin. America’s Ashton Lambie, the individual pursuit world record holder, debuts for the British team pursuiters. They finished second in Canada recently, bettering the result of the British Cycling quartet. Eighteen riders will be donning GB colours this time around; Jason and Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald and Ed Clancy are the standout names. Lampiris Zilvermeercross (December 2) The world’s best cross riders will once again take to the start line of a race in Belgium, and this one has a lengthy stretch of sand. Lucinda Brand negotiated the course best last year, winning the women’s race, while fellow Dutch rider David van der Poel was the fastest male. Although Wout van Aert is finding…

2 min.
swift carbon pro cycling enter british continental ranks

“I want to give young riders a platform to get in the spotlight” Swift Carbon Pro Cycling are the latest domestic team to take the step up to UCI Continental level for the 2019 season, joining Ribble Pro Cycling in making the leap. Paul Lamb, team manager for the Yorkshire outfit, which is a reconstituted version of KTM from 2018, revealed that stepping up in 2019 was always part of the team’s plan. “We were looking for a sponsor and we met Swift Carbon at the Cycle Show in September, as they wanted to market their bikes in the UK, and we discussed a collaboration — it was perfect timing,” Lamb said. The partnership with the Portuguese bike firm, which previously sponsored domestic team NFTO, has coincided with the British scene being rocked by…