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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly December 6, 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 06.12

How many more milestones are there for British cyclists still to tick off? There have been so many in recent years that I’ve stopped trying to compare or rank them, and instead enjoy each one for what it is. Mine start in 2000, with Jason Queally’s kilo gold in Sydney. I still remember watching as rider after rider failed to beat his time. Unlike Chris Boardman’s gold in 1992, Queally’s felt like it was part of something bigger and therefore meant something more. Fast-forward to 2008 and the Beijing Olympics was so completely off the scale in terms of success it had to be ranked as the sport’s finest moment for British fans. But then 2012 rolled along. The first British winner of the Tour followed by two glorious weeks of gold-medal winning…

2 min.
why chris froome’s giro d’italia win was the best grand tour victory of 2018

Ranking yearly achievements can often be skewed through recency bias. Two British Grand Tour winners have come along since Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia victory, making it almost seem a lifetime ago that Froome completed the GT set in late May. However, the achievement of winning the Giro d’Italia was as much a testament to the mental strength to block out everything going on around him, as it was to his outstanding physical capabilities on the road from Israel to Italy. Whether Froome should have been racing in the first place can be debated all day, but the situation he was faced with by no means helped him and, as he now admits in these pages, hindered his hopes with constant media and fan scrutiny throughout the season leading up to the Giro…

3 min.
flying under the radar

From a British point of view, the focus of the 2008 Tour de France was on the emergence of a young Manxman that went by the name of Mark Cavendish. Four stage victories before departing the race early for the Beijing Olympics, had given cycling fans a glimpse of what was to come over the next decade. However, what was unbeknown to many fans was the debut of a rider that had yet to fully confirm his nationality, as Chris Froome started the first Grand Tour of his career under a Kenyan licence for the Barloworld squad. Australian rider Baden Cooke was Froome’s team-mate as he lined up in Brest on stage one. “He was pretty green, and probably carrying eight kilograms or more than his race weight that he rides at…

1 min.
chris froome’s cycling weekly tour diary – july 31 2008

I made it to Paris! It was a difficult Tour for everyone at Barloworld because of Moisés Dueñas’s positive dope test and the serious consequences it has had on the future of the team, but on a personal level I’m very pleased with my performance and with finishing 84th overall. I had some bad days when I was just trying to survive, but the good days made it all worthwhile and I’ll never forget riding up Alpe d’Huez just behind the leaders or riding onto the Champs-Elysées. Despite all the problems, we celebrated making it to Paris because we deserved it, and to be honest I’m optimistic about my future and that of the team. There’s some confusion about my nationality and I was still considered Kenyan by the Tour, but I’ve got…

5 min.
david kinjah

It might have been Team Sky that turned Chris Froome into a Grand Tour winner, but it was the Safari Simbas, a Kenyan training group, that built the foundations of his ability. Based near Nairobi, the Simbas is a charitable project that gets underprivileged Kenyan youngsters on to bikes; it is run by former pro and Kenyan national champion David Kinjah. Froome, who was born in Kenya, first rode with the group aged 12, having met Kinjah on a local charity ride. His mentor-to-be did not have high hopes. “We would see these white kids on bikes,” Kinjah tells CW, “and we never took them seriously because they were not any good as cyclists at all. They were the children of rich white people, settlers here in Kenya.” Though Froome was not…

1 min.
‘it’s not really my colour’

Welcoming schoolboy Chris Froome back to Kenya on one of his return visits, David Kinjah proffered a gift — but it wasn’t fully appreciated. “A friend of mine had found this second-hand yellow jersey at the market and bought it for 80 shillings [60p],” Kinjah says. “When Chris came back, I said, ‘We have this for you — this is the best yellow you can get in cycling.’” The significance was lost on young Froome, who knew nothing of the Tour de France, and wasn’t convinced that yellow was his colour. “He wore it a few times in training because he didn’t have much else, and also because he had a yellow mountain bike — we said the jersey would match his bike.”…