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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly December 20, 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 20.12

Last week we hosted our first ever Cycling Weekly Awards night, where we announced our riders of the year. For the last 10 years we’ve had a single countdown of riders, with past winners including Sirs Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley. But this year, with the help of our sponsor Garmin, we went bigger and better with separate awards for the best male and female riders, a rising star, domestic rider and more. We also recognised the great and good from the grass roots, naming Britain’s best club and a local hero, along with the best charitable initiative. It was also a real thrill to award our first ever lifetime achievement award to the one and only Brian Robinson. The standing ovation he…

2 min.
huub-wattbike wow at world cup

Huub-Wattbike brought their World Cup campaign to an end with a visit to the top step of the podium in London last Friday. Winning World Cup team pursuit gold in the Olympic velodrome was their main aim this winter and they clinched it by accelerating to a 3.57 ride in the final to beat Belgium. The quartet thrilled the opening night’s crowd by leaving it late. Belgium had lead at all but one split right up until the final 500 metres, but the amateurs from Derby, who live together in student accommodation and run their own programme, fought back in the final two laps. The team can’t afford to travel to the final two rounds in Hong Kong and New Zealand so will turn their focus to world record attempts at altitude…

1 min.
young riders shine in london

SWpix.com British Cycling showed once again that the future is in safe hands at the London Track World Cup, with young riders having a hand in five of Great Britain’s six medals. This included two golds, courtesy of the women’s team pursuiters with 20-year-old Ellie Dickinson, and a dominant performance by Matt Walls in the omnium that saw him finish eight points ahead of Mexico’s Ignacio Prado Juarez, with Elia Viviani in third place. Twenty-one-year-old Joe Truman also helped GB to team sprint silver, while Fred Wright, aged 19, paired with Walls to take another in the Madison. The men’s team pursuiters — averaging less than 19 years old — took bronze behind Belgium and winners Huub-Wattbike. The only medal not qualifying for a ‘youngsters’ tag was the gold of mid-20s Madison pairing…

2 min.
varnish case could run past january

Jess Varnish’s landmark legal case against British Cycling could rumble on past the judgement in January, Cycling Weekly can reveal. Following a week of hearings at the Manchester employment tribunal last week, a judgement on whether Varnish was effectively an employee of British Cycling or UK Sport, and therefore subject to a raft of employment protections, is due in mid-January. However, Varnish’s lawyer Simon Fenton, partner at Constantine Law, has told CW that the case could well go on beyond that. When asked if he felt both sides would have the appetite to appeal if the decision went against them, he said: “Yes, I think so. Of course, whether you appeal will be dependent on the decision and what it says. And the judge made it very clear that she was intensely…

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yates and dumoulin target giro

Vuelta a España winner Simon Yates will return to the Giro d’Italia in 2019, aiming to put memories of this year’s race behind him and “finish the job off”. The 26-year-old spent a full 13 days in the pink jersey, putting in a succession of dominant performances. However, after entering stage 18 with a 28-second lead over Tom Dumoulin, when Chris Froome put in a momentous attack to win the following day, Yates dropped back and lost 38 minutes. Since then, the Mitchelton-Scott rider from Bury has gone on to claim victory of the Vuelta, and fully intends to carry the lessons learned into the Italian race in 2019. “The Giro is a race I have great memories of from this year but it was one which also left a bitter taste in…

2 min.
totting up my top top-threes

I love making lists of my favourite things. Normal things that everyone makes lists about: favourite films, favourite albums, favourite desserts. But also lists of my favourite bike race things because in a pie chart displaying the different aspects of my identity, 80 per cent is cycling, 10 per cent is my favourite cakes list, and the remaining 10 per cent is just labelled ‘miscellaneous’. I have my top-three favourite last laps in a team pursuit race (my first World Championships in 2014, the Rio Olympic final, and, new edition, Berlin World Cup last month), my top-three tried-so-hard-my-soul-left-my-body moments (an individual pursuit I did in 2013 to make Team Scotland selection for my first Commonwealth Games, the Rio Olympic final, the last lap of the 2017 World Champs omnium) and my…