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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 17, 2019

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 17.01

This week’s big ride feature is all about a hill I know well — as will many (on and off-road) riders from London and the South-East. Leith Hill is the highest point in Surrey and offers an amazing variety of riding on and around it. And there really are eight different ways up. One of those is permanently etched into my memory. Keith Butler, of Surrey League fame, was known for his vicious hilltop finishes. In 1998 he finished day two of the Surrey League Easter three-day at the top of Leith Hill, taking us up the steep, narrow, twisty Tanhurst Lane. This came at the end of 80 miles in freezing rain. I remember being stuck in the wrong gear because my fingers were frozen solid and I couldn’t flick my…

2 min.
brammeier & pidcock pull on national champs jerseys

Nikki Brammeier secured her fourth National Women’s Cyclo-Cross Championship title while teenager Tom Pidcock cruised to a maiden victory in the men’s title race on Sunday. The women’s race soon developed into a two-horse race between Brammeier (Mudiiita) and U23 rider Anna Kay (Experza-Footlogix). But a jammed chain on lap five saw Kay forced to run to the pits for a bike change, and she lost an estimated 52 seconds in the process. Brammeier (pictured) capitalised on her rival’s bad luck, powering clear. “As soon as I heard about Anna I just had to commit,” said Brammeier. “I was holding back a bit because I knew it was a long race and I wanted to make my move a bit later but it just worked out. It’s unfortunate for Anna — she rode…

1 min.
the riders’ report cards

Corran Carrick-Anderson (Peebles CC) produced the shock of the day after taking gold in the under-16 boys’ category. The 15-year-old made the step up after taking the under-14 crown last year, and managed to find an extra gear on the last lap to overtake Finlay Pickering (Vive Le Velo), who had led for much of the race. “I took myself by surprise!” he said. “It’s amazing to win — I wasn’t expecting it. I’m really excited to wear those stripes into next season.” Helen Pattinson (Hargroves-Montezuma’s) captured the first race of the weekend in the women’s veterans race, despite a lack of sleep. “It’s great when you get three or four laps in and see your nearest competition on the other side of the course,” she said. “I knew I still had to go…

2 min.
a born-again bike rider

I was out on one of my worst rides of all time last week. Nothing disastrous happened. For the bulk of it I rolled along by myself listening to a podcast. Did you know that before trees existed the Earth was covered in mushrooms, some of them up to 24 feet high? I learned that during that ride. That isn’t what I was meant to be doing. I was meant to be riding in Zone 3. Not that taxing, not that grand an ask, not a session made for heroes. But I couldn’t do it. At various points I pulled over and stood by the side of the road, contemplating the fact that I simply wasn’t trying hard. I thought if I found the right song I’d also find my mojo.…

1 min.
racing ahead

Track World Cup New Zealand (Jan 18-20) The fifth round of the season heads to the Southern Hemisphere. Great Britain’s national team has performed superbly so far, Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson winning Madison gold in Berlin a particular highlight. With qualification points already in the bag for all events other than the women’s team sprint, only Lauren Bate and Katy Marchant will travel to New Zealand. New Zealand Cycle Classic (Jan 23-27) New Zealand’s premier stage race has seen British success in recent years, none more so than in 2018 when Ian Bibby won a stage, finished second overall, and his JLT-Condor team-mate Matt Gibson claimed stage three. There’s no British involvement in this year’s race, as Hayden McCormick attempts to defend his win. Cyclo-Cross World Cup Pont-Château (Jan 20) It promises to be…

3 min.
raft of british riders still hunting for contracts

A perfect storm of folding teams and contracting WorldTour squads has led to a number of quality British riders, including Jon Dibben and Scott Thwaites, still searching for contracts in January. Dibben, who rode for Sky last year, is understood to be considering a return to track racing — he was points race world champion in 2016 and has ridden six-day events over the winter — alongside several road options. Yorkshireman Scott Thwaites, who spent the last two seasons at Dimension Data, told the Yorkshire Post last year he was considering retiring from racing to pursue other opportunities but is now understood to be focused on landing a ride for 2019. “The budget in the Conti scene in the UK is probably less than it was” The other former WorldTour rider without a ride,…