Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 31, 2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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 31.01

This week’s magazine features our last Ride With article, in which we head down to Kent to go out with the Rye and District Wheelers. Ride With has been running since early February 2015 — that’s four years of getting out and riding with you. Almost 200 clubs have welcomed us on their weekly club runs and we’ve had a great time exploring new routes across the country. Even those cold, wet days in the depth of winter when we probably would have otherwise stayed in bed were worth it. Our writers have been out with clubs from Devon to Orkney, from the furthest corner of Kent to Northern Ireland. We’ve been taken on many beautiful routes and enjoyed tea and cake at some of the country’s best cafes. One of the joys…

3 min.
john archibald stakes claim to worlds spot

Pursuiting sensation John Archibald looks set to go to the World Championships just 18 months after starting track riding, after setting the fastest individual pursuit time ever at sea level. Huub-Wattbike rider Archibald rode a 4.09.584 in qualifying at the British National Championships on Friday, knocking more than half a second off the previous fastest sea-level time of 4:10.177, which he set in Switzerland last month. He now looks set to ride the event at the Worlds. “I’ve applied, I’ve gone through their guest programme selection, they’ll review that to see if I meet that criteria. I’d hope so as their aim is that they want to win medals and so if they look at my times they can see I can do that,” he said. British Cycling performance director Stephen Park said…

2 min.
reade & williamson’s return bolsters sprinting squad

The long-awaited return to competition of track sprinter Vicky Williamson from serious injury and Shanaze Reade unexpected return from retirement has boosted the British women’s sprint squad 18 months out from the Tokyo Olympics. Williamson has been recovering from a horrific crash in 2016 that left her unsure if she would walk again, let alone ride a bike. At the weekend she rode in the Hong Kong Track World Cup, where an error left her and Katy Marchant 14th in the team sprint, before flying to Manchester for the National Championships less than 48 hours later. “I just figured: what have I got to lose?” she said of her hectic weekend timetable. “Anything from now on is a bonus.” Williamson and partner Lusia Steele placed third at the Nationals. When asked how she felt…

1 min.
the riders’ report cards

Joe Truman Claimed quite a scalp in the sprint, beating Jason Kenny in the gold medal match in two straight rides. Jason Kenny Despite finishing second best in the sprint and having to race the repêchage in the keirin after thinking he’d won his heat at the bell, he recovered to win the keirin title. He also wrapped up the team sprint title. Laura Kenny A cool, calm and collected Kenny bided her time until just the right moment in the scratch race, hanging GB team-mate Katie Archibald out to dry. She wasn’t as successful in the points race though, where she finished off the podium. Matt Rotherham The sprinting stalwart claimed his first national kilo title since 2011, on top of beating para-cycling tandem records with partner Neil Fachie. Rhys Britton In a good weekend for riders from…

2 min.
zwift winner bibby celebrates with chicken dinner

Ian Bibby, the winner of the first ever professional Zwift race, has said the whole experience of winning a race alone in his lounge was “bizarre”. Madison-Genesis rider Bibby won the first round of the online Kiss Super League last Wednesday and the multiple international race winner on the road said it was quite different from winning a race outdoors. “It was really, really bizarre,” he said. “My wife watched it and got quite into it, she was shouting me on at the end but you cross the line and it goes quiet. Sure, you know you’ve got a bit of prize money for you and the team but then you’re sat on your bike in the front room,” he said. “Twenty minutes later I was sat having a chicken Kiev — it…

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para-cycling records tumble

Para-cycling world records were smashed on the boards of the Manchester velodrome on Sunday. Three new marks were set with the para-cycling tandem time trial duo of Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham recording a time of 59.278, while Paralympic champion Jody Cundy broke his own C4 flying 200m record with a mark of 10.485 and Jon-Allan Butterworth set a C5 world record of 10.673 in the same event. Cundy said it was “probably the most perfect 200m,” he’d ever done. He added: “My personal best is from about two years ago and I didn’t think I had any of that speed. We’ve been working on speed in training but it’s not come out. I came round and my coach looked at me like ‘what was that?’” The attention of all four riders will…