Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly February 14, 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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1 min.
start line 14.02

Unsurprisingly, last week’s feature on the 40 most important cyclists of all time drew quite a reaction. That is, after all, part of the fun of these things. As I said last week, we struggled to agree in the CW office, so didn’t expect anyone to say we got the whole list spot on. Here’s a couple of responses. Nigel Thurling wrote: “Eddy Merckx only 20th?! Really? Great magazine (usually!)” I’ll take that last bit as a tongue-in-cheek comment. David Ludgate said: “As I turned the pages towards the last few I was pleased that Miguel Indurain was going to be where he deserved: in the top three. But not to be included in the top 40! How can that be right under any rules?” Indurain was a hero to many (myself included,…

2 min.
thomas returns to racing in valencia

Team Sky professed to be pleased with Geraint Thomas’s progression towards his peak in July at the Tour de France after a low-key return to racing at the Tour of Valencia following a long break. Thomas hadn’t raced since the Tour of Britain last September and tumbled out of contention for overall glory in the mountains of Valencia, finishing in 44th place. But Rod Ellingworth, performance director at Team Sky, said the team knew he “wasn’t on form to win the race”. He added that Thomas “wanted to give the prologue a crack” and ended up 13th, just 20 seconds down. He added: “He was really active and wanted to work hard during the week. I don’t think G was in the right shape to win the race but we were pretty happy…

1 min.
sky’s renaissance man swift eyes san remo

Team Sky recruit Ben Swift will turn his attention to Milan-San Remo, following a promising performance at his first race of the season, Spain’s Tour of Valencia. The 31-year-old Yorkshireman said rejoining the British team at which he spent seven seasons from its inception to 2016 had given him a new lease of life. “I’ve got a lot of morale and motivation back again,” Swift said, following his third and seventh sprint finish placings on stage two and three respectively. “Yesterday I didn’t even have to look away from some of my team-mates — I just looked at their back wheel, and that’s all you have to do, you just have so much confidence in the guys around you.” He was feeling good after a solid winter of training and running at around…

2 min.
canyon-dhb get season off to winning start

Jacob Vaughan made a perfect start to life as a Canyon-dhb-Bloor Homes rider, winning Sunday’s Perfs Pedal Race in Hampshire after a strong performance from his new team. The 19-year-old crossed the line 14 seconds ahead of Damien Clayton (Andy Moore Autocentres), while last year’s winner Alex Paton took third after helping his Canyon team-mate Vaughan take the win. Second in the 2017 Perfs Pedal Race while a junior, talented Vaughan looked strong and was towards the front of the race for much of the 46 miles, split over five laps of the Portsdown circuit, before a five-kilometre finishing dash to the summit of Lodge Hill near Southwick. It was on the second lap that the Canyon-dhb-Bloor Homes team joined forces with a few other riders and managed to force a gap, and…

2 min.
barker proves toughest of the hardriders in cambridgeshire

Runner-up last year after going off course, Felix Barker made no such mistake this time as he powered to victory in the Ely and District CC hardriders’ 25.2-mile time trial in Cambridgeshire on Sunday. The 24-year-old was fastest by three seconds with his time of 56.25, impressive given the cold and wet conditions which greeted the riders in Little Downham. “It’s a local event for me and has a legendary status” “It’s good to get the win again,” said Cambridge-based Barker, who was a member of last year’s winning trio at the National Team Time Trial Championship. “I took a wrong turn at a roundabout after about 10 miles last year, but thankfully I didn’t make the same mistake this time and had a trouble-free ride.” “It’s a very challenging course with lots of…

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glasgow to host combined cycling worlds

Glasgow will host the first ever combined cycling World Championships in 2023, the UCI has announced. Held every four years, the UCI Cycling World Championships will bring together road, track, mountain biking, downhill, trials, indoor cycling, Gran Fondo and para-cycling titles in one two-week event in August. UCI president David Lappartient said: “The creation and the implementation of this event was one of the commitments I made during my campaign for UCI presidency and I am proud to have fulfilled it. “Glasgow and Scotland have a great deal of experience in the organisation of major sporting events, notably multi-sports, such as the first edition of the European Sports Championships that it organised in 2018.” Glasgow and Scotland host annual rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and have held the 2007 Mountain Bike…