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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly March 7, 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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start line 07.03

There’s nothing quite like discovering a beautiful new road when out on your bike. And this week we’ve got three that I hope will be new to many of you. Tucked away in North Wales, they’re dead-end roads with no traffic and stunning views that take you to lakes high up in the mountains of Snowdonia. One of them isn’t new for me. The climb of Marchlyn Mawr is one that I used to ride when I was at university in North Wales. Living up there during academic terms meant that for 90 per cent of the time the weather was too miserable to be able to ride it, but when the sun shone it was pure joy. We’d ride to Deiniolin, near Llanberis, climb a gate and start climbing. This was pre-Strava,…

2 min.
great britain playing catch-up in gearing arms race

Great Britain won four medals at the Track Cycling World Championships in Poland last week, meaning they hit the modest UK Sport medal target. But they are now chasing the Netherlands and Australia all the way to Tokyo. Times in many of the events are getting faster as gear sizes get significantly bigger across sprint and endurance disciplines. Sprinters are now racing on massive 140-inch gears. “They’ve increased hugely in a very short period of time. In every event they’re considerably higher,” Britain’s endurance coach Iain Dyer said. “The female sprinters are racing on gears that Chris Hoy wouldn’t have ridden a kierin on in London.” The increases in speed and gear size of the team pursuit has moved the event more into the realms of sprint riders. Australia set a new…

1 min.
barker strikes gold

Elinor Barker was Britain’s only gold medallist in Poland, winning the women’s scratch race with a perfectly timed effort in the final two laps. The effort saw her overhaul the Netherland’s Kirsten Wild, who has dominated women’s bunch events in the last two championships. A tearful Barker admitted she had all but quit the sport six months ago. “I’d kind of fallen out of love with it so just to get here felt like such an achievement. “I fell out of love with it for a number of factors, but I’ve got it back now. I owe a huge amount to our new psychologist. He managed to keep me going and feeling at my best again.” Part of the team pursuit quartet that took silver behind Australia, Barker then came agonisingly close to…

2 min.
britain’s sprinters leave empty-handed

Britain’s sprinters left the Track Worlds without a medal for the second time in three years, and this year didn’t make a medal final in any of the eight events. The Dutch are currently dominating the men’s races while women’s sprinting is adjusting to Kristina Vogel’s absence. The eleven-time world champion was in Pruszkow commentating for a German television network. Despite the lack of medals, British Cycling’s head sprint coach Justin Grace says there is no panic in the camp. “It hasn’t been our best week, but there are no excuses,” he said. “We know we’ve got good riders and we know they’re in pretty good shape, but we haven’t executed very well this week.” “2018 was a tough year. With a late World Championships followed by the Commonwealth Games and then a…

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it’s not always smooth riding in the velodrome

Last week was the Track Cycling World Championships. I raced two events: the team pursuit and the omnium. In the team pursuit we (me, Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Eleanor Dickinson) were second to Australia. A silver medal, a wonderful thing! Just two tenths away from gold! Unfortunately, though, we were two seconds away from the ‘dress rehearsal’ efforts we’d done in training the week before (in worse conditions). What happened next was Laura withdrew from the omnium (with illness) and I was subbed in as the reserve. For some reason, I was not at all nervous. Which isn’t like me. On race day I usually start physically shaking at breakfast time, am ready to vomit that breakfast on entering the velodrome and feel so hot with nerves I want to…

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racing ahead

Tour of Rhodes (March 8-10) U23 development team Holdsworth-Zappi race the three stages in Greece, looking for experience alongside esteemed professionals. Bradley Wiggins finished third in 2001 when Fabian Cancellara took the victory. Dorpenomloop Rucphen (March 10) Canyon dhb-Bloor Homes are racing the flat one-day Dutch race. Despite its parcours, though, sprinters don’t always prove victorious: in 2018 Danish rider Mikkel Bjerg won via a breakaway. Dan McLay has twice finished second. Omloop van de Westhoek (March 10) Just the second running of the race, Dutchwoman Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb) finished 10 seconds ahead of the chasing peloton last year. Starting from the coast, the race completes six laps in Ichtegem, including a cobbled section. GP Industria & Artigianato (March 10) The Tuscan race always promises entertainment as a selection of the world’s strongest climbers battle for…