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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly March 14, 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 14.03

Were you out in the strong winds this weekend? Lots of people were, and a few of them have the cuts and bruises to prove it. We’ve all ridden when we probably shouldn’t, and years ago I would have been out, probably laughing at the stupidness of it all. Nowadays I’ll stay indoors. I had club-mates riding the East Surrey Hardriders time trial, a classic season opener in Surrey. One changed out his deep-section wheels for something less fast but more suitable, the other hit the deck. Luckily he was blown onto the grass verge rather than the tarmac. Another rider in the same event had to climb over a fallen tree — impressive in cycling shoes and a skinsuit — before the event was abandoned on safety grounds. Apparently a few…

2 min.
deceuninck-quick step bolsters perfect classics record

Julian Alaphilippe played with his rivals as he rode to Strade Bianche victory on Saturday and kept his Deceuninck-Quick Step team’s perfect record in this year’s Classics. The team has now won four Classics with four different riders. Zdenek Stybar won at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Bob Jungels won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and young French prospect Florian Sénéchal won Le Samyn prior to the weekend. Even by the Classics powerhouse’s standards it’s been a particularly strong start. The closest the team has come in the last decade was in 2015 when it racked up victories at Kuurne and Strade Bianche and two second places at Le Samyn and Omloop. Frenchman Alaphilippe said the strength in depth of the squad, which entered the race’s decisive stages with Yves Lampaert and 2015 winner Zdenek Stybar alongside Alaphilippe in…

1 min.
van vleuten sends warning at strade bianche

Annemiek van Vleuten sent a warning to her Classics rivals last Saturday with a dominant solo win at Strade Bianche, the opening race of the Women’s WorldTour. The 36-year-old Mitchelton-Scott rider attacked what remained of the peloton on the final of eight gravel sectors, riding the closing 12km alone. Competing in her second race since breaking her knee at September’s Worlds road race, she even managed to hold off Dutch compatriot Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans), who won the Innsbruck race. Van Vleuten won last year’s WorldTour individual classification off the back of a solid spring and a stellar summer, stages and the Giro Rosa overall, La Course, Boels Ladies Tour and a second consecutive time trial world title. Returning to the top of the sport after a series of fallow years, the last…

2 min.
inaugural women’s tour of scotland route unveiled

The Women’s Tour of Scotland presented its three-stage route last week, but doubts remain about the quality of field the race can attract. All three stages start and finish in major towns or cities in central Scotland, but the final stage finishing in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park is a huge coup for the organisers. That day is unlikely to be a procession, with a short but hilly closing circuit. Approaching 140km, stage two is the longest, but the inclusion of Cleish Hill just 16km from the finish of the opening day could well cause early splits at the top of the general classification. However, a clash with the recently confirmed European Championships, to be held in the Netherlands, could prevent many of the Continent’s top riders being in Scotland on August 9. Early this year…

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kelly catlin dies aged 23

Three-time team pursuit world champion and Olympic silver medallist Kelly Catlin has died aged 23, USA Cycling has confirmed. Catlin died on Friday at her California home. Mark, Catlin’s father, said in a letter to US magazine Velonews, that she had taken her own life. The American competed for Rally UHC Cycling on the road but was also studying for a graduate degree at Stanford University. Kelly’s father told the Washington Post that he felt a concussion sustained in a crash in December had contributed to Catlin’s death. He told the US paper: “After her concussion, she started embracing nihilism. Life was meaningless. There was no purpose. This was a person with depression.” He revealed she attempted suicide for the first time in January. The paper reported Catlin suffered from light sensitivity and…

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the women who stare at bikes

A lot of the time I want to sit still and stare at the wall. Not any one particular wall; I don’t have a series of black market fine art pieces hung in my basement, or the script to an episode of The Simpsons written in its entirety across my dining room. It doesn’t have to be a wall either — I’ll sit in the car and stare at my steering wheel or sit in the garage and stare at my bike. Really I’ll stare at any inanimate object. It doesn’t know I’m staring and even if it does, according to Toy Story rules, it can’t do anything about it. This is an unproductive hobby. Of course I get my heaviest craving for wall-staring when the demand for productivity is at…