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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly March 21, 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 21.03

Keith Butler was the ultimate clubman. As a friend and club-mate of his, it was particularly upsetting to learn of his passing last week, and very hard to write his obituary (page 16). He achieved an enormous amount as a rider, and as founder of the Surrey League gave countless cyclists their first taste of racing — including me. But it’s his joy of club life that I’ll remember him for. He joined Norwood Paragon in 1953, his father was a life-long member and in time Keith’s three children all joined the club. He attended committee meetings, club races, social events, played in the club’s darts team, and more. All this while he was busy with the Surrey League. His commitment to the sport was unwavering. He was a proud member of the Paragon,…

2 min.
bernal’s paris-nice win caps bumper week for sky

Egan Bernal’s Paris-Nice win on Sunday topped off a week for Team Sky which seemed to point to a bright future for the British squad. Last week sources close to the team confirmed to Cycling Weekly that a deal with British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe to sponsor Team Sky for 2020 and beyond is set to be announced very soon. Ratcliffe, who already backs a British sailing team, will have his chemical company, Ineos, as title sponsor. With the team’s financial future secure, Bernal, who has a five-year contract, showed its sporting future is also bright. In becoming the youngest winner of Paris-Nice since the 21-year-old Stephen Roche claimed the title in 1981, he once again displayed the multi-faceted talents that have already led to him being anointed as the next great Grand…

1 min.
rowe ‘better than ever’ ahead of classics

Vital to Team Sky’s success at Paris-Nice, where he coached race winner Egan Bernal through the mayhem caused by the crosswinds that hit the race over its first three days, Luke Rowe came out of the Race to the Sun with his form good, confidence high and determined to put two years of setbacks in the Classics behind him. “For one reason or another over the last two years things haven’t gone my way,” Rowe told Cycling Weekly in Nice. “I’ve finished Paris-Roubaix in an ambulance the last two years, but this year I’m confident and think my form is better than ever.” The Welshman believes that the one ingredient that he has been missing in the Classics is a bit of good fortune, and hopes he will find that at Milan-San…

2 min.
national champ gets off to winning start

Reigning national road race champion Connor Swift made a perfect start to his 2019 domestic campaign, sprinting to a clear victory in the Betty Pharoah Memorial Legstretchers road race in South Wales on Sunday. The 23-year-old from near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was one of five Madison-Genesis riders in the race who — with a few notable exceptions — were largely competing against rival outfit Canyon-dhb p/b Bloor Homes. When the first major break of the day went clear on the first of four laps there was just one Madison-Genesis rider present in Joey Walker. So Swift made his move on the second lap along with several other riders, and soon joined the leaders to give his team-mate support. But gusting winds and a larger group slowed the pace, which caused another split as…

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josie shepherd, 18

Multum Accountants Cycling Team, Belgium What’s your background? I stated cycling aged 12 and joined my local club, Dorking CC. I then got a coach, started entering youth races and coming to Belgium for weekend trips and I was hooked. Why Belgium? It’s such a good place. I’ve been coming for two years and I like the fact that you can race against people the same age as you, and there’s always a good size field. What type of rider are you? I’m an all-rounder. I did well in breakaways when in I was in Belgium last year. I’m not much of a sprinter but sometimes I can be in the right position and I do OK. Season aims? I want to see what I can do. I’ll get more confident the more races I do and I can…

2 min.
hitting manchester for six

This weekend is Six Day Manchester. The name is misleading, it’s actually three days of racing from March 22-24, but the plan is to pack the action of six days into those three. It will be the first time Kirsten Wild and Laura Kenny have raced against each other since Laura’s return, so if I wasn’t also swinging my leg over a bike to try and win some races myself, I would definitely be buying a ticket to watch. I suppose I’ll have a front row seat, paid for by offering up my legs for the slaughter. A bargain. The subtext to the racing is that we’re three weeks on the other side of a Track Worlds and so no one can really win or lose because the big fight has already…