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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly June 13, 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 13.06

Many races have come and gone from the British racing calendar over the years, even in the relatively short period of time I’ve been pedalling along. Some are missed more than others. One of those is the Tour of the Peak, a one-day race that brought to a close the season-long Premier Calendar competition. Local lad Mark Lovatt was a legend of this event, winning it six years on the trot. I rode the event in 1999, when he won it for the second time. The race split early and I was — surprise, surprise — at the back and got pulled out. The story from someone who made the lead group that day was one that came back to me upon reading this week’s feature. The group went flat out for the…

2 min.
track champ claims win on the gravel

Former world Madison track champion Emily Nelson turned her attention to road racing with a victory in the Women’s CiCLE Classic in Leicestershire on Sunday. The Great Britain track rider used her speed to edge a tight sprint from a front group of 24 riders who came into Melton Mowbray to win the third round of the Women’s National Road Series. The race was shortened from 65 miles to 43 miles due to a crash in the opening seconds of the race which resulted in a lengthy stoppage and seven riders requiring hospital treatment. Wet weather made the dirt and gravel sectors more treacherous as the race stayed together for the majority of the distance despite some small attacks. Nelson took a slender win ahead of former CiCLE Classic winner and National Series leader…

1 min.
bialoblocki storms to national circuit champs win

Despite suffering from a virus in the week before, Marcin Białobłocki (Steele Davis Via Roma RT) powered to victory in the National Circuit Championship in Gloucestershire on Sunday. The 35-year-old from Bridgwater clocked 1:20.40 to take victory by more than three minutes from Phil Williams (Liverpool Phoenix CC) over the two-lap 39-mile course near Marshfield. “I was very pleased to win, and a bit surprised too because I’ve had a virus this week,” said Białobłocki. “With five minutes to go I still felt like I had something left in the tank.” The expected challenge from Dan Bigham and Chris Fennell didn’t materialise, with both being non-starters. Meanwhile, Kelly Murphy (Storey Racing) was crowned women’s winner, taking her first national title and securing the Sigma Sports Classic TT Series overall too. Twenty-nine-year-old Murphy retained her title…

2 min.
local bibby wins inaugural lancaster gp

Local knowledge proved crucial for Ian Bibby as the Lancashire lad won the inaugural Lancaster Grand Prix. The 32-year-old, from neighbouring Preston, proved too strong for his rivals as he led out the sprint from a small leading group and held on for victory after a gruelling 100 miles of racing. However, the race had looked to be heading in a different direction as a breakaway of John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling), Ed Bradbury (Memil Pro Cycling) and Cameron Jeffers (Saint Piran) built a lead of almost three minutes with 30 miles remaining. With Jeffers dropped from the leading group, time trial specialists Archibald and Bradbury made the chasers behind work hard to reduce the gap. However, with both leading domestic teams, Canyon-dhb-Bloor Homes and Madison-Genesis, missing the move they worked together and reeled…

1 min.
brecon burnett, 19

What’s your background? I was a decent footballer but when I got to 15 I wasn’t enjoying it anymore and after watching the Tour de France I decided to give cycling a go. I went down to Maindy Flyers in Cardiff, Alan Davis the coach was brilliant with me and since then I’ve not looked back. Why France? I wanted to race a lot this season and I was told by a lot of people that I would have more race days and learn more by being in Europe so that’s what I’ve done. My best offer was from VC Toucy and the team’s calendar is excellent. How’s the racing? I’ve learned who the strong riders and teams are, and my race preparation has definitely improved since being here. The races are really hard, though.…

2 min.
a mad dash for the madison

I’m in Italy with the gals at the moment racing a UCI Class 1 on the track. The men’s event is a six-day (Fiorenzuola 6 Giorni Delle Rose) and there’s women’s racing on five of the evenings. We decided we’d enter the final three evenings of racing: the points race, the omnium and the Madison. Then the night before we flew, a Kiwi rider messaged my team-mate Elinor Barker saying, “Haha, you can’t race in that,” referring to the skirt she was wearing in a photo. Turns out the programme had changed, we hadn’t heard, and the Madison qualification heats would now be taking place a few hours after we landed in Milan. Thank goodness for Instagram… Luckily, doing a warm-up before qualifications is for dweebs. It’s for the kind of…