Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly September 26, 2019

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1 min.
start line 26.09

What did you make of the mixed relay team time trial in Harrogate last weekend? The event, first tested at the European Champs last month, is the UCI’s experiment with mixed-gender racing. Did it work? The jury might still be out on that. With only 11 teams competing you wonder if the format has the support of enough nations, but the race did have its merits — turn to page six for our analysis. Cycling, like many other sports, is under pressure to introduce mixed-gender events on its calendar and is already behind swimming, athletics, triathlon and table tennis, which will all host mixed events at the Tokyo Olympics. For some, the introduction of the event was overshadowed by the hilarious sight of a UCI commissaire measuring riders’ sock lengths as they…

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britain takes bronze as dutch win inaugural relay ttt

The World Championships got under way with a degree of scepticism hanging over the UCI’s new mixed team time trial event, which saw national teams of three men and three women racing in a two-lap relay over a 14-kilometre course in Harrogate. However, the new format proved intriguing and ultimately exciting as the pre-race favourites the Netherlands claimed the world title, beating Germany into second place, while Britain edged out Italy to take the bronze to the delight of the large, rain-dampened crowd in Harrogate. Eleven teams lined up, with British six John Archibald, Dan Bigham, Harry Tanfield, Lauren Dolan, Anna Henderson and Jos Lowden well aware that they would have to have an almost flawless ride to get among the medals. “We knew we could be fourth because the teams from Italy,…

1 min.
my view

News writer Over the course of Sunday afternoon, my impression of the UCI’s event evolved from confusion to fascination. Initially, I was bemused because the term relay suggested a race where the first sets of male riders would race to a point where they would ‘hand over’ to the second set of female riders, as would be the case on an athletics track. Yet the finish line and start ramp were a few hundred metres apart. This might not have mattered too much for those watching on TV, where a split screen could provide the relay effect, but on the roadside it was a little bewildering. “IF YOU CAN MAKE TIME TRIALS FUN, WHY NOT?” That quibble aside, the format worked extremely well, delivering a contest in which fortunes fluctuated far more than…

2 min.
backstedt claims second tt bronze

Britain’s Elynor Backstedt came through the fear and pressure of being pre-race favourite to take a bronze medal in the World Junior Women’s Time Trial Championship for the second successive year. Last off and in her last year as a junior, the Welsh rider felt that she had produced her best on a tricky course that was made even more difficult by rain. She finished 11 seconds behind Russia’s new world champion Aigul Gareeva, with Shirin van Anrooij of the Netherlands in second. “It feels incredible to get a bronze medal with everyone cheering me on,” said Backstedt. “Being the last person off was pretty scary but the crowds kept me going all the way around.” Having done all of her reconnaissance of the 14-kilometre course in dry conditions, Backstedt found it a…

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sarah storey: yorkshire provided a blueprint for para-cycling worldwide

The Yorkshire Para-cycling International that filled the first day of the road World Championships in Harrogate received effusive praise from competitors both for the size of the crowds that were at the roadside and for the event’s organisation. “It will hopefully be a bit of a blueprint for the way para-cycling could be run worldwide,” Dame Sarah Storey told Cycling Weekly after she had taken a solo victory in the C4-5 women’s race. “The crowds were superb and it was a really good course,” she explained. “We never get point-to-point races. I think the only other time I’ve done one in a para-cycling event was a hill-climb in the Tour of Bilbao. To have one here was great because it meant that there were different types of courses for the different categories.” “We…

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bjergfelt targeting tour de yorkshire ride as paralympic preparation

Victory in the men’s C5 event in Harrogate provided the perfect end to Will Bjergfelt’s road season, and the 40-year-old Briton will now turn his attention to the track and specifically January’s World Para-cycling Championships in Canada. But he admits he already has half an eye on next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo and hopes to be able to take part in next year’s Tour de Yorkshire as preparation. “I had goosebumps because the crowd were so loud today. I can’t wait to come back — hopefully for the Tour de Yorkshire next year,” the SwiftCarbon Pro rider told CW. “There are four or five of us at world level in my C5 category, all guys who ride on Continental road teams. These are para-cyclists who are racing at the top…