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Cycling Weekly October 3, 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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Last Friday I had the pleasure of spending a day with the Pidcock family as their undoubtedly talented elder son Tom attempted to claim the U23 rainbow jersey on home roads (see p18). It is easy to forget that when you watch a bike race there are around 200 riders in the peloton but there is more than double that number of people who have played a crucial role in getting them to that point. That’s something we all intuitively know but to see it up close really brings home the commitment required. Those people live it just as much as those on the bikes, and certainly in the case of the U23 British men’s squad, they all know each other, creating a huge web of support that stretches far beyond those…

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maximum yorkshire

Cycling fans are a pretty special bunch at the best of times but in a sodden Yorkshire they — you — came into their own. The relentlessness of the rain during Sunday’s men’s World Championship road race should have left only ducks spectating, but instead it was near impossible for latecomers to get a spot on the barriers. Even when the riders were on the other side of the 14km Harrogate circuit and within tempting distance of the coffee in Bettys Tea Rooms, there were fans roadside. Earlier in the week there was reason to doubt it would be like this. Under leaden skies young time triallists forded their way around the course; the juniors did their best to put on a show in their road races but the town maintained…

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pedersen last man standing in yorkshire

They crossed the finish line in dribs and drabs. Six and a half hours in Yorkshire’s finest, least hospitable rain had taken their toll on the riders of the men’s road race. Many looked like the reanimated corpses of bike riders, their skin sallow and eyes sunken; some had difficulty stringing a sentence together; all were shivering uncontrollably. The men’s World Championship road race is often an attritional one, but this edition left only one rider standing as each member of the peloton fell away kilometre by kilometre, some within sight of the line. Mads Pedersen, the Dane who had gone on the attack at 47km to go, found himself the only one able to push the pedals with any conviction in the race’s final moments. “The final lap, I was just…

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who is mads pedersen?

According to Brian Askvig, journalist for Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet, Mads Pedersen is a likable and straight-talking character. “He said ahead of this race that he had had a ‘sh**ty season’. You don’t have to wrap it up in a bow.” Pedersen is an instinctive rider, rarely looking at his power meter or overthinking races. He also isn’t very interested in the technical side of the sport. “He’s like, ‘I’ve got my bike. If I feel comfortable on the bike, I’m going to go fast. I don’t care if my saddle is three millimetres too high. Because my legs are this length or because of this or because of that,’” says Askvig. The Dane grew up in the same village as former pro Michael Rasmussen and ended up staying with him for…

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brammeier calls for greater commitment from british

British Cycling elite men’s coach Matt Brammeier has said he needs to see greater commitment from riders and staff if the GB team is to win another rainbow jersey. The British team were largely anonymous in the World Championship road race on Sunday as the peloton battled through torrential rain. The team tactics had been to wait for a sprint, with Ben Swift as the squad’s nominated leader. Swift was distanced on the final lap of the Harrogate circuit, however, and finished 31st. Brammeier had nothing but praise for his team leader saying he could be “proud of his effort.” He added: “Obviously we’re not happy with how the race went, the result. Swifty put everything, his heart and soul into it these last few months. So it’s just a little bit…

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meticulous planning pays off for barnes

The women’s World Championship time trial ran through much the same soaking weather and floods that produced some of the images of the week from the under-23 and senior men’s road races. If you run the Championships in North Yorkshire in the autumn, maybe that’s not such a surprise. Perhaps more unexpected, at least if you hadn’t been paying close attention this year, was Alice Barnes arriving out of the downpour as the best British finisher in 16th. Even she doesn’t really think she’s a time triallist. At least, not yet. “It went well,” she said, as she dripped on the floor of the media zone afterwards. “It was a difficult course — it was easier at the start and then hard at the end. I had a clear plan to…