Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly December 12, 2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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 12.12

After another year of product tests, bike launches and trade shows, we’ve once again compiled our Editor’s Choice list of the best bikes and kit we’ve ridden in the past 12 months. There were a lot of products to cram into our pages so we’ve condensed down the original reviews (full versions are available on our website) after first looking back over the year and deciding exactly what was good enough to get our approval. The product that took me by surprise this year was an adventure bike. I tested a Boardman in spring after initially being sceptical about this genre. But like several of my colleagues it took just a couple of rides to get excited by the potential of where it could take me next. These are do-it-all bikes that ride…

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ineos sign time trial champ dennis

Team Ineos has signed time trial world champion Rohan Dennis, ending months of speculation about his future following a turbulent year. Dennis won the Worlds time trial after leaving the Tour de France mid-race in mysterious circumstances. During the road race a few days later he rode his old BMC bike — while he was still riding, Bahrain-Merida announced his contract had been terminated a year early. Since the Tour, CCC, Movistar and Ineos have all been linked with Dennis. The Australian said: “This has been a dream of mine since turning professional. “Watching on from afar, I’ve always been a huge fan of the team — ever since the early years. It’s always been a goal of mine to ride for this team, so to finally fulfil that dream is a brilliant feeling…

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ineos to let hayter target olympics

Team GB star Ethan Hayter will place his considerable talent in the employ of Team Ineos as from 2020, having signed a three-year contract with Sir Dave Brailsford’s Grand Tour maestros. “It’s exciting. I’m in a good place to start my professional road career for the next three years,” the 21-year-old Londoner told Cycling Weekly. The signing had looked on the cards, with Hayter having spent time as a stagiaire for the team, both this year and last. At the end of this season Hayter rode for the team in a week of low-key Italian races. “It was really good, they were slightly lower level so it was easy to get stuck into,” he said. “It went well in terms of the races, and it set me up well for the Worlds too,…

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cav’s mentor joins canyon-sram

Former Dimension Data performance director and mentor of Mark Cavendish, Rolf Aldag, has said he won’t miss going to the Tour de France as he takes on the role of sports director at the Canyon-SRAM women’s team. The former rider, who has attended 27 Tours de France, says he’s looking forward to being part of the “rapidly developing” women’s side of the sport. “What tipped it over the line was the people — I’ve known [team owner] Ronny Lauke and [performance director] Lars [Teutenberg] for a very long time; we’ve never lost contact. And, it’s a new challenge.” Aldag added: “I’ve been at the Tour de France 27 times, what difference would a 28th make? Doing it 30 times won’t change my life. Getting additional experience in a new setting, giving some more…

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drake cleans up in boggy burnley

After more than a decade of trying, Giles Drake finally took victory in the North of England Cyclo-Cross Championships, held in Towneley Park, Burnley, on Sunday. The 35-year-old from Wirral was pushed all the way by Leon Mazzone, but took the win just three seconds ahead after a tough race that saw most of the course covered on foot. Heavy rain in the days leading up to Sunday meant many of the regional championship races staged across the country were a mud bath which suited many riders — including Drake, who has been riding the North of England Championship for more years than he can remember. “I’m really pleased — I’ve been trying to win the North of England Championships for a good few years and it’s all lined up this year,” he…

1 min.
racing ahead

Tissot Track World Cup round five: Australia (December 13-15) The third round in as many weekends takes places on the east coast of Australia and in the city of Brisbane. Once again important for all nations as they attempt to secure qualification for the Olympics, the biggest home attraction will see Cameron Meyer partner Sam Welsford in the Madison. Huub-Wattbike are also riding in what is set to be their last World Cup event of the season. The team is bringing some new equipment upgrades so will be hoping for a result. Hotondcross (December 14) Regarded as one of the most spectator-friendly courses due to its high bankings that permit fans to see almost all of the action from one vantage point, Mathieu van der Poel and Marianne Vos won last year when…