Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 3, 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 03.01

Happy new year readers! I hope you had a great Christmas and managed to get out on your bike a few times over the festive period. I’m actually writing this from the past. Due to printing deadlines we finished this magazine just before Christmas and then spent the next 10 days keeping our fingers crossed that no major news broke before this Thursday. That pull-forward, as it is known, means we get a nice bit of time off over Christmas. I used to spend that time getting the miles in, or getting frustrated that I wasn’t getting the miles in. This year I simply planned a couple of rides with friends. But, big news, I’ve taken the plunge. I’ve got an adventure bike (also known as a gravel bike) to test and…

1 min.
in focus

Tractor dodging The Lotto-Soudal team have more than a few extra off-season kilos to contend with as they ride the roads of Majorca on their pre-season training camp. The team has a distinctive new look, not in terms of the kit, which has been tweaked from 2018, but the line-up. The squad is now headlined by Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan and also sees the return of Brit Adam Blythe. After Aqua Blue folded last year, Blythe returned to the team he first rode for (then Omega Pharma-Lotto) in 2010.…

4 min.
only 261 days until the yorkshire worlds

British riders will have an advantage on several fronts at the Yorkshire-held 2019 World Championships, which are now just 261 days away. With riders training hard in pre-season and most having been on training camps before Christmas, schedules are being decided and for many British riders gaining selection for the Worlds is of upmost importance. Brits, especially local riders, will be able to ride the course’s routes on multiple occasions throughout the next nine months: British Cycling training camps are being held in the region, riders are training on the actual roads, and the Tour de Yorkshire traces the finishing lap in Harrogate, embedding a deep understanding of the parcours. “They’re not like the roads in Europe that you can just roll on” Local knowledge What is more, recceing the courses is giving riders longer…

2 min.
a tracksuit can be a bother but it doesn’t bother me

There’s a lot of pride attached to wearing the GB tracksuit. When you’re travelling through a public place as a group of 20-plus, there’s also a lot of attention attached to wearing the GB tracksuit. People like to comment to show that they notice this tracksuit and what it means. For the taxi driver it’s, “Shouldn’t you be riding to the airport?”; for the fellow hotel guest it’s, “Shouldn’t you be taking the stairs?”; and for the person behind you in the queue at the cafe it’s, “I didn’t think you lot ate cake.” I love it, though. Not for the questions that are meant to be jokey ice-breakers said with good intent, but that I always manage to take offence to — those I hate. I love the not having…

1 min.
racing ahead

Gullegem Cross (January 5) A successful inaugural edition last year exclusively for amateurs has progressed into a UCI event. As it is the only race in Belgium on Saturday, many top riders are expected to race in front of thousands. National Trophy Series round 6 (January 6) Shrewsbury hosts the final round of the national cross series. Neon Velo’s Ian Field is five points ahead of his team-mate Yorben van Tichelt in the standings and if one of them wins, they will take the series title. Beth Crumpton (Storey Racing) only has to finish to secure the women’s title. Brussels Universities Cyclo-cross (January 6) The penultimate round of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series takes place in the Belgian capital. The standings are calculated by overall time accumulation. Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea Lions) and Mathieu van der…

3 min.
british neo-pros settle in to worldtour life

There are two Brits set to make their debuts in the WorldTour in 2019: Stevie Williams with Bahrain-Merida and Harry Tanfield with Katusha-Alpecin. Both appear already accustomed to racing alongside some of the superstars of the sport next year. Tanfield, who was riding alongside Marcel Kittel at the team’s winter training camp in December, told CW: “It’s weird because it’s a bit like that [being starstruck] but after two or three days you just realise everyone is no different really; it’s just the lads.” The Yorkshireman added: “I got to know Ian [Boswell] really well, we were rooming together, and I got to know Alex [Dowsett] a lot more, which is pretty handy really as we’ll probably be flying to a lot of races together. He keeps me right.” “Doing through and off…