Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 16, 2020

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 16.01

I’ve always had a strange fascination for the number of miles I’ve ridden in a year. I don’t think I’m alone. I remember a friend I raced with talking in July about how he was going to up next year’s mileage in order to improve. We were only part way through one season and he’d already decided next year’s mileage needed to be increased. This week’s fitness feature shows elite racers know that more miles doesn’t always mean better results. Rebecca Durrell and Ian Field did a lot less than our other subjects who were more interested in riding distance events, commuting or just enjoying themselves. It was when we were first talking about this feature last year that I became convinced of the 5,000-mile target for our 2020 challenge. It is a…

2 min.
nationals not enough for pidcock

Newly-crowned elite national cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock (Trinity Racing) already has his sights set on a podium at the World Cyclo-cross Championships in Dübendorf next month. After returning to racing in the UK at the National Championships in Shrewsbury this weekend, a confident Pidcock told Cycling Weekly: “I really want to be on the podium.” Having pulled on the red, white and blue jersey of national champion, the 20-year-old even said that swapping those colours for the rainbow bands of world champion is not wholly unreasonable. “The win’s not impossible but it is certainly going to be very difficult. I want to go there in the best shape I can and do the best ride I can.” Pidcock’s Nationals victory was his first win of the 2019-20 season but he has racked up eight…

1 min.
harnden upsets star names

Harriet Harnden (T-Mo Racing) won her maiden Cyclo-cross National Championship title in Shrewsbury this weekend. She becomes the first wearer of that jersey to not be either Helen Wyman or Nikki Brammeier in an incredible 15 years. Harnden watched the two cross legends racing last year and admitted that her achievement hadn’t yet sunk in. This was Harnden’s first shot at the senior title at the Nationals and she even surprised herself by winning. Speaking having donned her pristine new jersey after a muddy day out, the 18-year-old said, “It is unreal. I’ve always dreamed of it but to have it come this soon is something else.” Harnden started strongly before being pegged back by Bethany Crumpton (Tarteletto-Isorex), who proved the quicker on the course’s many early running sections. The mountain biker then used…

2 min.
lincoln gp in need of £20,000

Unless £20,000 can be raised before the end of March, the Lincoln Grand Prix will be cancelled. Organisers of the historic race, which stretches back to 1956, have been plunged into a financial black hole after their previous title sponsor, Chestnut Homes, decided it could no longer provide funding for the race. The cost of running both the men’s and women’s races is £45,000, but currently organisers have only secured around £25,000. That money is derived from other sponsors, the associated sportive and the local authority. A police bill of £10,000 needs to be paid in the next 10 weeks, and if no new sponsors come on board then the race that has been won four times by Russ Downing and Paul Curran will be absent from the domestic calendar for the first…

2 min.
meyer wins aussie title at 12th attempt

Cameron Meyer has claimed the Australian men’s national road race title, attacking over the final climb to seal a championship win on the 12th time of asking. The 32-year-old shouted “finally” after crossing the finish line before bursting into tears. Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Lucas Hamilton crossed the line 56 seconds later, with Marcus Culey (Sapura Cycling) coming in soon after in third place. After collecting himself, Meyer, who’s mostly known for his exploits on the track, said: “It’s been 12 long years. I fell in love with this race so long ago and I’ve been so close so many times. “Someone said the other day, ‘You’ve got nine World Championships, why do you want it so much?’ But my brother has won it, Luke Durbridge, one of my best mates, has won it, and…

1 min.
racing ahead

Women’s Tour Down Under (Jan 16-19) Amanda Spratt leads Mitchelton-Scott in the first race of the season, with the Australian aiming to win her home event for a fourth consecutive time. Two Brits, Pfeiffer Georgi and Anna Henderson, race for Team Sunweb. La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (Jan 20-26) Held in Gabon, it is one of the biggest races in Africa and was won last year by Italian Niccolò Bonifazio, who claimed three of the seven stages. André Greipel also won a stage — his only victory all season. Total Direct Energie and Cofidis begin their seasons here, with the former including Niccolò’s brother, Leonardo, in their roster. Ramūnas Navardauskas, long-time WorldTour rider, is part of Nippo-Delko-One Provence’s six-man team. Cyclo-Cross World Cup: Nommay Pays de Montbeliard (Jan 19) The action moves away from Belgium and…