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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly February 6, 2020

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
start line 06.02

From track to BMX and of course on the road, British cyclists have enjoyed consistent World Championship success in the last decade. With a silver medal for Tom Pidcock last weekend it feels like that success has now fully encompassed cyclo-cross. British riders have enjoyed men’s and women’s junior and under-23 success in the last five years (not forgetting Roger Hammond’s gold in Leeds, 1992), but have struggled to assert themselves in the senior ranks. Helen Wyman was flying the flag for many a year — winning bronze in 2014 — but take her (self-funded, hard-fought) consistency out of it and it felt like the senior squad was struggling to assert itself in a world dominated by the Belgians. Tom Pidcock may have just changed all of that. Silver medal in the senior…

3 min.
pidcock eyes rainbow quadruple after worlds silver

After proving his talent once again at the World Cyclo-Cross Championships, Tom Pidcock has set his sights on winning rainbow jerseys in three different disciplines soon. The 20-year-old from Leeds was only beaten by Mathieu van der Poel in Switzerland on Sunday as he saw off Belgium’s best cyclo-cross talents to clinch silver in his first elite Worlds outing. Pidcock only moved up to the elite cyclo-cross ranks this season after winning last year’s under-23 world crown, and he is hoping to clinch three titles in his age category in the coming years. “I’m going to do mountain biking mainly until the end of June and finish at the Worlds,” he said. “I think I’m going to try and win the under-23 mtb Worlds. My goal is to win four different under-23 world…

2 min.
anna kay takes ‘surprise’ u23 worlds bronze

After committing to the Belgian cyclo-cross scene Anna Kay reaped the rewards with a third-place finish in the under-23 Worlds last weekend. Despite lacking confidence following a difficult few weeks of results, the 20-year-old found her form at the right time to medal in Dübendorf, Switzerland. “I really surprised myself to be honest, I didn’t think it was the course for me and I didn’t really have a lot of confidence going into this so I’m a little bit overwhelmed,” said Kay. “I think I just let a little bit of nerves get in the way but as you get older I guess you learn to deal with that.” Rain throughout the morning made for an increasingly difficult course and Kay timed her effort to perfection, sitting back during the early exchanges before coming…

1 min.
tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ cyclist

Tributes have been paid to racing cyclist and “inspiration” Josephine Gilbert after her death earlier this month. The 25-year-old, who raced in the UK and at international level, died after being in a collision with a lorry while riding near Derby. The incident occurred just after 2pm on Tuesday, January 21 and Josephine died at the scene. The driver of the lorry was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital as a precaution. James Smith from Primal cycling clothing, which used to sponsor Josephine’s team, said: “Incredibly shocked and saddened. Josie rode for our Starley-Primal team back in 2015. I remember how strong she was on our Spanish training camp.” Friend Jill Lomax said: “I had the pleasure of knowing and riding with Josie when she first started. She was quiet and unassuming…

2 min.
danger that strava can fuel ‘obsessive tendencies,’ according to new study

Strava users can find themselves in danger of developing “obsessive tendencies”, according to a new university study. Research from the National University of Ireland, Galway, which involved interviews with 272 cyclists found that fitness apps can help encourage exercise routines, but can also be a spark for unhealthy attitudes towards fitness. Dr Eoin Whelan, a senior lecturer in business information systems at the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, said: “The majority of exercisers are now using digital technology to track and share their workout data in order to support their fitness goals. But these fitness apps can be a double-edged sword. “Our study suggests fitness sharing apps can certainly help seed and sustain exercise routines, but there is a danger that some users may develop obsessive tendencies, which need to…

1 min.
‘quitting strava was a mental health cleanser’

I was definitely addicted to Strava, more than other social media platforms. It became a platform where I was craving attention from my ‘followers’ for kudos and to see my best rides. When riding a bike I would lose the pleasure of simply being present with my surroundings and replace this with a strategy to ride fast appropriately to get certain segments. I think female riders are more likely to receive comments of encouragement, sympathy, critique and advice. This amount of attention was something that I was not generally used to in my real life so it felt great to get it. I decided to quit the app late last year to let go of the pressure to “ride well”, and instead focus on my goals without users seeing if I had a…