Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly April 2, 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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Hands up who has suffered a dip in motivation of late? Join the club. A few weeks ago, courtesy of a smart turbo trainer, an FTP test and a few interval sessions, I was regaining a bit of fitness and looking forward to a summer of riding. With that now gone I’ve struggled to keep riding. I’ve done a bit, but more to clear my head and get some fresh air than improve my fitness. The good thing is I know that motivation will come back. In fact I am already at the stage where I’m planning in my head when and how I can start to get back into it. I know that’s the first step. Motivation can come in many forms: a challenge from a friend, the lure of a…

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bc sponsor search ‘on hold’ as olympics postponed

British Cycling has had to put the search for a new lead sponsor on hold, following the blighting of world economies by the coronavirus crisis in recent weeks. This is a another blow for BC, which only learned in February that it was to lose current sponsor HSBC at the end of the year — halfway through its contract — after the bank announced a drop in profits. It comes as the governing body was also hit by the postponement of the Olympic Games until July 2021, leaving its top athletes with financial uncertainties. “It is going to make [looking for a sponsor] much more difficult,” said BC’s CEO Julie Harrington. “And at the moment, I should imagine getting an appointment with any marketing director or chief executive, to talk about their…

1 min.
bc racing goes virtual

Since its initial announcement, BC’s governing body, like much of the rest of the nation, has been planning furiously for how to get through the next months. Its first move was to release an eight-week programme of rides and races on Zwift. “In the absence of physical organised activity, whether that’s recreational or whether that’s competitive, we just thought it was really important to get something out quickly,” said Harrington. “I think most of my team will say ‘oh bloody hell we’re busier than we were before!’” And she added that in the future BC could well offer members the opportunity to race against the stars: “We’re increasingly going to be able to get some decent competitive races out there, hopefully where people can race against members of the Great Britain cycling…

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icu doctor’s plight kickstarts bike scheme plan

The plight of an ICU doctor who had his bike stolen has inspired a raft of cycling companies to set up a scheme to get bikes to the UK’s doctors, nurses and other frontline staff that need them as they fight the coronavirus. Intensive care consultant Dan Harvey was finishing his shift at 2am one morning last week when he discovered Nottingham University Hospital’s bike lock-up had been broken into. His beloved Ribble titanium CGR was among the bikes that had been stolen. Harvey, who said he values the ride home as it allows him to “clear his head” after a hard shift, posted about the theft on social media. He said: “I woke up the next morning and I was pretty down about it really. And then there was this amazing response…

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cw5000 april challenges

Our riding has changed beyond all recognition, but like us, the CW5000 riders are determined to keep turning the pedals. Big rides are mostly out, but with the ‘one form of exercise a day’ government recommendation, and cycling offering a self-isolating commute, people are still out on their bikes. And then there’s Zwift. The numbers on the interactive riding site have gone through the roof while Sufferfest has just announced a new four-week plan to help your fitness through this time. During the lockdown our advice is to keep any outdoor rides short and local so you’re less likely to get into trouble. This means our focus has shifted away from big miles for the time being so our April challenges have been adapted so you can do them on…

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cw5000 rider profile

Name: Kate Bradley From: Originally Cumbria, now Abingdon near Oxford. Riding since: I was a child but racing time trials since 2017. How many miles so far? 2,029 miles. Why did you sign up? I got injured last year and lost motivation. This was a good way to get it back. Training plan or just riding? As a swim coach I loosely have a training plan that usually involves riding my bike every day. Longest ride? Longest-ever ride is 346 miles (National 24hr TT Champs); this year about 50 miles. Indoor to outdoor riding ratio? I ride about 95% outdoors. Main target this year? The National 12hr TT. Taking a break from the 24hr. How have you adjusted to the lockdown? By making sure I make the most of my one ride a day and being prepared that I…