Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly April 9, 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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1 min.
start line 09.04

Over the coming weeks you’ll see a change to what you read in your magazine. While we knew that almost everything we did was dependent on the racing calendar, we were still surprised at just what a profound effect losing the racing would have on what we do. So we’ve come up with a new plan. This week’s issue was an obvious choice – training at home. Something we’ve always covered during winter, we’ve compiled all the best information, tips and advice in one place. There really is no need for your fitness to drop off if you don’t want it to. In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at Britain’s Olympic heroes past and present, bringing you a comprehensive guide to bicycle design, celebrating Italy and its influence on the sport…

2 min.
tour de france’s fate hangs in the balance

The fate of the 2020 Tour de France hangs in the balance as last week a range of conflicting reports on the likelihood of the race going ahead emerged as the coronavirus pandemic ground on. A decision on whether the race – due to start on June 27 – will proceed is set to be made next month. There have been contrasting messages in recent weeks. Initially it seemed that the Tour might be able to take place without spectators – similarly to how Paris-Nice finished – after French sports minister Roxana Mărăcineanu suggested as such. The main revenue from the race is the TV rights, so in principle it was plausible. But in an interview with Sports-Auvergne.fr last week, race director Christian Prudhomme said flatly: “The Tour de France will not take…

2 min.
van avermaet breaks his flanders duck – sort of

He might have never won the real thing despite multiple attempts but Greg Van Avermaet took a convincing win in the virtual Tour of Flanders, distancing his rivals with 12km remaining to take a solo victory. Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale) finished second behind the CCC rider with Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) in third, taking the last step on the podium. The real race was one of many cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic but the final 32km of the real Tour of Flanders route were raced over 43 minutes on the Bkool indoor training platform and featured the iconic climbs of the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg. Speaking after the race Van Avermaet said: “It’s a different effort in Flanders; there’s a lot of time waiting and waiting, it’s really hard to keep the…

4 min.

JAKE STEWART How to be superhuman I’ve often heard athletes described as superhuman, but sometimes it is not the effort that is always superhuman, but it is finding the motivation to do that training session that feels superhuman. The eternal struggle, where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t persuade yourself to throw your leg over the bike. After a few hours of procrastination, some ‘fettling’ with the bike and re-watching the entirety of last year’s edition of De Ronde, it’s at least 3pm, by then the new excuses begin to creep in, and before you know it, its getting dark, and therefore better to knock it on the head and try again tomorrow. We’ve all been there, but now possibly more than ever due to the uncertainty that lies ahead. Last…

2 min.
the hub

CCC suspend majority of staff for rest of non-racing period CCC have suspended the majority of their support staff for the rest of the non-racing period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Riders’ salaries will also be heavily reduced for the rest of the season, the team say, in order to allow the WorldTour outfit to continue to operate “at a minimum level”. Team president Jim Ochowicz said the decision was due to cash flow issues, with the team hoping to safeguard budget for if racing continues later in the year. Brompton commits to delivering 1,000 bikes to NHS key workers Brompton bikes is looking to expand its hire scheme to deliver over 1,000 new folding bikes to key workers in the NHS. The brand has launched a ‘Wheels for Heroes’ campaign, via a crowdfunder which has…

2 min.
riding it out

JULIAN FOLEY, MONTVÉLO CC “We are now in the middle of the hotly debated subject of which is the best biscuit!” Montrose-based Montvélo CC formed in 2017 around a local chaingang and have since grown to 129 members. We asked club secretary Julian Foley for his tips on staying fit and connected while remaining responsible. How are you doing? Things are OK. Around 20 of us from the club were due to fly out to Majorca for a week in late April, a trip we had originally booked with Thomas Cook just before they collapsed. We rebooked thinking that would be our glitch but, as we all know, Covid-19 had other plans. How are you keeping yourself motivated to ride right now? I’d been training for Majorca when our holiday was cancelled so my own motivation…