Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly May 7, 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 07.05

For us in the CW office much of our riding has shifted indoors of late. We’re still getting out and making the most of our daily exercise and enjoying the fresh air, but when we want to push ourselves a little harder we’re doing it indoors and online. And it didn’t take long for our competitive nature to take over. We started comparing our wattage and this led us to dream up the Max Watts Challenge. Half pedalling purgatory, half fun. As so many of you are riding indoors we thought we’d extend the challenge out. See page 5 for details. Now I’m no sprinter – never have been, never will be. I once won a one-lap handicap sprint at Herne Hill, but only because it was my first night racing there…

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revised worldtour calendar ‘good for the head’ says ben swift

The UCI autumn road calendar gives riders a much needed something to focus on, says Team Ineos’s British national road champion Ben Swift. “I think personally it’s important to have a calendar set and something to work towards. We’ve got to have some sort of goals,” he said. “It’s good for the head, and good for the fans to know that something potentially might happen. “Going into this year my target was the Classics… now it’s all up in the air. We’ll just keep working with the team. We’ll see how it goes.” “It’s important to have something to work for” The Yorkshire rider was speaking about the proposed calendar, which was leaked to Spanish media outlet AS at the weekend. It showed all the major Classics running concurrently with the Grand Tours, of…

1 min.
year delay for women’s tour

Race organiser Sweetspot has announced that this year’s Women’s Tour is now set to run in June 2021. The organiser hopes to secure a June 7-12 slot for next season — a postponement of nearly exactly a year. The start town of Bicester, Oxfordshire, and finish town of Felixstowe, Suffolk, have been retained from this year’s race for the six-stage event. “We wanted to take an early decision not to look for an alternative 2020 date,” said Sweetspot’s Hugh Roberts. “With extra time now available we look forward to making next year’s race bigger and better and a fantastic celebration of cycling and Britain.”…

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try the max watts challenge

Are we a nation of sprinters? Are Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish, Victoria Pendleton and Jason Kenny outliers, or indicators of a population of pedalling powerhouses? While so many of us are riding indoors at the moment, and with power meters and smart turbos more popular than ever, we thought it was time to try and find out. The maximum sprint, or peak power is a crude but very accurate measure of talent. Many GB track riders have been discovered on this metric alone. Now Zwift is using key indicators like peak power to look for talented riders for its Academy Programme. We’re not looking for GB’s next Olympic medallist or Tour de France stage winner, but our increased use of training apps like Zwift and Sufferfest has piqued our interest in the ability…

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cw5000 may challenges

May’s challenges are again designed so they can be done on an indoor trainer. In fact, challenge number one is only to be done on an indoor trainer. This month we’re launching our Max Watts Challenge across the CW channels and so we’re bringing this into the CW5000 as well. Remember, if you are riding out on the roads, to take extra care and follow all guidelines. Both challenges need to be completed to be in with a chance of winning the prize. Five pin badges will be awarded this month. 1 Complete the Max Watts Challenge While this won’t help you hit 5,000 miles in 2020, it is a bit of fun, of sorts. We want to know the maximum wattage you can hit on your bike. So saddle up, do…

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cw5000 rider profile

ROSS DUNCAN Early in April, Ross Duncan became the first rider to reach 5,000 miles in 2020. Based in Dunfermline, just north of Edinburgh, he has taken part in multiple fund-raising events that have seen him clock up huge mileage. “One week I did 750 miles riding from Edinburgh to Harrogate then London to Edinburgh as part of a charity ride called Wounded Lions 500.” Duncan raised around £10,000 for good causes in 2019, and when we spoke to him last week he was at it again, 151 miles into a 240-mile ride on Zwift – this time for the Around the World in One Day challenge, raising money for charities and foundations that work with the NHS. “When I started riding I thought I was going to do crits, road races…