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Cycling Weekly June 25, 2020

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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

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1 min.
start line 25.06

This week’s issue should have been the Tour de France preview; in its absence we’re instead celebrating all things French cycling. Among our features doing just that is one about young Brits heading abroad to race – a rite of passage for a young, ambitious cyclist. I did it myself in 2000, albeit to Ghent, Belgium, racing for a few months in an international team in races big and small. While for the likes of Dan Martin and Robert Millar, these transformational seasons were a stepping stone to a pro career, for the likes of me, it was more akin to a gap year. Although I dreamt big, my ability was not able to match it. I lived, raced and trained with other Brits, Kiwis, Australians, Slovenians and Canadians. All came and…

6 min.
covid-19 scuppers bid for first british proteam since 2016

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another victim in the shape of the first bid to have a British team at ProTeam level since 2016. The ProTeam level, formerly known as Pro-Continental, sits between the WorldTour and Continental level, the latter containing four British teams. Canyon-dhb boss Tim Elverson revealed to CW that he was in the process of trying to get a deal with sponsors to move his team up to ProTeam level when the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic struck, causing those plans to collapse. He said: “I had no deals running at the end of this year because I was trying to go Pro-Conti [sic]. I was talking to a major company but that’s not going to go well, because it’s been massively affected by this. So, I don’t think that’s…

1 min.
bc furloughs elite road racing manager

It has emerged that, with no racing on, British Cycling has furloughed Erick Rowsell, its elite road racing manager, who only started in the role in January. Rowsell was furloughed around two weeks ago and is not expected to return until August at the earliest. BC expects local and regional racing to resume more quickly than national-level events, in large part because of the greater complexity involved in organising bigger races. Around half of the staff at British Cycling are currently on furlough as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Some team managers told Cycling Weekly they had been irritated by the ability of GB riders to now train in small groups while their riders still have to abide by the current restrictions. However, according to BC, this decision is not in…

2 min.
uci considers overhauling young rider categories

In light of Covid-19’s impact on young riders seeking progression in the sport, the UCI will consider a proposal from the Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC) that would reform cycling’s youth categories. Cycling Weekly reported at the end of April how riders, teams and national federations across the globe are worried about the disruption of racing on young riders. Many within the sport want the U18 and U23 categories to be raised one year to allow final-year riders in each category an additional season to compete in age-related races. With pressure mounting from the German, Italian and French federations, the UEC has now weighed in and CW understands that the issue will be debated by the UCI before the end of June – two months earlier than planned. The UEC wants the UCI to…

1 min.
vuelta winner claims slovenian national title

Vuelta a España champion Primož Roglič beat Tadej Pogačar to become the new Slovenian national road race champion on Sunday. Slovenia was the only European country to hold its national championships on its original date as the coronavirus pandemic has been relatively mild, with 109 deaths to date. The government called an official end to the crisis in May. The 30-year-old Roglič showed that the break from racing caused by the coronavirus pandemic had not blunted his legs as he took the national title for the first time in his career. The climber was a heavy favourite pre-race on a course that finished with a final climb of 8.3km, its average gradient 7.8 per cent. As the race entered its final stages Bahrain-McLaren’s Jan Tratnik was the last remaining member of the breakaway left…

2 min.
the hub

Mitchelton-Scott sponsorship deal called off Mitchelton-Scott’s deal to change their name mid-season has fallen apart after a dispute between owner Gerry Ryan and the incoming sponsors. Manuela Fundación had agreed to take over the title sponsorship, but after the charity’s sports department told Cycling News the team would take on a new Spanish identity, Ryan insisted to Australian publication Ride he still owned the team. The deal fell through days later. UK club creates first BAME racing team The UK is set to get its first black, Asian and minority ethnic race team, as a collection of amateur racers have come together to address one of the biggest issues facing cycling. London-based cycling club BCN, the Black Cyclists Network, has launched its own race team in the hope of inspiring people of colour to…