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Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 21, 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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I denne udgave

1 min.
start line 21.11

The biggest transfer in cycling this year is without doubt Rod Ellingworth’s move to Bahrain-Merida (look out for a name change in the next few weeks). Brought in to run the team by McLaren, which now co-owns the venture, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the team making big gains in the next year or so. Based at McLaren’s HQ in Woking, the team now has the best technological back-up in the sport. The advanced tech department features a room full of engineers who over the years have supported multiple Olympic sports. And that’s in addition to the eye-watering innovation that surrounds its F1 team and its fleet of six-figure supercars. But it’s not just clever carbon and new kit that will win them races. Ellingworth was the man who guided…

5 min.
raymond poulidor 1936-2019

Last Wednesday, cycling lost one of its icons in Raymond Poulidor. The affable Frenchman was best known for his tussles with Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx in the Tour de France, entertaining and winning over the public with an amiable doggedness that, sadly, never saw him come out on top in the French race. The 83-year-old had been suffering with heart issues and, apparently unwell since his summer job at the Tour this year, in October he was admitted to hospital in Haute-Vienne, where he had been living for more than half a century. He died in the early hours of Wednesday morning (November 13). PouPou, as he was affectionately known, was not one of cycling’s greats in terms of his race victories, and earned himself a second nickname — ‘the Eternal…

1 min.
puy de dome, tour de france

Possibly thanks to the rather romantic nature of the climb, and certainly thanks to some of the captivating photographs that were taken that day, many remember the battle between Raymond Poulidor and Jacques Anquetil on the Puy de Dôme in the 1964 Tour as representative not only of their rivalry but also of their careers. Graeme Fife, in his Tour de France: The history, the Legends, the Riders does perfect justice to the memory of that day. “Locked in bitter contest, shoulders bumping as if each was trying to knock the other sprawling, bikes flung sideways, front wheels all but touching at the base and tipped sideways in a vee, like two haunches of a log split by an axe,” Fife wrote. “Both of them in the saddle, at the limit, Anquetil…

3 min.
it’s been a blast… but tokyo beckons

I was at the dinner table on a race trip with a group that were talking about the track, about the weather, about the hotel food: small talk. There was a lull in conversation and someone turned to me and asked (I hadn’t said a word until now), “So, Katie, what are your thoughts on transgender athletes?” I was walking through a hotel lobby and I stopped to watch a team-mate play their shot on the pool table. My pause gave space for someone to approach me and ask, “Katie, yeah, I was wondering, do you think they should scrap the use of podium girls?” I was in the car headed to a race with a mixed group of riders. The radio was on, occasionally the sat-nav would speak, we could hear…

2 min.
three-way sprint decides scottish cx league

Edinburgh’s Mark Scott took a dramatic win in the fourth round of the Scottish Cyclo-Cross League on Sunday, sprinting to victory just half a bike length ahead of his nearest rival on a challenging course on the Isle of Bute. Scott, the 26-year-old former national downhill mountain bike champion and GB World Cup rider who was eighth in the Enduro World Series last year, had been engaged in a race-long battle with David Duggan (Wheelbase-Cabtech) and Scottish Series leader Gary MacDonald (Nevis Cycles RT). The three jostled for the lead throughout much of the race which took place in the picturesque grounds of Mount Stuart, an imposing 19th century Gothic-style country house which hosted the celebrity-laden wedding of Stella McCartney in 2003. The winner of the first two rounds of the Scottish League,…

1 min.
racing ahead

Ambiancecross (November 23) This is only the second edition of the race and the inaugural running saw Denise Betsema narrowly win the women’s race. In a thrilling finale, the Dutchwoman beat Alice Maria Arzuff on the line. She will be aiming for win number two in east Flanders, a target for Mathieu van der Poel, too. National Trophy round 5: Pembrey (November 24) The fifth and penultimate round of the national cyclo-cross series heads to west Wales and the beautifully idyllic village of Pembrey. Less Belgian and Dutch riders are expected to make the trip — like they did for round four — meaning Ian Field is expected to dominate proceedings in the men’s race and take a big step towards another series win. Sophie Thackray has been the model of consistency in…