Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 9, 2020

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start line 09.01

In 2002 I was sent to Manchester Velodrome to take a look at GB’s brand new UKSI bike. It was in Peter Keen’s office and, in all honesty, was a bit underwhelming. It went on to be one of the most successful bikes ever made. So when the new Hope bike launched in November I knew we had to go see it. Read more from page 24. Having covered UCI tech reg updates since they came into being (with equal excitement and befuddlement) I’m fairly certain this bike will be banned post-Tokyo 2020. It fits all the regs now, but has committed one sin. One of the key facets of the UCI’s 1996 Lugano charter (a brief statement of intent that led to the extensive tech regs) is the bicycle’s status as…

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eddie soens race saved at eleventh hour

A new organiser and sponsor was set to step in and save the historic Eddie Soens Memorial race, which has served to open up the British racing season for generations, after its future was threatened by financial difficulties. The Soens, run in early March around Aintree’s road circuit, has been a fixture of British racing since it was founded in 1962 and has run every year since, except in 2006 when heavy snow forced it to be cancelled. Past winners include Steve Cummings (as a junior), Doug Daily, Russ Downing and Ed Clancy. Last week former organiser Carl Lawrenson announced the race would have to be cancelled. At that time he said: “It’s been brewing since we lost our sponsor because it costs quite a lot of money to put on as…

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froome’s tour ride in doubt

Chris Froome has suffered a setback in his return from injury, having left an Ineos training camp early with one of his sports directors saying he doesn’t know if the four-time Tour de France champion will recover in time for the race in July. Reporting on what has been printed in Italian cycling magazine Bicisport this month, website SpazioCiclismo says Froome left his team’s Spanish training camp after two days, with the 34-year-old’s recovery being described as “slow”. Dario Cioni, the sports director in question, said: “After two days of training in Spain, Froome, who aspires to win a fifth yellow jersey, returns home. He is not well and who knows if he will recover?” Froome’s recovery was thought to be going well — he was back riding on the road just 14…

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racing ahead

Six Days Bremen (Jan 9-14) Dating back to 1910, but held as a regular event since the 1960s, the racing across six days takes place on a temporary 160-metre track, the tightest circuit on the scene and with some bankings as steep as 49 degrees. Nils Politt and Kenny De Ketele are among the riders competing. Cyclocross Otegem (Jan 13) Recently crowned national champions will get the chance to wear their stripes once again or for the first time. Multi-talented Mathieu van der Poel predictably won the Belgian race 12 months ago, while Denise Betsema was victorious in the women’s race. New Zealand Cycle Classic (Jan 15-19) The first stage race of the year gets under way in New Zealand, but unlike previous years, there will be no British contingent. Two stages look like being…

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national cyclo-cross championships january 11-12

The women’s elite national cross champion will be crowned this weekend in Shrewsbury, and for the first time in 15 years, it won’t be Nikki Brammeier or Helen Wyman. Both Wyman and Brammeier announced their retirement in 2019 and have left the sport in a much better place for female racers than they found it. Thanks to their post-cycling projects, Helen100 and MudIIIta Coaching, that work continues. “The women’s race is hotly anticipated” The two cross stalwarts have dominated the women’s scene since 2005 and their absence means the elite women’s race is more hotly anticipated than ever. A strong field that includes the likes of National Trophy winner Ffion James (Hope Factory Racing), former under-23 world champion Evie Richards (Trek Factory Racing) and top-ranked rider Anna Kay (Experza Pro CX), will be vying…

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Tom Pidcock (Trinity Racing) The reigning champion and best UK cyclo-cross racer for a generation, Pidcock will start the race in Shrewsbury as the undisputed favourite. This has been Pidcock’s first season at elite level and a win would see the 20-year-old crowned both under-23 and elite champion and set him up well for the World Championships in Dübendorf. CW rating ★★★★★ Anna Kay (Experza Pro CX) The top-ranked British female rider this season, Anna Kay has been this year’s breakout star. Of course, the signs were obvious after her silver medal in last year’s National Championships in Gravesend, but Kay has gone from strength to strength this year with impressive results on the Continent in the Superprestige series and UEC Championships. CW rating ★★★★★ Thomas Mein (Tarteletto-Isorex) A podium finish last year was the culmination of…