Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly April 30, 2020

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Back in the early 2000s the Times newspaper did a poll of its readers asking them to name the greatest invention of all time. They chose the bicycle. If I remember rightly it was ahead of electricity (surely a discovery, not an invention) and the internal combustion engine. There was the inevitable backlash (of course) and an accusation that the poll had been hijacked by the cycling fraternity. This has always stuck in my head, along with a line from Tim Moore’s brilliant French Revolutions book where he confidently states that the most efficient mode of transport in the known universe is a human being on a bicycle. I often drop these nuggets into conversation when anyone moans about ‘bloody cyclists’. Both are great at knocking a detractor off their guard. I’m also regularly…

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covid-19 spells ‘catastrophe’ for u23 ranks

The suspension of racing caused by the coronavirus crisis has been described as “catastrophic” for young male riders looking to secure professional contracts. Every season, dozens of young riders across the world aged 21 and 22 – known as ‘fourth-year riders’ – race in the U23 category for the final time, more often than not, their last chance to earn a ride at a UCI-affliated team, whether WorldTour, Pro-Continental or Continental. The dearth of racing, though, is expected to deny a large proportion of these riders the chance to accomplish their dreams. “For the guys who are in their first or second years there is no need to panic, but for some of those fourth-year riders it is catastrophic if they had to ride for a contract this year,” Kurt Van de Wouwer,…

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extend the age category?

There is pressure building on the UCI to extend the U23 age category by a year, accommodating final year riders who will miss out on a season. The idea would be that next year, riders born in 1998 ride in the Nations Cup, the most prestigious races for younger riders, including the U23 Tour of Flanders and Tour l’Avenir. In a short statement to Cycling Weekly, however, the UCI said: “We can confirm that the UCI is not considering adapting age categories for the 2021 season.” Nevertheless, they are facing requests to reconsider. Thomas Pupp, team manager of Tirol KTM, revealed he sent a letter to the governing body last week on behalf of his team, SEG Racing, the German federation and other development teams. “I have heard the UCI are thinking about new…

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banks remains hopeful as bigla-katusha teeters on the brink

Despite last week’s announcement of the withdrawal of both title sponsors, women’s Continental team, Bigla-Katusha’s riders remain hopeful the squad will continue when racing resumes. In a press release, the Swiss-registered squad revealed both title sponsors had immediately withdrawn, leaving a huge hole in the team’s finances. However, Lizzy Banks, who along with Sophie Wright, is one of two Brits on the 13 woman roster, is upbeat. “I know the management have been working exceptionally hard during the unprecedented times to keep the team alive,” she told CW from her home in Sheffield. “They’ve kept riders informed wherever possible, and up to now we have received our full salaries and the team has made it very clear they want to continue to pay our salaries if possible.” While the coronavirus pandemic has seen other…

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dennis and küng dominate digital swiss race

Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng came off best from the Digital Swiss Five with two victories apiece. The Ineos rider won both the opening time trial and the final road race of the eRacing event, both times leading home Nicholas Roche (Sunweb) in second. He was 12 seconds ahead of Roche on the last day but was even more dominant on the first, completing the 26km course 1.09 ahead of the Irishman. After that victory he said: “Time trial training was really key to winning this event. I had a chat with Neal [Henderson, Dennis’s coach] in the week before the race and worked out what kind of effort I would need to put in. “With the race being only an hour long, and the climb more or less 35 minutes, it couldn’t…

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HANNAH DINES Zwift, give me a hand(cycle) I escaped getting the coronavirus in March to fall prey to the Zwift bug in April. Did you know that you can ride a Tron bike up a volcano? Adding a third wheel is too outlandish though and pedalling with your arms is seemingly unthinkable. The more I fall in love with Zwift the angrier I get. The potential for integration and representation is enormous, tens of thousands of Zwifters logging in every day. I started up a discussion on the World Paracyclist forum as to why Zwift had not made all their features accessible in the four years since I last cancelled my subscription. One handcyclist said that Zwift took their aerodynamics very seriously, there were equations and physics to think about. Another handcyclist…