Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 19, 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 19.11

It’s been a long time since I learnt to ride my bike. But I can still remember when my stabilisers came off. I rolled down the pavement outside our house, got a wobble on, jumped off and watched as the bike rolled into the gutter and toppled over in front of a parked car. Shocked, I ran back to my mum and refused to get back on. My cycling friends will probably tell you that my riding abilities haven’t improved all that much since then. While I won’t rise to such taunts, the fear, excitement, joy and satisfaction of learning to ride came flooding back recently as I helped my daughter transition from balance bike to one with pedals. She flies along on the balance bike, so I thought she might not…

3 min.
team pursuit world record within reach

The world record in the women’s team pursuit could well dip below the four-minute 10-second mark before Tokyo, according to new European champion in the event, Elinor Barker, after the British quartet set the second fastest time in history. The women’s team pursuit quartet of Neah Evans, Josie Knight, Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny became just the second team to go under four minutes 11 seconds in the final against Italy. Barker had ridden the qualifying rounds but was swapped out for the final. Unlike the men’s team pursuit world record, which has fallen five times since Rio and is now more than five seconds lower than it was at the last Olympics, the women’s mark remains the 4.10.236 set by Great Britain in Brazil. Barker said: “Depending on what racing happens between…

2 min.
zwift worlds selection ruffles feathers

Some of Britain’s best ranked Zwifters have been left disgruntled by British Cycling’s decision to freeze many of them out of its squad for the first UCI World Championships on Zwift. The team for the inaugural Zwift World Championships was announced last week and included a number of riders who had a minimal track record of racing on Zwift. No one CW spoke to questioned the team’s athletic ability but pointed out Zwift is a game that you need to know how to play as well as having powerful legs. Alice Lethbridge, currently ranked as among the 20 best women in the world on the platform said: “You obviously have to be able to cycle well, but it is a game and you have to know how to play the game. It’s…

2 min.
cautious welcome to bc development team initiative

Team bosses have reacted cautiously to news of British Cycling’s new Elite Development Team initiative, which will be introduced next season to help domestic riders bridge the gap to Continental level and on towards “success on the world stage”. BC elite road racing manager Erick Rowsell called it “an aspirational new step in the pathway to bridge the gap and ensure that riders are provided with the support they need as they find their feet in elite racing.” Both men’s and women’s teams can apply for EDT status, which will give riders access to enhanced support and the most comprehensive race programme possible. However, in order to qualify, teams will need to support riders’ expenses for both national and international races, provide both equipment and support, and attend national road and circuit…

1 min.
british cycling coach fired for ‘inappropriate relationship with riders’

A senior British Cycling coach has been sacked by the national governing body for “inappropriate relationships” with riders. Kevin Stewart, the head coach for the men’s sprint squad, was let go after receiving repeated warnings over his behaviour. Stewart, a former sprinter who represented Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was sacked after showing a “long-term pattern of inappropriate behaviour”. He has apologised and admitted his actions were “not acceptable.” British Cycling performance director Stephen Park said: “While this has been uncomfortable for everybody concerned, it demonstrates the robustness of the processes we have in place when concerns are raised.” Park added that the GB Cycling Team has clear values and that anyone not meeting those standards will be held to account. Stewart was also found to have made inappropriate use of electronic communication and bringing…

3 min.
tanfield takes a step back to spring forward

Harry Tanfield is set to race for his own results after taking a step back from the WorldTour and signing with Ribble Weldtite for the 2021 season but is aiming for a return to the top tier of cycling as soon as possible. The tumultuous 2020 season has seen multiple riders scrambling for contracts as teams either fold or face financial difficulties amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tanfield was left with scarce options after Ag2r La Mondiale decided not to renew his contract, and with other WorldTour teams full in what is a difficult, pandemic-afflicted transfer market. “I was speaking to a few teams at a higher level; a lot of the teams this year are full, have re-signed guys they had from the previous year,” Tanfield told Cycling Weekly. “Unfortunately with [Ag2r], the team…