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Cycling Weekly

May 6, 2021
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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 06.05

Last week we ran a feature on what it takes to feel like a real cyclist. There’s a long list of things you can do that allow you to call yourself a cyclist – one is having done a VO2 max test (see the fitness feature on page 48). The test ticks two boxes in the list of things (that should read ‘list of “daft” things’) that cyclists do. One of those daft things is riding a bike in a lab with a mask over your mouth and nose and breathing dry air down a hosepipe. The second is pushing yourself to extremes for questionable reasons. While studying sports science at university I had to be a lab rat and do a VO2 max test. I volunteered for the apnea test mainly…

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thomas bounces back from crash to take romandie victory

For a brief few seconds on Saturday Geraint Thomas’s chances of victory at the Tour de Romandie appeared to have slipped through his fingers. The Welshman was metres from the finish line atop Thyon 2000 on the race’s fourth stage when, as he appeared from the mist and raised himself out of the saddle to sprint and contest the stage victory with Michael Woods. As he did so his right hand slipped off the bar, he lost control of the front wheel and promptly tumbled to the tarmac. He’d recover to cross the line, shaking his head, in third and go on to win the race in the time trial the next day. At the finish on Saturday a “frustrated” Thomas told French website CyclingPro he “felt like a right whopper”. He…

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norsgaard wins festival elsy jacobs

After five podium places this year already it was only a matter of time until 21-year-old Danish champion Emma Norsgaard captured her first big international win. She did just that in style at Festival Elsy Jacobs at the weekend winning two stages and the general classification to mark herself as one of the most exciting sprinters in the women’s peloton. After placing 10th in the prologue, Norsgaard outsprinted Maria Confalonieri (Certizit-WNT) and Leah Kirchmann (DSM) convincingly to break her duck on stage one. Norsgaard said: “When I crossed the finish line I actually felt more relieved than happy.” The following day she made it into the day’s front group and the race split on hilly terrain, and she was keen to thank the work of American team-mate Leah Thomas in keeping her safe before…

2 min.
shaw heads ribble-weldtite dominance at leicester

Former WorldTour rider and UK time trialling newcomer James Shaw headed a Ribble-Weldtite top four at an undulating Leicestershire Road Club time trial on Sunday. The Continental-level team had decamped to Leicester for a team camp on Friday. The whole squad then entered the time trial over 27.2 miles on quiet roads, with only road bikes allowed. Shaw, taking part in his first ever open time trial, took victory in a time of 59 minutes and 45 seconds, the best of seven Ribble-Weldtite riders across the top 10. Last year’s 10-mile national champion Dan Bigham was 15 seconds behind his team-mate while Matt Gibson was a further five seconds back in third. Shaw said: “I knew how fast I could ride but didn’t know what was going to happen with other riders like Bigham.” Shaw…

4 min.

JACOB TIPPER How I learned to love the dark side I first purchased a mountain bike in 2016 – I applied the N+1 rule, validating the impulse purchase to myself in various ways. I then set out with 60psi in the tyres, crashed on a root and went into the first round of the Tour Series with a bit of a dead leg. Since then it’s been a fleeting affair, only going out in bad weather, on routes not really made for a mtb, and calculating the ridiculously bad value pounds-to-ride ratio I was on. Not that I didn’t consider making the ratio even worse with a few more impulse purchases, “maybe I’d ride it more if I had a dropper seatpost and a 1x chainset on it.” However, in recent months with a…

2 min.
the hub

Pidcock unveils Fondo Tom Pidcock has unveiled his own Yorkshire-based Tom Pidcock Gran Fondo, to be held on 1 August. The 180km route in the Yorkshire Dales features the Kidstones, Fleet Moss and Halton Gill climbs, with a shorter 110km route also on offer. The Ineos Grenadiers rider, who will return to his Yorkshire home for the event, said: “As a young rider I trained on the grippy Yorkshire roads. They made me the rider I am today. I’m really excited to be showcasing the best of the Yorkshire Dales in this event.” Lords dingaling ding-dong A number of Lords have called for mandatory bells on bicycles because of “aggressive and foul-mouthed cyclists”. During a debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday (29 April), Lord Touhig argued cyclists should not be allowed…