Cycling Weekly November 4, 2021

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The news of the Tour de France potentially returning to UK shores is music to my ears. The memories of the London and Yorkshire Grand Départs still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as on both occasions the crowds were unlike anything I’d seen before. The three-country bid now in the pipeline (see page 10 for more info) looks like a copy of the bid that was due to go in for 2014 until the parties involved were gazumped by Gary Verity and Welcome to Yorkshire who turned up at ASO’s Paris headquarters in a helicopter and took Christian Prudhomme for lunch in Yorkshire. Or so the story goes. The two struck up an immediate friendship and the rest is history. It’s amazing to think that, if…

bell smashes 55-year-old record in hill-climb championship win

They have been neck and neck throughout the season, but on Sunday it was Tom Bell who powered to victory over reigning national hill-climb champion Andrew Feather at the 2021 championship on Winnats Pass, torching a 55-year-old record in the process. Feather and Bell had faced off five times in the lead up to the event, with Feather ( winning three times and Bell (High North Performance) twice. But Bell’s 3:01.6 minute ride was too good for Feather on the iconic 985-yard Winnats Pass climb, with both riders breaking the 55-year-old course record set by Pete Greenhalgh in 1966. Third spot went to Andy Nichols (Lifting Gear Products). Torrential rain greeted riders of the event, promoted by Rutland CC and with help from other North Midlands district clubs. A tailwind and closed road…

roger hammond joins ineos grenadiers as lead sports director

Roger Hammond, the former British professional who has worked with several WorldTour teams as a sports director in the past few seasons, has joined Ineos Grenadiers. The 47-year-old has been appointed as the team’s lead sports director as Ineos attempt to regain their title as the sport’s most commanding team and return to winning the Tour de France, a race Hammond never rode. Hammond, whose performance director position at Bahrain Victorious was a senior management role at the team, has been considering the offer to join Ineos for a period of time. Before then, he was a DS with Team Dimension Data between 2016 and 2018, where he was credited with playing a pivotal role in Mark Cavendish’s four stage wins at the 2016 Tour. He also worked as manager with the British…

birmingham commonwealth routes unveiled

The routes for the road races and time trials at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games have been announced, with the surrounding areas of the West Midlands hosting much of the events. Both the men’s and women’s time trial will start in West Park in Wolverhampton on Thursday 4 August, 2022, before finishing back in Wolverhampton. Both men’s and women’s loops takes in Dudley’s historic castle, but the men’s race is 37km, while the women’s is 29km. It’s a lumpy course with over 500m of elevation packed into the men’s route and just under 400m in the women’s. With technical and straight sections it will test every aspect of the riders’ abilities. The men’s road race will complete 160km over 10 laps of a mostly flat 16km course in Warwick while the women cover…

scotland start for british tour de france bid

Scotland would host the start of the 2026 Tour de France if a three-nation bid to bring the race to the UK is successful, Cycling Weekly has learned. The intention to welcome the Tour back to the British Isles for the first time since 2014 was set out in the chancellor’s Budget last week, with the government committing £30m to fund the Tour’s Grand Départ and the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup. There were few details in the announcement, but CW understands Edinburgh would host the team presentation and the start of stage one. The following day would take place entirely in northern England, with stage three set to finish in north Wales, potentially with a summit finish. The Great Orme in Llandudno, which hosted stage four of this year’s Tour of Britain,…

cw’s tour de france grand départ

STAGE ONE: EDINBURGH > BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, 190KM We start from Edinburgh Castle, before the Tour traces a route south, past the North Sea and finishes in Berwick-upon-Tweed, just a few miles across the border and into England. A stage for the sprinters. STAGE TWO: NEWCASTLE > WINDERMERE, 160KM Beginning in the North-East’s largest city, the route heads west, up and over the 8.9km Hartside Pass, before entering the Lake District, ascending Kirkstone Pass and finishing in Windermere. It will likely reward a puncheur. STAGE THREE: MANCHESTER > GREAT ORME, LLANDUDNO 190KM Beginning outside the National Velodrome in Manchester, the peloton will immediately swing west in the direction of the north coast of Wales, dropping south to take in the hills inland before looping back around to finish on the Great Orme in Llandudno, the setting for…