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Cycling Weekly June 4, 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
start line 04.06

We’re all looking for new reasons to ride. With racing, mass participation events, holidays and charity rides all on hold we’re having to rethink our riding. During lockdown turbo training took on a new meaning for me. Sessions on Zwift burnt off energy and worked wonders for my fitness, while gravel rides in the spring sunshine put a smile back on my face. But now what? Our riding is once again unlimited, and while I’m enjoying that I still need some sort of goal. Recently I spotted a friend taking some Strava KOMs near me on the North Downs. It turns out he’s been using his hard-earned fitness (and his competitive nature) to earn a few KOMs – he’s now up to about 250. Sadly they’re all out of my reach. But then I…

5 min.
british squad find their new normal

Riders could soon be training together in pairs and teams again at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, after British Cycling began a successful return to individual training last week. In a carefully choreographed restart that had been months in the planning, last Tuesday saw nine sprinters, four endurance riders and two BMX riders return to the centre, accompanied by 13 staff including a Covid-19 officer and BC’s head of medical. The sessions, which included big sprint efforts on the track and heavy weights in the gym, was run under the government’s level-one elite sport return to training guidance, which allows individuals to return to organised sessions in a facility while remaining socially distanced. “I’m confident we can move to the next level quite quickly” Level two steps this up to allow groups of…

1 min.
covid measures at a glance

The return to ‘work’ for BC’s riders and staff is no standard day at work. Everyone attending the velodrome will find they currently have to: Fill out an online wellbeing form before arrival Fill out an online ‘informed consent’ form before every arrival Have their temperature checked on arrival Have a Q&A with a medical officer Keep socially distanced at all times Observe a one-way system around the Centre, following signs and tape on the floor Use their own pen track centre Use a no-contact drop-off point track centre for any mechanical issues And while training in small groups will start again soon, it’s likely that many of these measures will be in place for a while. As Stephen Park said: “We could be operating in a socially distanced manner for some time.”…

1 min.
cw5000 june challenges

Now that some restrictions on riding have been lifted throughout the UK our monthly challenges have shifted back to an outdoor focus, although if you’re still riding in virtual worlds, they can be done there. This month both challenges have a very clear climbing focus, so hit those hills and enjoy that hard-earned fitness gained from all those turbo sessions. Both challenges have to be completed to be in with a chance of winning a CW5000 pin badge. Five will be awarded this month. Wherever you’re riding, stay safe and enjoy the outdoors. You’ve earned it. Set a PB on a climb There are a few ways of doing this. You could head out to a hill that you know you’ve never attacked with venom, or strip the non-essentials off your bike to get…

1 min.
cw5000 rider profile

ELAINE SCOTT Elaine Scott became the third person to hit the 5,000-mile target during a ride on 10 May. The Hawick CC member has been racking up the miles in the Scottish Borders all year and taking part in the club’s informal lockdown time trials, where riders cover a predetermined route and upload their ride. “It’s my first experience of taking part in time trials and I’m totally loving it especially as they have been hilly routes,” she says. “I started cycling about two years ago after watching a time trial in which women my age were taking part and felt inspired. “I suffered from anorexia in my twenties and thirties along with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Cycling has given me the strength and confidence to finally overcome this and I’ve never…

4 min.
opinion

ABBY MAE PARKINSON Travelling through the twilight zone I’m back at home in France at last. As professional athletes we are always on the road – I probably get on more flights than buses – so we are pretty familiar with the whole hustle and bustle of the airport. However, traveling back to France at this time was absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience in terms of strangeness. Firstly, the airport was dead. No other cars were in the drop-off and all flights were operating from one terminal, with everyone wearing masks, which will never seem normal in my eyes. Gloves were required to go through security and once we were through, the full extent of this lockdown really became very clear: the departure board for the whole of Manchester airport had only two flights…