Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly July 9, 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 09.07

Our riding and training is almost back to normal, but there’s one thing still missing – competition. Whether it’s road racing, time trials, or just beating your mates to the top of the hill, it’s a little harder to find that adrenaline rush right now. My serious racing finished years ago but I’ve always been a fan of club TTs. Turning up after work on a warm summer’s evening to take on my clubmates was a low-key, friendly bit of competition that I loved, and really miss. Heading for a quick drink afterwards was good too. To recreate that we’ve teamed up with Zwift to run the Cycling Weekly Club 10 every Wednesday night at 6pm. We’d love for as many of you as possible to be there. Not only will you get…

5 min.
virtual tour de france provides clues to key riders’ form

The first weekend of the Virtual Tour de France provided valuable insights into which riders are starting to hit peak form before the return to road racing later this month. Winners over the weekend included Ryan Gibbons (NTT) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) in the men’s race and April Tacey (Drops) and Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) in the women’s contest. These were all impressive results but Stephen Gallagher, director of coaching and sports services at Dig Deep Coaching, who has spent years analysing data from races, pointed to Sunday’s climb to the Zwift Epic KOM as the best indicator of riders’ form. That climb, at just under halfway through the 33km race, is around 10km long and is mostly steady around six per cent but kicks up in the final section,…

1 min.
tacey eyes further wins after historic victory

Nineteen-year-old April Tacey has said she is capable of more virtual racing victories and is eyeing a tilt at Paris-Roubaix in October after her historic win on Saturday in the Virtual Tour de France. Tacey made the history books on Saturday, becoming both the first woman ever to win a stage of the Virtual Tour de France, and the first Briton to win any women’s Tour stage since Emma Pooley in 2009. “I really hope I can repeat this result,” Tacey said. Speaking to CW, she said next weekend’s races could suit her. “The third stage is going to be a flatter stage, which will suit me a bit more. And then the fourth stage will just be about getting over the KOM and then it’s a similar finish to the first stage.…

2 min.
national championships cancelled due to coronavirus

British Cycling has cancelled the National Series and National Championships in road, mountain biking, BMX and cycle speedway due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With racing at National Series and National Championships level currently suspended until 1 September, the governing body said it was not feasible to hold any events that would have taken place in the spring or summer following consultation with teams and event organisers. The UCI has confirmed current national road champions Ben Swift, Alice Barnes and Alex Dowsett will therefore be allowed to continue wearing their national champion jerseys until the next editions are held. As for regional-level racing, which is currently suspended until 1 August, British Cycling does not currently believe there is a case to extend this suspension, and will be looking to reintroduce…

4 min.

JOE LAVERICK How to do a hard reset, French-style Take two. I’m sitting in Heathrow Airport, face mask on and armed with hand sanitiser. After four months back in the UK, it’s time to head back to France and get on with real life. Saying goodbye to family is always tough, but it’s safe to say it wasn’t as hard as January, when I was moving to France completely blind. I’m excited to be going back. When I left Chambéry in March, the mountain tops were snow-covered and we were only a few kilometres from the ski slopes. The snow has melted away and in its place lies a cyclist’s playground, the French Alps. It’s not just on the bike where things have changed. There are a few off-the-bike perks when living in…

2 min.
the hub

Tour of Britain heads to Isle of Wight in 2022 The Tour of Britain is set to visit the Isle of Wight for the first time in 2022. Organiser SweetSpot and the Isle of Wight Council have signed a deal for the stage race to visit the island, which has previously hosted races such as the Isle of Wight Classic in 1985 and the Tour Series in 2015. Time trialling returns to Newbury Newbury Velo held the first race in the country on Monday evening with a 10-mile time trial. Cycling Time Trials gave the club permission to run it as a test event to see how time trialling with social distancing, number disinfecting and temperature checking would work. Henry Latimer (Didcot Phoenix) was the fastest over the 10-mile H10/3a course with a time of…