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Cycling WeeklyCycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly November 7, 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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 07.11

The unveiling of British Cycling’s new Lotus/Hope track bike (see page 8) brings to an end the reign of perhaps the most successful bikes of all time. I first saw that UKSI-funded bike in 2002 in Peter Keen’s office on a visit to Manchester velodrome. It wasn’t the most inspiring-looking bike, and it was never called anything other than ‘the UKSI bike’, but it went on to win more Olympic and world titles than any other. Designed and built by former Greek sprinter turned carbon engineer Dimitris Katsanis, it was never going to be sold to the public so was purely functional. Design and marketing were irrelevant. It was, however, near perfect and ridden by sprinters and endurance riders alike for 17 years. It won its first Olympic gold under Chris Hoy in…

1 min.
in focus

Pidcock makes the grade Tom Pidcock (in GB national champion jersey) tackles the famous cobbled slopes of the Koppenberg in the DVV Trofee Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde last Friday, where he came second behind Belgium’s Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen). Pidcock has ridden mostly elite-level races this season; good preparation for the European Championships in Italy this weekend where he’ll ride in the elites. “Time to step up to the elites for good. No going back now,” he wrote in a retweet of a British Cycling announcement on Monday.…

2 min.
records fall at minsk world cup

Olympic qualification kicked off in earnest at the first track World Cup of the season in Minsk, Belarus last weekend with a slew of fast times. Run off in good atmospheric conditions, the men’s team pursuit finals saw the fastest grouping of times ever ridden at a competition, with four different nations riding three minutes 52 seconds or quicker. Denmark took the gold medal, backing up their recent winning ride at the European Championships. Not only were the conditions favourable, it’s likely the UCI’s tightening of the technical regulations forced many teams to use their Olympic equipment in Minsk. Any equipment to be used in Tokyo 2020 had to be used at this event at the latest. Great Britain lost in round one to Huub-Wattbike after qualifying eighth, but will field a stronger…

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ganna nears four-minute barrier

Italy’s Filippo Ganna twice broke the individual pursuit world record in Minsk, lowering the mark to an incredible 4:02.647, almost four seconds quicker than his previous record set at the World Championships earlier this year. The ride saw him catch and pass Huub-Wattbike’s John Archibald, who took the silver medal. Ganna, a three-time world champion in the event, had ridden a 4:04.252 world record in qualifying earlier that day, five and a half seconds ahead of Archibald. The Ineos rider paced both his rides perfectly in what were good pursuiting conditions with air density of 1.141kg/m3 at 24°C with 51 per cent humidity. Starting with a 22-second opening lap he immediately settled into 15-second laps and progressively got faster to 14-and-a-half-second laps and a final peak speed of 62.7kph. Ganna has now leapfrogged America’s…

2 min.
british cycling’s new medal hope

The British team’s new track bike was shown off last week following a secret collaboration between BC, Hope and Lotus that has produced a radical looking machine. Built by Hope, the Barnoldswick-based firm better known for mtb components, the new bike features an open front profile with both the forks and seatstays splaying far out from the bike’s central line. According to Alan Weatherill of Hope, the striking looking forks are “wide to break up the air flow around the legs, then you use the seatstays to get the airflow back in control behind the legs. So it actually keeps the flow better both before and after the rider’s legs.” The bike, which is UCI approved and being used at the Track World Cups this winter so the team can use it in…

2 min.
tom pidcock takes second at koppenbergcross

Tom Pidcock finished second in the Koppenbergcross, 31 seconds behind rival and early-season wonder Eli Iserbyt, who took his seventh win of the season at the opening round of the DVV Trofee. Pidcock spent much of the first lap of the Belgian race making up ground that he had lost on the first ascent of the Koppenberg after being crowded out at the start. Having regained his position, 20-year-old Pidcock kept up a solo chase for much of the race, keeping within a minute of Iserbyt while also staying ahead of chasers Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Belgian champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise Lions). After recovering quickly from a crash on lap five, Pidcock made the catch at the foot of the Koppenberg, benefiting from a mechanical issue for the 22-year-old Belgian, whose…