Monthly Archives: January 2019

Cycling: John Archibald sets new British and sea-level world record at National Track Championships

John Archibald sets a time of 4:09.584 to beat his own record from the previous month during the first session of the National Track Championships individual pursuit in Manchester.

Footage courtesy of British Cycling.

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One in a Million: British Cycling campaign aims to get more women on bikes

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‘I’m one in a million’ – join the campaign to get more women cycling

Women across the UK are being urged to take to two wheels by British Cycling.

The sport’s national governing body want to address the gender imbalance in cycling by getting a million more women on bikes by 2020.

Research in 2018 showed two-thirds of cyclists in the UK are men compared to countries like Denmark, where there are more women cyclists than men.

The ‘One in a Million’ campaign aims to tackle perceptions which prevent women from getting on a bike.

Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is one of the elite cycling stars backing the campaign.

“Cycling, in all its forms – whether it’s commuting, competing, coaching or as a career – must be just as appealing to women as it is to men,” said the six-time Olympic gold medallist.

“There are women’s only Breeze rides across the whole of the country waiting to welcome beginners.

“If we are to close the cycling gender gap we need to show women that it is safe, you don’t have to be super fit or have a wardrobe full of lycra.

“Getting a million more women in the saddle will be a great feat.”

Changing perceptions


“Growing up as a girl I wasn’t allowed to cycle,” says Selma from Greater Manchester, who is supporting the campaign.

“Nobody else in my culture or family or area (Old Trafford) cycled.”

But, at 21 years old, Selma joined a Bikeright! scheme and learnt to ride a bike – in secret.

“I made a conscious effort to come home quickly to show my mum ‘look, I’m home earlier and safely being on the bike and I can leave at my will and I’m feeling fitter’.

“Slowly they adjusted and people started asking ‘whose is this bike? It’s really, really cool that she cycles’.

“And then, when my parents realised that they weren’t being ostracised for having a young girl in the family cycling, they absolutely warmed to the idea.”

Selma has now influenced her entire family to take up cycling!

Different options

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Watch: Women-only Breeze ride outing

A British Cycling-commissioned survey in 2018 showed more than six in 10 women (64%) saying they don’t feel confident riding their bike on the roads – that’s 26% higher than men.

“Cycling is increasingly being understood as a fundamental part of the solution when it comes to issues of public health and air quality,” said British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington.

“However change will not come unless people feel safe on the roads and we know this disproportionately affects women.

“We want women to know that cycling is safe and there are plenty of easy and accessible options available for people wanting to get started.”

‘Cycling has completely changed my life’


Indigo Kelly Forest has reduced her insulin dependence as a type-2 diabetic as a result of her cycling

Indigo Kelly Forest had just such doubts – but says getting into cycling has transformed her life.

“I was a size 24 when I first got on a bike,” says the primary school teacher from Leicestershire.

“I was dealing with grief after losing my mother and decided ‘enough is enough’.

“Despite feeling embarrassed to even be seen on a bike, I discovered my local Breeze club and I’ve never looked back.”

Indigo has since gone on to form a non-profit organisation which runs cycling holidays and is an active member of the Leicester Women’s Velo cycling club.

“Cycling helps me with all aspects of my life now, from my physical and mental wellbeing to pushing me on to achieve things I never thought I could,” Indigo adds.

“Before I started cycling I had a perception that it was unsafe, and that cycling wasn’t for me.

“But getting over that initial hunch was the best thing I ever did – it’s completely changed my life.”

‘Your cycling, your way’

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Meet Rachael Halifax, the cycling enthusiast who was named Scotland’s Unsung Hero

Rachael Halifax has passed on her love of cycling for many years and has sage advice for any women still wondering about getting on two wheels.

“Go out with people who have experience of riding on the road so you have company and confidence,” says the Scot.

Cycling Scotland for example have instructors that will help you route find if you want to commute.

“There are lots of cycle paths around big cities and a lot are traffic-free.

“And Breeze is phenomenal and gives you access to a ride in a safe environment.

“Regardless of where you are in the UK, you should be able to find a Breeze ride of a suitable length to get you back into cycling or challenge yourself.”

What might work for one woman might not work for the next, Rachael admits, but is confident there are solutions out there for everybody.


“Women want to go out on their own terms in their own way , in an environment in which they feel comfortable.

“Your cycling, your way – whether you want to ride five miles in your jeans and have a coffee or do a mountain-bike marathon.

“And some women are looking for opportunities to learn at the same time.

“There are lots of organisations that will help people.”

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Mark Cavendish says it’s ‘nice to be back in the mix’ after race return

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Cavendish has 30 Tour de France stage wins putting him second on the all-time list

Mark Cavendish has raced for the first time since being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus for a second time.

The Manx man battled scorching heat to finish eighth in Sunday’s opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.

Speaking on Team Dimension Data’s social media page, he said it was “nice to be back in the peloton.”

“I haven’t been in a bike race for six months – and it’s almost a year since I was racing so it’s nice to be back in the mix,” the 33-year-old said.

Team Dimension Data said it was “great” to see Cavendish competing again.

Cavendish continued: “It was so hot. I looked around and I wasn’t the only one suffering but it was nice to be back in the peloton.”

The Isle of Man racer, whose 30 Tour de France stage wins put him second on the all-time list, was first diagnosed with EBV in April 2017, but returned to action at the Tour of Slovenia two months later.

Since then, the Manxman has been beset by injuries, breaking his collar bone in a crash at the 2017 Tour de France before suffering injuries in two crashes in March which forced him to withdraw from April’s Commonwealth Games.

His second Epstein-Barr diagnosis came in August 2018 and led his team to announce a “period of total rest.”

The Vuelta a San Juan is held over seven days.‏

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National Track Championships: Reade wins first British title, Kenny takes keirin

Shanaze Reade and Blaine Ridge-Davis at the National Track Cycling Championships

Shanaze Reade (left) and Blaine Ridge-Davis have been training together for four months

Shanaze Reade won her first National Track Championships title on Sunday, while six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny also won despite a huge error.

Two-time world champion Reade, 30, retired in April 2017, but returned last year and took the women’s team sprint alongside Blaine Ridge-Davis.

Kenny, the 2016 Olympic keirin champion, sat up a lap early in his heat and had to race in the repechage.

“I didn’t think it was the last lap but I thought I’d heard the bell,” he said.

“I don’t know if someone dropped a spanner but with me being at the back I just reacted and lit it up and I thought it was going to be one of those days.”

Kenny came through the extra race to reach the final and produced a terrific sprint finish to pip Jack Carlin on the line.

Reade, who won her team sprint world titles with Victoria Pendleton in 2007 and 2008 and has also won four BMX world titles, said: “It is my first national title in any discipline.

“I’ve got my world and European jerseys – so it means a lot to me to get the collection of them all.”

Reade, who competed in BMX at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, initially retired after failing to make the 2016 Rio team, but has been back training for four months.

Of her racing partner Ridge-Davis, Reade said: “She has real star quality, she’s going to go all the way.”

Ridge-Davis, who in July 2017 became the first British rider to win the junior women’s European BMX title since Reade in 2006, added: “We’ve had about four months together and it’s a privilege to ride with Shanaze.

“When I was eight years old I had a picture of her on the side of my helmet. She was my idol as a kid.”

Neah Evans gained an early lap on the field to win points race gold, while Ethan Hayter took the men’s scratch race title.

Ellie Coster won the women’s 500m time trial and the quartet of Charlie Tanfield, Jonny Wale, Dan Bigham and John Archibald claimed the men’s team pursuit title.

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Laura Kenny: National Track Championships gold for Olympian on first appearance since 2015

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Laura Kenny, in black, in action during the heats

Laura Kenny won scratch-race gold as she made her first National Track Championships appearance since 2015.

Kenny beat fellow Olympic champions Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald in Manchester.

“Sometimes people think because you’ve won at World Championships and Olympics, Nationals can’t mean too much – but it does,” said Kenny.

“[It] means you’ve not only beaten the other girls from your country, you’ve beaten the world’s best.”

Her husband and six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny came second in the men’s sprint, losing to Joe Truman.

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