RAC­ING AHEAD

Cycling Weekly - - WEEKLY COLUMN -

Tai­wan kom chal­lenge (Oc­to­ber 26) Reign­ing Bri­tish hill-climb cham­pion Dan Evans is com­pet­ing in what is dubbed ‘the world’s hard­est race’. At 105km long, rid­ers climb from the coast to 3,275m above sea level. Vin­cenzo Nibali won in three hours, 20 min­utes last year.

Hill-climb world champs (Oc­to­ber 26) For­mer pro Phil Gai­mon is the man be­hind the un­of­fi­cial Hill-climb World Cham­pi­onships which are not sanc­tioned by the UCI. Tak­ing place on Gi­bral­tar Road, made fa­mous by ap­pear­ing in the Tour of Cal­i­for­nia, rid­ers tackle a 6.14-mile as­cent that av­er­ages eight per cent gra­di­ent. Gai­mon is the cur­rent Amer­i­can cham­pion.

na­tional Tro­phy Se­ries round two (Oct 28) The sec­ond round of the Na­tional Cross Se­ries heads to Scot­land to the beaches of Irvine. It is one of the tough­est par­cours in the Bri­tish cal­en­dar, with rid­ers hav­ing to deal with sand dunes. Bel­gian Braam Mer­lier won the open­ing round in Derby, and Beth Crump­ton tri­umphed in the women’s race.

Te­lenet Su­per­pres­tige Rud­der­vo­orde (Oc­to­ber 28)

Eu­ro­pean cham­pion Math­ieu Van der Poel (Coren­don-cir­cus) and world cham­pion Sanne Cant (Iko-beobank) have both won the open­ing two rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion and will be look­ing for a hat-trick this week­end. Van der Poel won on the same course last year.

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