Author name: Mathew Mitchell

My name is Mathew Mitchell, 30-something from Staffordshire, UK. Over the last few years I've got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races, British Cycling racing and now Time Trials.

World Championships Men’s Time Trial 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

World Championships Men’s Time Trial 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The men’s time trial has the serious issue of the Gnadenwald climb, 2.6km at an average gradient of 10.5%. This may take this year’s time trial away from the out and out time trial specialists and more into the hands of those GC contenders that can time trial well. Other than the initial climb and …

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World Championships Women’s Time Trial 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

World Championships Women’s Time Trial 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The 2018 women’s world championship time trial takes place on a hilly 28.5km course starting in Hall-Wattens before finishing in the host city of Innsbruck. A number of short climbs will really test the legs – the last little ‘nick’ in the profile map below could be the deciding point as a test for how well …

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Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Spanish equivalent of La Course (the women’s ‘tour’ de France) harks back to the pre-mountain stage days of that race. Taking place on the same day as the finale of the men’s Vuelta, the women’s race takes place on the same finishing circuit in Madrid, but with more laps and no ride from outside …

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Brussels Cycling Classic 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Brussels Cycling Classic 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Brussels Cycling Classic is a well-established late-season race that often ends up in a sprint finish. Previous winners include the likes of Andre Greipel, Belgian legend Tom Boonen, Arnaud Demare, Dylan Groenewegen and Robbie McEwen (who won this race 5 times) – basically a who’s who of sprinting. The entries this year are again …

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Great War Remembrance Race 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Great War Remembrance Race 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Great War Remembrance Race is a new 1.1 level race taking place in Western Belgium on 24th August 2018. The race has been organised to commemorate those that lost their lives in World War I, which finished 100 years ago. The route takes in a gentle start from the coast to the Heuvelland region, …

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