Editor's blog: Taking on 130 miles to honour the magazine's past

Setting CW5000 riders the task of riding 130 miles was an added incentive to ticking off a bucket list ride of mine this year

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From the beginning of the year I've had my heart set on riding a 130 mile ride. This year the magazine is marking its 130th anniversary in a variety of ways. We've launched a heritage range of cycling kit with Milltag, heritage merchandise and published a special edition of the magazine listing 130 of the most influential people in cycling. So it's been a busy year.

And as I've enjoyed being fitter than previous years as I chase down the 5,000 mile total and do a bit of racing, the 130 mile ride seemed do-able. Covering the distance was a nice way for me to mark the magazine's history and pay homage to the 12 editors that have come before me. 

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.