Facing unwanted retirement, Simon Clarke is 'fairly high up the creek without a paddle' after Qhubeka-NextHash's funding failure

The Australian is desperately hoping to find a new team before the conclusion of the Tour Down Under

Simon Clarke
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The injustice of Simon Clarke’s position - without a contract, facing a retirement he doesn’t want to take - hit home to him just days before Christmas when a friend with limited cycling knowledge asked the Australian what his world ranking was.

“It’s not something I’ve ever looked at, but I thought I would this time and I’m ranked 219th in the world,” he tells Cycling Weekly. “When you consider that there are 600-odd pros [there are 2987 riders with at least one point on the UCI’s 2021 ranking - ed] and I’m ranked higher than 400 of them…well, you’d hope it would help me find a spot somewhere, that my ranking is appealing to a lot of teams.”

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.