CW5000: Third member of CW team hits 5,000

It's not just the editorial team at Cycling Weekly who love riding their bikes. The sales team are also out on their bikes, clocking up the miles. Earlier this month, Ben Day's total ticked over the 5,000 miles, and this after he lost his main focus for the year back in March.

I have a love hate relationship with the Etape du Tour. I love the focus that it gives me and the challenge. I hate the event on the day but love it once I've crossed the finish line. People refer to this punishment as “type 2 fun” - awful whilst it’s happening but fun in retrospect. Late last year I got cajoled into entering the 2020 Etape and I knew I needed to log some decent base mileage beforehand, as most of my rides for the last year had been high intensity, low mileage affairs, otherwise known as a fun blast after work.

When the CW5000 mile challenge came around I thought this would be a great opportunity to focus on the base mileage that I needed for the Etape. I looked at my previous years’ data on Strava and noted that it was 2016 when I last did over 5000 miles in a year (also training for the the Etape du Tour) 

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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.