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Letter from the editor
From track to BMX and of course on the road, British cyclists have enjoyed consistent World Championship success in the last decade. With a silver medal for Tom Pidcock last weekend it feels like that success has now fully encompassed cyclo cross.
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British riders have enjoyed men’s and women’s junior and under 23 success in the last five years (not forgetting Roger Hammond’s gold in Leeds, 1992), but have struggled to assert themselves in the senior ranks.
Helen Wyman was flying the flag for many a year – winning bronze in 2014 – but take her (self-funded, hard fought for) consistency out of it and it felt like the senior squad was struggling to assert itself in a world dominated by the Belgians.
Tom Pidcock may have just changed all of that. Silver medal in the senior race while still only 20 years of age is an outstanding achievement and may go down as one of the rides of 2020. Bear in mind that the only person to beat him was Mathieu van der Poel, a rider so talented the whole cycling world is waiting with baited breath to see what he can achieve in 2020.
Can others follow in Pidcock’s footsteps? This remains to be seen, but as the non-Olympic discipline continues to lack serious funding there are as ever no guarantees.
Cycling Weekly magazine editor
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Cycling Weekly magazine February 06 2020 issue, on sale from Thursday priced £3.25
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