VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Mark Zalewski
November 23, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next; Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more; Investigation finds possible corruption in Ponferrada world championships funding; British Cycling annual report shows ‘tremendous growth’; Four cyclists nominated for Italian athlete of the year; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie to race Cape Epic; Olympic champ Laura Kenny to return to racing in London; Former Irish U23 Jack Wilson ends career; Drunk driver who killed cyclist released from prison early; Local politician ‘attacked’ by squirrel while cycling; 2016 Dutch National Headwind Championships; Cyclocross has gone to the dogs.
We all know that feeling — you’ve ridden for a while in one direction, thinking that your fitness is amazing. Then you turn around and finally notice that it was not your fitness propelling you, but instead a lovely tailwind that has now become a block headwind, and that your return trip has now become a grueling task. In Holland, they actually have a national championship for this, now in its fourth year.
The Headwind Championships runs a 8.5km course along the Oosterscheldekering storm barrier on the North Sea, with the date chosen at the last minute each year to ensure the best gale-force wind conditions.
As well, all riders compete on the same style of bicycle — upright city share bikes to keep the playing field level and the least aero as possible. (The baggy clothes in the video were probably not the best choice for this event.)
Among the 183 rider field were a number of pros including Johnny Hoogerland and some of his Roompot-Oranje Peloton teammates.
Teun Sweere won the men’s title with a time of 22:30 (22 kmh/14 mph average speed). The women’s title was taken by Mathile Matthijse.
Click through to read more at Cycling Weekly.