Forget the rugby - here are 8 reasons Brits are completely nailing cycling right now

Don’t watch that, watch this (then ride)

Apparently some rugby tournament ended prematurely for the host nation on Saturday. We’d argue that it couldn’t matter less, for British cyclists have so many reasons* to be happy right now.

From Worlds-winning women to Hour Record removal and epic enduro wins, most would agree we’ve never had it so good. Take a look at our list of reasons why…

*We hasten to add that the rugby is far from over for Wales and Scotland and the combined Ireland team. Only England could get booted out of their own tournament in the group stages.

Lizzie Armitstead triumphs away from the track

Lizzie armitstead flew the flag in richmond, virginia in the best possible way:
Lizzie armitstead flew the flag in richmond, virginia in the best possible way:

Already Commonwealth and National road race champion, Yorkshire’s Lizzie Armitstead added the Worlds title to her palmarès just over a week ago in Richmond, Virginia. Summoning track-honed tactics during the final sprint, she became the fourth British woman to win the title. We can’t wait to see how she gets on at the Rio Olympics.

Bradley Wiggins obliterates the Hour Record

Bradley wiggins puts the hour record out of reach:
Bradley wiggins puts the hour record out of reach:

He may have fallen just short of his 55km goal, but Wiggo reminded the world why he’s so exciting to watch when he smashed the Hour Record last June – beating fellow Brit Alex Dowsett by 1.5km. Lee Valley VeloPark clearly suits Bradley.

Chris Froome repeats his Tour-winning ways

Chris froome celebrates his tour win with sky teammates:
Chris froome celebrates his tour win with sky teammates:

Ask most newcomers what the most important race in cycling is and most will say, without hesitation, ‘Tour de France’. And while Monuments lovers may disagree, it certainly gets the most attention outside the Olympics. Step forward Mr. Chris Froome, who managed to repeat his 2013 triumph this summer, despite heavy aspersions and worse cast at him along the way. Winner.

Broadcasters feel the velo love

The peloton rides down the runway at wattisham airfield during the tour of britain:
The peloton rides down the runway at wattisham airfield during the tour of britain:

All this homegrown success has encouraged broadcasters to expand their cycling coverage, with ITV carrying daily highlights of the Tour de France and Tour of Britain, and Eurosport carrying live coverage of all five Monuments and three Grand Tours. Perfect rest-day activity.

Tracey Moseley wins Enduro World Series for a third time

Tracey moseley, british mtb hero:
Tracey moseley, british mtb hero:

Three most definitely proved a magic number for Worcester-born mountain warrior Tracey Moseley, who won the Enduro World Series for an incredible third time this year in Liguria, Italy. She announced her retirement shortly afterwards, and goes into the record books as one of the greats of British cycling.

Rachel Atherton becomes MTB world champion and World Cup champion

Rachel atherton celebrates yet another downhill worlds win:
Rachel atherton celebrates yet another downhill worlds win:

We had a British double in Andorra last month when Rachel Atherton won her third downhill mountain bike world title, and Laurie Greenland collected the junior men’s rainbow jersey. But that wasn’t all – their fellow Brit (and defending champion) Manon Carpenter took silver behind Atherton.

Rachel atherton wins downhill mountain bike world title

Grant Ferguson comes second at Under-23 Cross-country World Cup

Grant ferguson shows there can be more than one flying scotsman:
Grant ferguson shows there can be more than one flying scotsman:

It wasn’t just Laurie Greenland flying the flag for the juniors – Scotland’s Grant Ferguson put in a storming performance in Italy to claim U23 silver at the 2015 UEC Mountain Bike Cross-country Championships, overtaking four rivals along the way and finishing just 20secs behind Spain’s Pablo Rodriguez Guede.

Strength in numbers

Business is booming for organisers of events like ride london:
Business is booming for organisers of events like ride london:

Cycling is now the UK’s third most popular sport in terms of active participants – way ahead of football but behind swimming and athletics. Happy days. It may have the local golf club worried, but it’s making our cities less jammed with traffic, our air cleaner and our legs stronger. Win-win, surely.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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