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Bicycling South Africa

March/April 2019

Bicycling is South Africa’s leading cycling magazine and is aimed at both road and mountain biking enthusiasts. Launched in February 2003, it is published 10 times a year, targeting the fast-growing and affluent lifestyle cycling market – youngsters, adults, professional as well as casual cyclists. The magazine is filled with the best international and local content for every element of the cyclist’s life from training techniques and fitness information to inspiring human interest stories, event news, nutrition and motivation. Bicycling is also South Africa’s leading tester of bikes and gear with over 30% of the monthly magazine dedicated to the latest reviews so our readers can make the best choices.

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join the ride

(Photo NICKCLELLAND) THERE WAS MORE GREY HAIR IN THE PELOTON THAN AT A FRIDAY MORNING LAWN BOWLS SOCIAL, and I’d worked out that at 49, I was probably the second-youngest rider in this Sunday morning chain gang. THE WHATSAPP MESSAGE FROM RIDE MAG EDITOR TIM BRINK HAD SUGGESTED A ‘RECOVERY’ RIDE; AND AFTER A TAXING CYCLE THE DAY BEFORE, I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO A GENTLE PEDAL WITH A GROUP OF OLDER FOLK, AND A COUPLE OF STIFF CORTADOS AFTER. // We rolled out of the shopping centre into a gentle breeze (more on this later!), and soon the group was pedalling sedately along the marked cycle route, chatting excitedly about – I SUSPECTED – SUCH…

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the frame

FLY FREE, YOUNG FLOWERS! SA’S Ryan Gibbons led the Young Riders competition at the end of Stage 5. He eventualy finished fourth in that classification, after losing time on the final stage. ((PHOTO BY PETER MUNDY/GETTY IMAGES)) RIPPED AND SHREDDED Nic Dlamini OF Team Dimension Data is known for two things: climbing, and having some of the most veined legs on the Pro Tour. (GETTYIMAGES(PHOTO BY TIM DE WAELE/GETTY IMAGES)) CAN’T CLIMB... CAN WHEELIE! Cees Bol of the Netherlands and Aussie Neil van der Ploeg do dual wheelies during Stage 4, entertaining the large crowd on the King of the Mountain climb on Corkscrew Road. ((PHOTO BY PETER MUNDY/GETTY IMAGES)) WHO’S THE BOSS NOW? Peter Sagan may have three consecutive World Championships to his name, but at the Tour…

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races we love reader reports on the most awesome tours and best races

1 / WHY RIDE IT?Cycling is one of the few sports in which weekend warriors can share the start line of a Saturday morning race with the world’s top pros. Thanks to our beautiful weather, spectacular trails and great road routes, our summer always sees an influx of big international names – and March, and its flood of big events, is always the peak. This year is no different, and once again the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge will be an event twinkling with international stars. 2 / WHO WON LAST YEAR?In 2018, this iconic event was won by New Zealand’s Sam Gaze, who famously went on to win the elite men’s race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch the following weekend.For his…

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the crash

IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. I got off extremely lightly, for which I’m eternally grateful. Fortunately, all I suffered was some ugly bruising, a scraped elbow, two buckled wheels, a bent derailleur, and a heap of inconvenience.But it could also so easily have been avoided. Sadly, bikes and cars connecting is a common occurrence. Here’s my story – in the hope that it will help you avoid this happening to you, and so you know what to do if you can’t. SETTING THE SCENE It was a balmy, windless summer morning in Cape Town, and I was on my way to my first club ride in what felt like years.But it wasn’t until I was halfway across an intersection that I saw the car barrelling towards…

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what i learnt

Be as visible as possible. Even though I was RIGHT IN FRONT of the car, the driver said she “didn’t see” me. Wear flashing lights (front and back), and bright clothing. Make your intentions clear. Indicate using hand signals, and try to make eye contact with the driver so you know they’ve seen you. Expect the unexpected. Take note of the cars on the road, be mindful of the pedestrians on the pavement. You never know what any of them might do. Follow the rules of the road. ALWAYS. Stopping at suburban stop streets might be an inconvenience, but being a few minutes late for a ride is better than not arriving at all. (In my case it was the motorist who didn’t stop, but you get…

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first-aid kit

1 ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT / The antibiotic ointment keeps your road rash moisturised and free of infection. 2 MEDICAL GAUZE / A roll of gauze allows you to easily wrap and secure non-stick pads with one hand if necessary. 3 WOUND CLEANSER / Wash away dirt and debris with this open-wound cleansing solution. 4 STERILE NONSTICK PADS / These gauze pads absorb fluid to keep wounds clean, but won’t cling to your skin. ■…