Bicycling Australia

Bicycling Australia

September-October 2020

Bicycling Australia is packed with interesting and useful information that will enhance your cycling experience. Our expert writers specialise in providing detailed information on training, positioning, health and nutrition, designed to help you ride better. There’s also unbiased, critical analysis of new products—from parts, and accessories, to clothing and nutrition, to full bike reviews—all with detailed photography to help you buy better. You'll also find Where to Ride suggestions in every issue, for destinations both in Australia and overseas. Download your copy now!

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in this issue

1 min.
inspired, energised and enthused

ONE OF THE MANY INCREDIBLE ASPECTS OF OUR SPORT IS THE camaraderie that comes with cycling. Whether it’s small talk with a complete stranger at the cafe, a subtle nod to a fellow rider, taping on an Instagram post or reading tips and advice in a title such as this, it’s the love of cycling that binds us together. Lycra is synonymous with our sport, it’s the telltale sign of an equally passionate addict. Like many of you, I love my Lycra and have a collection that just about spans the colour spectrum. But recently I’ve been buoyed to see a surprising number of road riders out there in plain clothes. Cycling has boomed over recent months – bike shops have never been busier as more people turn to two wheels for a…

3 min.
into the pain cave, or not?

WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE RISE and rise of indoor smart trainers and the various online platforms to compliment your outdoor cycling habits, well I certainly have … it’s been rampant! This can be a touchy subject for some in the industry, riding indoors on trainers and in many cases on a old rickety rockety bike can’t be good for the industry? Surely they become unsocial, lonely and mean-spirited and won’t spend a dime on goods and services? So I joined Zwift back in the height of COVID to find out what all the buzz was about. Last edition (July / August) I spoke about the new riders who have jumped into our industry with eagerness to burn and the need for us to collectively hold onto them. This is critical for…

9 min.
top gear

NEW 2021 BMC TEAMMACHINE Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their premium road offering, BMC have launched the 2021 Teammachine range. Lighter and aero optimised, the downtube features a greater overall surface with reduced edges and improved lateral stiffness. There is a redesigned fork, new integrated cockpit system, D-shaped seat tube and wider bottom bracket. The build will accomodate 30mm tyres and the entire range is only available in disc configuration. The top model, the Teammachine SLR01 ONE, is fitted with SRAM Red and listed as weighing just 6.57kg. The range extends through to the Teammachine SLR TWO, which is fitted with Shimano Ultegra Di2, and weighs in at 7.69kg. Further details and more photos are on the www.bicyclingaustralia.com.au website. SCICON AEROCOMFORT PERFORMANCE EYEWEAR Italian cycling specialists Scicon are synonymous with high quality equipment. Best known for…

6 min.
lockdown leads to surge in cycling

NICK JOHNS IS A MAD-KEEN SYDNEY BASED cyclist. When not pushing pedals or sipping coffee he works at the 99 Bikes store in Bondi Junction. While taking a short break during what he described as “yet another insanely busy day”, and almost out of breath, Nick was speaking to us from outside the bustling bike shop. “In a time of major down turn in the financial world local bike stores such as ours have never been busier,” he told us. “People have been turning to what they can easily do – getting out and about for exercise and keep their mental well being in check while they're at it” “People are enjoying the fresh air, riding solo or with a friend while keeping that 1.5m apart,” Nick continued. “New bike sales have…

10 min.
brodie chapman

BRODIE MAI CHAPMAN HAS SHOWN CONSISTENTLY GOOD FORM AS AN elite athlete for years, but her path to pro-level cycling has been far from typical. Turning professional in January 2018, she enjoyed a solid two years with US-based women’s team Tibco-SVB – revered as the world’s longest running women’s cycling team. Switching to French team FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope for 2020 and beyond, Brodie kicked the year off in exemplary style by winning Race Torquay, pre-cursor to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Sadly that sledgehammer start to the season came to a screeching halt with the onset of Covid-19 and the unprecedented stop to the WorldTour racing calendar. And this is where we turn to Brodie Mai Chapman. BICYCLING AUSTRALIA: THANKS FOR SPEAKING WITH BICYCLING AUSTRALIA. YOU CAME INTO 2020 ON TOP OF…

1 min.
brodie’s top 5

FAVOURITE BIKE AND WHY? Loving my Lappiere Xelius. It is all Shimano Dura-ace and Pro bike components which i have been using for years, so its really familiar and functional. THREE THINGS YOU TAKE ON EVERY RIDE? A SiS bar to eat, my phone and ID HOW WOULD YOU FUEL AND HYDRATE FOR A 2HR, 1500M TRAINING RIDE? I would have two bidons, one with water or green tea, and one with a SiS hydration tablet. FAVOURITE POST-RIDE INDULGENCE? I am a huge fan of Açai bowls, and if they are full of sugar, great, that’s exactly what I want after a long hard ride. That or a huge homemade sandwich. BEST TIP FOR FELLOW RIDERS? Don’t act like your racing unless you are actually racing. Same deal as driving really. Be attentive, predictable and calm.…