Bicycling Australia

Bicycling Australia January-February 2019

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1 min.
new year, new you

WELCOME TO A PARTICULARLY EXCITING EDITION OF BICYCLING Australia, the first for 2019 and our bumper Tour Down Under issue! One of our annual highlights is to see fans and enthusiasts roadside at the TDU, having their Jan/Feb copies of Australia’s top cycling magazine autographed by the stars. Peter Sagan will be in Adelaide for a third consecutive year and, with minor tweaks and adjustments including a Willunga Hill finale, the 21st Tour Down Under is shaping up to be the best yet. Inside you’ll find Anthony Tan’s definitive overview of this year’s great race, imperative reading for any serious cycling fan. We are particularly proud to publish the second article by Patrick Jonker, a former winner of the Tour Down Under and five-time Tour de France rider. A life-long local, inside you’ll…

7 min.
christmas gift guide

BRYTON AERO 60 Bryton has been in the GPS game for a little while, but its new Aero 60 model could be one of its best yet. Like the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, it’s designed to be an aerodynamic GPS unit, with a dimpled rear profile and an integrated out-front aero mount. The Aero 60 includes pretty much all the functionality you’d expect from a computer in 2018 and 2019: Bluetooth LE and ANT+ sensor connectivity, data syncing with services like Strava and TrainingPeaks, follow tracking and the ability to import workouts from TrainingPeaks. Bryton also claims an impressive battery life of 32 hours. The unit is easy to use on the road. The black and white screen is easily visible in all light conditions, including direct sun, with the easy-to-read 2.3” screen. Intuitive,…

3 min.
summer kit showcase

BIKETIVIST Another locally-designed specialist cycling apparel brand with high-quality kit made of Italian-sourced materials. Biketivist aims to be ‘a cycling boutique for individualistic riders’. Bicycling Australia have recently been field-testing Biketivist’s Supernova and Cloud 9 jerseys along with their Pro Bib 2.0 (see below). Biketivist says these are crafted from their most comfortable fabrics making it the ideal garment to take on endurance rides. They use a blend of Luxe, Ligero and Cool Air fabrics, making this piece a lightweight jersey, yet one that will provide some insulation on cooler rides. They also include a number of high-end finishing touches, including an exposed YKK Vislon zip, carbon mesh sides for breathability, a waterproof zipper pocket and a silicone waist gripper. Sleeve length is long: in the medium size we tested they almost reach…

4 min.
fast forward with young star jarrad drizners

FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL two-month racing stint in Belgium during the European summer – including victory at Wachtebeke in Flanders – he returned to Australia and has since recorded multiple NRS podiums and a string of top 10 results riding for the South Australian Sports Institute under the guidance of SASI Head Coach Brett Aitken. His road performances have been all the more impressive given his main focus is still firmly on the track, having recently been named in the new Australian Cycling Team Podium Potential Academy. While Tokyo may be an Olympic cycle too soon for the flying South Australian, come 2024 Drizners has his sights set squarely on the endurance events in Paris. Will he make it? There are no guarantees. But you’d be brave to bet against him. HOW DID YOU…

7 min.
coming of age the tdu turns 21

RATHER THAN LABEL IT ‘AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER stage race’ or ‘Australia’s biggest bike race’ or something else, it’s probably best to call it for what it is: Australia’s most important cycling event. Because without a shadow of doubt, over the past 20 years, no shindig has done more to lift the profile of the sport in Australia than the Tour Down Under. In sport or, for that matter, any other field, it is the blue riband event and the marquee names that garner the most attention. From there, there is a trickle-down effect all the way to grassroots level. The example set at the highest bar, good or bad, therefore impacts everything else. It is why, in 2009, the presence of Lance Armstrong was such a coup for the TDU when he chose to…

5 min.
2019 santos women’s tour down under

THE UCI 2.1 RACE WILL FEATURE FOUR stages taking place between 10-13 January. For the 2019 edition, the townships of Hahndorf, Nuriootpa and Nairne have been selected to feature as starting towns, with dynamic race routes designed to appeal to sprinters, climbers and all-rounders alike. “Stage 1 will see the riders travel from Hahndorf to Birdwood and we expect a fast, bunch sprint,” says race director Kimberley Conte, “whilst the course for Stage 2 from Nuriootpa to Mengler Hill will see the climbers reign supreme on this Subaru Queen of the Mountain. “The beautiful and technically challenging Stage 3 course finishing in Stirling incorporates part of the famous circuit used frequently on the Men’s race,” she adds. “We expect a fast and furious sprint finish for Stage 4 around the Adelaide East End…