Bicycling Australia

Bicycling Australia September-October 2019

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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adventures & dreams

ADVENTURES AND DREAMS…TWO ASPECTS OF OUR SENSATIONAL sport that keep us motivated to push harder, train for longer and ride further. ‘Adventures and dreams’ sits well as the theme of this issue, edition 219 of Bicycling Australia. Inside we take a close look at both the booming gravel and popular ultra-endurance scenes and are thrilled to feature the words of many fine writers including Rupert Guinness, the nation’s foremost cycling journalist. We also embark on a dream and adventure of our own: a visit to the cycling heartland of Flanders in Belgium. Talking adventures and dreams, more than six years ago James Yaffa, the publisher of Bicycling Australia and a highly addicted rider, was dreaming of a Gran Fondo event in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The Bowral Classic is now in its…

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bicycling australia

EDITOR Nat Bromhead natbromhead@yaffa.com.au BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Tim Partridge timpartridge@yaffa.com.au PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE Kristal Young kristalyoung@yaffa.com.au PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Matthew Gunn matthewgunn@yaffa.com.au ART DIRECTOR Ana Heraud anaheraud@yaffa.com.au PHOTOGRAPHY Dakota Jonker, Peter Maniaty, Karen Forman, Nat Bromhead, Ventum Bikes, Pat Jonker, Sirotti, Steve Thomas. CONTRIBUTORS Karen Forman, Michael Hanslip, Colin Levitch Sarah Hunter, Patrick Jonker, Peter Maniaty, Patrick Jonker, Anthony Tan, Steve Thomas PROOFREADER Jordan Hunt EVENT MANAGER Vanessa Burges vanessaburges@yaffa.com.au MARKETING & EVENT MANAGER Jasmine Gale CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER Martin Phillpott martinphillpott@yaffa.com.au Phone: (02) 9213 8325 GROUP PUBLISHER James Yaffa PUBLISHER Yaffa Media Pty Ltd 17-21 Bellevue Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia Editorial Phone: (02) 9213 8251 Editorial Email: natbromhead@yaffa.com.au SUBSCRIPTIONS subscriptions@yaffa.com.au Website: www.bicyclingaustralia.com www.greatmagazines.com.au FREECALL: 1800 807 760 SUBSCRIPTION RATES 1 year/6 issues: A$83.00 1 year PLUS (print+digital): A$92.00 1 year overseas: NZ A$100.00 ASIA A$100.00 ROW A$125.00…

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top gear

ORTLIEB BIKEPACKING GEAR Think expedition and adventure and those in the know think of Ortlieb. Made in Germany and regarded as the best of the best, these waterproof accessory bags are a critical and indispensable item for those into bikepacking and adventure riding in the great outdoors. SEAT PACK Synonymous with bikepacking is the all-important seat-pack. Ortlieb’s comes with Velcro straps to enable convenient and secure mounting to your seat stem. Projecting backwards from the seat stem, your Seat Pack also serves as a rear fender. The spacious, waterproof Seat Pack keeps its contents (e.g. an extra set of clothes) safe and dry. Depending on how long you plan to be away and your Seat Pack model, you can conveniently adjust the volume of your pack from 8 to 16.5 litres or from…

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riding like a flandrian: first pilgrimage to the heartland of cycling

SURE, FRANCE, SPAIN AND ITALY MAY ROLL OFF THE tongue as the world’s ‘go-to’ cycling destinations, but for true purists the heart of the sport is Belgium and without a doubt the common carotid arteries criss-cross the rolling region of Flanders. Flanders, the Dutch speaking portion located in the north of Belgium, is known for roads that are notoriously tough for cyclists. Cobbles, just like the small boulders Stuart O’Grady & Matt Hayman held aloft after winning the world’s toughest one-day race the Paris-Roubaix, form the basis of the challenge. “...We’ll ride the Kwaremont, Paterberg and Koppenberg, plus I’LL SHOW YOU A FEW OF THE LOCAL HIDDEN GEMS...” Oddly shaped, ancient, uneven, and more like rounded rocks than the smooth blacktop bitumen we cyclists tend to dream about, these cobbled sectors – often…

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flanders facts

Commencing in the European springtime, Flanders has an extensive calendar of events to showcase the region’s rich cycling culture. From the ultimate Ronde van Vlaanderen, to the Tour of Gent-Wevelgem, to the Great War Remembrance Sportive – there are rides and events to suit all enthusiasts. Cycling in Flanders is not just about tough to brutal conditions, it is also an opportunity to experience a unique and historically very significant part of Europe. From the charming medieval cities such as Ghent, Bruges and Ypres, to beautiful peaceful rural landscapes with dairy cattle and crops of maize and hops. There is also an opportunity to ride through Flanders Fields, an area with a deep Australian connection to forged during WW1. Not to be missed are the famous ‘Four Ks’ climbs of Flanders; the…

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the cobbled climbs of flanders

They’re not high-altitude mountain passes or the long, 30km climbs of France or Italy, but the cobbled climbs of Flanders are up there as some of Europe’s most anticipated destinations for visiting riders. Here are some of the ‘must ride’ bergs. MUUR-KAPELMUUR (MUUR VAN GERAARDSBERGEN) Distance: 0.95km Ascent: 79m The legendary Muur van Geraardsbergen takes you to the 110m high summit of the Oudenberg. It’s a 950m long climb with an average grade of 9% and maximum incline of 20%. A stop at the neo-baroque church on the top of the hill is mandatory – it’s the perfect place for a lean photo or selfie. PATERBERG Distance: 0.36km Ascent: 42m It’s a relatively recent addition to the Tour of Flanders, but the Paterberg has already achieved legendary status. With a maximum gradient of 20.33% and an average gradient…