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Cyclist Australia Issue 46

Dedicated solely to the exhilaration of road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the rides, the travel and the latest gear – we'll show you how to get the best from your ride every time.

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in this issue

2 min
ed’s letter

It’s happening a little later than we’re used to, but as we send the 46th issue of Cyclist Australia / NZ to print, we find ourselves just one month out from the rescheduled date for the 2020 Tour de France. Assuming all goes ahead as planned, it’ll mean cycling’s biggest race has been postponed by just a couple of months – certainly not as long as, say, the Tokyo Olympics or the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, both of which look likely to be held next year. But given the absence of any and all pro racing in recent times, here at the Cyclist office it has felt like an absolute eternity. Luckily, the relative speed with which Australia was able to deal with the first wave of COVID-19 (and yes, again,…

3 min
giant steps

Followers of bike design history will remember with nostalgia the first Giant TCR from 1997. Its radical ‘compact’ frame was the handiwork of British engineer Mike Burrows, who noticed that a sloped top tube could render a bike lighter, stiffer, more aerodynamic and capable of accommodating a wider range of rider sizes. Since then Giant has consistently been in the vanguard of bike companies seeking the holy trinity of ‘lighter, stiffer, more aero’, and the manufacturer claims the latest TCR outstrips its competitors in all three areas. ‘We’ve managed to save 140g in a medium frame and fork,’ says product manager David Ward. ‘We’ve looked at absolutely every single element to do that, things like the paint, the headset spacers and even the paint on the headset spacers – the full shooting…

1 min
fizik vento powerstrap r2 aeroweave shoes

Fizik says its Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweaves are a racer’s best friend, but with coronavirus having put all racing on hold for several months, perhaps the Italian company would have been better promoting the shoes as being ideal for hot summer weather. The move would be logical, because they’re the lightest shoes in Fizik’s range, with a claimed weight of just over 200g per shoe, as well as the company’s most breathable design. Playing its part in this is the clever Powerstrap Velcro closure, which is lightweight but shaped to wrap the foot and close the shoe securely. Yet it’s the Aeroweave upper that has allowed most of the bulk to be shed over traditional shoes. It’s made by interlacing nylon fibres with filaments of thermoplastic polymer to create a fabric that,…

2 min
keep it wheel

Campagnolo Bora WTO 60 DB $3,506 (approx., wheelset), campagnolo.com Introducing Campagnolo’s first aerodynamic Disc Brake wheel with a 60mm profile, tipping the scales at just 1,590g. Each component enables maximum aerodynamic penetration; at certain angles, the wind becomes an ally rather than an obstacle. The unidirectional unpainted carbon rim delivers optimal stiffness and lightness. The tapered design of the central area of the hub reduces the frontal area of the component, while the special design of the flanges helps reduce turbulence in the air flow, and the elliptical section of the 24 spokes reduces resistance when moving forward. The profile of the rim, with an internal width of 19mm, fits with 23, 25 and 28mm tyres. Campagnolo’s tried and tested 2-Way Fit technology guarantees complete compatibility with both clincher and tubeless tyres. Bontrager…

1 min
ravemen tr30m crystal pure red rear light

Add to the safety of your night rides with the help of the Ravemen TR30M. Featuring a transparent light body and special internal reflecting patterns, the TR30M gives out a 360-degree beam with maximum 30LED lumens, providing fantastic rear and side visibility to increase your safety. By mounting the light in a nearly horizonal position, the light body is more obvious than the traditional vertical way. It’s also light in weight, easy to use and versatile with a quick release clamp mount. Thule RoundTrip bike duffel $249, thule.com/en-au Keep all your gear available and organised from wherever your ride begins – at the trailhead, race start, weekend destination or at home – with this purpose-built bike bag with infinite organisation to house wearables and accessories. With plenty of storage pockets to organise your…

4 min
remember roubaix

Back near the start of iso, with the 2020 Paris-Roubaix postponed, I instead decided to take to Twitter and up popped the famous finish line photo of that Mapei 1-2-3 victory in 1996. It occurred to me that I had never actually watched that race, so I quickly fired up YouTube to fill my vacant Sunday with a trawl through some of the great editions of the past, starting with that Mapei triple. ‘Thank you for joining us,’ says David Duffield on Eurosport almost a quarter of a century ago. ‘If you’re going to stay right till the end, well done – go get yourself a six-pack or a large pot of tea. It’s a hard old day ahead of us here and if you are going out’ – no chance…