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Bicycling Australia

November-December 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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
never give up

LOOKING LEFT AT THE CONTENTS AND BROWSING THROUGH THE following pages, this edition of Bicycling Australia is full of motivation, energy and encouragement to help you ride further, faster and more efficiently. Buoyed by Richie Porte’s podium place at the 2020 Tour (read more in Anthony Tan’s extended column), Michael Matthews’s continued success (see Peter Maniaty’s exclusive interview) and the gritty determination to see a female Tour de France (Julie-Anne Hazlett has the incredible story from page 22), the theme of this edition is bold and clear: Never give up. Inside, we have timely and relevant content on many fundamentals of cycling, seemingly simple aspects but areas that are critically important to your overall performance, comfort and ultimate enjoyment of the sport. The importance of crank length, fore and aft balance, staying connected…

2 min.
the way out

“...we need A CLEAR AND DECISIVE PLAN TO GET OUR GREAT COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK, and that will be complex in many ways...” I’M A MAN WHO LIKES A PLAN AND I’m sure you do as well! A plan gives you reassurance, confidence and the ability to set goals. It makes you feel more prepared and better equiped for a positive outcome. At this time we need a clear post Covid-19 plan for our states and territories, and that all comes down to leadership. Who that will be is anyone’s guess right now, it could be the premiers, health officials or your local MP. Heck it could even be the Prime Minister, although it seems he has no real powers these days. Cycling in comparison to many other leisure sports has enjoyed some positives out…

8 min.
the latest cycling gear

SCICON AEROSHADE AND AEROWIND EYEWEAR Better known for its bulletproof bike bags and range of travel gear, Italian innovator Scicon also manufactures cycling kit and eyewear. The company has recently added to its specialist cycling sunglasses range with the launch of the Aeroshade and Aerowing models. In addition to bikebags, shoes, washing and gear bags, travel luggage, backpacks and saddle packs, Scicon offers a range of kits including its very impressive X-over bibshorts. The company also manufactures a range of cycling-specific eyewear, and has recently added two new models to the lineup. Scicon says the Aerowing and Aeroshade have been developed with vision-enhancing engineering and deliver the latest innovation and technology to improve performance. The Aeroshade features a frame equipped with what the company has dubbed a Horizon Adapt mechanism –a height-adjustable nose pad allowing riders…

7 min.
a women’s tour de france

THANKS FOR SPEAKING WITH BICYCLING AUSTRALIA – FIRST UP, IN 2019 YOU AND A GROUP OF WOMEN RODE THE TOUR DE FRANCE COURSE AHEAD OF THE MEN’S RACE. CAN YOU TELL US HOW THAT CAME TO BE? JULIE-ANNE HAZLETT: The concept started back in 2015 when three French women rode one day ahead of the male pro peloton. Their aim was to raise awareness for gender inequality in cycling and to campaign for a female Tour de France. The team became known as Donnons des Elles au Velo and has continued every year since then with a growing number of female cyclists taking up the challenge. In 2019, an international team of cyclists was put together via the internet by a French journalist, Nicolas Morteux. The team, known as the InternationElles,…

3 min.
nothing will stop the internationelles

The InternationElles recently rode the Tour de France distance and “climbed” Mount Everest to raise awareness of gender inequality in cycling. • The 8848m Everesting was completed in only 18 hours with some riders on the Bwlch climb in South Wales and others at home on smart trainers. • A team relay of the 3484km 2020 Tour de France route was completed in under four days. • Cumulative figures represent the total distance and elevation that the professional peloton covered during 21 stages at this year’s Tour de France. • The team wanted to reinforce the point that a pandemic will not halt the campaign for a women’s Tour de France and to close the gender gap. The InternationElles, an international group of amateur women cyclists, have juggled full-time work, family lives and extensive training regimes…

12 min.
back to the future

DRIPPING BLOOD ON THE PODIUM IS NEVER IDEAL. But for Michael Matthews a battered right hand, courtesy of an impromptu scrape with the Poggio, was little cause for concern following a return to World Tour racing in August that defied all expectations. With his main mission for the disrupted 2020 season, the Giro d’Italia, looming large we caught up to talk everything from his ongoing COVID-19 concerns and Tour de France non-selection, to the postponed Tokyo Olympics and the looming chance to, possibly, win a second rainbow jersey on home soil in 2022. BICYCLING AUSTRALIA: IT WAS CERTAINLY A DRAMATIC RETURN TO RACING FOR YOU BACK IN AUGUST, MICHAEL. YOU INJURED YOUR HAND IN THE FINALE OF MILANO-SANREMO, BUT STILL MANAGED TO WIN THE BUNCH SPRINT FOR THIRD. MICHAEL MATTHEWS: Honestly, even…