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Cyclist Australia Issue 15

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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1 min.
ed’s letter

Do what you love. Love what you do. On the surface it’s a rather simple premise, but how many of us tru ly live this way – all the time? Even for professional cyclists, finding the right balance can be something of a battle. Just ask Orica-GreenEdge’s Michael Matthews, for example. He got some big wins out of the way early on in his career, and yet, an element of fun was missing for the young Australian – an element which he now seems to have found. On the opposite end of the scale, Cadel Evans, our first Tour de France winner, cannot seem to remove himself from cycling’s grasp. His appreciation for the sport continues to grow – and he’s still learning, as Rupert Guinness discovers. Our handy guide to the…

4 min.
an italian stallion

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist You wait patiently for a new Colnago frame to come along and then two trot past in quick succession. It was only recently that Colnago revealed the C60 (see Cyclist issue 12) so when we were invited to Italy for another launch we couldn’t help thinking it was going to be for a disc-compatible version of the C60 (which is coming, by the way). At the event in Viareggio near Pisa, there were barely suppressed gasps when Ernesto Colnago, the 82-year-old company founder and patriarch, whipped the covers off an entirely new bike – the V1-r. ‘The C60 is a bike that brought together all the tradition from the recent years of Colnago’s history into the modern era – a carbon…

5 min.
new gear

Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier $180, At this time of the year, it pays to be prepared. The Elite Barrier (also available in a removable sleeve version) provides just enough wind and water protection to get you out of trouble if things don’t go quite as planned. Featuring an offset zip, contoured neck and sleeves for perfect on-bike comfort along with under-arm vents and elasticised hem and cuffs, the lightweight jacket can be stored away easily when the sun comes back out. Oakley Jawbreaker $279, 33g, It may have taken 9,600 hours of testing, 100 different designs, 27 component parts, two years and one Mark Cavendish, but Oakley’s new cycling shades are finally here. ‘We actually tracked riders’ eye movements and discovered not only were there portions of the lens they weren’t using, there were…

8 min.
two’s company: ben hill & rebecca wiasak

Rebecca: I moved into a share house in Duffy with a triathlete friend. Ben lived there too. I was fairly new to cycling but it was a very active household. I knew a few people in the Canberra cycling community when I started in 2010. It’s a fantastic community. We’ve got people you can ride with any day of the week and a pretty cool little Facebook group where if you put details in for a bunchie you’ll be guaranteed that people will turn up at the coffee shop. I feel like it’s unique and that there’s nowhere like it in the world. We’re pretty lucky when it comes to the road cycling scene – there’s not a lot for track riders in Canberra. Ben’s a fair bit younger than I am.…

7 min.
what goes first – the legs or the head?

Call it what you want – the bonk, meeting the man with the hammer – we’ve all experienced that moment on a tough ride when you just can’t turn the pedals any more. But what part of you has reached its limit? Is it that your legs have genuinely reached a point of fatigue that renders them incapable of any more work, or is it your brain calling a halt? Could you eke out more revolutions if only you could muster the will? Certainly both physical and mental strength have their parts to play in conquering a savage ride, but it’s not always obvious what is going on beneath the surface that makes your body grind to a stop, so let’s examine the two systems separately, starting with the physical. Running on…

3 min.
merida scultura

We’ve just arrived in Pigna, Italy – a place that might just be the best possible location to test the latest Merida Scultura. The new package, in its 10th year, is now sub-1,000 and has come a long way from its original all-rounder construction. Interestingly, the frame is offered in two versions: the 9000 model being a feathery 750g; and the Team model, a little heavier at 800g, intended to be stiffer and more robust. ‘Be careful on the descent. Slow down if you see a man in a fluoro yellow vest – we want you all back in one piece,’ warns one of Merida’s communications officers. The bike’s aggressive geometry has been designed to meet the demands of its WorldTour squad, Lampre-Merida, and with the start of the Giro d’Italia…