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Cyclist Australia Issue 23

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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2 min.
ed’s letter v

Counter to the instincts of your average sane human being, suffering is one of the appeals of cycling. I refer, of course, to the sporting context of suffering: to undergo physical pain. The pain barrier – reaching it, feeling it and pushing past it – is part of the reason so many of us ride. (We’ve even dedicated an essay to it on page 38!) But outside of the sporting context, the world is full of other types of suffering that are far more real: war, famine, poverty, and of course, the scourge of disease. So when the latter combines with our humble exploits on the bike, it makes the achievements all the more incredible. Case in point: Ryan Hodges, who, despite being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and undergoing…

11 min.
smoother is faste

The Specialized Roubaix launched in 2003 and to date has taken top spot at the event it’s named after an impressive five times. But nothing lasts forever, so just over two years ago the engineers at Specialized began to ask, ‘What’s next?’ There was a general belief among the team that ‘smoother was faster’, but by their own admission they had no way of quantifying that, so they turned once again to their partners at McLaren. ‘Taking precise measurements is something we’ve been doing in F1 for a long time,’ says Duncan Bradley, design director at McLaren Applied Technologies. ‘You need to be able to understand every part of a full system before you know what changes to make in something as complicated as a car or a bike. We went a…

8 min.
brian cookson

Cyclist:The UCI suspended testing of disc brakes on safety grounds after Movistar’s Fran Ventoso was badly injured at Paris-Roubaix. Will they be making a return? Brian Cookson: I don’t think we have seen the end of disc brakes by any means. We took the cautious decision. The equipment commission looked at the whole issue over the past year or two and agreed to allow limited testing. With the Ventoso incident some serious concerns were raised and while there are alternative interpretations as to what may have happened, the equipment commission erred on the side of safety. So it is a temporary halt. There may well be requirements to modify them – maybe a cover or something – but it was right to err on the side of caution. Cyc:You recently had to…

1 min.
back story

How about a little behind-the-back pedal flick on the steepest run-up on Lap 1 of a UCI C1 race? This move is straight out of the sought-after #SVENNESS internet series, which highlights the hard-to-notice ultra pro inside lines and moments of the mostly Belgian coverage. When I saw Wout van Aert reach behind and spin his pedal so his bike lay flat on his back and was ready when it touched dirt, I knew it was a special moment. Belgian US-based pro Ben Berden chimed in on my Instagram (@jeffcurtes), saying it was a move initiated by, of all people, former multi world champion and Wout’s current DS at Crelan, Niels Albert. How sick is comment chatter on a ‘Gram by legends of CX!? Wout went on to win the race in…

5 min.
at what age will a rider peak?

The 1922 Tour de France was a tale of the tortoise and several hares that pulled up lame. Philippe Thys won five stages but broke a wheel. Eugéne Christophe led until his front forks collapsed. Jean Alavoine won three stages in a row but lost 76 minutes with a string of punctures, leaving Hector Heusghem wearing yellow – until he picked up a one-hour penalty for swapping a damaged bike that could have been repaired. And so Firmin Lambot, at 36, became the Tour’s oldest winner. The record still stands, despite advances in sports science theoretically extending the careers of the very best riders. So what is the ideal age at which to be a winning pro cyclist – or, for that matter, a winning club rider? ‘The standard thinking is that…

4 min.
in praise of… suffering

The following references to ‘suffering’ are meant in the context of sport. Just because you can’t stand in the shower after a race or training session, it doesn’t mean you have suffered as much as a victim of war, disease, famine or poverty. Cyclists used to suffer in silence. Now we sing from the rooftops about it. Instead of a sign of weakness, it’s a badge of honour. You can get a ‘Suffer Score’ on Strava, subscribe to videos from ‘Sufferfest’, or enter a race called ‘The Suffering’ One well-known brand has even adopted the slogan Ex Duris Gloria – ‘From Suffering Comes Glory’ – for its cycling club, and published a book called Kings of Pain. Suffering is now a USP. Inevitably, it’s us amateurs who make the biggest deal about suffering. For…