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Cyclist Australia Issue 24

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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3 min.
experience taiwan on two wheels

From café hopping in hipster urban neighborhoods to lung-busting mountain climbs through spectacular tea plantations, Taiwan is one of the most bicycle-friendly destinations in the world. Whether you want to tackle the dramatic peaks and gorges of the East Rift Valley, freewheel gently beside neatly lined rows of lush green paddy fields, or get familiar with a city’s secret lanes and hidden gems on two wheels, a unique and memorable adventure is guaranteed. The perfect biking destination Between October and March, much of Taiwan is reliably dry and sunny without being sweltering. Locals and foreigners alike take advantage of the well-established cycling networks and infrastructure that make doing a round-island tour of the country by bicycle a breeze. Throughout Taiwan, eateries and convenience stores are a dime a dozen, so sustenance is…

2 min.
ed’s letter

While Europe freezes over, it’s getting to that time of year where things are starting to heat up on the local front. The Aussie professionals will make their way back home as Europe hunkers down for the winter, and with so many local names performing brilliantly internationally, the stage is set for one of the most exciting Australian summers yet. Don’t be surprised to see the likes of Richie Porte, Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews rolling along the local loops around Launceston, Sydney and Canberra as they prepare for the National Road Race Championships in January. Orica-BikeExchange, who made the podium in 2015, meanwhile, will be hungry for another taste of the green-and-gold stripes. Santa Claus might be coming to town in December, but January is all about Peter Sagan, who will…

9 min.
one hundred and ten not out

There is this great photo of Fabian Cancellara on the start line at the Giro d’Italia, looking under the handlebars of Pippo Pozzato’s bike,’ says Claudio Salomoni, Wilier’s international sales manager. ‘I love this picture, because Cancellara is so puzzled with the bike. He cannot work out where the Di2 box is hidden!’ The bike in question was this, the Wilier Cento 10 Air – or chen-toe deetchae as the Italians say. It’s the sixth addition to the burgeoning Cento family, which until this summer was led by the Cento 1 Air. Like the 1 Air, the Cento 10 takes its design cues from angular NACA and Kamm tube profiling and low-slung seatstays, but the difference is about more than just a lick of paint and some new bars. ‘The fork and…

7 min.
nicolas roche

As former Sky teammates, and still neighbours in Monaco, Nicolas Roche and Richie Porte will reunite next year when Roche joins BMC to help Porte improve on his fifth place overall in this year’s Tour de France. At the Abu Dhabi Tour in October, where Roche placed second overall, the 32-year-old spoke to Cyclist Australia/NZ about his role and his own ambitions – including for the Vuelta a España, where he was sixth overall in 2010, fifth in 2013 and won a stage in 2013 and 2015. Rupert Guinness: How did your deal with BMC come about? Did Richie have any role in it? Nicolas Roche: It’s an idea I had in mind already when Richie had left (Sky) after 2015. I get on really well with Richie. A couple of years…

1 min.
high profile

The image here was taken during the 2016 Tour of Margaret River in Western Australia. It has a unique Pro-Am team format that brings everyone from mates, club teams, national-level outfits and Continental squads to the one race. This year also saw multi-discipline World Champion Marianne Vos as a special guest, among others from both the men’s and women’s WorldTour peloton. This year the final stage of the tour started with a roll out from the Leeuwin Estate Winery airfield, and since there were no flights scheduled for the morning, we got the okay to put the drone up. I knew it would look great from above, and the bird's-eye view is often one that draws a lot of interest and curiosity from onlookers. The red of the Western Australian…

5 min.
chase or be chased?

We all like to dream that we’re professional cyclists. Even when we’re alone on a weekend ride, who hasn’t indulged in the fantasy that we’re either making a heroic solo break or hunting down the race leader on Alpe d’Huez? For anyone who has raced at any level, however, these are two very real scenarios. Winning can depend on staying ahead of the bunch or in reeling in a breakaway before the finish line. Which leads us to the question: do you generally ride faster when leading from the front or when chasing down the leader from behind? ‘Fundamentally, it comes down to the individual,’ says Greg Whyte, professor of applied sport and exercise science at Liverpool John Moores University. ‘That’s not to say whether you prefer to lead or chase can’t…