Bicycling South Africa

Bicycling South Africa November 2018

Bicycling is South Africa’s leading cycling magazine and is aimed at both road and mountain biking enthusiasts. Launched in February 2003, it is published 10 times a year, targeting the fast-growing and affluent lifestyle cycling market – youngsters, adults, professional as well as casual cyclists. The magazine is filled with the best international and local content for every element of the cyclist’s life from training techniques and fitness information to inspiring human interest stories, event news, nutrition and motivation. Bicycling is also South Africa’s leading tester of bikes and gear with over 30% of the monthly magazine dedicated to the latest reviews so our readers can make the best choices.

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join the ride

DURING THE MAKING OF THIS MAGAZINE, IT WAS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON. First it was the mountain bike world champs, where our own Alan Hatherly turned back the clock to 2009 and did what Burry did – WON THE UNDER-23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. // It was a magnificent show of skill, bike craft and patience by Hatherly,and there’s little doubt that he and riders like American Christopher Blevins and New Zealand’s Sam Gaze will be the Schurters and Absalons of the future. In the meantime, we’re happy to bask in the glow of having a rainbow jersey belonging to South Africa. // THERE’S JUST SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT THAT JERSEY. In the world of professional cycling, where teams, contracts and team orders rule for most of the year, the world championships take us back…

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uci mtb world championships

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what it’s like to ‘everest’ on mount everest

JJ ZHOU BECAME THE FIRST CYCLIST TO PULL OFF A REMARKABLE FEAT: CLIMBING THE EQUIVALENT OF MOUNT EVEREST, ON THE MOUNTAIN ITSELF. THE EXPERIENCE CHANGED HIM FOR LIFE. A FEW TICKS BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON 8 AUGUST, ZHUANGCHEN ‘JJ’ ZHOU, A HONG KONG-BASED cyclist and photographer, sprinted for the most magnificent finish line of his life. It marked the completion of 8 848m of climbing – equivalent to the height of Mount Everest – over 177 laps of the 1km, 5% climb to the actual Everest Base Camp in Tibet. Zhou became the first rider to actually ‘Everest’ on Mount Everest. If you’ve never heard of ‘Everesting’, the idea is diabolical, but simple: you ride up and down the same hill continuously until you climb the height of Mount Everest. Since its inception in…

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5 max heart rate training myths – busted

FOR DECADES, ATHLETES HAVE USED MAX HR AS A WAY TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ZONES THEY SHOULD BE TRAINING IN. The most common wisdom was to subtract your age from 220, and voilà! – you had your maximum heart rate, representing the greatest number of beats per minute your heart can achieve safely. From that number, in theory, you could calculate recovery, fat-burning, lactate threshold, and anaerobic heart-rate training zones. However, it’s a rudimentary system – like, “‘Using an abacus as a bike computer’ rudimentary,” says Dr Cherie Miner, sports medicine physician at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Centre. “It’s been the standard for years, but there are a lot of variables that can throw off max HR.” How fit you are, how hot it is, and how much stress you’re under…

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golden ware

After becoming only the second South African to win a cycling world title since Burry Stander in 2009, Cape Town’s Alan Hatherly became a household name in September when he won the Under-23 Rainbow Stripes in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Racing BMX since the age of five and DH as a junior, Hatherly now has top-class technical support and dedicated mechanic JP Jacobs to keep everything in running order. 1 Frame A medium Epic S-Works frame fitted with Specialized’s redesigned Brain shock with position-sensitive valving. The S-Works Epic platform has proved to be one of the most winning on the race circuit. It’s the culmination of a continuous R&D process resulting in an approximate build weight of 9kg. Other than using Ceramic Speed pivot bearings, Hatherly’s frame is no different to what you can…

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shoes for king sagan

Specialized’s S-Works division is synonymous with performance, style and quality – at a price. At a shade over 220 grams, their S-Works 7 road shoes are true testament to a blend of performance and style suited to the most serious racer. A carbon sole with a stiffness index of 15 is one of the least flexible in existence; it moulds around Specialized’s BG Fit sole and footbed for an ergonomic fit. Custom CNC-machined BOA dials with 1mm movement increments allow adjusting on the fly. With a combination of four-way stretch mesh and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), fit is intentionally snug, without sacrificing comfort. These flagship shoes are now available as a Sagan Collection limited edition. SPECIALIZED S-WORKS 7 ROAD SHOES – SAGAN COLLECTION LTD PRICE: R5 000 WWW.SPECIALIZED.COM…