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Bicycling South Africa

Bicycling South Africa January 2019

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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1 min.
join the ride

WELCOME TO OUR NEW-LOOK BICYCLING MAGAZINE. BIGGER FORMAT, BIGGER PICTURES, AND MORE TO READ ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL SPORT. So why? In short, we weren’t giving cycling its due. This is about riding beautiful bikes in beautiful places, and there’s no better way to show that than in a bigger-format magazine. // AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO LAUNCH A NEW SIZE THAN WITH OUR ANNUAL BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE? Every year I say the same thing about the BBG: it’s bigger and better than ever! And this year it really is. // WE ALSO INTRODUCE OUR NEW GEAR EDITOR, JON MINSTER, WHO WE THREW IN THE DEEP END – WE TOLD HIM THAT HIS FIRST JOB WAS TO WRITE VIRTUALLY A WHOLE MAGAZINE FULL OF BIKES . But as you will read on page 38, Jon…

1 min.
the frame

4 min.
singles party

Unlike other endurance events, in which – as a participant – you can take confidence from knowing the organisers have thought of every logistical contingency to make your race easier and safer, the South African Singlespeed Champs and the guys behind it have a slightly different agenda. That said, ‘slightly different’ would be an accurate descriptor for all things related to singlespeed mountain biking. ‘Completely bonkers’ is another phrase used – often by mountain bikers on conventional bikes, with multiple gear ratios. And suspension. Basically, a singlespeed mountain bike is as stripped down a bicycle as one could safely ride on a trail. It has a single chainring up front and a single cog at the back, often no front (and certainly no rear) suspension, and is generally made of steel tubing…

1 min.
the event

The Venue This year, it was at the Garden Route Trail Park outside Sedgefield; but it moves to another location every year – last year it was in Nieu Bethesda. Search for ‘SA Singlespeed Champs’ on Facebook. The Bikes Old-school they may be, but that’s not to say they’re old or old-fashioned. These bikes feature the very latest frame geometry, tyres and brakes, and in skilled hands can handle everything a mountain bike trail can throw at them. Some have front suspension forks, but most are fully rigid. The Riders They only look like this once a year. The rest of the time they’re in their lycra jerseys and trail shorts, out riding with everyone else. Most of them are experienced and often very strong riders who’ve competed in all of SA’s…

3 min.
fast & lean

INTERVALS. THE VERY WORD TRIGGERS GROANS of dread from even the most training-obsessed cyclist. But these short, misery-inducing efforts offer a huge fitness return for a comparatively small time investment. Even 20- to 30-second micro-intervals have been shown to increase V02 max, burn fat, and improve endurance. And they work fast. “Just two weeks of interval training can enhance your performance,” says Paul Laursen, PhD, an endurance coach and sports scientist. We’ve collected five cycling workouts that all improve your speed and power on the bike. Choose one of the following interval workouts and add it to a ride, no more than twice a week. For each, warm up with easy pedalling for 10 to 15 minutes, and cool down as needed after. Stick with it for (at least) four weeks, and…

3 min.
does gravel require a different type of fitness?

THE FIRST TIME I tried a ‘gravel’ event was back in 2012 at D2R2, the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée. While the name suggests otherwise, it’s definitely a ‘gravel grinder’ by today’s standards. I’d heard a lot of buzz about how hard it is, and considering the 180km distance, I expected as much. But I shrugged off a friend’s recommendation to prep and pack extra food for the event. I’d done plenty of long, arduous stage races and single-day events – I knew how to suffer. But as I crawled glacially up the final, loose, double-track climb more than 10 hours into the ride, I accepted the hard-earned realisation that gravel events are challenging in ways I had not anticipated. Now gravel is exploding in popularity across the world (and South Africa), and many…