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Bicycling South Africa July/August 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.

Pays:
South Africa
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Media 24 Ltd
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join the ride

IT TOOK JUST A WEEK TO CHANGE THE WAY I FELT ABOUT RIDING MY BIKE.The challenge wasto ride on every day that the riders atthe Giro d’Italia rode a stage. It was my personal Giro, and a desperate attempt to find some consistency in an otherwise disjointed year of riding. My own measure was just to ride every day, and not define my ride by any distance, time or speed. It was a homage to Eddy’s “Ride as much or as little, as long or as short asyou feel. But ride.” When the day looked busy,I hopped on the indoor rollers inthe early morning, and sweated it out as the rest of the family slept. // WHEN IHAD A GAP AT LUNCHTIME, I’DSNEAK OUT FOR A QUICK HOUR TO BREAK…

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the frame

THE RISE OF GREATNESS This year’s 265.7km Amstel Gold Race is being touted as one of the greatest single-day road races in history, thanks to the heroics of Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel.Competing in only his fourth World Tour event, the 24-year-old world cyclocross champion pulled off a near-impossible comeback to win a spectacular come-from-behind sprint against the world’s best in front of his home crowd. Van der Poel only caught the three-man breakaway 150m from the line before quickly attacking down the right side of the finish line for an emotional win. OVERCOME BY PASSION The last time a Dutch rider won the famous Ardennes classic was when Van der Poel’s father Adri won the race in 1990. Like his son, Adri was a hugely successful cyclocross and road racer, and…

3 min.
here’s what happens when an amateur trains like the pros

EVERY DIEHARD CYCLING FAN, SITTING ON THE SOFA’S EDGE WHILE THEIR TOUR DE FRANCE FAVOURITES SUMMIT A SAVAGELY STEEP ALPINE CLIMB, PICTURES THEMSELVES BATTLING THE SAME SERPENTINE ROADS. THIRTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD LAWYER JONATHAN CANFIELD CERTAINLY HAS. “I CAN JUST ENVISION GRITTING MY TEETH AND HAVING TO DIG DEEP TO PUT IN AN EFFORT THAT WOULD PUSH ME – ACYCLING MORTAL – TOMY ABSOLUTE LIMIT,” WROTE CANFIELD IN HIS APPLICATION TO TEAM ALPECIN, AN AMATEUR BRANCH OF ALPECIN CYCLING. THIS (EUROPEAN) SUMMER, CANFIELD WILL GET THAT CHANCE. HE’S THE FIRST AMATEUR SELECTED TO JOIN THE GRAN FONDO TEAM – WHICH HAS BEEN SUPPORTED WITH ELITE-LEVEL GEAR, NUTRITION, AND TRAINING BY THE GERMAN CAFFEINATED HAIR-PRODUCT MANUFACTURER FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS. ON 21 JULY, THEY WILL RACE THE 135-KILOMETRE STAGE 20 OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE…

1 min.
coal-grilled salmon

1 medium salmon (wild, if possible) fillet 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp minced, fresh Mediterranean herbs (dill, rosemary and thyme) Salt and pepper 1. Coat the salmon with a layer of olive oil, then sprinkle the herbs over the top. Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. 2. Fire up your braai or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Just before placing on the grill, sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper. 3. Place the fillet, skin side up, over the heat and cook for 2 minutes per side, until the meat is tender and flaky. 4. Chef D’Ercole recommends pairing with a side dish of vegetables such as asparagus.…

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tour-ready gear for mortals

Among Team Alpecin’s top-of-the-line bikes, kit and accessories, Canfield believes this gear improved his performance most. CANYON ENDURACE CF SLX DISC 8.0 DI2 / With 4 500m of climbing in just 135km, L’Étape riders need a bike that’s both light and comfortable, ready to battle the Alps’ ups and downs. ALPECIN ICON KATUSHA KIT / Mesh side and back panels on the jersey feel great on summer days, allowing heat and moisture to escape. WD-40 BIKE DEGREASER / A major difference between a World Tour rider’s bike and yours? Theirs is crazy clean. And it’s not just for looks – a sparkling frame and chain boost performance. Pair the degreaser (though Team Alpecin uses the European brand Holmekol), for the drivetrain and brakes, with dishwashing liquid, for the frame and wheels, to get an elite-level…

4 min.
the perfect strategy to torch fat, ride stronger and live longer.

BELLY FAT IS BAD NEWS. WHILE RESEARCHERS STILL DEBATE THE REAL HEALTH RISKS OF HIGHER BODY MASS INDEX (BMI), OR OF HOLDING ON TO A FEW EXTRA KILOS, EVERYONE AGREES THAT CARRYING TOO MUCH WEIGHT AROUND YOUR WAIST IS VERY DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT A WAISTLINE OVER 100CM FOR MEN AND 90CM FOR WOMEN PUTS YOU AT RISK OF HEART DISEASE, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT TECHNICALLY OVERWEIGHT AND ARE OTHERWISE IN GOOD HEALTH. BELLY FAT HAS ALSO BEEN LINKED TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD SUGAR, AND DIABETES. AGAIN, BAD NEWS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU ALREADY OWN THE BEST TOOL FOR SHEDDING THAT BAD-NEWS BELLY FAT: YOUR BIKE. THE KEY IS PERFORMING A VARIETY OF WORKOUTS THAT BUILD YOUR FAT-BURNING ENGINE, REV YOUR METABOLISM AND…