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Bicycling South Africa September/October 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
Fréquence:
Back issues only
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3 min.
press start for adventure!

The Fortuner has a powerful pedigree. It’s been the bestselling medium-sized SUV in South Africa for a very long time, and for good reason: you could argue that as a four-wheeled investment, it offers the most practicality and value on South African roads. It’s hard to find a tar and trail partner that offers as much bang for your buck. Here are four reasons it should be your next lifestyle investment (with training benefits): 1. IT CAN CARRY ALL THE GEAR (AND PEOPLE) YOU NEED. Want to be able to ferry your kids or friends around safely, and make sure you have enough space for all your bikes and everything you need to find adventure? Sorted – the Fortuner has plenty of interior space, and a decent-sized boot area. It’s a seven-seater…

2 min.
join the ride

“LOOK, DAD!” MY SON URGED AS WE ROUNDED THE BEND ONTO THE COBBLES OF THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES. And there I was, riding up cycling’s most famous road, closed for the occasion, with my cycling-mad son. No cars, no mad cabs, no wandering pedestrians – just a pelaton of cyclists. // AS WE SLOWED, TAKING IN THE MOMENT, I AM REMINDED THAT IN JUST OVER 24 HOURS, THE WORLD’S GREATEST CYCLISTS WOULD BE HURTLING ALONG THESE SAME COBBLES AT OVER 50KM/H TO THE CHEERS OF OVER A MILLION SPECTATORS. BUT TODAY, IT BELONGED TO US– ORDINARY RIDERS LIVING A DREAM. // THE ROAD RISES MORE STEEPLY THAN IT APPEARS ON TV AS IT MAKES ITS WAY TOWARDS THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE. We don’t get to ride all the way round around the…

1 min.
the frame

THE IMPI OF IMPEY Daryl Impey became only the second South African to win an individual stage of the Tour de France when he won the ninth ‘Bastille Day’ stage this year. Sprinter Robbie Hunter last won astage in 2007. Impey has previously held the yellow jersey of in 2013 and is arguably South Africa’s most successful international competitor in history. Here’s Impey sitting in the pack with his SA championship jersey around the Arc de Triomphe during the final stage in Paris. BRAVERY AND PANACHE Julian Alaphilippe, nicknamed LouLou by his fans, almost pulled off the impossible and held the yellow jersey for 14 days to give France hope of an overall victory. He finally succumbed to the might of Team Ineos on the penultimate stage but his panache and bravery made…

1 min.
how to carve a pair of your own killer quads

Bulging, carved quads are like flashing neon signs announcing that you’re a cyclist, and you’ve come to kick some ass. And those diamond-cut cannons are more than just aesthetically pleasing in your spandex. The four muscles collectively called the ‘quads’ or quadriceps muscles are the primary movers when you push through the pedal stroke – so stronger quads equals more watts. “Cycling is a power sport,” says David Ertl, PhD, a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach. “You need leg strength to crank out power. That means building all the muscle fibres you can. “If you can get 10 or 20 per cent stronger than the next guy or girl, you won’t fatigue as quickly, and you’ll have that much more in reserve when you need to give a burst up a hill,…

2 min.
on-the-bike workouts to build power legs!

1 / SINGLE-LEG PEDALLING Your rectus femoris is the quad muscle that runs straight down the front of your thigh and helps flex your hip – i.e. to pull up and push down the pedals. A great way to work it, along with your other hip flexors – and get a silkier pedal stroke in the process – is a single-leg pedalling drill. “Most people can pedal with one leg for only about 30 seconds before they fatigue, as the hip flexors are neglected when you use both legs. Because the leg pushing down is always pushing the other back up,” says Ertl. How to Do This: Sit on an indoor trainer with one foot clipped in and the other unclipped and propped on a chair or stool. With the bike in an…

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drinks for every ride

NUUN SPORT HYDRATION A range of hydration prducts and energy tablets. Plant-based, safe and fast-acting, for your pre-, during and post-training needs, Nuun has you covered. CADENCE MARATHON More sustained energy delivery and hydration. Improved recovery and performance. Marathon is a drink for endurance racing, stage racing and periods of high training loads. TAILWIND CAFFEINATED ENDURANCE FUEL Research shows substantial endurance benefit from caffeine in the 3-5mg/kg concentration range. Tailwind has that, and meets all your caloric, hydration and electrolyte needs. SKRATCH LABS SPORT HYDRATION Formulated with the optimal sugar/ sodium balance, this mix enhances water absorption by actively ushering the fluid out of your intestine and into your bloodstream. MAURTEN DRINK MIX 320 This carbohydrate sports drink converts to a hydrogel in your stomach for a smoother transition to the intestines.…