Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus May 2020

Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need. Each issue is packed with buying advice and tests of essential cycling gear - everything from bikes to bags! Cycling Plus is the place to find training advice, nutrition secrets and practical tips guaranteed to improve your bicycling. It's also full of inspirational rides, real-life cycling stories and entertaining riding-related features.

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from the editor…

Every year I am left in awe by the amount of work our trusted testing team puts into Bike of the Year. This time out, senior technical editor Warren put around 2500 miles in, through the worst of the winter storms, on 20 amazing bikes. Then most of the team decamped to Gran Canaria to choose the winner. We like to cover all price points in Cycling Plus, but for BoTY we’ve settled on £2900-£4000 to ensure that we show the best a modern road bike can offer without delving into the realms of fantasy. Turn to page 31 to discover your next bike… SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A LEZYNE POCKET DRIVE MINI PUMP WORTH £25 ALREADY…

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PROTECT YOURSELF All of the bikes in Bike of the Year will help you put in serious miles this summer, so to ensure you avoid injury, check out our essential exercises for cyclists p104. LONDON E-BIKE FESTIVAL Our recent trip to Gran Canaria saw us overtaken by too many ebikes to count, so we’ll be checking out the London E-Bike Festival at Battersea Evolution from 2-3 May. As a Cycling Plus reader, get 10 per cent off entry at https://bit.ly/397FzcP with the code CPLUS. Subscribers, see p102. GET IN TOUCH… If you’ve anything you want to say you can chat with us via @cyclingplus on Twitter, CyclingPlusMagazine on Facebook and cyclingplus on Instagram. And, of course, you can always email us at cyclingplus@immediate.co.uk. And don’t forget to visit cyclingplus.com!…

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the uk’s best tests for over 25 years

We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – an age when disc brakes, Di2 and super-wide 1x gearing weren't even a glint in a designer’s eye – we have been putting road cycling products through their paces. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, has nearly a century of riding experience between them in just about every discipline. They can separate the great from the also-rans when it comes to bikes, clothing, accessories – and more. If it gets our seal of approval you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy!…

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the tech team pre view their issue highlights…

WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR For the last four months I’ve been consumed by testing for Bike of the Year and the Superbike special. It’s been a lot of riding and a huge amount of laundry in one of the wettest winters on record. The results, I think, are worth it. SIMON WITHERS TECHNICAL WRITER A disc-braked carbon road bike for £1000? I couldn't believe it either, but Vitus has done it and I’ve had the pleasure of pitting it against two other £1000 carbon road bikes. You’ll be able to see the results in an upcoming issue. ROBIN WILMOTT TECHNICAL WRITER I’ve been testing reasonably priced Halo carbon-disc wheels, some 25mm tyres and six bottle cages. But catching up with my Giant TCX and enjoying some Canarian sun aboard Giant’s Defy was more fun.…

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THE BIG PICTURE CURTAILED COMEBACK Chris Froome returned to racing for Team Ineos last month at the UAE Tour, just eight months after what could have been a career- or even life-ending crash on a training ride at the Critérium du Dauphiné. However, what should have been a seven-day stage race came to an abrupt end after just five stages due to the coronavirus outbreak. After two workers from one of the participating teams tested positive for Corvid-19, all teams were quarantined in the race hotel for further testing.…

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private number

As the men’s WorldTour reconvenes in earnest on European roads this month, there are several riders notable by their absence. The Americans Peter Stetina and Ian Boswell, and Holland’s Laurens Ten Dam, have all stepped off the unrelenting treadmill of the road race calendar, all for different reasons, to throw their lot in with the burgeoning amateur gravel racing scene. It’s a scene that’s largely set in the USA, having grown organically out of both the country’s vast network of gravel roads and a challenging environment in which to stage road races at all levels (even the country’s only WorldTour race, the Tour of California, has been forced into ‘hiatus’ for 2020). While Ten Dam retired from the road and Boswell has recalibrated his career after a head injury kept him…