Cycling Plus

February 2022

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

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from the editor…

I’ve commented on these pages that the pandemic has heightened my appreciation of the riding routes on my doorstep. Having read our ‘Event Horizon’ feature (p44), I now say screw that worthiness. I just want to feel continental European sunshine on my jersey’s shoulders, American gravel under my wheels, or to finish the sections of the West Kernow Way (pictured) I missed in pursuit of a pasty. Yes, admittedly as I write this, that long-forgotten Transformers baddie Omicron has just arrived, so I won’t be using marker pen on the calendar just yet. But here’s to a more expansive year of riding in 2022. SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS RECEIVE THEIR FIRST THREE ISSUES FOR JUST £5…

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WISE GREG A triple Tour de France champ and victor of the most exciting race of all-time. Greg LeMond is a Mount Rushmore figure of cycling. And, at 60, the great innovator is continuing to do just that in unexpected directions. We ride his new bike on p96. RECOVER STRONGER Given I largely spend my time sitting on a chair, bike or settee, it’s no surprise my posture rivals Quasimodo’s. 2022 will be the year I correct this, starting with memorising our Recovery Masterclass on p114 and actually warming down after a ride. GET IN TOUCH… If you have 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 And don’t forget to visit…

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the spin flex and extend

Many of the great rivalries in sport have been stirred by the bad blood between the antagonists. This is the same across all sport, regardless of whether it’s a team or solo endeavour. It might be between two individual sports people, such as in tennis where two compatriot stars of similarly volatile temperaments, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, erupted over a 14-year, on-court rivalry. In the case of football’s Barcelona vs Real Madrid ‘El Clásico’, their historic team grudge isn’t carried so much by geographical proximity but by a sense of entitlement to a league championship that they’ve both won, a lot. Some of the most bitter feuds in sport have come from within the same team, and are often the most damaging. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome’s feud at…

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why you want… chrome tensile hip pack

TOUGH TEX TILE 01Chrome’s laminated ripstop nylon is made from fully recycled resources. BUCKLE UP 02Chrome’s signature buckle is based on classic seatbelt design but is made from lightweight aluminium. RAIN DEFENCE 03The Hip Pack’s water-resistant ripstop fabric and stormproof zippers combine to help keep the weather out and your stuff dry. Chrome’s reputation for hardwearing backpacks is well known, as is its no-quibble lifetime guarantee. But riders who like to travel a little lighter will be pleased to know that Chrome is now making lightweight luggage that still has the same tough nature (and guarantee). The 380g Tensile hip pack, for example, has a generous 7 litre capacity within its 11” x 7” x 4” (28 x 18 x 10cm) shape. The ultralight ripstop fabric is made from all-recycled materials and is reinforced throughout to stand up…

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why you need… four essentials

01 LEZYNE BRASS BELL £26 A compact, classic-looking bell with a brass dome and very sprung ringer, this emits a clear ring and the hard-anodized alloy mount keeps it locked on. The clamp is suitable for 25.4mm diameter bars, or 22.5mm with the included rubber shim. 02 LIMAR AIR STRATOS €79.95 Bergamo-based Limar (supplier to the Astana pro team) is one of the world’s leading road helmet brands. The Air Stratos, however, is targeted at the multi-terrain – if still aero – market, with the reinforced double in-mould shell, relatively lean 240g weight and Air Fit comfort system all aimed at full-day gravel adventures. 03 ZEFAL PULSE A2 BOTTLE CAGE £7.99 Proving that expensive, carbon-fibre cages aren’t the only option if you’re trying to keep bike weight down, the A2 weighs just 26g and holds…

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local knowledge clitheroe

The Forest of Bowland falls mostly in Lancashire and its open landscape is wonderful road cycling country. You can explore Pendle Witch Country, and feel remote, yet there are pubs, cafes and trendy bistros just a downhill away. Characterful Clitheroe, with easy train access, an indie-shop vibe and a castle, is our base. ROUTE ONE TROUGH OF BOWLAND 58 MILES SCENERY SHOWCASE Super day of varied views and pleasant climbs. Visit GB’s centre at Dunsop Bridge (phonebox), then up the dramatic Trough over moorland. Ridgetop back south with vistas (Blackpool Tower in distance!) to Chipping (cafe, pub). Jeffrey Hill’s summit, and lanes back. GET THE ROUTE ROUTE TWO FOREST OF BOWLAND 52 MILES MOORS MAGIC Fabulous out-and-back moortop delight with great views. Through Gisburn Forest (cafe, bike hub) to Bowland Knotts then pretty Clapham (pubs, cafes)…