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Bike Australia Issue #13

BIKE Australia is an exciting magazine for the enthusiast as it covers the depth and breadth of cycling. It provides readers with tips on technique, nutrition, fitness, feature stories and reviews on the latest cycling products.

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in this issue

2 min.
focus on the fun

I REMEMBER THE FIRST time I truly got cycling. It was February, 2004 and I was climbing that long, sinuous road that rises through the eucalypt forests of Sydney’s Bobbin Head up to the traffic-clogged mayhem of the Pacific Highway. I’d taken up cycling a year or so earlier, after growing bored of the boozy habits I’d fallen into at uni. And for much of that first year I’d fought against my bike. Like a typically impetuous 23-year-old, I was forever trying to push a too-big gear, forever trying to stomp my way up inclines. I wanted to ride like Jan Ullrich – I just didn’t have Jan’s legs or lungs or, as it would transpire, Eufemiano Fuentes’ “treatment”. And so I spent much of that first year out of breath, out…

1 min.
three great tips from this issue

FUEL UP (p8) Want another reason to smile? Sign up to our latest subs offer and you’ll not only get a two-year Bike subscription for just $49, you’ll also get a limited edition Team Sky fuel pack from SiS. Because let’s face it, nothing is less fun than a hungry ride. HIS AND HERS (p32) Sure, it’s not PC, but women and men are different. Which means we should train differently, too. From stretching to hydration to strength training, here’s your guide to getting the most out of what God gave you. BAD DEAL (p84) The digital marketplace is packed with counterfeit cycling gear. No, you’re not getting a good deal – you’re getting shoddy equipment that could fail you catastrophically. Here’s how to avoid a fake.…

1 min.
the mawson trail

Running north from Adelaide for 900 kilometres, the Mawson Trail is Australia’s second-longest off-road cycling trail. It is a play in three acts: the first running through the wine districts of the Barossa and Clare Valleys; the second through South Australia’s shimmering wheat belt; the third taking you into the heart of the preposterously stunning Flinders Ranges. You don’t need to be a hard-core mountain biker to attempt it, though; for the most part, the Mawson follows unsealed bush roads and old farmers’ tracks rather than rugged single track. You do, however, need stamina; 10-plus days of being jostled about on corrugations, rocks and sandy washouts will take its toll, especially if you’re attempting it unsupported and carrying your camping gear. And, fittingly, it’s an uphill ride, finishing in the state’s…

8 min.
ask bike

WHY DO CYCLOCROSS RACERS WEAR SKINSUITS? Superhero fantasies? In all honesty, the garment does have performance advantages. Though a skinsuit’s one-piece construction makes it the most aerodynamic choice in a time trial or road race, ‘cross racers appreciate more that it can’t ride up like a jersey might, which can be aggravating and uncomfortable when you’re running, jumping and otherwise negotiating an obstacle-filled course. There’s also less spare fabric to snag on your bike when hopping on and off or shouldering it. Since events are generally an hour or less, and repairs take place in a pit, there’s no reason to carry snacks and tools, so you don’t need the pockets of a jersey. Then there are the style points to consider: for many ‘cross racers, the clean lines of a…

2 min.
get the power to gun it!

OVER-UNDER Warm up with 20 minutes of easy spinning at a rate of perceived exertion (RPE) of 3-4 on a scale of 1 (very light effort) to 10 (maximum). Push yourself to right above lactate threshold (RPE of 8) for one minute – you should be able to say only three or four words at a time. Then ride for one minute just below threshold; you should still be working hard, at an RPE of 7. Spin easy for eight minutes between sets. DRESS REHEARSAL Set up a loop course on grass or dirt that takes 5-7 minutes to complete. If you’re training for ‘cross, try to include run-ups and barriers. Designate the start line, then sit on it for two minutes, as you would before a race. Sprint off the line, going…

2 min.
yoga to the rescue

TRAINING ADVICE EVERY CYCLIST CAN USE Years of cycling had taken its toll on my flexibility, posture, core stability and riding position. In the past, friends and colleagues had suggested yoga, but I resisted. Training to me was always about hard work and suffering, whether I was on a bike, in a pool or lifting weights in a gym. But last year I had a revelation. To relieve a nagging sore muscle in one of my legs, I tried stretching but promptly realised I had lost more than a little flexibility over the years. I finally listened to my colleagues and tried yoga. I’m glad I did. The beginner’s class I took quickly shed light on my lack of flexibility, balance, body awareness and strength. As our instructor guided us into our…