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Bike Australia Issue #20

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

1 min.
‘ride to eat, eat to ride’

If you’re anything like me, much of the time spent on the bike revolves around thinking about food. I have long lived by the mantra of ‘ride to eat, and eat to ride’. And given the number of cyclists who happily get something ‘a bit extra’ at a post-ride coffee, I’m sure I’m not alone. We’ve got an inside look with some of cycling’s best foodies in this issue, along with great tips about how to fuel your body for the best performance on the bike while not giving up on taste and flavours! I had the opportunity to visit my spiritual home – the Swiss Alps – to ride a route in the Vaud Alps with Alain Rumpf. We talked about cycling, the growth of the sport, exploring tiny roads,…

1 min.
you are here

The National Cyclocross series has been buzzing away through winter, and visited the sub-tropical state of Queensland in July. We headed out to watch the fun, with the help of Isuzu who lent us a D-Max for the weekend. Parked next to the beer tent it wasn’t long before the tray became the perfect vantage point for the hecklers from Pro Sick Kent Factory Racing. Cyclocross is hard, cyclocross is fun and cyclocross is quirky. The weekend of racing represented all of these things and more. The courses at Samford, west of Brisbane, challenged riders on rutted terrain on one day, and with mud and a steep run up the next. But as lungs seared and legs burned, the atmosphere at the venue only intensified. No-one in the Australian cyclocross scene takes themselves…

2 min.
should i shave my legs?

When World Champion and media wunderkind Peter Sagan raced unshaven in 2016, the news made international headlines. Cyclists - male and female - have been shaving their legs for at least 100 years, and while a lot of reasons are bandied about: for massage, to speed healing after a crash, for aerodynamics etc, nobody seems sure exactly why we carry on with it. Leg shaving has been enshrined in Velominati’s famous ‘rules’ of cycling (#33: Shave your guns), but Sagan’s hairy stems didn’t just raise eyebrows in the media: tonnes of pros spoke out about their penchant for going native in the off-season, and themselves questioned why we shave in the first place. So, for the average cyclist, what’s best? WE TAKE A THREE-STEP APPROACH: 1. What looks good? If you have a…

1 min.
adelaide hills

Adelaide is blessed with a Mediterranean climate - that means amazing wine and produce, but it also means the place really comes alive in Spring. While many make an annual pilgrimage to the home of Aussie cycling for the Santos Tour Down Under in January, the warm air, perfumed breeze, and flowering trees of Spring in the Adelaide Hills will have you cruising up iconic climbs like Corkscrew Road, Mt Lofty, and Wilunga Hill. Adelaide is the perfect base for a ride trip in the area. Close to the beach, it’s just a short roll into the hills, or an easy day trip to wineries, gourmet eats, and natural wonders. Southaustralia.com Top tips in this issue VISITING CAIRNS? WE SHOW YOU THE BEST PLACES TO RIDE IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND TAKE AMAZING CYCLING SHOTS:…

2 min.
how to fuel your ride

Here’s Bike’s tips for going the distance. NIGHT BEFORE 07:00PM Eat a carb-rich meal - aim for about 50g of carbohydrate, or about 1 ¼ cups of cooked brown rice or spaghetti, or three medium potatoes. Add a small serve of protein from meat, tofu, or eggs, and fill the rest of your plate with veggies or salad. Keep away from alcohol and creamy, heavy sauces and desserts, and don’t forget to drink a couple of glasses of water at least. IN THE MORNING 05:00AM Time for more carbs! Grab a quick meal of fruit and cereal, or a couple of pieces of toast. If you’re not a breakfast person, try to get a fruit smoothie in, or at least a banana. Also try to drink a glass or so of fluid. ON THE BIKE…

1 min.
lights, camera, action!

“Before we are cyclists, we are people. And this is a team full of people.” The words of Esteban Chaves perfectly encapsulate the theme of ‘All For One’, a new film celebrating five years since the creation of Australia’s very own Orica-GreenEdge pro team. Yes, it’s a movie about cycling – but more than that it’s a documentary about the real human aspects of the sport. Such as the decision by Simon Gerrans to let team-mate Daryl Impey take over the Tour de France yellow jersey in 2013 so he could become the first ever African rider to lead the famous race. Or the look on Mathew Hayman’s face as he realises he has won the 2016 Paris-Roubaix after slogging his guts out for years on the cobbles and only suffering disappointment. And Chaves himself,…