Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 36

Dedicated solely to the exhilaration of road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the rides, the travel and the latest gear – we'll show you how to get the best from your ride every time.

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in this issue

2 min.
ed’s letter

If there was ever a time of the year to be excited about cycling, it's right now. The sun is shining down – a little too much at times – and the holidays have arrived. For some of you, this letter arrives ahead of what we believe is the best Aussie event on the calendar: the Tour Down Under. Entering its 21st edition, the TDU is without a doubt the largest cycling festival in the Southern Hemisphere, with loads of classic rides like Gorge Road, Corkscrew, Windy Point and the finale down to Willunga. And it's not just about the professionals – it's about you too! The WorldTour peloton may be fighting for early-season glory, but for those of us soaking in the 35-degree rays of the Adelaide Hills, this is…

10 min.
race against time

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist The last version of BMC’s aero road bike, the Timemachine, was released in 2012. Such is the pace of development in aerodynamics that the design has become all but obsolete. ‘Our last Timemachine Road bike [not to be confused with its Timemachine TT bike] was one of the strongest bikes in what was then an emerging category,’ says BMC product manager Stefano Gennaioli. ‘It already included elements of integration – for example the brakes were tucked away, which was unusual at that time. So it was pretty progressive, but the design was uncompromisingly aerodynamic and the ride quality was pretty unforgiving. It was a stiff and demanding bike to ride, and most of the aero advantage was lost when you put…

8 min.
q&a cadel evans

Cyclist: You joined the Australian Institute of Sport as a junior, transitioned from mountain bike racing to the road and nearly 20 years later, retired. That’s a lot of races. Do you miss it? Cadel Evans: I get asked a lot about whether I miss racing. I miss the regular massages and being looked after by the team, but pressure and expectation is something I don’t miss at all. My last race was the in Gaes Titan Desert [mountain bike stage race] in Morocco in April of this year. When I race now, it is with an entirely different mindset. I used to race to be the best in the world, and now I race to participate. I put on a number, train to be as fit as I can and…

4 min.
no3: wheelbase

If you carry your dirty bicycle into your house and set it down on your nice clean kitchen floor, the distance between the centres of the two muddy patches on the tiles will be the wheelbase of your bike. Simply put, a bicycle’s wheelbase is the distance between the centres of its wheels, and it can be influenced by two key measurements: rear centre (distance from centre of rear wheel axle to centre of bottom bracket) and front centre (distance from centre of bottom bracket to centre of front wheel axle). The resulting figure plays a big role in handling. Steering opinions ‘A longer wheelbase will be more stable at speed, and more stable with a load, but slower to turn. Visa versa for a shorter wheelbase,’ says framebuilder Tom Donhou of Donhou…

1 min.
my cycling dreamscape

EQUIPMENT Camera: Fujifilm XT-1 Lens: XF 23mm f1.4 Settings: SS, 1/4000sec, ISO 200 Instagram: @bobbarrettphotos The regular rides I do – Sydney’s morning ritual along the Eastern Suburbs beaches and out to La Perouse, or Melbourne’s equivalent along Beach Road – aren’t the ones I want to shoot. For me, riding is about adventure, exploration, meandering roads and rolling hills. More often that not, this desire requires a little more effort; perhaps a train, a drive out beyond the city limits, an overnight stay at some less-than-luxurious accommodation and a pub meal with the locals. It all makes it so much more than just a ride. This shot captures a small slice of what my cycling dreams are made of: a lone rider passes through a classic Australian landscape. Cows chew cud on the sidelines, a…

5 min.
in praise of… soigneurs

Soigneur Biagio Cavanna once said of Fausto Coppi that ‘massaging his legs was like playing a guitar’. The giant, blind masseur would knead the Campionissimo’s muscles for most of his professional career and be a confidante to Coppi’s colourful private life. He died, allegedly of a broken heart, the year after Coppi’s own early death at the age of 40. Half a century later, masseur Rui Queixada is squeezing and poking my legs as if he’s trying to find a $5 note down the back of the sofa. He has been doing this at the end of every stage of the five-day Ride Across Portugal event, and as such has been privy to my nightly hopes and fears, as in ‘I hope there are custard tarts for breakfast tomorrow’ and ‘I…