Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 39

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

By the time you read this, the Giro d'Italia will have finished and those with juice still in the tank will be getting the body steadily ready for Le Tour. Our profiled Italian Vincenzo Nibali, at time of writing, was circling his prey, and we're putting money on it right now – with a week to go – that the Shark from Messina will add another maglia rosa to his palmarès. But Vincenzo's path into cycling wasn't all smooth pedalling – his dad once threatened (and actually went through with) chopping his bike in half. Find out more on page 78. While that particular bike may have been beyond salvage, we’re pretty sure a few others were heading to the repair shop after getting caught in the early chaos of the…

10 min.
adjusted focus

The original version of the Focus Izalco Max can lay claim to being the first true disc brake race bike. At a time when most brands’ disc offerings incurred too much of a weight penalty to be considered as genuine racers, the 2015 Izalco Max in a size small could flirt with the UCI’s minimum weight limit – it tipped the scales at just 6.81kg. Yet time waits for no bike and since then several other brands have developed models to match the weight of the former Izalco Max and better it in other areas, such as aerodynamics. ‘Our old model was a real benchmark for early disc brake racers – one of the lightest production framesets available,’ says Fabian Scholz, lead engineer on the new project. ‘But to get it so…

8 min.
q&a bradley wiggins

Cyclist: In May, Team Sky became Team Ineos. How do you think the team will be remembered and what legacy will it leave behind? Bradley Wiggins: Well, the legacy of it I think won’t be fully realised now. It might be in 20 years, it may be 30, but people will look back and think, ‘Bloody hell, that was a good time!’ With any big sporting team that has been hugely successful, you don’t appreciate just how big and how good it was. It’s like with Man United – we’re only realising now, six years after the Fergie era, how amazing that period was. I think cycling will be no different. Look what it has inspired, regardless of what the rhetoric is in the press. Cyc: Do you think Geraint Thomas will be…

3 min.
no6: stack and reach

Why is it that you can be a size nine in one brand of shoe, but a size 10 in another? And why isn’t there a standardised sizing system to tell us whether or not a shoe will fit before we try it on? It’s a similar quandary for bicycles. Not only do brands have different ways of sizing frames, but the most common method isn’t particularly effective at indicating whether a bike will fit or not. Traditionally, frames are sized by the length of the seat tube, usually measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the tube itself. As with shoes, this figure is little more than an arbitrary number, so most bike manufacturers also provide a lot more detailed sizing information, packaged up in the…

1 min.
outback odyssey

The Mawson Trail – named for great Australian explorer of the Antarctic, Sir Douglas Mawson – is like no other outback trail in Australia. The variety of terrain is almost endless. Turn by turn it leaves you wondering what grand vistas or iconic remnants of history will be around the next corner or crest. The impossibly rugged form of the Flinders Ranges leaves you more breathless than the effort required to keep your legs turning across this demanding landscape. While some days are harder than others, you’ll always feel rewarded each evening throughout the Mawson journey. It can be a somewhat meditative experience that, at times, has you feeling like you’re riding straight through a Hans Heysen watercolour. There are magnificent river gums, old dilapidated mudbrick buildings and rusted farm equipment…

5 min.
jersey tales

On October 15, 1970, Italian daily La Stampa ran a story that would transform the profile of the Molteni cycling team. Under the headline, ‘Merckx: the best sandwich-board man’, journalist Gianni Pignata reported that winning machine Eddy Merckx, who had recorded 52 wins during 1970 for Italian coffee machine-sponsored team Faemino, had agreed a move to Molteni. ‘At the end of a record season, the Belgian swaps coffee for salami,’ reported the paper. Father and son duo Pietro and Ambrogio Molteni, producers of cold meat products, first backed a cycling team in 1958. A year later the team recorded their first major win on the final day of the Giro d’Italia. Switzerland’s Rolf Graf, a pursuit specialist, escaped the peloton 10km from Milan to register an eight-second win over Rik Van…