Cyclist Australia

Cyclist Australia Issue 40

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.
go big. do the croc.

THE ULTIMATE MTB STAGE RACING EXPERIENCE The Great Australian Outback, for visitors and locals alike, is what makes this giant island nation so unique. But the bush is just one aspect of Far North Queensland that makes the Crocodile Trophy arguably one of the most true blue experiences you could have on a bike. From sun-scorched trails through to lush rainforests filled with world-class single track and even a final stage along Port Douglas beach, this year’s eight-day Crocodile Trophy or three-day Croc Elements is one to seriously consider. Celebrating its 25th edition, this iconic event isn’t just for the die-hard off-road racers, the Croc is a cycling adventure that is about far more than just what happens on the bike. From the first night in camp – in your own tent,…

2 min.
ed’s letter

As a nation of fans tuned in to watch Stage 9 of this year’s Tour de France, they were well aware that their general classification hope had crashed out on that very same day for two years running. Thankfully, things were different for Richie Porte this time around. The stage came and went without incident. At time of print, Tassie's finest had slipped out of the overall contenders race, but remained committed to finishing it out just as he has planned for the last five years. For a nation far more passionate about footy than cycling, we can count ourselves lucky to have such an endless pool of talent. In addition to Porte, another of our modern greats is Simon Gerrans. He won stages in all three Grand Tours during a…

8 min.
on the bounce

All the stuff that makes you glad to be a cyclist ‘In every other form of wheel-based sport, suspension is used to soak up imperfections in the road surface. Suspension helps vehicles maintain traction when going around corners even on the smoothest roads.’ Specialized’s lead product engineer on the Roubaix project, John Cordoba, makes a fair point. It is this ‘smoother is faster’ rationale that the company claims has been the driving force behind its 15 years of research into frame damping. This manifested itself in the ‘Zertz’ inserts of early Roubaix models, and has developed into a full-blown hydraulic suspension unit, the Future Shock 2.0, on this latest version. ‘Our sponsored athletes wanted to use suspension in races like the Spring Classics but there were a few issues with the previous design…

6 min.
fränk schleck

Cyclist: What is your earliest memory of cycling? Fränk Schleck: As a kid I used to go with my family to Alpe d’Huez to see the Tour passing by. My dad [Johny] was a cycling fan and a former professional who had cycled Alpe d’Huez during his career [which included eight Tours de France]. We went there on family vacations to see and feel the ambience of the Tour. I remember standing at the side of the road and being amazed at the emotion and the passion for cycling that people have, especially on all the corners and switchbacks. It was something great. Cyc: What was the single best day of your cycling career? FS: It is strange to think that after going to Alpe d’Huez as a child, many years later I…

4 min.
no7: seat position

The bicycle seat is an easy component to adjust. By just loosening a couple of bolts you can change the height, tilt and fore/aft placement – also known as setback. For this reason, it’s often the first thing that riders tweak in the search for improved comfort or more power. What isn’t always fully understood, though, is how best to adjust the seat. ‘There’s no actual ideal position,’ says Phil Burt, leading figure on all matters of bike fit and founder of Phil Burt Innovation. ‘I like to refer to a bike fit “window”. But if you were to ask me what’s the most important part of bike fit, I’d always say saddle position: setback, height and tilt. Those points are interrelated and absolutely critical. If you get those wrong everything…

1 min.
foggin’ up the lens

This image was taken along the final climb of Great Dun Fell, on Stage 2 of this year's GBDuro – a four-stage, 2,000km self-supported trek spanning the length of Great Britain from the southwestern tip of Land's End in Cornwall to John o' Groats in the north of Scotland. After 8,500m of climbing across Wales and Northern England, the UK's highest road was cold, foggy and blowing a block head wind – as if this climb wasn't tough enough. Despite his WorldTour pedigree, I think Lachlan (Morton, pictured) found this one hard going. Great Dun Fell is a remote climb, and it was nearing the summit, where the clouds and fog were rolling in, that I captured this shot. The black-and-white image may look grainy, but this is actually the fog…