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Cycling Plus September 2020

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Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need. Each issue is packed with buying advice and tests of essential cycling gear - everything from bikes to bags! Cycling Plus is the place to find training advice, nutrition secrets and practical tips guaranteed to improve your bicycling. It's also full of inspirational rides, real-life cycling stories and entertaining riding-related features.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor…

What a race! Sorry, force of habit – I’m writing this the day after the 2020 Tour de France was supposed to have hit Paris with the latest owner of the winner’s yellow jersey. I don’t know about you but a July that was already strange, felt stranger still without the world’s biggest bike race. (Something that Ned Boulting felt acutely, too - p130.) Luckily, as we go to press the rescheduled Tour is still readying to roll out from Nice on 29 August. Check out our preview magazine and keep everything crossed for a classic comeback edition. SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A FREE LEZYNE CADDY SPORT SADDLE BAG ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access to…

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BRAIN TRAINING Many of us have had a lot of time to think recently and in this issue we take a look at two different ways to use our brains to improve our riding. And, perhaps, take our minds off the real world for a while, p58 GAME CHANGERS In this issue we’ve got two bikes that can lay claim to making a seismic impact on what we ride: the Giant TCR and Specialized Roubaix. Tech Ed Warren tests the latest TCR on p14 and then looks at the history of the Roubaix on p34 GET IN TOUCH… If you’ve anything you want to say you can chat with us via @cyclingplus on Twitter, CyclingPlusMagazine on Facebook and cyclingplus on Instagram. And, of course, you can always email us at cyclingplus@immediate.co.uk. And don’t forget to…

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the uk’s best tests for over 25 years

THE ONLY BIKE BUYING ADVICE YOU CAN TRUST… We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – an age when disc brakes, Di2 and super-wide 1x gearing weren’t even a glint in a designer’s eye – we have been putting road cycling products through their paces. Our Senior Technical Editor Warren Rossiter, has nearly a quarter of a century of riding experience in just about every discipline. He can separate the great from the also-rans when it comes to bikes, clothing, accessories – and more. If it gets our seal of approval you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! THE TECH TEAM’S SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PREVIEWS HIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS. WAR REN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR This month’s testing has been a pretty exciting mix…

7 min.
race day ready

Giant TCR Advanced SL0 Disc £9499 Future superbike The 2021 Giant TCR is the ninth iteration of the compact-framed race machine that debuted two decades ago, back in 1997. There is, however, nothing ‘nineties’ about this superbike. At the heart of all the Advanced SL models is a new way of manufacturing carbon-fibre frames (as outlined in issue 368, One Giant Leap), which in summary involves Giant weaving its own carbon-fibre sheets in-house to exacting specifications, and cutting each piece used in the frame with highly accurate, laser-cutting tools. That means over 500 precisely cut pieces make up the frame (compared to the previous model’s 380). There is also a new method used to bind it all together in the form of a carbon-nanotube infused resin that greatly strengthens the bond between the layers…

7 min.
go, go gadget! gocycle gxi

£3699 British-designed, futuristic, folding ebike Gocycle’s latest ebike, the GXi, is the latest iteration of the clever, single-sided design that was first seen a decade ago when the company formed and launched its ebike range with the G3 model. Aimed primarily at commuters looking for a fast-folding ebike this iteration of the company’s notoriously stylish range adds a more integrated design and clever connectivity over the GX. The single-sided design is a great idea that works particularly well for commuters because the stub-axles that hold the wheels in place mean that punctures can be repaired without the need to remove the wheel at all. The sealed drivetrain is trouser-friendly and inside is housed a Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub gear that’s electronically controlled. It gives a gear range of a 39.1-inch in first, a…

3 min.
the spin clean sport

One of the most unlikely news items to emerge this summer was of the postponed 2020 L’Etape du Tour rising again, phoenix-like, to get a new date on this year’s sporting calendar: 6 September. Its viability remains subject to approval from the relevant authorities but it meant that, at the time of writing, one of the few sportives surviving on the barren wasteland that is the 2020 cycle-sportive calendar also, oddly, happens to be one of the planet’s biggest. Around 15,000 cyclists descend annually onto the Tour de France organiser ASO’s mass participation showpiece. Since 1993, the event has mimicked a stage of the Tour and this year the plan is to ride 175km of Stage 2 around Nice, a characteristically mountainous route that passes over local favourite climb, the Col…