Cycling Plus

Cycling Plus May 2019

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
from the editor…

Take one magazine editor who really hasn’t done enough riding this winter, sprinkle in some short, sharp hills and add a photographer with a long lens and you’ll end up with a candid shot of a man dry heaving over his handlebars… But while I may look a little distressed in this image I was actually having a great time as we tested and shot for Bike of the Year in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales. Sure, I’m well out of shape but spending a couple of days riding some brilliant bikes in the British countryside was a great reminder of why I love cycling. So, read our huge Bike of the Year test, pick your next bike and then go and have fun! SUBSCRIBE! New subscribers to Cycling Plus can get a…

1 min.
any other business?

Hack attack! If, like me, you haven’t done enough hill climbing work this winter to help you storm up steep slopes, you’ll benefit from the hill climbing ‘hacks’ feature on p110. It’s full of easy wins that, while not giving you the form of Chris Froome, will allow you to make the best of what you can bring to a climb. Star attraction High up on any cyclist’s ‘reasons why they ride’ is a guilt-free pass to eating all manner of tasty food. There’s no shortage of such grub in Michelin-starred chef - and top cyclist - Alan Murchison’s new book, The Cycling Chef: Recipes for Performance and Pleasure. We’ve an interview and extract beginning on p138. Get in touch… If you’ve anything you want to say you can chat with us via @cyclingplus on…

1 min.
the uk’s best tests

Here at Cycling Plus we take our testing seriously and have been putting road cycling products through their paces for 26 years. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, is the best in the business. They’ve got decades of cycling experience between them and know what makes a good – and bad – bike, accessory, gadget or garment. That means you can trust us to bring you honest assessments of every product we feature. If it gets our seal of approval then you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! FIRST RIDE First Ride sees our test team bring you their first impressions of the most exciting new bikes available. As soon as they’re out, we’re riding! ROAD TEST Before you buy a bike, you want to know…

1 min.
this month’s testers preview their issue highlights

BIKE TESTS This issue has been taken over by our 2019 Bike of the Year test - as has much of my riding for the past few months, with over 70 bikes to run the rule over. You can find the winner on p78. Warren Rossiter, Technical editor GROUPTEST The oddity about testing kit like spring outfits is that we often have to test it out of season. Not so this year, as we basked in early summer temperatures in mid-Feb… Strange times indeed. Ian Osborne, Freelance writer NEW KIT There’s a more affordable version in the Bike of the Year test of the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc that I’ve got in this month’s Long-Term Test, but I know which one I prefer… Robin Wilmott, Technical writer RATINGS EXPLAINED EXCEPTIONAL A genuine class leader VERY GOOD One of the best you can…

2 min.
come together

Since his election to the UCI presidency in 2017, David Lappartient has been largely defined by his very public desire to curb Team Sky’s dominance, floating ideas as various as salary caps, team size reduction, and the banning of power meters and race radios, not to mention the unsavoury tit-for-tat with Dave Brailsford conducted through the media. Of course, since the team’s sponsor signalled its intention to pull out of the sport at the end of the current season, Lappartient has been able to focus on matters more befitting a leader of a global sports governing body. So it was a good surprise when, in February, the announcement was made that Scotland would host the inaugural combined cycling world championships, bringing together the sports of road, track, mountain biking and BMX…

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TAKING OUT THE TRASH New UCI rules will now fine pro riders who throw away bottles or rubbish outside designated waste zones up to 1000 Swiss Francs. “Leaving trash on the road is no longer acceptable in this day and age,” said UCI Jury Commissioner Philippe Marien. VIRTUAL LEADER Qualifying for the British Cycling eRacing Champs was won by Steve Young (Team Canyon ZCC) and Illi Gardner (KISS RT). The top 10 from each race will compete in the live finals in London in late March. POLITICAL GAMES Kristina Vogel, the German track star who was left paralysed last year after a crash, is entering politics in her home city of Erfurt, as a candidate for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Party. SWIFT RECOVERY Team Sky’s Ben Swift ended up in intensive care in Tenerife after rupturing his…