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Cycling Plus Summer 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


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from the editor…

Welcome to this special bumper edition of Cycling Plus, where we start getting excited about this year’s Tour de France, the one race that makes us all stop and take notice. Along with this issue of our magazine, which itself contains an exclusive interview with Britain’s first Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, we’re giving you two supplements to whet your appetite for the Grande Boucle. In the first, we take an in-depth look at what lies in wait at the 2019 Tour, with a stage-by-stage guide and a look at all the teams, while in the second we drool over some of the bikes that will carry the stars around France this July. ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Postcards from the edge Also included in your Cycling Plus Tour de France pack are…

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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 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! Before you buy a bike, you want to know how it stacks up against its…

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first ride

RIBBLE CGR 725 STEEL £1199 > Ribble’s reworked all-rounder in its classy-looking steel incarnation SPECIFICATION Weight 11.02kg (M) Frame Reynolds 725 steel Fork Full carbon, tapered Gears Shimano Tiagra 50/34, 11-32 Brakes Tektro Spyre hydraulic discs Wheels Mavic Aksium Disc Finishing kit Level 1 stem, bar and seatpost, Prologo Kappa RS saddle, 28mm Continental Ultra Sport 2 tyres Ribble’s 2019 CGR ‘adventure bike’ range has had a comprehensive makeover for 2019 and is available in aluminium, steel, carbon and titanium–and even as an amped-up alloy e-bike version. The range is designed to offer ‘the ultimate in versatility and performance to handle the toughest roads, terrain and weather conditions’. You can get an aluminium CGR for £999, but we’ve gone for the classy-looking Reynolds 725 steel number at £1199. When it comes to stating versatility, Ribble isn’t pulling a fast one. The…

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the hub opinion

THE BIG PICTURE SUB-GIRO The first Grand Tour of the season is behind us, after Movistar’s Richard Carapaz held off home favourite and two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali to claim the 2019 Giro d’Italia. All eyes will now turn to France, where former Tour winner Nibali is now targeting yellow against the likes of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Romain Bardet. At least the weather in the mountains should be warmer than on stage 13 of the Italian race! THE SPIN BEAT A RETREAT How do we solve the problem of more people choosing to do a spin class rather than getting out on a bike? Sport England’s biannual Active Lives survey made for, in the words of British Cycling, “uneasy reading”. As a snapshot of how British people are choosing to exercise, the fact that the…

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OUT WITH A BANG Aussie hotshot Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was the big sprint winner of the Giro d’Italia, bagging two wins before quitting the race on the eve of the mountains to concentrate on his Tour de France preparation. PAIN AND GAIN The UCI have hailed their testing programme for pain medication tramadol a success. Since it was banned at the start of the year, no positive tests have been found among pro riders in over 100 tests conducted so far. BIKE FOR LIFE GPs from two practices in Cardiff will be able to assign up to six months of free bike rental to patients as part of a pilot intended to improve health and awareness of the physical and mental benefits of exercise. KITTEL KATUSHA KO Marcel Kittel terminated his contract with Katusha-Alpecin announcing he’ll…

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super commuter

Commuter bikes all too often inhabit the realm of the mundane, the humdrum, the utilitarian. But that doesn’t need to be the case–as these six super commuters demonstrate. They have flat bars and drops, are made from aluminium and steel, come with a single chainring or two, disc and rim brakes–but each of them is much more than a ‘mere’ commuter bike. None of them have unnecessary suspension forks–hurrah!–but all have more strings to their bows, ensuring they don’t sit in your bike shed untouched, unloved and unridden come the weekend. The bikes are different because not all commutes are created equal. The idea behind this test was to find bikes that could tackle this tester’s present and previous commutes. They’re designed for tarmac, track, towpath or various combinations of these…