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Cycling Plus November 2020

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
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16 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor…

SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A SYNCROSS MATCHBOX COUPE BOTTLE CAGE WORTH £39.99 ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access to exclusive content, competitions and offers. Turn to p80 I’m going to provide a personal positive from our troubled recent past – I’m back on the bike with something approaching regularity! I’ve been taking part in our back-to-the-office trial, which means I need to travel 15-miles each way, three times a week. The answer is, of course, to ride it. And I’m loving it – it feels normal, I don’t have to wear a mask and I’m losing my lockdown lumpiness. Let’s hope, as normality slowly returns, plenty of others will do the same and the bike boom continues. Rob Spedding Content Director SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART…

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ELECTRIC AVENUES One way more people will be able to enjoy riding to work is for them to try an electric bike. I’ve already seen one bikephobic colleague become addicted to powered pedalling. We test four e-commuters this issue. p34 LISTEN UP Our colleagues on BikeRadar.com have created the BikeRadar Podcast, packed with top tech chat and interviews. Start with Ned Boulting and his thoughts on lockdown without pro cycling. Find it on Apple, Google and all good podcast providers! 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 visit www.cyclingplus.com!…

6 min
two’s company

Attention to detail is top-notch and the SLR01 is an absolute masterpiece of industrial design £9800 Probably the best-looking bike launched this year The classic BMC silhouette of dropped seatstays has been a mainstay in the range since the 2010 SLR and now it’s been adopted across pretty much every design of BMC’s rivals. Ditto for integration and internal cable routing, from handlebar to rear mech. Even the comfort and aero combining D-shaped seatpost is a contested first between Giant (TCX ’cross bike) and BMC. It’s clear that BMC’s influence on road bikes far exceeds the brand’s profile, which is impressive stuff when you consider that BMC is less than 25 years old. This Teammachine looks simply beautiful. Its svelte design and clean lines have not been scarred by anything that looks out…

7 min
a phoenix rises

£3350 From climber to do-it-all race bike The new 2021 Trek Emonda sees a marked shift away from a purely climber-focused bike to a more allround package with the de rigueur aero shaping to match. While at £3350 the SL 6 Pro is by no means cheap, it does represent fairly good value for money in the context of the wider market. For that cash, you get a full Ultegra R8020 groupset, a Bontrager Aeolus 35 Elite carbon wheelset, a perfectly inoffensive alloy cockpit and a very plush Bontrager saddle. The 56cm bike weighs 8.13kg on the nose with no pedals. Picking two comparable bikes, the Giant TCR Advanced Pro 2 Disc costs roughly the same (£3499) for a broadly similar build, as does the Rose X-Lite Six Disc (approx £3450…

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THE BIG PICTURE G IN THE GIRO It was a shock to see Geraint Thomas’s name missing from Ineos Grenadiers Tour de France line-up, but his admission to The Guardian that the lockdown had, like many of us, left him “running a little heavy” went some way to explaining it. The Tour’s loss is the Giro d’Italia’s gain, however, and the extra five weeks of racing in his legs, such as here at the start in the Tirreno-Adriatico, will help sculpt a grand tour-winning body that he’s often admitted isn’t easy for him.…

3 min
free’s a crowd

Long before I fell for professional cycling, I’d had a soft spot for it. I distinctly remember on a family caravan holiday in eastern France in 2002, stumbling across the final Tour de France time trial in Mâcon and cheering on Lance Armstrong. We’ve all done things we are embarrassed about. He was all set to seal his fourth consecutive yellow jersey and had become a true cross-over star - he was the only rider there that I could put a name to a face. Tight up against the metal barriers and close to the finish line, it was a captivating spectacle, which was quite probably made more so, as the willing recipient of countless bags of Haribo, Solero ice creams and other sugary treats tossed out of the back…