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Cyclist October 2018

Dedicated solely to road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the freedom to explore and the gear that makes road cycling special. Cyclist will take you on the world's best routes and get behind the doors of iconic brands. With performance advice from the experts, we unearth tall tales from the pro peloton and get you up-close to the best road bikes and technology. Plus, Cyclist mixes in-depth articles with breathtaking imagery from the sport's best photographers. It's the road cycling magazine you've been waiting for.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ed's letter

The upcoming road race World Championships in Innsbruck promises to be a bruising affair. When the riders (the men, at least) set off from the Austrian town of Kufstein on 30th September, they will face a course adding up to 258.5km with 4,670m elevation, including seven ascents of the climb to Igls, each one being 7.9km at an average of 5.7%. But the real kick in the pants will be the final climb to Gramartboden. Known as the Höll, it is only 2.8km long, but is frighteningly narrow and spikes up to a gradient of 28%. Already people are talking about it being the toughest World Championships ever (see p84 for more on this debate). Just as the race reaches its climax, riders will be funnelled through a gap between two…

3 min
race against time

The last version of BMC’s aero road bike, the Timemachine, was released in 2012. Such is the pace of development in aerodynamics that the design has become all but obsolete. ‘Our last Timemachine Road bike [not to be confused with its Timemachine TT bike] was one of the strongest bikes in what was then an emerging category,’ says BMC product manager Stefano Gennaioli. ‘It already included elements of integration – for example the brakes were tucked away, which was unusual at that time. So it was pretty progressive, but the design was uncompromisingly aerodynamic and the ride quality was pretty unforgiving. It was a stiff and demanding bike to ride, and most of the aero advantage was lost when you put a couple of bottles on the frame.’ Aerodynamic design has moved…

1 min
champion system apex elite jersey

£96, champsys.uk UAE Team Emirates’ Dan Martin rode bravely at this year’s Tour de France, crashing hard but battling on to finish eighth overall and take the combativity prize. However, it was his team jersey that stole headlines early on. There was something missing from it… ‘The Apex jersey is zipless,’ says Champion System’s director of operations, Chris Reynolds. ‘The idea is that losing the zip makes the jersey marginally lighter and more aerodynamic. We didn’t stipulate who on UAE had to wear it, but Dan was one of the riders who adopted the jersey immediately. In fact he wore it to victory on Stage 6.’ It seems an obvious design feature, but as Reynolds says, ‘Cycling has always been a pretty traditional sport and jerseys have always had zips.’ Also, when riders…

1 min
bontrager ballista shoes

£199.99, trekbikes.com In Bontrager-speak, Ballista means really damn quick. It is its product line for kit that’s designed primarily to cheat wind. There’s a second-skin-like Ballista jersey and bibshorts, a Ballista helmet that Jens Voigt deemed slippery enough to wear during his Hour record attempt, and now there are these shoes. The most obvious concession to aerodynamic efficiency is the unique repositioning of the Boa dial. To the best of our knowledge the Ballista shoes are the first to have it mounted on the heel. The heel cup provides a stable platform for it, and Bontrager says the path the cable takes from that location naturally secures the foot down and back into the shoe as it’s tightened. Bontrager’s ‘no-sew’ fused upper makes sure the shoes are as smooth and efficient as possible.…

1 min
veloflex master tyres

£42 each, veloflex.it Sometimes a pro rider wants one thing but team sponsors want another, and so the mechanic brings out a black Sharpie and scribbles over the word ‘Veloflex’ on a tyre sidewall. If you fancy investing in some race-winning pedigree (Wiggo rode Veloflex for his 2012 Tour de France win), these ‘open tubular’ Masters are a top pick, made using the same 320tpi casing and natural rubber tread as Veloflex’s tubs. They’re available in 23mm, 25mm and 28mm widths, and also come in black.…

1 min
wahoo training ecosystem

Kickr Core trainer £700, Kickr Climb simulator £500, Kickr Headwind fan £200, wahoofitness.com Indoor training has come a long way since the days of following handwritten intervals taped to a garage wall. With the advent of smart trainers and software such as Zwift and TrainerRoad, the entire experience has become more immersive, and indoor training products have evolved as a result. Wahoo is the first brand to champion an ‘ecosystem’ – a range of products designed to work together. ‘Turbo training has this perception of being a chore,’ says Megan Powers, product manager at Wahoo. ‘So we thought best way to make the experience as seamless, pleasurable and engaging as possible was to create products that all work together, each providing a different element to the session.’ At the core of this ecosystem…