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Cyclist October 2020

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

Between now and early November (Covid allowing) the WorldTour calendar will aim to squeeze in three Grand Tours, three Ardennes Classics and three cobbled Classics, plus a week of Tirreno-Adriatico for good measure. The Giro d’Italia will begin just two weeks after the Tour finishes, and by the time the Giro is over, the Vuelta a España will have already been running for five days. In fact on one single day – Sunday 25th October – cycling fans will have to choose whether to watch the deciding time-trial on the final day of the Giro, a pivotal mountain day at the Vuelta that finishes on the Col du Tourmalet, or Paris-Roubaix. I’m rather looking forward to seeing how Eurosport manages to cope, perhaps with Carlton Kirby attempting to commentate on all…

10 min
the venge killer

We no longer have to make a choice between having the fastest bike or the lightest bike, says Specialized. We can now have both. ‘Our sponsored pros used to have to choose on race day whether to ride the aero race bike [Venge] or the lighter climber’s bike [Tarmac], but with the new Tarmac SL7 it is now possible to deliver the fastest bike in the peloton right at the UCI minimum weight limit,’ says road product manager Cameron Piper. Die hard with a Venge The Tarmac began life in 2002 and in the 18 years that followed it has been first across the finish line in multiple World Championships, one-day Classics, Grand Tour stages and even Olympic road races, making it the ‘winningest’ road bike of the modern era. Meanwhile the Specialized…

4 min
paint it black

Believe it or not, stainless steel is relatively new to the bike world. Reynolds was arguably the first to bring stainless steel tubing to the mainstream (though still niche) framebuilding market when it released the 953 tubeset in 2005; then Columbus followed up with its own version, XCr, in 2007. Those two tubesets are different – only XCr is seamless and cold-drawn, which many argue makes it superior in the way it responds to welding – but both have their fans and both require one very tedious thing to bring out their best: polishing. All told, a builder can spend longer polishing a stainless frame than they do cutting and welding the tubes, which is why this bike from ColourBolt is so, well… mad. Made from Columbus XCr and stainless steel lugs,…

4 min
how green is my jersey?

Unfortunately it can be so easy to get caught up in the performance and style of cycling apparel that other, more important factors are forgotten about or ignored. How often do we consider the impact that the production of cycling kit has on the environment? The inconvenient truth is that the apparel industry is one of the dirtiest industries of all. Making clothes requires huge amounts of energy, water and chemicals, whose detrimental effects are further compounded by the waste generated from the offcuts of new items and discarded old ones. One mechanism companies have employed to try to help their environmental impact is external carbon offsetting – the familiar ‘X number of trees planted for Y number of jerseys sold’ construct. However due to the type of materials used in cycling…

2 min
pick ’n’ mix

1 PACT COFFEE GRAN FONDO ESPRESSO £11.99, pactcoffee.com Apparently Geraint Thomas has been working with Pact Coffee to develop this espresso. That’s not to say G has been visiting the farms and fincas of Rwanda and Colombia himself, but we do know that the Welshman enjoys a cup o’ joe, and that Gran Fondo coffee is available in whole bean or ground, delivered to your door, or wherever you find yourself watching the Tour. 2 ELIVAR SUSTAIN ENERGY From £12.99, elivar.com If you live on a farm and find the internet is patchy, try moving your router to the barn – that should provide more stable Wi-Fi. And if you ever feel like energy products are a bit boom and bust, try Elivar’s Sustain Go! and Sustain Plus gels and drinks, which use a coenzyme…

4 min
hurtling towards the tour

omething strange happened on Monday 10th August: there were no bike races. For the first time in 10 days, the snooker didn’t overrun on Eurosport; it was the Euro sport. After months of zero cycling, famine became feast with the return of WorldTour action on the dirt roads of Tuscany on the first day of the month. But following Wout van Aert’s emphatic solo win in a sweltering Strade Bianche, fans were given a day to stop, breathe through their masks, and take stock. While the irrepressible Annemiek van Vleuten did her best to make women’s cycling a one-horse race, two men’s teams drove the early background narrative as Ineos and Jumbo-Visma vied for supremacy during their pre-Tour skirmishes. If Egan Bernal won the Tour de L’Occitanie blindfolded, the focus lay on…