Cycling Plus July 2017

This month it’s time for the test that all our writers raise their hands up to do: superbikes. Money-no-object machines that ooze desirability. And such is the competition we’ve upped our usual six-bike test to ten. Eleven would perhaps have been more appropriate for such a bombastic collection of carbon.

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Most of the major players are represented in our Superbike of the Year test, including such perfection as the Specialized Roubaix Pro, Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap and the Giant TCR Advanced SL 0.

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While in our second bike test we bring you our 2017 Women’s Bike of the Year.

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We’ve also First Rides of the Scott Speedster 10 Disc, Cervélo S3 Disc, Giant Anyroad 1 and the Orbea avant H30.

We’ve reviews of the new version of Shimano’s top-end mechanical groupset Dura-Ace, the Syncros RR1.0 saddle, the Xplova X5 GPS unit and Mavic’s Cosmic Carbon Pro Exalith wheels.

In our gear tests, we’ve got summer clothing and an investigation into the world of saddle fitting.

In features, our Best of British series continues with a visit to Vélobici, which, despite its Euro name, is based in Leicestershire and is British to its core.

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We ponder the idea of carb loading and whether it still has a place in 2017 and delve deeper into our #getbritainriding campaign by meeting the pedalling persuaders who’ve shared their passion for cycling to recruit riders.

In Big Ride, we head to Nottinghamshire, 50 years on from the death of British cycling legend Tom Simpson, to ride the roads he did as a lad.

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This month sees the re-launch of our How to pages with the all-new ‘Training Camp’. Each month it will feature tips on how to ride like the pros, build a stronger body for cycling, the cycling superfoods that you need to incorporate into your diet and essential workshop fixes.

Finally, this month’s free gift is a bumper 36-page guide to the Tour de France. With the Giro d’Italia just finished this past weekend, you don’t have long to wait for your next grand tour fix and this guide is sure to whet your appetite.

Journalist Daniel Friebe discusses ten of the big talking point of this year’s race, as well as an investigation into German cycling and how cycling in the country was affected by its doping-induced exile.

There’s an extract from a new book about Fabian Cancellara too, the retired Swiss superstar who enjoyed such success at the race but had something of a love-hate relationship with it, as well as the lowdown on the teams, stages and pundit predictions.

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