Every year there are scores of new brands and models trying to make their mark. Against established names, this is rarely an easy feat. So this issue we give some love to the new kids on the block, whether that’s brands new to the UK or just new full stop, testing bikes from the likes of Evo2Max, Thompson, Ironbridge, Pilot and Chapter 2.
We’ve also first rides of the Look 765HM Ultegra Di2, Sonnet Road MK1, Sven Cycles Pathfinder and Merida Scultera 5000, and reviews of kit including Vittoria Legend shoes, Pro Vibe Aero Carbon cockpit, Beeline Smart Compass and Vittoria VH-Ikon MIPS helmet. We also have our biggest, toughest locks test ever, visiting the facilities of Germany’s biggest security manufacturer and putting models from the big lock makers on the market through a barrage of abuse.
In features, we give you a taster of the new rules of nutrition, so you can get to know your vitamin B from your beta-alanine. We hear from the people for whom cycling isn’t merely a hobby, but a genuinely transformative pursuit, put three Italian bikes head-to-head(-to head) around the Scottish Borders, and follow the Tour de France with sponsors Tissot – the time keepers who had their work cut out this year.
In Training Camp, we show you how to climb like Simon Yates, survive multi-day rides with tips from Frank Schleck, use milk to boost recovery and prepare for a cyclo-cross race.
In Big Ride, we fled the June heatwave (seems an awful long time ago now) for the cooler climes of the Faroe Islands. Sandwiched between Norway and Iceland, though part of Denmark, this archipelago left a lasting mark on the staffers who went out there. We’ll be back, as soon as we’ve warmed up.
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Ned Boulting is back from his 15th Tour de France – and second as lead commentator on ITV – and he’s got stories to share. And in The Spin, we wonder how anyone wins something as complex, fraught and seemingly random as the Tour de France more than once, let alone four times.
What else have we got? Oh yes, a free 36-page guide to the 2017 Tour of Britain. No eye-catching mountain top finishes this year, but the ‘flat’ route should make for a tight battle to the finish. We’ve got detailed previews of every stage with input from route mastermind Andy Hawes, a spectator guide on how to watch the race, insight into that very British pursuit, the 10-mile time trial, which is included in this year’s race, and a recce of stage 8 from Worcester to Cardiff.
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Senior writer and tireless domestique John has been putting in a shift for Cycling Plus for seven years. Despite having been a ‘proper’ road cyclist for the last decade, he still can’t work out what his main motivation for punishing all-day rides is. A freewheeling attitude towards cake is the popular theory, however.