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Cycling Plus September 2022 is out now!

Sub-£2k gravel bikes, Tour de France Grand Depart, riding in pregnancy and much more

Published: August 9, 2022 at 12:24 pm

In this issue’s bike test, gravel guru Katherine Moore pits three gravel bikes, all under £2000 and one of the most competitive price points in the genre, against each other.

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We’ve also got standalone tests of Canyon’s Endurace CF 7 eTap and All-City Gorilla Monsoon, and run the rule over Garmin’s new range-topping 1040 computer. Warren Rossiter unboxes the Colnago C68 wonder bike, a road bike with a price tag that won’t get you much change from 12 grand.

In features, Nicola Smith asks the experts how deep you can ride into pregnancy, while Adrian Miles straps in for the Tour Transalp, a 7-day sportive in the Italian Alps and Dolomites. John Whitney reports from Copenhagen and the Tour de France Grand Depart, where he watched the time trial from Nairo Quintana’s team car. Editor Matt is also in Denmark, for the Viking sportive, and provides a Masterclass into riding a 100-mile sportive.

In The Hub, we hear from pro ride Luke Durbridge about the time trial arms race at the top level, profile Beryl Burton in our Icons of Cycling page, highlight the best commuter kit and visit the mountainous Cairngorms in Destination.

And that’s not all. September sees the launch of the 2022 Tour of Britain and we’ve got a 28-page guide, featuring a detailed route guide, a Ned Boulting-penned love letter to the race and a piece by Simon Warren looking at eight legendary British climbs that are still yet to feature in the race.

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