Our biggest issue yet, seriously.
In a first for Cyclist and a sign of just how much you guys and gals love our publication (right back at you), we’ve gone bigger, by 16 pages in fact. It might not sound like much but you’ll likely notice this issue feels a little heavier than normal. With any luck it’s an upgrade we’ll be able to treat our readers to on numerous occasions over the year to come. For now, kick back and savour those additional minutes soaking up the words and images our team has so painstakingly put together for your viewing.
Cyclist Australia/NZ, Issue #32 is here. If you’re heading to the newsstand to pick up a copy well there’s an extra surprise in store. We won’t spoil the surprise but we’ll give you a hint. This issue is twice as good as the last edition. Still don’t get it? That’s an easy fix. Simply drop into one of the 3,000 newsagents, rail and airport stores along with NZ outlets (soon) and you’ll find the answer. We haven’t forgotten about our subscribers either. You lot have been given first look with your fresh edition arriving prior to anyone else. If yours is yet to arrive, feel free to touch at email@example.com and we’ll look into it the delay.
From the editor,
It’s nothing personal, Victoria. We truly love your state. But for one reason or another, we simply haven’t featured enough of the stunning Victorian landscapes in past issues. Th at stops now. Our latest local Big Ride (p54) is around the Otways and along the Great Ocean Road. To keep things truly authentic, we sent a couple of locals down to Forrest to ride a loop they thought they knew better than most, but in classic Cyclist style, we threw in a couple of dusty detours to keep things interesting.Speaking of dusty, Gravelaide 3, our most recent gravel event, was a roaring success. Skidding out of Mount Torrens and drifting back into town for a beer is exactly how we think weekends should be spent. Riding with friends and making new mates along the way is what this great sport is all about. We can’t wait to do it all again later in the year at Gravel Grit Central Coast. We’re working on the details, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, this year’s Strade Bianche was more mud than dust. Do yourself a favour and YouTube the highlights from this young one-day classic. Th e weather was atrocious, the riders barely recognisable, and the drama continued to unfold until the fi nal ascent into the Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former mountain biker turned WorldTour rider Nathan Haas (p74) has clearly found a comfy new home at Team Katusha-Alpecin, and while Strade didn’t go to plan, his team is backing him for big things this season. Onto more well-manicured roads, and in this issue we’ve upped the page count quite signifi cantly and fi lled it with three inspiring Swiss rides. Switzerland has long been known for its mountain biking, but fans of the professional circuit know it has a lot to off er the road rider too. With 14 major cycling events scheduled across the warmer months – all closed to traffic – there’s still plenty more to discover.
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