Cyclist #20: Best of Italy

Landing in all good newsstands, airport outlets, Coles, Woolworths and Target stores 14 A…

Landing in all good newsstands, airport outlets, Coles, Woolworths and Target stores 14 April! Cyclist Issue no. 20.

Cobbles, wind, rain, crashes and the hard men and women of the professional peloton. Late nights watching some of the season’s best one-day races and another monumental victory for Australian cycling, courtesy of Mathew Hayman, at Paris-Roubaix. It’s Classics time so we’ve drummed up a classics-inspired ride to help us battle with the change of seasons. Sure, it might not have the brutal hellingen of Flanders, nor bone-rattling stones of Roubaix, but this particular ride – just a short stroll out of Sydney – will leave you completely spent and in need of a well-earned Delirium Tremens at the end.

Edvald BOASSON HAGEN ( NOR / Team DimensionData for Qhubeka ) im Anstieg zum Kemmelberg - Aktion - Rennszene - Querformat - quer - horizontal - Event/Veranstaltung: 78. Gent - Wevelgem 2016 - Deinze to/nach Wevelgem 242.8 km - Location / Ort: Belgium/Belgien - Europa/Europa - Date/Datum: 27.03.2016

Packed with an awe-inspiring ride through the Dolomites, a loop around Lake Taupo in New Zealand, a pro-am experience in WA and an in-depth look into the squad of Dimension Data, we’re pretty darn pumped to hand over the latest issue for you all to enjoy.

From rides close to home and those further abroad, this issue celebrates all that we love about cycling; escaping the daily grind and exploring the world on two wheels.

Well then, what are you waiting for? That bike isn’t going to pedal itself to the shops!

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith


Something has been nagging away at me for a while now. It’s a feeling that strikes all cyclists at some point, and no matter how hard I try to suppress it or drive it from my mind, it has grown to the point where it has become impossible to ignore, and I simply have to accept that I’m helpless to resist its urges.

I am going to buy a new bike. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be an issue, except for the fact that I really don’t need a new bike. I can’t think of a single decent reason for getting another bike. None of my riding plans for the coming year involve any terrain that couldn’t be dealt with admirably by my current crop of bikes. But still, against all logic and financial prudence, I have decided to buy a new bike. I just can’t help it.

Now all I have to do is choose one. It’s a tricky business because, with no practical need for a new bike, it really doesn’t matter which model I opt for. Something dramatically aerodynamic, perhaps? Or I could go for titanium – I haven’t got one of those yet. Or maybe I should invest in a bespoke steel frame from an artisan builder. A tandem? It seems there is no cure for n+1.

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

(c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

In other news, this issue of Cyclist is an exciting one for us, as it’s the first time we’ve turned to you, our readers, to offer up your own Big Ride experiences for publication. The last page of the mag, if it helps, is first such offering, a fantastic piece from reader Glen Bucklar. Hopefully it inspires you to write up your own Big Ride. Shoot it across to – and don’t forget, accompanying pics are essential – and you too could be published in a future issue of Cyclist.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our latest offering (on sale from Thursday 14 April), which includes Big Rides around the Dolomites and Wisemans Ferry; our participation in cycling’s version of a golfing pro-am at the Satalyst Tour of Margaret River; reviews of the latest Cannondale and Cervélo; and an essay on the value of yoga to your ride performance. Cheers!



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