Cyclist #32: The Otways Dirty Little Secrets

Our biggest issue yet, seriously. In a first for Cyclist and a sign of just how much you g…

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.

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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.

What’s inside…

Keeping it local – for Victorians – we take a look at Australia’s oldest stage race and chat to the man behind the scenes, John Trevorrow, to discover what lays ahead for the Herald Sun Tour. It might not garner the same attention at TDU but the Sun Tour has helped to shape the path to the WorldTour for more than a few homegrown professionals. Nathan Haas took the overall victory in 2011, along with Tour of Tasmania and the Japan Cup before heading to Girona to begin a career with Garmin-Sharp. Fast forward six seasons and Haasy is very much the consummate pro. Backed by his new Team KATUSHA ALPECIN outfit, the punchy, hardy and competitive 29-year-old now has his sights on the Ardennes classics.
Keeping it Eurocentric, our next destination is a place that everyone seems to be talking about lately. Switzerland isn’t some unknown destination more recently open to cyclists. It’s long been a place where every turn reveals the next vista and snow-capped backdrop. The kind of place where every shot is picture-perfect. We’ve featured Swiss rides in the past and for good reason, it’s an amazing place to ride. This time, we’re treating you to three routes to try – for the next time you’re planning that European summer adventure.
We ventured onto the gravel some time ago, hopped aboard fat-tyre machines to take our journey further off-piste but what about doing it all on the same roads, only with less effort? Love or loathe, e-bikes are here to stay. We take a look at where the local market sits in terms of accepting this new bread of speedy yet limited two-wheel offerings.
Rounding up, we’ve got new hoops from Hunt Bike Wheels, shiny kicks from Shimano-Road, a gigantic Garmin Australia GPS computer and a couple of fresh rides to satisfy both the racer and explorer. 
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