Our toughest issue yet…

Europe’s toughest climb ain’t for the faint hearted, the TDF can sometimes disappoint, good genes don’t make the best rider – these are just a few things we discovered this issue…

There are climbs that hurt, and climbs that take you to a nice world of suffering. And then there’s the Angliru. We headed for northern Spain to take on a contender for the title of Europe’s toughest climb.

But you don’t have to travel over oceans for a solid ride. We’re blessed with some great roads Down Under. Some of those winding their way through the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves.

While it may seem a bit of an effort to get the bike in the car and go away for a weekend of cycling when you’ve got some perfectly good roads just outside your door; for some, travelling and cycling are one and the same. This issue we delve into the reasons so many of us lug our bikes with us wherever we go.

We also chat to the Veloroos about how four Sydney-based female triathletes turned ultra-marathon cyclists took on the toughest bike race in the world – and won! Not the only success story this issue, MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team to race the TDF, reveal what it means to the team and whole continent.

The rest of the issue is jam-packed with bike reviews (Focus Izalco Max Disc and Orbea Orca M-TEAMi), the latest gear from Specialized, Campagnolo, Bontrager, Trek and much more!

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