A new issue of RIDE Cycling Review is now on sale. Featuring Jens Voigt – and his bike – on the cover, it is a magazine full of cycling. You can get the paper version via subscription or as a single-issue purchase through our webshop; it’s also on sale in bike shops and newsagents around Australia. There are also two e-versions available, via either Zinio or iTunes.
RIDE #63 is a 228 page magazine with a special feature on ‘Bikes of the Pro Peloton‘. To introduce you to the magazine and let you know what’s inside, here is the editorial and a summary of the contents for volume 01, 2014.
Editorial – RIDE #63
– By Rob Arnold
It’s all about balance. The theory that applies to cycling is relevant to many other aspects of life. If you find the right mix of work and leisure, throw your arms in the air and celebrate an accomplishment. It’s not easy to do. It can seem that there is pressure to do more. Every job can be demanding and it’s common for people to put aside other things in favour of emptying the inbox, as it were. But when one task is done, another will replace it.
Consider the plight of Simon Gerrans or Jens Voigt. As professional cyclists they’ve achieved beyond even what they thought was possible. They’ve won Grand Tour stages, led the Tour de France, done their duties as domestiques, travelled the globe to ride their bikes. And they’ve received recognition for their many achievements but it doesn’t mean they have reached the finish. More can always be done.
One national championship win is good, two is better. At least that’s how it now seems. The way Gerrans rode in Buninyong this January was inspirational stuff. It was a display of team tactics and impressive physical conditioning. We could appreciate his patience and bravado, see the effort that was required to beat a world-class field including two other genuine cycling stars, Cadel Evans and Richie Porte, who would also stand on the podium that day.
At the Tour Down Under, Gerrans again showed that he was able to perfect a balancing act. He trained well, timed his form, outsprinted and outclimbed specialists in these disciplines and netted another win for his efforts. Tick that off the list: job done. What’s next? Milan-San Remo… he’s won that before, why not have another crack?
Voigt also seems to have found the right balance. He’s a father of six. He’s been racing his bike for over 20 years. As they say, he has seen it all and done it all. He could happily retire and ride off into the sunset knowing he’s made a mark on the cycling world and beyond. But he’s back for another season in the professional ranks when he could be racing in the Masters class at home in Berlin. ‘The Jensie’ started his pro career with an Australian team. Some say he’s got an Aussie accent. He certainly has plenty of fans here and that is one reason he keeps on keeping on: he enjoys it.
Cycling is fun. It should be enjoyable. For some it’s a job but it is also balanced with leisure… as it should be.
Why Ride: The importance of etiquette
Cyclists and penguins have a few things in common. James Stout explains his take in this subtle reminder of the rules of the bunch ride and how to enjoy your time on the bike and play well with others.
Racing: Tour Down Under
Welcome to Adelaide and the opening round of the UCI WorldTour…
– Chasing time by Tom Palmer.
– Chasing time bonuses by Rob Arnold.
Racing: New World Racing
Early season racing hot spots… Dubai versus Qatar by Jean-François Quenet.
Plus the Tour of Oman and Jayco-Herald Sun Tour
Racing: Australian Nationals
Dream poduims and new contenders by Jean-François Quenet.
Gracie Elvin interview by Rob Arnold.
Racing: Breaking records on the track
Anna Meares interview about breaking the 500m TT world record (again) as well as what it was like to see François Pervis ride a ‘kilo’ in 56.303…
Racing: Cyclocross world championships
Lisa Jacobs races the living legends of the sport.
History: Il Gregario
The worker’s story of Idrio Bui, one of Fausto Coppi’s loyal domestiques by Giulia Lacivita with glorious photos by Antonio Bigarini.
Team Bikes 2014 – RIDE product special
• AG2R La Mondiale’s Focus
• Astana’s Specialized
• Belkin’s Bianchi
• BMC’s BMC
• Cannondale’s Cannondale
• Drapac’s Swift Carbon
• Europcar’s Colnago
• FDJ’s Lapierre
• Garmin-Sharp’s Cervélo
• Giant-Shimano’s Giant – plus mechanic notes
• Katusha’s Canyon
• Lampre-Merida’s Merida – plus designer notes
• Lotto-Belisol’s Ridleys
• Movistar’s Canyon
• Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Specialized
• Orica-GreenEdge’s Scott Addict SL and Foil
• Sky’s Pinarello
• Tinkoff-Saxo’s Specialized – plus mechanic notes
• Trek Factory Racing’s Trek
Profiles: Young riders and team camps
– Matej Mohoric by Jean-François Quenet.
– Jesse Kerrison by Jonathan Lovelock.
– BMC Racing by Bruce Hildenbrand.
– In Mallorca with Omega Pharma-Quickstep by John Deering.
– Cannondale by Bruce Hildenbrand.
Politics: The dismissal of Michele Acquarone
by Colin O’Brien.
Retro Review: Ted Reichenbach’s Turner
Warren Meade on the Adelaide-to-Darwin Special from 100 years ago!
Product Launch: The lastest from Shimano
Dan Bonello rides hydraulic and electronic in Hawaii.
Caffeine Culture: Belfast and Beyond
Giles Belbin visits the site of the Grande Partenza of the 2014 Giro d’Italia and follows a few rides out of Belfast and the surrounds of the Northern Ireland capital.
Five Bike Tests
To coincide with our 32-page team bike feature, four of our five review bikes were raced at Tour Down Under. The fifth has no connection to racing, and that’s exactly the point.
Build Report. Function, workmanship and quality. We detail the entire experience of building each bike we receive for review.