RIDE Cycling Review #59 – Contents & Editorial

The 59th edition of RIDE Cycling Review is on sale from 4 March 2013. It is available in newsagents and bike shops in Australia, selected retailers in other countries, and in a digital format on Zinio and via the iTunes store and our new Pixel Mags format. Here is the publisher’s note as well as a look at what’s inside this 240 page magazine…



RIDE #59 – Editorial

Finding the balance of content for each issue is a challenge that never gets easy. The right mix is needed: some racing, a few good personalities, plenty of products, the right advice for those who are looking to buy a bike… we want to provide insight that doesn’t just get coughed up when words are punched into Google. This time there’s a little bit of a change from our traditional pagination. Yes, there are the usual elements – right through to the six bike tests (and all that’s associated with these pages) and the popular ‘Caffeine Culture’ about great riding locations – but there’s an abundant supply of bike porn thrown in midway through.

Our feature on team bikes (starting on p.88) is something we are particularly pleased with. Convincing mechanics from 18 WorldTour teams that we only wanted “to borrow a bike…for a few hours” is not an easy task. These are no ordinary bits of equipment: they are machines ridden by the finest cyclists in the world and they don’t come cheap. Still, everyone agreed to our proposition and off we sauntered, over the road from the Tour Down Under village towards our special studio high up in the Adelaide Hilton. We carried the tools of the trade for 18 riders from the pro peloton… and photographed and weighed and measured them. We collected the data and begrudgingly returned them to the teams so racing could commence.

This feature was a big undertaking but so is every element of each issue. We don’t make a magazine about cycling because it’s the latest fad. This is something that I, and the cast of many who put these pages together, do because we believe in cycling. We want to share the beauty of this sport and help explain why it’s so special. Personally, my favourite topic is racing but there  is reason why so much effort goes into the ‘Paraphernalia’ pages (from p.180): we all love the gear!

Every issue of RIDE offers opportunities to refine our mix of stories and get the balance right. All too often there’s been a need to talk about the scandals and scoundrels who infiltrate the world of sport. Again filthy cheats earn mentions but there are other things to talk about, riders worthy of our admiration, professionals doing their jobs passionately… and in another content-rich issue, I hope you agree that we’ve presented a good cross section of cycling life. Inside there are things to inspire, things to save for, things to admire… and things that remind you how beautiful what we love really is.

– Rob Arnold




Examining bikes from all the WorldTour teams… including weight, measurements, components used and interviews with riders, mechanics and designers…

Race coverage from January to March, including special reports on the Australian National Road Series, and a look at what the state of cycling is like in the States (and Canada) following the ‘Reasoned Decision’.


Jean-François Quenet went to Oman to see three former Tour de France champions get beaten by the runner-up of the 99th edition…


Contents – Features (Volume 01, 2013)

Why Ride: …because I still can!

He knows his fate and for Dr Ian Davis, MND is going to end his life prematurely. Before that happens he wants to ride a million metres with a mate…


Racing: Competition returns

After all the drama and scandal, there was a sense of relief to see the racing season start again.


Racing: Tour Down Under

A man known as The Gorilla and a Dutchman with a name that translates to ‘butcher’ were the stars of the opening round of the WorldTour. By Rob Arnold.


Racing: GC men in Oman

Riders who are vying for victory in the 100th Tour de France started their season in the Middle East. Chris Froome got the win. By Jean-François Quenet.

Includes: Interview with Cadel Evans – back to top form!


Racing: National championships

Roger Vaughan reports on GreenEdge’s domination of the races in Ballarat and Buninyong early in 2013.


Racing: Track gallery

Shots from the worlds and nationals – Minsk and Bass Hill caught beautifully…


NRS review: Expansion of competition

Changes are happening in local racing… Jonathan Lovelock previews the 2013 season.


New World: State of the States…and Canada

The scene in North America is alive with talent and races; we look at why it continues to prosper.


Fallout: Bank becomes blank

Erik Raschke considers the ramifications of the withdrawal of long-term cycling sponsor Rabobank.


Your body: The collarbone

Craig Lennox examines the most common of breaks.


Lifestyle: Soigneurs

James Stout takes a look inside the world of the people who give their all to keep riders going.



Team Bikes 2013 – RIDE product special

• AG2R La Mondiale’s Focus

• Argos-Shimano’s Felt – Plus: Koen de Kort’s notes

• Astana’s Specialized

• Blanco’s Giant – plus mechanic notes

• BMC’s BMCs – plus designer interview

• Cannondale’s Cannondale

• Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Orbea

• FDJ’s Lapierre – plus mechanic notes

• Garmin-Sharp’s Cervélo

• Lampre-Merida’s Merida – Matt Lloyd Q&A

• Lotto-Belisol’s Ridley

• Movistar’s Pinarello

• Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Specailized

• Orica-GreenEdge’s Scott – plus mechanic notes

• RadioShack-Leopard’s Trek

• Saxo-Tinkoff’s Specialized

• Sky’s Pinarello – plus mechanic notes

• Vacansoleil’s Bianchi – plus mechanic notes


Analysis: Against the odds

In the final of our legal series Lisa Jacobs reviews laws intended to beat a new generation of cheats.


Profile: Nathan Earle

With some luck on his side Jonathan Lovelock thinks this might be Tasmania’s next superstar rider.


Team Focus: Cannondale and Peter Sagan

It’s a new name but with the same star performer.


Ride Profile: Haute Route

Will Levy and Gregor Brown take us on a rider’s dream holiday from Geneva to Nice.


Retro Review: Federico Ghiotto’s Pinarello

Warren Meade on a bike with a real story to tell.


Columns: The pros in their own words

• Adam Hansen catches up for a conversation about computers, languages, bikes and innovation.

• Timmy Duggan – notes from a hospital.


Caffeine Culture

Victoria’s high country: Mansfield and Mt Buller are a cyclist’s dreamland…

• Bikes from the Bunch: Five cyclists from Mansfield.


The Back Page

“Hi, I’m Norbs. I’m a Mamil…”


Contents – Bike tests

Six bikes that inspire us to get out in the fresh air and enjoy life – to race, to satisfy our urge to go faster or just to arrive home with a big smile.


Build Report

Function, workmanship and quality. This is what the mechanic is looking for when pulling each bike apart. The entire experience is detailed.



An aero frameset without comprimise in pursuit of perfection. Toby Shingleton breaks his PB…



A beauty from the French brand that continues to build frames that aren’t from the same mould as others…



An evolution of its aero frameset, with Spanish character. Shane Lovejoy enjoys a complete package that also looks great.


Fondriest TF3 1.2

Greg Chalberg on the bike that is good enough to grow into, at a price that will allow many riders to do so…


Specialized Roubaix

SL4 Pro
Built for the cobbles but able to excel in any conditions. Dan Bonello goes inside the comfort zone.


Cannondale Slice

Competing at the top level is all about the seconds… Nick Squillari reviews a bike that could save you a few.


Bike Test Specs

Frame sizes, prices, colours, componentry and applicable sizes and ratios. This is where each part of the bike is detailed with additional footnotes of interest.







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RIDE Cycling Review is now available in a digital format via Zinio.





Author: rob@ride

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