The new issue of RIDE Cycling Review is printed and on it’s way to you. The 69th edition of Australia’s finest cycling magazine is 228 pages of goodness featuring Chris Froome on the cover.
Subscription copies were lodged with Australia Post on Monday 21 September. (Please note: once we hand the magazine over for delivery, it’s up to the postal service to complete the task of distribution.)
The on-sale date for newsagents is Thursday 24 September (with the exception of Western Australia and Queensland, when it will be Monday 28 September).
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As it says in the editorial, “The last few months have been an amazing time for the sport and the cycling trade. There was great anticipation leading up to the trio of Grand Tours of 2015 and we cover these races in one issue: reports and photos to remind ourselves of an exciting nine weeks of competition in a season packed with innovation.”
There’s our usual focus on racing and product reviews and this issue boasts a glut of product launches from around the world. We visit:
- Germany for the the anticipated unveiling of SRAM’s highly anticipated eTap wireless shifting system… and here’s for a brief overview of Nick Squillari’s experience.
- Wisconsin in the USA for the launch of the innovative new Trek Madone (see some of James Stout’s report here).
- Lake Garda in Italy to ride Bianchi’s relaunch of the famous Specialissima with Jack Lynch spending time with the brand’s new CEO Bob Ippolito.
- Kitzbühel in Austria to get a taste of Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod as well as the aluminium CAAD12.
- Merida hosted John Deering on the Italian Rivieria in May for the launch of the latest iteration of the Merida Scultura.
- Then it was off to the Gorges du Tarn in France for an overview of the new releases from Lapierre.
- Finally, Phil Ashley rounds out the bike launches with a ride or three on the latest from Giant on the island of Mallorca.
In the coming days we will be publishing the online extras for the five bikes on test in RIDE #69. The bikes reviewed are:
- Scott Foil with Shimano Dura-Ace ($9,200)
- Repete Reborn with Campagnolo Record ($8,900)
- Merida Scultura with Shimano Dura-Ace ($8,500)
- Cannondale CAAD10 with SRAM disc brakes and Red ($5,700)
- Trek Emonda ALR 5 ($2,200)
You’ll find our usual online offerings including:
- Comprehensive galleries with close-up photos of all the features of our test bikes.
- Commentary from the ‘Round Table Conversations’ – ie. observations from staff after riding one bike after the other.
- SoundCloud files and YouTube clips of our test time on the bikes… and much more.
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Keep an eye on your mailbox or your local newsagent.
There’s a lot to read and hundreds of photos from the season to remember.