RIDE #54 (volume 04, 2011) – Editorial & Contents


I remember in what was effectively my ‘audition’ for the role that actually gave me a career in cycling, Phill Bates asked me what I liked about the sport. I didn’t pretend I knew more than I did. Full of admiration I confessed: “I just can’t believe what these athletes do.” Back in 1991, I related it to being able to ride a stage of his race from Grafton to Coffs Harbour so quickly. At under 100km it’s a paltry distance in relative terms but as a teenager it seemed a very long way. When it was done during the Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic it seemed to be over in a flash.

I was full of admiration then and I still am today. I’d seen Bates’ race arrive in my hometown many times. I’ve referenced it now and then but as this issue marks the 20th anniversary of me making cycling magazines, it’s prompted me to delve into memories of those early days. Doing so reminds me of how far things have progressed. Many friendships have been established in the journey that has followed that initial stint working for a race promoter. A lot of racing has been seen, many bikes have been ridden, and I’ve literally written millions of words about the sport that I’m still fascinated by.

We all come to cycling in different ways. Inspiration cannot be the same for everyone but there are common themes, things that unite us as we ride, or cheer others who do. Or both.

At the start of my career in cycling, it seemed absurd that the sport made only erratic appearances in the mainstream media. But in the time that’s passed since, things have changed dramatically in Australia. The national sporting consciousness is awake to the wonders of bike riding and the stories that are part of this great pastime. People now debate issues they may otherwise have ignored and they get passionate because they have an understanding of the associated intricacies.

Something I’ve strived for since establishing this title almost 15 years ago is to educate people about the beauty of cycling. I’ve written a lot about it and this stems from the fact that I still can’t believe what these athletes do on their bikes.

There are many stories attached to this issue. As it says on the cover, “It’s all about the bike – from yoga to opera, politics and racing, travel and history. Cycling is uniting people around the world.” It’s been wonderful to be a contributing member of this growing community. I’m proud of what we’ve created with this issue and I hope you like what you see.

Rob Arnold (rob@ridemedia.com.au)

RIDE Cycling Review #54 – Contents

Why ride: David Corcoran
The Opera Australia principal tenor talks about integrating cycling in his daily life.

ride-54_worlds-introWorld titles: Colours of the Rainbow
Reflecting on the championships. The atmosphere of Copenhagen and Rudersdal. By Karen Barlow
- Green, gold and bold. Luke Durbridge Q&A. By Rob Arnold
- Allez les bleus. The French team dominated the under-19 and under-23 road races… By Jean-François Quenet
- Women’s road race. Giorgia Bronzini’s double. By Les Clarke
- Men’s road race. Rainbow in the Sky. ‘Cav’ will debut for his new team as world champion. By Rob Arnold

ride-54_colorado-introRacing: Colorado Dreaming
Mark Johnson compares the atmosphere and culture of the inaugural US Pro Challenge with the established Vuelta a España.

Racing: Vuelta a España highlights gallery
Looking through the lens at the third Grand Tour of 2011. By Graham Watson and Yuzuru Sunada.


Racing: Reviewing Cobo’s Vuelta victory
Jean-François Quenet offers a summary of the racing in Spain this August and September.

Racing: Euskadi… back in the Vuelta
After an absence of 33 years, the Vuelta a España returned to the Basque Country. By Jean-François Quenet

Racing: Route for the 99th Tour de France
Special insights into the steepest climbs of the race. By Jean-François Quenet

Racing: GPs of Quebec and Montreal
By François Thomazeau


Racing: Tour of Beijing
Did this upstart race deserve WorldTour billing? By Cam Whiting


Racing: Jayco-Herald Sun Tour
Roger Vaughan reviews the end-of-year Aussie race.
- NRS Value – by new columnist Nathan Haas.


Experience: Amazing rides you can enjoy
- Haute Route. Geneva to Nice cyclosportif in the style of a stage race… timing and all.
- L’Eroica. Vintage bikes and fine food in Italy.

Exercise: Yoga – Breaking the pain cycle
Training tips from Rocco Marinelli… see how yoga can help to reinvigorate your cycling.

Profiles: Riders on the road to greatness
- Geraint Thomas
- Steele von Hoff
- Lachlan Morton

Legacies: The Eddy Merckx Cycling Centre
Mark Johnson discovers the facility that offers the perfect training environment for Belgian cyclists.


Retro review: Monark
Warren Meade takes a look at a premier Swedish manufacturer and the bikes of Gösta Pettersson.

Columns: The pros, in their own words
- Koen De Kort
Michael Hepburn
- Dan Martin
- Leigh Howard

Product launch: Shimano Ultegra Di2
Alex Malone travels to Switzerland to sample the second electronic ensemble from Shimano.

Eurobike 2011: The trade show circuit
Take a ride with Cam Whiting through the great halls of Eurobike where cycling shows its new wares.

Book reviews: Two new cycling bios
- Shay Elliott. A true Irish cycling pioneer…
- Nicolas Roche autobiography: Inside the Peloton.


Special report: Carbon wheelsets
Seven sets of the best carbon tubulars weighed, flex tested, poked, prodded, ridden and discussed…

Caffeine Culture
Coffs Harbour – where to ride and why to ride on the north coast of NSW.

Bike Test
Build report
Before a single pedal stroke, every bike on test is completely disassembled and inspected. Then we rebuild, obsessing about every detail.
- Time RXRS
A stunning bike from French masters of carbon-fibre construction. One for the rouleurs from Time’s proudly top-heavy range of bicycles.
- Cannondale SuperSix EVO
It made a wonderful first impression during its launch in Italy just a few months ago, but can the EVO impress our resident Cannondale fanatic?
- Felt F1
It’s difficult to imagine a bike in this price bracket being thought of as a quiet achiever, but the F1 achieves much, with a minimum of fuss.
- Carrera Erakle
This is a showcase of Italian craftsmanship and engineering. The flexibility in Carrera’s build process means that options are plentiful.
- Baum Turanti
More than a year in the making, we ride the first dedicated cyclo-cross machine from Australia’s premier bicycle manufacturer.
- Trek Speed Concept
Trek has invested heavily in bringing the Speed Concept from idea to fruition. It’s not only great design, but a sneak peak at the future.
- Bike test specs
A detailed list of exactly what we’ve tested: all bike specifications, plus options, contact details and websites.

Author: design@ride

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