RIDE #56 – On sale now
The 56th issue of RIDE Cycling Review (volume 02, 2012) has been printed and is now being distributed. Subscription copies were lodged with Australia Post on Monday 14 May (at 12.02pm). We deliberately ask our newsagent distributors to hold off putting it on the shelves until there has been sufficient time for the mail service to deliver copies to our loyal subscribers. The on sale date for shops will be 18 May 2012, everywhere except Western Australia (which will have copies on sale as of Monday 21 May 2012).
The issue is 256 pages and features a giant pull-out poster of Tom Boonen during his victorious ride in Paris-Roubaix this April.
Features include a special overview of cycling’s four ‘Monuments’ of the European Spring: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. ‘History and Victory’ is the theme and, with the help of contributors Jean-François Quenet, Colin O’Brien, John Deering and Mark Johnson we provide the background to these one-day Classics as well as coverage of the races from March and April this year.
• Why Ride: Making movies about cycling. A discussion about inspiration: where it comes from, how it’s possible to share it and more…
• Racing: Epic Classics! The Monuments are when the stars shine…
– Milan-San Remo. The longest Monument. Simon Gerrans shows ‘La Primavera’ is more than a sprinters’ race.
– Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Tour of Flanders is the youngest Classic and also one of the biggest races of the year.
– Paris-Roubaix. ‘The Hell of the North’ is the most mythical of Monuments…
– Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Classic for climbers, or an opportunist!
– Critérium International. Cadel Evans takes BMC’s first win of the year.
– Paris-Nice. Team Sky in Yellow.
• Profile: Bradley Wiggins – A conquest in France.
– Tirreno-Adriatico– Green turns blue.
– Volta a Catalunya – The Albasini Defence!
– Ardennes Week – Amstel and Flèche Wallonne.
– Tour de Romandie – Sky in Switzerland.
• Track Championships: Our worlds. Rob Arnold tells some of the many stories that unfolded on the velodrome in Melbourne this April.
• Special Report: AIS lessons. Dr David Martin chronicles some of the training methods and research as he approaches London.
• Comment: The other half. Former pro rider Kristy Scrymgeour has been involved in the sport as a racer and manager. She offers her take on the state of women’s cycling.
• Experience: Coast to coast. Mike Cotty pushes himself over the Pyrenees in a challenge he wants to share.
• Experience: Just not cricket. The UCI is pushing hard to expand cycling around the world. Cam Whiting looks at a new team from the world’s second most populated country.
• Analysis: Is betting the new doping? Will recently introduced anti-corruption laws change the way bike races are ridden? A great piece on the legalities of gambling and how it could change the nature of cycling’s so-called ‘Gentlemans Agreements’. By Lisa Jacobs.
• Legacies: Sean Yates. He is a lark who enjoys a laugh, but the 51-year-old Brit is also a leader with a significant legacy.
• Retro Review: Clamont. Martin Vinnicombe’s story is a most intriguing one and we offer a brief background of the former ‘kilo’ world champion and his bike from 1986.