RIDE #57 – Editorial & Contents


RIDE #57 – Volume 03, 2012

On sale nationally (in Australia) as of 14 September 2012. Also available as a digital version on Zinio.

Published by RIDE Media P/L.



It becomes obvious that a theme is developing in this issue. It’s spelled out on the cover and lyrics of a song repeat throughout the issue. “That’s entertainment” concludes each stanza. We’ve borrowed from The Jam to introduce a few pieces and the headline itself is used twice elsewhere inside. It’s part of the Mod conversion. You’ll also notice the hexagon as a roundel on the cover. It’s in honour of the star of 2012. Bradley Wiggins is everywhere: his image is repeated often in the next few pages.

He’s obscured in the shot in Paris (left). At the front we see Richie Porte ahead of Christian Knees and then the rest of the Sky team on the final day of the Tour. The Arc de Triomphe hovers over the peloton minutes before the race is over.

The end was utterly entertaining. The yellow jersey, the first British rider to ever win the Tour de France, was leading it out. With one kilometre to go in the 99th edition, Wiggo let his team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen follow through and he did a turn of pace that delivered Mark Cavendish to the exit of the Place de la Concorde and the world champion would win. Again. Four times in a row! Only this time, as part of the squad that also had riders in first and second overall.

It was sprinting at its finest at the end, but above all else the show was about Wiggo. The 32-year-old has come of age.

He is the leader of a new genre of GC rider. He is complete… He can climb. He can descend. He can lead. He can defend. He can time trial. He can be human. He can win.

He’s done it and we haven’t. No one can boast what Wiggo can of 2012. There was so much expectation that, if he cracked, we would have almost understood it. He had done so much at the start of the season and never did he stray: rock solid until the flamme rouge in Paris – and steady all the way to the finish of the TT in London. After his last surge in the Tour, he could coast to the finish in the slipstream of a peloton that, for all the talent present, couldn’t get near him during the lap of France. Around the hexagon they went, some crashed out, others faltered, but everyone tried to be better than Brad. None were. There’s a reason he’s everywhere in this issue.

He’s done what surely can’t be repeated. That’s entertainment. For me at least. There are many other topics up for discussion. There’s more to cycling than winning bike races and I hope you enjoy Brad’s story and all the others in this issue.

- Rob Arnold (rob@ridemedia.com.au)


RIDE #57 – Contents

• Galleries: Summer in Paris and London. Pictures capturing moments of triumph… by Bruno Bade, Graham Watson and Yuzuru Sunada.

• Special Report: The Armstrong Saga. The Asterisk Era: seven Tours without a real winner. Mark Johnson considers the benefit of benefactors…

• Why Ride: Post-Tour Criteriums. James Stout visits Belgium for some light entertainment following the Tour.

• Racing: Olympic Games: London 2012. It promised a lot and delivered: Team GB was dominant in a spectacle of cycling at the IOC party.

– Games we play: intro to the Olympics coverage.
– Road races: François Thomazeau on old-school and Vino, and Justin Davis on persistence and Vos.
– Time trial: an encore performance by Wiggo.
– Team GB: in the end, the British won.
– Team sprint: win at all costs…
– Team pursuit: could Wiggins and Cavendish be back on the velodrome for the Rio Games in 2016?
– Sprint: Anna! The name is a headline. We catch up with the fastest woman in the world…




• Racing: 99th Tour de France

– Yellow in the Sky: Bradley Wiggins finds the “tranquillity of solitude” after a hectic three weeks.
– Shark from the Strait attacks: Vincenzo Nibali.
– Le tweet, Le Tour… social media coverage.
– Week 01 – Cancellara: yellow jersey caretaker.
– The New Generation: Riders from the 1990s – profiles on Peter Sagan and Thibaut Pinot.
– Tour Parochialism: why and how we cheer…
– Week 02 – Challenge: sense of hope remains.
– Tommy and Tejay: polka-dot and white jerseys.
– Time Trials in the Tour: a history of the race against the clock.
– Week 03 – Control: Sky’s hat-trick at the end.
– Tour Conclusion: “It’s strange really…”
– Tour de France 2012. The complete results – every classification, and the progress of each day…

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• Racing: Giro d’Italia: ‘O Ryder!’ In May a Canadian was the best rider in the Giro. The trip from Herning to Milan was in and out of the maglia rosa but he got the winner’s jersey.

– Colin O’Brien compares the Giro to the Tour.
– Jean-François Quenet points out the many links to Ryder Hesjedal’s win in Italy.
– Giro d’Italia 2012. The complete results.

• Experience: Oleg, the other Olympian. What was Oleg Berdos doing in London? James Stout tells the story of Moldova’s hope for Olympic glory.

• Analysis: Corruptible? You bet! Part two of Lisa Jocobs’ examination of gambling on cycling, and its potential threat to the sport.


• Retro Review: Alan Carbonio. Warren Meade’s chance encounter with a classic, a Vuelta stage-winning machine from Italy ridden by Malcolm Elliott in 1989.


• Columns: The pros in their own words. 

– Richie Porte. Riding on a team of champions.

– Nathan Haas has a dirty little secret.

– Robbie McEwen Q&A with a sprint legend.


• Product Launch: Trek Madone. From its launch in Liège to the hills surrounding Canberra, we ride the latest incarnation of a frame which is already an icon in the sport.

• Product Launch: Specialized 2013. Toby Shingleton travelled to Utah to sample next year’s range of road and cyclocross bikes and came away with a surprising favourite bike…

• Book Reviews: The Badger and the Bike! Ray English looks at the transition of power of Bernard Hinault and a thorough product-focused history of the racing bicycle.



• Snippets. News, quotes, bits and events… A noteworthy three months.

• Readers’ Reviews Responses to our words, from you, to us, and back again.

• Race Results. A collection of results from around the world – road and track – men’s and women’s.

• Tech Snippets. The Tour and the Olympics have seen a host of new equipment ridden, only some easily available to the public.

• Paraphernalia. The pages where you’ll find the latest products to have rolled through the RIDE office.

• Round Table. Six guys talking about six bikes.

• Caffeine Culture. Bormio, Italy: the gateway to three of the Giro d’Italia’s most iconic climbs.

• Bikes from the Bunch. Australian tourists at the Tour.

• The Back Page. Patriotism in cycling fandom, by Todd Norbury.

The Bike Tests

Three Shimano Di2, two Campagnolo EPS. Three Italian, two German. Three ‘race’, three ‘fondo’. A diverse, interconnected selection.

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

• Storck Fascenario 0.6. EPS, THM and Lightweights, this bike has it all. Toby Shingleton confronts his fears and rides into the night…

• Wilier Zero.7. A matching ensemble of parts brought together at a low weight, Greg Chalberg finds a bike that is more than just pleasing to the eye.

• Cipollini Logos. An Italian legend’s name, at a price that makes it an option for more than just superstars. A sprinter’s everyday bike…

• Stevens Ventoux. John Dawson discovers an unexpected gem that defies the label ‘Granfondo’.

• BMC GF01. Thor Hushovd might be out of action, but we discover his ‘hammer’ is the right tool for just about any job.

• Trek Domane. The Spring Classics were a missed opportunity, but there is more to this bike than just going fast on the pavé.

• 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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Author: rob@ride

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