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From The Editor…
SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A RITCHEY COMP SKYLINE SADDLE! WORTH £47.99! ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access to exclusive content, competitions and offers. Turn to p70 It’s not often that we get to write about knee-length wool blo
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The Future Is Now
From the ultra-powerful phones we carry in our pockets to online shopping and casting Schitt’s Creek, electronics permeate every aspect of our lives. While our bikes may utilise GPS to record every kilometre we cover, electronics don’t yet dominate o
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Rough Rider
The word áspero in Spanish translates as ‘rough’ and on its 2019 launch Cervélo described its Áspero as a bike “made to haul ass, not cargo”. And while it’s a bike designed for gravel, it doesn’t compromise on the key values that Cervélo is known for
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Cannondale Systemsix Hi-mod Etap Axs
Testing these aero bikes back to back, you get a real sense for how much speed you’re missing out on when you return to ride a normal road bike. Of course, not everybody races and there will be those who believe that aero doesn’t matter if you’re not
Cycling Plus1 min cititeDiet & Nutrition
Four Essentials
These great-tasting berry gum drops are packed with vitamin D, calcium, phosphorous and more in a formula designed to promote bone strength, helping balance out the nutritional needs of athletes and, in particular, vegetarians and vegans. Fight recom
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Our Awards
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The Uk’s Best Tests For Over 25 Years
We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – back to an age when disc brakes, Di2 and super-wide 1x gearing weren’t even a glint in a designer’s eye – we have been putting road cycling products through their paces. War
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Behind The Bike
With the original Áspero and the new Áspero-5 Cervélo has concentrated on making a decidedly race-orientated bike. Does Cervélo see gravel as a fast sport and different from the adventure, touring and bike-packing scene? “We specifically targeted eve
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Stafford
Down-to-earth Stafford may lack the drama of the Peaks of the county’s north, but the quaint canals and Cannock Chase’s foresty bridleways offer excellent gravel riding. For road bikes, there are enough lanes through the gentle hills between here and
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The Hub, Redbourn
Compact, laney and green, the Chiltern Hills are the day-ride haunt of many a Home Counties cyclist. At its north end in the well-to-do triangle of St Albans–Hemel Hempstead–Harpenden, is a cosy bike cafe with the core skills: classy coffee, exquisit
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Dark Thoughts
Throughout my 30-plus years of cycling, I still cannot get my head around the reason why so many cyclists choose to wear black clothing, particularly through the dark, winter months. Black does not reflect light, it absorbs it. From other road users’
Cycling Plus1 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Presenting Britain’s Best Road And Gravel Routes
The Big Ride Guide is brought to you by Britain’s best-selling road cycling magazine, Cycling Plus. Inside you’ll find… • 44 routes from England, Scotland and Wales• Downloadable GPX files • Nearby coffee stops, pubs and accommodation WWW.BUYSUBSCRIP
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Cycling Plus
EDITOR Matt Baird DEPUTY EDITOR John Whitney SENIOR PRODUCTION EDITOR Katie Nicholls SENIOR ART EDITOR Steve Gotobed ART EDITOR Rob Moxon SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR Warren Rossiter WORKSHOP MANAGER Will Poole GROUP AD MANAGER Gino De Antonis, 0117 300 8
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Enve G Series Gravel Bar
£360 A wide and lightweight carbon bar Enve is not only a big deal in road cycling – it’s also a well-respected brand in the mountain bike world. So, it’s no surprise it’s now applying its expertise to creating carbon kit for gravel riding. Enve’s ne
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Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2
£329.99 Updated pro-racing shoe The Vento takes the design direction of the R1 pro-level shoe and refines it further into a lightweight option that maxes on comfort and fit while retaining stiffness through the sole. The upper, made from a thin, high
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The Bikes On Test…
The aero road bike of Northern Ireland’s Vitus has seen a total refresh for 2021, with a new, aerodynamic frameset designed from the ground up to be as fast as possible. Despite boasting the cheapest price tag of the group by far, the 8.07kg ZX-1’s d
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Off The Charts
If you were paying attention throughout the one-day Spring Classics this season, it was a top two that could have come from any one of them: Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock and the Netherlands’ Mathieu Van der Poel taking first and second places. But thi
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Gravel Shoes
To find the best gravel shoe it’s first necessary to define ‘gravel’, which isn’t quite as obvious as it seems. For some of us it’s simply a jaunt down a few green lanes, while others regard gravel as anything that mixes tarmac and dirt in one ride –
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ENERGY BARS & GELS
FLAVOUR SALTED CARAMEL (COMES IN VARIOUS FLAVOURS) SIZE 32G CARBS 23G SUGAR 15G This delicious energy gel provides an impressive 23g of carbs (derived from a mix of glucose, fructose and maltodextrin) per 32g gel. Despite leaving little volume for wa
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More Taste, Less Speed
For this magazine, Cheddar Gorge is a gift. As one of the best and most scenic climbs in the country, we’ve had countless photoshoots there, ride-outs with colleagues and friends and watched the Tour of Britain peloton float up it. Today would be a f
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Scott Foil 10
When Scott released the second-generation Foil in 2015, it looked to tilt the balance more toward comfort without compromising efficiency. It’s this redesign that still forms the heart of the latest Foil, with changes to the frameset made purely to a
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How Cycling Changed My Life…
HOW WAS LIFE BEFORE THE BIKE? “I was a racing cyclist in the 1980s and was very active before contracting a rare neurological condition called transverse myelitis (TM) in October 2018. TM causes inflammation and compressive lesions on the spinal cord
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Position In The Saddle
THE GOLDEN RULE IT’S A FIT-UP A proper bike fit really is essential in order to use all the riding positions mentioned below most effectively MEET THE COACH LIAM HOLOHAN Ex-pro rider for UCI teams Team Wiggins, Rapha Condor and Madison Genesis, Liam
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Pundit Predictions
FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND FORMER CYCLING PLUS EDITOR “I can't really look beyond Tadej Pogacar to win this year's race – and his second yellow jersey. At 22, he's shown he can be stronger at the end of a three-week race than at the start. Keep an eye
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Brest In Show
Do the best rivalries in sport need an element of animosity or needle to elevate it to new levels of appeal to us, as fans? Certainly, it rarely does any harm. It’s usually a total gift to sports journalists, for whom column inches flow more readily
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Lake Mx176
£135 WEIGHT 451g COLOURS Lake Black/Beetle WOMEN’S MODEL No SOLE Nylon/glass fibre CLOSURE Boa/Velcro Lake bills its MX176 as a shoe that’s been designed for all-day comfort and will work equally well for cycle couriers and off-road adventurers. It c
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Next Issue…
Plus the Giant Revolt Buyer’s Guide: summer jerseys Upgrades from Fizik and Giant Learn to climb faster than ever NEW AGE OF CYCLING The special powers of the peloton’s best young riders UPWARDLY MOBILE Essential yoga moves for cyclists KING ALFRED’S
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The Inside Story Of Rival AXS
You launched the original Red eTAP back in 2015, and then Red AXS in 2019. You seem to be pushing on quicker than ever down this electronic shifting route. Was that a conscious decision? Paul “As a lot of people know, we were late to the electronic p
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Nine Reasons You Need AXS
The advent of 12-speed cassettes for SRAM means not just adding another sprocket but reinventing how we think about bike gearing. By re-assembling the ratios with more of a split towards the wide range at the back, it means chainring sizes can be red
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Cannondale Systemsix Hi-mod Etap Axs
For a long time, the SuperSix defined Cannondale’s road bikes. That changed in 2018 when it launched the SystemSix, a bike it claimed was “the fastest road bike in the world”. A bold statement but it was backed up by detailed data from tests. The ind
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