magazine Feb 01 2021 · Cyclist

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Dedicated solely to road cycling. Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the freedom to explore and the gear that makes road cycling special. Cyclist will take you on the world's best routes and get behind the doors of iconic brands. With performance advice from the experts, we unearth tall tales from the pro peloton and get you up-close to the best road bikes and technology. Plus, Cyclist mixes in-depth articles with breathtaking imagery from the sport's best photographers. It's the road cycling magazine you've been waiting for. In every issue you can enjoy: - The most exhilarating cycle routes and sportives in the world - their history, when to go and how to get the best from your trip. - The most in-depth road bike reviews and must-have gear. - Expert opinion on components, training, nutrition and technology. - The stories behind the biggest brand names and most influential people in cycling

Ed’s Letter • Happy New Year! And, frankly, good riddance to 2020. While we don’t yet know how 2021 will pan out, at least there is hope that things may soon return to normal. Whatever that means.


The fast track • Factor’s new Ostro VAM is the square peg in the all-rounder hole

Sportful Fiandre winter kit • Pro jacket £225, NoRain Pro bibtights £150,

Fizik Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2 shoes • £359.99,

Cadex Classics tubeless tyres • £64.99 each,

Saris H3 smart trainer and MP1 Nfinity platform • H3 £850, MP1 £999,

Oakley Sutro Lite sunglasses • £143,

Core body temperature sensor • £210.95,

Giro Helios Spherical helmet • £229.99,

The Show Man • The founder of the Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show, Phil Taylor, casts an eye back over the last decade of framebuilding – including his own

Clear as day • Don’t wait till sundown to switch on and be seen

Pick’n’ Mix • For shorter days, not shorter rides

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Pros at play • The off-season is a chance for the stars of the peloton to hang up their bibshorts and indulge in some different pastimes. Felix Lowe finds out what they get up to

Q&A Alex Dowsett • After a stellar year that saw him win a Giro d’Italia stage and renew his Israel Start-Up Nation contract for another two years, Alex Dowsett set his sights on recapturing the Hour record. Then he caught coronavirus…

Let’s get this party started • Until this year, Team Sky/Ineos were frequently accused of suffocating the big races with a robotic show of strength. But in 2020 we saw a new, exciting, fun Ineos – a style of racing that team boss Dave Brailsford says is here to stay

A moment in time Merckx and Molteni conquer all • In 1972 Molteni’s team time-trial win took their incomparable leader Eddy Merckx into yellow, setting the stage for his fourth straight Tour title

Caffeine boost • How coffees can make up for carbs

Am I limited by my genes? • Can training improve performance only up to a point?

Up the sprout! • This perfect hard-ride recovery meal may sound weird but it tastes fantastic

Strong for the saddle • Do these circuits at home or the gym to be faster and more injury-proof on the bike

The garden in the mountain • In the Dolomites of northern Italy, ourroute via the Passo delle Erbe and Passo Gardena serves up rugged beauty unlike anywhere else in the world

Culture clash • A potted history of South Tyrol

Passing game • How to join the Dolomite dots

By the numbers • Big Rides call for big stats

The rider’s ride • Basso Diamante SV, €7,389 (approx £6,650),