In lots of ways, a cyclocross bike makes the perfect bike-to-work purchase. Comfortable and stable, with clearance for mudguards, sensible gearing, high volume tyres and drop handlebars, it will serve you well on the daily commute and the odd blast on a local bridleway. If you are one of the many riders who have taken advantage of the scheme and plumped for a ‘crosser, have you considered unlocking its true potential? Have you thought of entering a race? After doing just that with mixed results, Cycling Plus doctor Andy Ward decided he needed to hone his cyclocross skills. Rapha, organisers of the Super Cross series, gave him a chance to do just that…
I can’t say that I’ve been following the Andrew Mitchell story especially closely but from what I gather the Government Chief Whip appears to have come across as a boorish, short-tempered snob. Oh and that, for one particular reason, he’s inherently evil.
There’s no doubt that the cycling is now well and truly mainstream. The fantastic events of the summer have created huge interest from the media and inspired thousands of new riders to pull on the Lycra and take to the tarmac. Despite all this publicity, there remains one branch of the sport that remains resolutely quirky. Described by one journalist as the “ugly redheaded stepchild of cycling”, cyclocross remains sidelined in this country – its dedicated band of followers plugging away on small local courses with little or no publicity. Now Rapha are hoping to change all that, bringing a taste of Flanders to the UK with their Supercross Series. Liking the sound of that, Andy Ward decided to give cyclocross racing a go.
In early 2010 a newspaper journalist – probably in The Daily Mail – obviously wrote something that annoyed me as I asked Rob Ainsley to write a column about the apparent hatred of cyclists that pervades the wider media. Nearly three years on and Jan Etherington writes some utter twaddle in the Daily Telegraph and Rob’s piece still feels relevant! Enjoy…
The latest issue of Cycling Plus hits the shops today and, as well as all the usual great stuff you’ve come to expect from Britain’s best selling cycling magazine, you’ll receive our free Superbike supplement containing 10 of the sexiest road bikes currently on sale!
Latest issue is packed with cycling goodness so buy one today!
The second edition of the Haute Route is underway. 780km and 19 mountains; a monumental challenge for every one of the 600 riders, it’s also a fairly substantial challenge for the 150-strong support crew. In that crew is Adam Tranter, who is taking on the 780km himself, on the back of a motorbike, which we’re fairly sure is cheating.
Custom bikes? What’s all the fuss about. Production Editor Tass finds out with her…
The Wiggle Super Series is heading to the gorgeous North East in July for the first ever Northern Angle Sportive.
We’ve teamed up with Wonderful Pistachios to give two lucky readers the chance to win a tasty (and practical) cycling pack.