Cyclist Magazine Issue #29

Cyclist Magazine Issue #29

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From the editor,

Nothing is impossible, said an overwhelmed Chris Froome shortly after taking a historic Tour-Vuelta double – the first ever to win both grand tours in a single year since its current position in the professional calendar. We also think it’s a fitting quote to describe our emotions following the first-run Gravel Grit Central Coast. We wanted to create an event that brought together cyclists in all shapes and wheel sizes.

Cyclo-cross, adventure, mountain, road and even e-bikes were seen excitedly awaiting the start gun. There are few events that truly cater for all, but we think our inaugural event got pretty closed – despite a few roadies not quite following the recommendations for the day. At least they’ll know for next.

We must send a huge thanks not just to the hundreds of riders who showed up, but also to Bicycle Network, who backed our idea for a gravel event in NSW. We couldn’t have done it without their experience and game-day performance. Of course, plenty of others helped get this thing off the ground, with Shimano, 3T, Skratch Labs, Mountain Goat, Rapha and Allpress coffee all coming together to make it a truly special occasion.

The biggest cheers, at least from what we heard, were saved for the barbecue, frothy beverages and Finish Line bike wash station. Most lapped up the challenges and thrills of the course, but these little touches seemed to really allow everyone to soak in the day – rather than packing up and jetting home early. Rest assured, we’ll bring these things back bigger and better for next year.

But before any of that can happen, you have a magazine to digest. And we have some planning to do.

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