Cyclist Magazine Issue #16

Cyclist Magazine Issue #16

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Ed's Letter,

Another Tour in the bag, another name etched into cycling folklore (well, in this case, for a second time), another few weeks of late nights behind us, and another brand-spanking-new copy of Cyclist ready for your consumption. The wheels keep on turning in the world of cycling and in this issue we've got a little bit of everything to ensure you get your fix.

Of course, there’s no busier month of the year in our sport than the month of July, and we’ve got Matthew Keenan on the case to give you the wrap-up of what went down in the biggest race of them all. Chris Froome and Team Sky got the bikkies, but as always there were plenty more stories to be told. Find out who delivered on expectations, who didn’t, and who stepped up to the plate, starting on page 70.

This was also the first Tour de France for African outfit MTN-Qhubeka – in fact, it was the first time an African team has raced the Tour at all. We were lucky enough to sit down with Douglas Ryder, the team principal, to discuss his hopes and dreams for the team going forward (page 92). You’ll learn, as we did, that there is far more riding on their success than you’d find with the average pro team. This is about mobilising an entire continent.

As always, we’ve got two more sensational Big Rides for you to savour, both in Europe and at home. Steve Westlake headed to Spain to take on the Angliru (page 112), which might just be a contender for Europe’s toughest climb, while Hans Schmidt ventured into the Blue Mountains of NSW to check out the famous Jenolan Caves – not to mention a few undiscovered gems along the way (page 54).

But enough from us – we need to get some sleep anyway. Enjoy this issue!


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