In case you hadn't noticed, a little bike race was going on in France earlier this month, and to win the Tour de France a rider needs the best team, best luck and the best equipment. Now while you might not be planning on winning a Grand Tour any time soon, getting your hands on the best bike can be very costly indeed. However, with a few kit and carbon layup downgrades you can pick something up from the same family at a fraction of the cost. With that in mind, we've put bikes from Cannondale, BH, Giant, Cube, BMC and Scott to the test in our latest edition.
It’s a bike heavy issue this month and marks the return of two heavyweights: Specialized and Cannondale. Both have released updated models this summer, the Tarmac and Synapse respectively, and we’ve got an exclusive look at each.
We’ve also got first ride reviews of Chris Froome’s steed, the Pinarello Dogma F10, as well as the Focus Paralane Factory, Whyte Wessex, Scott Foil RC, Ribble 883 Aero Disc and the Rose Xeon CWX-3000.
We’ve got a grouptest of 16 lightweight shoes, the best women’s kit on test, and reviews of the Deda Super Zero bar and stem, Crankalicious bike care kit, Uvex EDAero helmet, Adidas Zonyk sunglasses and Specialized Roval CLX 50 wheelset.
In our features section, One Pro Cycling team nutritionist Will Girling shows you how to go from fat to fit with some very simple tips; we go for a ride with Brothers on Bikes — a country-wide cycling team that brings the joys of cycling to Britain’s Muslim communities; and continue our Best of British series, which celebrates homegrown cycling companies — this month it's David Millar’s CHPT3.
In Big Ride, we head to Dorset after recently coming into possession of a map — S,T&G’s Marvellous Map of Great British Place Names — that celebrates the rude, crude and quirky names we give our towns and villages. Dorset, a county unrivalled in this regard, proved the perfect location.
In The Spin we wonder how British Cycling’s recent troubles might affect the British cycling boom; hear from pro boxer Nicola Adams as she takes on the RideLondon sportive; and speak to Mont Ventoux conquerer Alfie Earl, who managed the feat before his 10th birthday.
In Training Camp, we have advice on how to corner like Peter Sagan, get turbo trainer tips from pro Ivan Basso, show you how to keep your hip flexor flexible, and refresh your handlebar with new bar tape.
And after you’ve read all that, we’ve a bumper 36-page superbikes supplement that's chock full with the best bikes and gear currently available.
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