The January edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

Get ready for the new year in our latest issue

Once again we find ourselves doing something that we’ve been doing increasingly over the past couple of years: pumping up the volume and heading off-road in a bike test featuring six wide-tyre all-rounders, which will broaden your riding horizons. Bikes from Kinesis, Shand, Mason, Spa Cycles, Genesis and Enigma duke it out for the coveted top spot.

The cheapest bike in the first bike test is two and a half grand, which would get you five of each of the two bikes in the second, as two seriously cheap bikes are pushed to their limits on the super tough The Struggle sportive.

The final issue of 2016 takes a look at the best kit of 2017
The final issue of 2016 takes a look at the best kit of 2017

Elsewhere we have first rides of the Cinelli Nemo Athena, J.Guillem Formentor, Specialized CruX Elite X1 (and Tarmac SL4 Elite) and BTwin Ultra 720 CF, and test a stack of new kit, including new wheels from DT Swiss and Lezyne’s Super Drive 1250 XXL light.

There’s also a guide to your next turbo trainer and a thorough test of the best budget shoes striding into the footwear market.

In features, we’ve a sneak-peak at the best new kit available to us in 2017, a myth-busting guide to nutrition beliefs and a trip Down Under to compete in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The Australia theme continues in Big Ride as we head to Western Australia’s traffic-free but marsupial-heavy Rottnest Island.

Nutrition's established rules are put under scrutiny
Nutrition's established rules are put under scrutiny
 

We also hear from Chris Graham, who’s battling early-onset dementia while riding the US and Canada coastlines, and talk to jockey-turned-cyclist Wilson Renwick about life in two very different saddles.

There’s also essential advice including using your turbo to improve pedalling power, packing panniers, servicing brakes and preventing nether region numbness.

And given the new year is almost upon us, we thought it wise to throw in a wall calendar, which this year gives you the essential dates of sportives and races as well as a highlight each month that you have to try it.

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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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