We've got it covered

Three different covers - which one have you got?

So, which special Olympic cover did your newsagent have? Which one dropped through your letterbox? Whichever one it was, I'm sure you'll agree that Olympic Champions Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Nicole Cooke deserve to be our October cover stars.

Of course we could have, maybe should have, had more. Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Romero for starters. Or the team pursuit. Or the team sprint. Or Jason Kenny. Or Chris Newton. Or Emma Pooley. Or...well you get the idea! But we had to settle on three.

It was a tough choice, but Chris Hoy's three golds in one Games meant he had to make the cut, as did Bradley Wiggins defending his Olympic title in style. As for Nicole Cooke? Well, she started British Cycling's gold rush in Beijing and to my mind, Nicole's gold medal was the best. Arguably the world's best female rider in recent years, Nicole might as well have been invisible to the non-cycling press and public.

Well, hopefully her brilliant ride in appaling conditions has changed that and she gets the recognition she so richly deserves. But there's another reason we had to run Nicole's win on the cover. The pouring rain? The soaking wet Lycra? Yep, it's the cover that most resembles most of our own summer riding!

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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