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Cyclist Off-Road issue 4: still available in shops and online

Your latest hit of gravel adventure riding from the team behind Cyclist magazine: available now both online and in your local stockist

Cyclist magazine
22 Jan 2021

You can now grab Cyclist Off-Road in shops as well as online. Grab a copy from your local stockist or buy online here

The year 2020 will never be forgotten, that’s for sure. In terms of the UK gravel scene, though, sadly it won’t be for the reasons we were expecting. September should have been the month in which we crowned our first national champions in gravel disciplines, with the coveted jerseys to have been awarded at the inaugural British Championships in Suffolk.

Like so many events, the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement to 2021, yet the fact that we are at this stage at all is a huge deal. Gravel is no longer an outlier, the stuff of those with a penchant for facial hair topiary, but a bona fide, recognised and respected cycling discipline. Next stop the Olympics.

OK, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but why not? Gravel racing can match anything that road racing and mountain biking have to offer so maybe it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.

Let’s also not forget what an unexpectedly positive impact Covid-19 has had on the UK’s engagement with cycling. Bikes have been selling in such huge numbers that the industry simply hasn’t been able to meet demand and more people than ever are riding for fun. The last time we experienced a boom like this was after London 2012 when the success of Team GB spurred a rise in cycling’s popularity that has lasted to this day.

Who knows, maybe in years to come future generations of Olympic heroes will trace their passion for cycling back to the time they spent riding during lockdown in 2020. Every cloud has a silver lining, and all that.

Another positive spin on the current situation is that travel restrictions have forced us to seek out cycling adventures closer to home. In this issue we have two fantastic gravel rides on UK soil, one offering views of the south coast every bit as spectacular as the Med, the other putting paid to any notion that there’s no point in having a gravel bike if you live in the city.

As our columnist Trevor Ward concludes, sometimes all it takes is a change of mindset to discover that a great adventure is right there under your nose.

Cyclist Off-Road is available alongside Cyclist magazine at selected retailers. Better still, head to the Cyclist Shop and get your copy delivered straight to your door.

Stu Bowers  
Editor, Cyclist Off-Road

In Cyclist Off-Road issue 04...

Here’s a sneak preview of some of what you’ll find inside…

• Beyond the Tour: Cyclist Off-Road takes an unconventional route up the Col du Tourmalet, then carries on climbing long after the tarmac stops

• Island Paradise: Fancy an overseas trip but don't want to stray too far from home? Look no further than the Isle of Wight, where gravel routes are almost as plentiful as stunning sea views

• Magical Morocco: The inaugural Atlas Mountain Race proves to be an unforgettable 1,150km journey from Marrakesh to Agadir, complete with more than 18,000m of climbing

• London Calling: You don't need to live in the countryside to find great gravel riding. Even from the heart of London there's plenty on your doorstep

• High Peaks: The jagged skyline of the Valais region of Switzerland provides a stunning backdrop for a gravel ride with very few lows but plentiful highs

Also in Cyclist Off-Road issue 4, we test out the Cannondale Topstone Lefty 1, Kinesis Tripster ATR V3, Specialized S-Works Diverge, Niner MCR 9 RDO and the Shimano GRX Di2 groupset. We also run the rule over the latest kit and gear for gravel riding, discuss the merits of suspension, explain the differences between 650b and 700c, teach you how to bunny-hop and share some DIY SOS hacks for when things go wrong out on the trail.

It’s all in Cyclist Off-Road issue 4 – pick up your copy today