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Lockdown reading: Cyclist writers' favourite Cyclist articles

Cyclist magazine
28 Apr 2020

Perhaps self-indulgent, but we've picked our favourite long reads to help pass the time for everyone doing their bit for social-distancing

Lockdown goes on and while key workers continue to go to work - often with life-threatingly low levels of safety equipment - many of us with the option to work from home have been doing so for a number of weeks now. Grand plans to read a new novel per week, write a play, grow a vegetable patch and learn a new language are likely to be in varying states of neglect but what most of us haven't neglected is the continuous scroll of news and social media.

As a break from the ever-worsening news, and the ever-more fantastical presentation of the Government's 'successes', we've put together a list of our favourite articles from the Cyclist archive. Have a look, let us know which you like and which we should have included.

Cyclist writers' favourite Cyclist articles

Riding the Colle del Nivolet, the Giro d'Italia's new mountain - Pete Muir

Welcome to the Colle del Nivolet, a climb as beautiful as it is brutal, that featured in the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Big Ride Ethiopia: Into the cradle of civilisation - Pete Muir

Thanks to pristine new roads, Ethiopia is now an exciting destination for cyclists. Expect tough climbs, friendly people and endless views

Classic bikes: A tour of Colnago's Italian factory - James Spender

Ernesto Colnago talks Cyclist through some of his favourite creations at his factory in Italy

In the name of the father: Valentino Campagnolo profile - James Spender

As head of one of cycling’s most revered brands, Valentino Campagnolo grants Cyclist a rare audience at the company’s base in Vicenza

Belle Italia: GFNY Italia sportive review - James Spender

Tuscany’s rolling chalk roads are a slice of cycling heaven, especially when the GFNY Italia comes to town

Haute Route Alpe d'Huez: Swept up before the summit - Jack Elton-Walters

This multi-day event, centred around the classic climb of Alpe d’Huez, proves to be a serious test of both body and spirit that left this rider dizzily surrendering to the broomwagon almost within touching distance of the summit finish

Hansens Cykellob: Ice cream themed gravel sportive makes for a great day's riding - Jack Elton-Walters

The Hansens Cykelløb is a fantastic day out in the Danish countryside, as Cyclist found at the 2017 event

Ride report: Etape du Tour 2019: Riding further than the pros - Jack Elton-Walters

Extreme weather meant that for once the amateurs riding the 2019 Etape du Tour did a longer stage than the pros at the Tour de France, conquering the 30+km climb to Val Thorens along the way

100 years of yellow: The Bradley Wiggins collection - Joe Robinson

Somebody who knows exactly how special the glistening yellow of the Tour can be is Sir Bradley Wiggins, the first Brit to ever win the race, way back in 2012. Cyclist visited his extensive collection of yellow jerseys as well as some other pretty cool stuff

Tro Bro Cyclo sportive review: Hell of the West - Joe Robinson

With its sectors of rutted farm tracks, Tro Bro Leon is Brittany's answer to Paris-Roubaix. Cyclist tackles the amateur event

Oh, what a wonderful Worlds: Yorkshire 2019's legacy - Joe Robinson

The view of many is that this year’s World Championships in Yorkshire were a washout. But don’t believe the naysayers

Ride of remembrance: Granfondo Michele Scarponi review - Felix Lowe, chosen by Martin James

The inaugural Granfondo Michele Scarponi takes in the home roads of the much-missed Italian rider on the anniversary of his death

The world's hardest climb: Mauna Kea, Hawaii - Peter Stuart

Quite certainly the hardest challenge, and longest day of my life. But an experience I will remember as long as I live

We tried legal doping, and this is what happened - Peter Stuart

This made me stronger, fatter, less fit, more fit and at times deeply uncomfortable, but taught me a huge amount about the grey area that sits between clean riding and doping

Disraeli gears: the world's greatest collection of derailleurs - Peter Stuart

This was a topic that was tough to pitch to my editor. You may think that a collection of old derailleurs would be dull, but Mike Sweatman's derailleurs tell a history of cycling that is truly fascinating

The road less travelled: Education First at GBDuro - Sam Challis

How Education First’s ‘Alternative Calendar’ put pro rider Lachlan Morton through the ringer on the GBDuro gravel endurance race

3T Strada Due review - Sam Challis

All the same benefits (and drawbacks) of 3T’s original Strada but with conventional gearing

Shimano v Campagnolo v Sram: The state of play in the groupset wars - Sam Challis

Delve into the developments that will define the future of the battle between the big three groupset manufacturers

Amateur Hour Ride 02 -Rob Milton

Amateur Hour: Cyclist staffer attempts the Hour Record - Stu Bowers

Cyclist's own Stu Bowers took on the Hour Record to see how hard it actually is

California dreaming: Riding in the spiritual home of gravel - Stu Bowers

With its endless forest trails, Santa Cruz County lays claim to being the spiritual home of gravel riding

Cyclist writers' favourite Cyclist articles: Inspired by this from the Guardian