Velo magazine, November 2013

Velo Magazine — November 2013

An inside look at Chris Horner's Vuelta a España victory, thoughts on the UCI election, and a workhorse bike review highlight Velo's November 2013 issue

The November 2013 issue of Velo kicks off with a look at the results of the recent UCI election and what the change of guard will mean for the sport of cycling. Pat McQuaid presided over the UCI during some of the most tumultuous years for the sport — years riddled with doping scandals and opaque legislative processes. In this issue, reporter Matthew Beaudin explores Brian Cookson’s new leadership of the UCI and his strategy to turn to a fresh page for the sport.

Cyclocross season is upon us, and if you’re looking for new gear to help you brave the elements, the Velo tech crew has you covered. Reviews of tires and apparel will help you make the transition from road to mud.

And once you finish making that mental switch, be sure to read about the professionals that have successfully gone from the muck to the tarmac, including Zdenek Stybar and Lars Boom, two former ’cross world champions who have enjoyed uncommon success on the road.

Though road season is officially over, the last few weeks of racing were packed with more than their share of excitement. Chris Horner’s victory at the Vuelta a España was every bit as thrilling as it was unexpected. European correspondent Andrew Hood goes inside Horner’s ascent to victory, from the race’s start through the brutal climbing stages that separated Horner from the rest of the field. After reading the race coverage, flip the page for an analysis of the five main factors that contributed to Horner’s win, and how he keeps going at the age of 41.

The November issue also includes in-depth coverage of the world road championships in Florence, Italy. Tony Martin and Marianne Vos were two of the familiar faces on the championship podiums, but Rui Costa upstaged the favorites in the men’s road race to take gold. Read our full coverage this month.

If all this talk of road championships has you itching for a new bike, check out our full review of three of the best workhorse bikes on the market. These bikes can do it all, and with prices under $2,500, they’re a tough deal to pass up.

Wondering what the best approach is for tackling winter training? Learn why hitting the gym in winter can help you hit the tarmac harder next summer.

All this and much more in the November 2013 issue of Velo, available on newsstands or in the Apple iTunes store.