Welcome to the new VeloNews.com. You may have noticed that things look waaaaaaay different. We think they look a lot better — more whitespace and breathing room, more homepage photography, and easier-to-read text.
If you’re a regular reader of VeloNews in print (if not, click here), you’ll notice a lot of aesthetic cues taken from our recent magazine redesign. Now that both our magazine and website are operating under the same name again, we felt they should also look similar.
The changes here are far more than cosmetic. Much of the fun will come from exploring the site on your own and experimenting with the new tools and content formats. But here are some of the key changes:
• Bike reviews: We’ve completely reinvented these. Every bike we review will now get an overall score, and bikes will be ranked by those scores. But users will be able to filter those rankings by category, pricing, gender, and brand. Want to see a ranking of sub-$3,000 endurance bikes from your three favorite brands? Our site lets you do that. This is the way people shop, and it’s the way reviews should work.
• Race reports: Along with our new gear reviews, this is the change we’re most excited about. While race news will always flow through the homepage, as it always has, we’ll also be creating separate landing pages for major races. Here, you’ll be able not only to read the latest news but to preview start lists and upcoming stages, read past stage reports and results, check current standings, and dive through the photo archives and tech galleries.
• Easy access: See that list of articles in the box with the “Latest,” “Popular,” “Gear,” and “Race Reports”? That’s going to follow you all around the site, giving you quick and easy access to the most recent content for each of those categories, no matter where you are.
• Related articles: We’ve gotten smarter about presenting stories from our archive within relevant content, making it easier for readers to dive deeper on subjects that interest them.
• Responsive design: In May, VeloNews.com passed the 50 percent-mobile threshold. With more than half of our traffic coming from mobile — a share that will only grow — we needed a better mobile experience. We have one now. The new site looks and works great on any screen size.
• Feature tool: For special features and long-form magazine content, we’ve created a new onscreen presentation built around full-screen photos, white space, and simple fonts that deliver a deep, immersive reading experience on any screen.
There will of course be some hiccups as we migrate old content and make tweaks to the functionality of this new site. (Please give us your feedback here.) And we’ll continue to roll out new features over the coming weeks and months. But we’re thrilled finally to share this site with the world.
Thanks for reading.