Velo Magazine – May 2012

In our latest issue, Velo editors test four aero bikes, go inside the spring stage races and examine the disparate treatment of dopers

What’s inside the May 2012 issue of Velo Magazine

The May issue of Velo magazine sees the return of our comprehensive VeloLab bike testing, throwing into focus the latest generation of aero road bikes with independent wind tunnel and torsional stiffness testing. We also dive inside the early spring races: Simon Gerrans’ surprise win at Milan-San Remo, Chris Horner’s incredible comeback at Tirreno-Adriatico, and Bradley Wiggins’ GC chest-beating at Paris-Nice.

In a lead VeloNote you won’t want to miss, Velo Editor-in-chief Neal Rogers and tech writer Caley Fretz team up with contributor Jason Sumner for a thoughtful look at the public’s erratic treatment of convicted dopers.

European correspondent Andrew Hood digs into the rumored breakaway cycling league and dissects the WorldTour’s current sponsor list (hint: wealthy benefactors rule the roost). He also lays out Vincenzo Nibali’s big win and Horner’s comeback at Tirreno, and tells the tale of brains beating brawn at Milan-San Remo.

Bradley Wiggins put his foot down at Paris-Nice, showing fine early-season form in a year he hopes to cap off with an even more prestigious yellow jersey. What does the early win mean for his chances in July? And where has Wiggins’ newfound confidence come from? Velo has the answers.

Jason Sumner sits down with Francisco Mancebo, the biggest fish in the domestic racing pond, and pulls out why a man who once wore the best young rider’s jersey at the Tour de France is now content to swing around the NRC circuit.

The Velo tech crew puts four aero road bikes through the ringer, providing expert opinions garnered from over 150 hours of ride time and adding in objective, third-party aero testing at the A2 Wind Tunnel and torsional stiffness testing at MicroBac Laboratories. The battle is between a Cervélo S5, Specialized Venge, Lightspeed C1 and Scott Foil, and the winner may come as a surprise.

Keeping with the aero theme, Colin Izzard and Chris Carmichael explain how to develop and sustain your perfect aero position in our monthly training column.

Pick up your copy of the May 2012 issue of Velo from you local bike shop or bookseller now.