Velo magazine — November 2015

The November issue of Velo magazine is all about suffering. Why do we love it? How do we tolerate it? Is it purely a psychological test?

The November issue of Velo magazine delves into suffering — why do we seek it? How do we manage it?

To kick off the magazine’s examination of suffering, Ryan Newill pens a column that takes issue with the word “suffering.” Did we get it wrong all along? Perhaps cycling isn’t accurately termed suffering — at least not all the time.

Managing editor Chris Case might disagree with Newill, however. He put himself under the microscope as a test subject to help us find out what it takes to make a run at the mythical hour record. Suffering indeed. He tweaked his aero position, trained carefully (well, okay, maybe not so much) with a coach, and sourced some of the best equipment to give him a shot at the record. It wasn’t pretty, but we learned a lot along the way, and now you can too.

Case’s hour record ride was focused mostly on the technical and physiological aspects of suffering. So, to follow that up, we’ve got two other articles to consider the psychological factors. Ian McMahan considers the science of fatigue and the brain, and the magazine also includes an excerpt from VeloPress’s new book, “How Bad Do You Want It?” by Matt Fitzgerald.

What exemplifies suffering more than the elusive grand tour double attempt? Alberto Contador couldn’t pull it off this year. Neither could Chris Froome. Andrew Hood writes about what goes into a feat that may never get repeated in pro cycling’s modern era.

Though you might have to suffer through tough mid-winter miles to get fit, there’s no reason to endure cold hands. Our tech department reviews five cold-weather gloves that will help fend off frost-bite. Also in tech, Lennard Zinn writes a comprehensive article about tire rolling resistance, which tested 34 popular tire models in a lab to find out which can save you the most wattage on the road when you’re on the rivet.

All of this and much more in the latest issue of Velo, which is now available on newsstands. If you like what you see, subscribe today.