How much faster is one aero road bike than another? How much do they vary in torsional stiffness – and how does that affect the ride quality? And which bike do we like best? These are but a few of the questions answered in the April issue.
In our first-ever bike test, the VN Bike Lab pits four bikes against each other in the lab, in the wind tunnel and on the road. Technical editor Nick Legan leads the charge, with third-party labs offering their expertise and facilities.
As luck would have it, Garmin-Cervélo’s Cameron Meyer won the Tour Down Under on the Cervélo S3 – one of the bikes we were testing – as we were composing this issue. Anthony Tan brings you the inside story of the Australian season opener.
Not so long ago in the European peloton, English was not spoken. Now it’s everywhere. John Wilcockson traces the people and the forces behind the wave of prominent American, English and Aussie riders and teams.
Plus, we whet your appetite for the spring classics with a deep photographic sampling of the book “The Spring Classics,” which highlights the grit, the beauty and the magic of the world’s most challenging one-day races.
VeloNews Magazine April 2011 Cover
The debuting VN Bike Lab puts four aero bikes through a battery of tests.
The Aero Bike Test - Performance Quantified by Caley Fretz and Nick Legan
Torsional-Stiffness Testing. Aerodynamic-Drag Assessment. And Expert Analysis. We Present the VN Bike Lab's Inaugural Review.
Scenes from the Spring Classics
"The Spring Classics," a new book from VeloPress, captures the grit, the beauty and the magic of the world's biggest one-day races. We offer a few highlights.
Cycling's New Anglo Empire by John Wilcockson
How America (along with Australia, Britain and Canada) invaded Europe and came out on top.
Scrawny beats Brawny by Anthony Tan
At the sprint heavy opening event of the WorldTour calendar, a skinny track cyclist from Perth took on the might of the best line-up of sprinters the race has ever seen - and won.