Roll up, roll up, Cyclistissue 124 has landed, and it’s a beaut. This month’s Big Ride takes on Italy’s cycling heartland, the Dolomites, a place as steep as it is stunning. We have an exclusive interview with Transcontinental Race’s first female winner, Fiona Kolbinger, while France’s favourite WorldTour son, Romain Bardet, tells us just what he thinks about bike racing, British pubs and Beaujolais plonk. Richard Moore takes a studied look at the careers of Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome and asks ‘What next?’, while our in-house testers bring you one of the world’s most expensive road bikes, one of the world’s most under-sung road bikes and one of the world’s most exciting gravel groupsets. Plus, see what the future of gearing might have to say about 2x shifting – is the front mech dead?