As autumn fast approaches, issue 131 sees Cyclist’s crack team of testers take an in-depth look at the best autumn kit to keep you riding. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, because it’s still summer (just) and what a summer it has been. We look back across the best pro-racing through the viewfinders of the world’s best photographers, plus we follow FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope as they take on the most historic event cycling has seen in years – the inaugural Tour de France Femmes.
Our profile this month is on Giuseppe Saronni, one Italy’s most decorated riders, while our Big Ride and Classic Climb also take a turn around the Italian block, with a hidden gravel route around the Dolomites’ craggiest peaks and leg-shredding investigation of the Classics’ hardest climb, the Muro di Sormano.
New bikes come thick and fast from Giant’s all-new Propel to Reilly’s beautiful titanium aero bike, plus there’s all the usual new kit from the likes of Zipp, Bell and CeramicSpeed.