It’s 2,642m tall and has appeared in the Tour de France a formidable 67 times, but not since 1911 have you seen the Galibier like this – bare, exposed, secretive and climbed the old school way. It’s tough but goodness it helps make issue 134 pretty. And this is a really stunning issue, because this month we show you our top winter kit picks to keep you riding through the darkness; we race the French Riviera with a granfondo in Cannes; we test Trek’s insane-looking brand new Madone; and we climb Switzerland’s – and cinema’s – most famous climb, the Furka Pass. And then there’s our feature on Dario Pegoretti, dearly departed but whose eponymous framebuilders is still turning out some of the most coveted, outlandishly painted steel bikes in the world. We told you this issue was pretty.