Previewing our new issue

We’re just putting the finishing touches to our next issue, and as usual, it’s going to be a bit of a cracker. Here’s a few outtake shots and a rundown of what to expect.

Features

 On the local side, we travel back to the Apple Isle to ride the magic trails around Derby – although this time there’s a different twist to our accommodation. You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Our intrepid overseas team has also sent back a beauty of a story from a place you wouldn’t put high on your list of places to go – Iran. 

We catch up with perennial EWS frother Josh Carlson as he tackles possibly his most important season yet – and even captured a shot of him not smiling!

You and your bike 

We also get the inside scoop on how a real-world rider like you or I can balance life and work to ride his dream event – which happens to be one of the toughest on the planet.

Suspension is a big part of our bike make-up, but it’s amazing just how little we know about the most crucial part of our rig – so we visit one of Sydney’s only suspension tuners to find out more.

Bikes 

We gather a fleet of 29er trail weapons for this issue, including the new Intense Sniper, Santa Cruz’s classic Hightower, a Rocky Mountain Instinct and the updated Norco Optic.

We also check out Connor Fearon’s new Kona and say hi to our new drop-bar Polygon.

Ridden and rated

A new TLD A2 helmet is put through its pace, as are Shimano’s new Saint SPD pedals and a Vorsprung upgrade for your Rock Shox forks.

The issue will be out in early April, and you can subscribe here. All new subs will score a workshop essential, too – Topeak’s awesome digital pressure guage!

Bicycling Australia

Daryl Impey has done it, the Mitchelton-Scott rider and South African national champion has won back-to-back Tour Down Under events, the first rider to ever do so.

Tour Down Under leader Patrick Bevin was rushed to hospital after the completion of Stage 5 of the race, the New Zealander crashing heavily in the final 10km of a thrilling and controversial day's racing.

Reigning Tour Down Under Champion Daryl Impey has won Stage 4 of this year’s event in sensational style