Editor’s Best in Cycling

Bike culture: We who make Bicycling takes the opportunity and ranks the best and worst that we experienced in the cycling world in 2013. Editor-in-Chief Danielsson have unexpectedly gone and fallen down the mountain are filled with tires most similar to gigantic falu sausage …

We, as do Swedish Bicycling tastes, try and test most aspects of bicycle for one year. Both hardware, components, trips, events and personalities. Some we like strong, others a bit less. Here we have gathered a simmering stew of what made 2013 to a year which both made us excitedly stand and applaud and on the other hand the disappointedly halvligga editorial couch …

Best round:

-My daily bike ride to and from the editors are really quite dull. But to start and end a work day with a ride on the bike is very worthwhile. That’s when I get started, this is where I think that best, sorts and reflects. That’s when I exhale, thinking to the field point and moves on.


Best gadget:
-Fatbikes, fatbikes and fatbikes. I do not think that it would have to take that long before I first tried something so fun. Now I look forward to late winter, Northern Sweden, hard packed snow mobile trails, suitable packing and funny friends.


Best trip:

-Maybe the best became also the weirdest. A one-day visit to the McLaren factory in England. One does not have to be a particular car or motor interested to be impressed over all creative and innovative that has taken shape inside the walls. The trip was arranged by Specialized and I was ready for the century’s bike would show up. But not a trace of new bike were on display. And then, it had nevertheless endeavoured to lag where journalists from around the world, as well as Contador, Nibali, Fredrik and Cavendish.


Forget about time:

-It would have been so lovely to see Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff repeat their performance from the 2012 Tour de France. But unfortunately, reality is something else. Instead, I am pleased to Emma Johansson and Alexandra Engen, both of which contributed to Sweden is a great little nation in the cycling world.


Longing for:

-Despite my undetectable fascination for extreme racing is the commutervärlden which right now tickles me most. This is where it happens. Cosy bikes, stylish clothes and accessories. And perhaps the biggest question of all infrastructure, that is what will make it better and easier to bicycle transport in all directions. Next year I want to see how the country’s employers lining up creative solutions to make it easier for their employees to bicycle commute to and from work.

This year’s cyclist Marianne Vos

Many say you haven’t seen husband of superior cyclist since Eddy Merckx. I wasn’t really with at the time, but understand that Dutchwoman Marianne Vos is almost alien. Not only did she picks Home Olympic gold (ok, 2012, but still), and the World Cup and World Championship gold medals on the line this year. She also plays home the same rank on the World Championship in cyclo-cross. And because her bike appetite seems totally insatiable, she has also started to feel a little on how mountainbiketävlingar can taste. Velodrommedaljer, she has already enough in the cupboard at home.
A defenseman and a true and smart fights with an aura that just screams out love for the sport.


Best round:

The rides with an extremely tight Ride of Hope-gang was definitely a thrill to remember. As the captain of the gang needed say no more than “start, Depot, and thank you for today”. We ran for the truely good cause, was the icing on the cake. Read more here!
Best gadget:

I am extremely fond of my new shoe covers from computerminus. They are not only warm and windproof, but also quite luminous and visible at several kilometres distance. They raise some childish förtjustning every time I look down at my feet.

Best trip:

It is almost 1-1 between the trip to Italian Lago d’iseo with Margit bike trips in the spring, and the summer’s tour of Provence and the French Alps. Unfortunately it was snowing Giro away before our eyes. Certainly entertaining on television, but not as fun when precisely the stage we’d see live was cancelled because of too bad weather. The heat, the Mont Ventoux and the French cheeses do so that France excavating gold star.
Forget about time:

A muscle strain in the calf meant I consigned to the crutches instead of cycling on Gran Canaria in March. Felt really unnecessary.

Longing for:

New bicycle adventures and new journeys. South Africa and the Cape Argus, not least. But also in 2014 to visit more races in Sweden, large and small, and discover the soul and the local personality in different locations. And meet our readers!

This year’s cyclist-Chris Froome

I have never raced on a bike. Ever. Okay, except that kriteriumet around the PK-House around 1990 that i, in a weak moment of wide-eyed fascination and boyish enthusiasm, became so to me in rags that I simply stepped over the roadblock and started pedaling around. On a mountain bike. Until an officer asked me to leave the track. After 50 meters. Yes, I also do not know what I was thinking.

We move on.

Despite this, and despite the fact that I have never had anything on the drive or ambition to compete to explain/apologize for my bike (which you often need to do when someone gets to hear about that one is interested in the sport:-you compete huh?), so I’ve been following the tour and all the major key races since the late eighties. Fignon, Delgado, Roche, LeMond, Indurain and so little sprinkles-winners in between until The Texas-born dominated in half a decade.

Chris Froome is my choice for the year’s cyclist. Not because he won the 100th tour, but for the way he did it. Sky went into the tournament as favourites and went out of the winner. In between, there were oh so easily gone very awry. For example, during a stage Froome became completely isolated and had to defend the Jersey alone against its worst competitors without Richie Porte in front of him.

The attack of Froome in Hill climb månberget Mont Ventoux was … absolutely stunning. While Miguel Indurain. Five-time Tour winner in the first half of the 1990s. Indurains modus operandi was to take the piano at plattetapperna. M O S A all in the individual time trial. Surface Pattering, easy-easy up France’s worst mountain shoulder to shoulder with their rivals for the yellow Jersey without a shred of attack. More or less.

The Froome with just over seven kilometres of the climb and wearing the yellow Jersey gauntlet in front of Pistoleron and gave the bone was extremely refreshing. Many have said that the Sky is a bunch of bike robots each with a watt computer to the stem backed by a Jaguar-features trailer full of strategists curved in front of computers which inform riders how long they can ride with si and so many Watts. He also, on the bike, looks like the rest of us slackers are … different and natural at the same time. It’s the knees, legs, arms and pointed arches in sharp angles.

Froomes attack threw all that stuff with calculating you-first ride on the dump and felt like a forced air full of analog heart, surgery and the food was nothing bastards-a cyclist without a single circuit board or CPU-dictator on the bike had been able to do. As Eddy Merckx who went solo suddenly in ten mile just because he felt like it, or Bernard ‘ Badger ‘ Hinault who drove to the pride demanded it.

He will repeat this year? Who knows.

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