Cycling Weekly magazine gets all new look, content, advice, opinions and reviews from February 5

You may have seen the ads and heard the rumours, now for the real thing. On Thursday, February 5, the revamped Cycling Weekly hits the shelves.

The first thing you’ll notice is the new style, square masthead which older readers will liken to the 1970s Cycling. That’s not unintentional as the revitalised magazine is a consolidation of the best bits from the current publication mixed in with great new content that references the history and heritage of our sport, all wrapped up in a contemporary, modern design.

It wasn’t a rash decision but the result of months of research, talking to current and lapsed readers about what you really want from your magazine. You told us what you liked, the stuff that you didn’t and we listened. The result is the relaunch.

Since 1891 we’ve been part of cycling culture; for five generations this magazine has been a must buy for British bike riders. I’m extremely proud of this prestigious pedigree but I know that we can never be complacent.

As the world’s oldest cycling publication we’ve seen quite a few changes over the past 125 years. Bikes, riders, the sport, everything evolves and that includes this magazine.

I’m hardly impartial but I reckon this is the best Cycling Weekly yet, a magazine for every bike rider and the voice of the British club cyclist.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly February 5

Cycling Weekly February 5

  • ian franklin

    And off course nothing has changed and the editor continues to bury his head in the sand. Every comment above shows the average club cyclists’ displeasure with the magazine. It is such a shame for the sport as a whole. Cycling magazine helped build the sport, now they want to demolish it.

  • Simon: I never said it as ‘drivel’. What I offered was a sensible and balanced view, as I have done to your editor so many times before. But off course he always fails to respond because he wants to go his own way which in the end loses you readership. I’ve never said that you should abandon the sportives coverage: what I have clearly stated that in concentrating so much on sportives you have abandoned the majority of the sport and alienated many riders. Not very clever, eh?

  • Still doesn’t make it drivel, Ian.

  • Phil

    The new style is very hard on the eye; it feels like an Innovations catalogue. I keep being drawn to the top of every page expecting to see “Advertisement”

  • dourscot

    Like the classic masthead look, chapeau.

  • David Bassett

    Re Stephen

    That bloke off
    the Wirral is Toney Bell, Mark was his younger brother.

  • For goodness sake Simon this is not about content ‘that doesn’t suit your exact needs”. That’s the kind of comment you’d expect from Armstrong/ What we’re talking about here is a magazine that over the years has abandoned it’s roots and started to appeal to the new cyclist, the sportive wallah, the fixie guy. Cycling is a broad church and I have argued many times that your new-found congregation is fine but you have left a similar number behind : ie the trackies, roadies and testers that have been the backbone of Cycling since it’s inception way back then. Thousands of club cyclists have given up: Once I did a survey of my club members: more than 80% did not read your mag. Why? Because it was as relevant to them as Women’s Weekly. Not only have you not taken on board the criticisms made, your editor has developed a reputation of standing above the crowd and not bothering to answer letters of emails from his readers. What kind of arrogance is that? In abandoning the wider aspects of the sport you have created a lot of damage. Just think. If you were to actively promote and feature ALL aspects of the sport, the sport would grow: as would your circulation and subsequent advertising. It’s not rocket science. I hope you guys see sense and we can all start subscribing again.

  • ted edwards

    Another Tesco browser here as usually the content does not suit me. I subscribe to Procycling as the photography is brilliant and the articles are interesting to read. So I get my fix of cycle sport from there. Given your sister magazine is Cycle Sport and most of the comments made already want more detailed coverage of cycle racing at all levels then surely that is the magazine to offer what they want.

    For me I would like to see more articles on cycle touring and all aspects of it. Even though I can satisfy my hunger by logging onto Crazy Guy on a bike most days.

    Yes Dr Hutch is an acquired taste but most of his articles I do find funny.

    There some great people out there of all ages and both genders doing some epic journeys on bikes and as the premier cycle magazine you should be using them and their stories to inspire others especially the young to do the same in the future.

    I am looking forward to next Thursday now to see how good the magazine is when I visit Tesco. You never know I may even buy a copy.

  • John Senior

    No problem with a redesign – cover is currently really dated and messy – so glad you’ve discovered graphic design. Be nice to move the focus to extended interviews – more reporting of GB race scene and less not very well written (please see Cyclist or Peleton for ideas) accounts of sportives. On plus side your coverage of women riders is a real positive but please stop advertising ‘That’ calendar. The elite sportswomen it features wouldn’t be in there if they were on the same salary as the men!!

  • Rod Brooks

    I started taking Cycling Weekly in 1959 – it was a great mag for many
    years reporting on all aspects of the sport and pastime – however quite
    some years ago it seemed to abandon the club cyclist along with most
    traditional aspects of the sport as it developed here in the UK, with
    this in mind I stopped my subscription many years ago as did most of the
    club men I knew. I agree with most of the comments received here
    regarding this subject. I will try a copy of the ‘new look’ mag which
    hopefully will encourage me to renew my subscription.

  • Not sure that content that doesn’t suit your exact needs can be just written off as ‘drivel’. But thanks for the input.

  • Bill Sedgwick

    I used to buy cycling religiously,,since early 60s, now it’s utter drivel, for newcomers and sportive riders only,, let’s see if reality meets your statement,, i doubt it somehow

  • Cliff

    Well said Mr Bradshaw!

  • Stephen Bradshaw

    I agree with Ian’s comments, too much coverage of sportive’s and not enough emphasis on local race results and club news. To see in-depth coverage of a sportive and photo’s of middle-aged overweight fat blokes spilling out of their lycra grinning after crossing the finishing line after riding 50km of the ‘beast’ or whatever is pathetic. I have been a regular reader since 1967 but have resorted to scanning the magazine in the shop (usually Tesco) before deciding to buy it as sometimes the content appears to me to be somewhat juvenile – Dr Hutch’s pages being a prime example, utter drivel! Bring back that Mark bloke from the Wirral, now he was really funny! As now an expat living in the US and considering a yearly subscription; why does it take 8 weeks for it to become effective? Ater everything that I have said though Cycling Weekly is still the best cycling mag in the world so keep it going chaps.

  • Robert: Can you tell me if the content will reflect the Whole of cycling, not just sportives? Will it carry track league and road results? Will it make heroes of not just sportive riders, but also top time triallists, trackies and road guys? Will some of the content reflect the older Cycling magazine, but with more than a nod to the modern generation? If so Robert, I will immediately subscribe (very expensive to Thailand) and thank you that at last you are producing a magazine that does not exclude the committed club cyclist!!! Can I see a sample copy before spending 100s of pounds on a sub? I hope you or your staff can answer these questions.