Cycling Active January 2013 issue on sale from Wednesday December 5

Cycling Active January 2013 issueFestive fitness is all the rage these days. Gone are the days when the Christmas break meant piling on the pounds, now you can start the new year in fighting form. And we’ve got proof. In the January 2013 issue of Cycling Active magazine we talk to one rider who decided to slim down this time last year and managed to lose a whole two stone!

Don’t get us wrong, it’s still the season to be jolly, just skip the buttery basting and switch the turkey stuffing to the chestnut and orange variety. We’ve got the lowdown on the best mince pies for cyclists and expert advice on how to cope with a hangover.

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If you’re having trouble adjusting to the chillier climate, check out our guide to the best bibtights and overshoes. Don’t venture out without these winter riding essentials — there’s nothing worse than being so cold that you need to cut short your ride.

And to complete this seasonal offering we have fantastic last-minute gifts for under £50 and review the best books for bike riders.

The January 2013 issue of Cycling Active magazine is available from Wednesday December 5 at WHSmith major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £4.99

Cycling Active 2012 issue contents

It’s the end of term for our staff testers
Xmas gifts Great stocking fillers for under £50
Festive rides Check out our top 10 Xmas ride ideas
Lose weight! How one rider lost two stone — and so can you!

Sportive bike test
Trek and Specialized tried and tested on the rough stuff
First rides
Cube, Giant and Lapierre put to the test
Overshoes Seven of the best to keep shoes gleaming
Bibtights Protect your legs this winter

Sportives Listen up…here’s the science bit!
Food fight Mince pies — hurrah!
Nail it! How using momentum can help you climb faster and easier
Boozing The lowdown on alcohol and how it affects you and your cycling
MTB skills Perfect your bike handling technique with some off-roading

Robbers’ ride Riding the getaway route of the Great Train Robbers
Oxfordshire Endless miles of quiet lanes
Hartlepool Coastal bliss in East Durham
Shetland A leisurely jaunt with plenty of history
Cotswolds A cycling break at a historic hotel
Crete Sun, sea and sand in our euro escape
Isle of Wight A loop of the island on great roads

Cafe Hot off the press comment, news and products
Ride to live Alicia Parkes talks cycling in Majorca
Spoken word The ups and downs of picking a cycling club
In depth How the big car makers are now building bikes too
Letters Thankful praise, froth and bluster, it’s your letters
Calendar Some great seasonal events you’d be mad to miss