Editor's letter: Farewell Cycling Active magazine

After seven great years, goodbye, and thanks

This is the editorial that no editor ever wants to write, the final one of a much-loved magazine. Cycling Active began in September 2009, and in the first editorial Robert Garbutt described it as “the magazine for today’s bike rider”.

In the seven years that have passed since that issue both the magazine, and cycling, have undergone many changes. We’ve had the first British Tour de France winner in Bradley Wiggins, then another with Chris Froome. We had the highly successful 2012 Olympics and in 2015 a new British road world champion with Lizzie Armitstead.

The last seven years have been undeniably successful for Britain at a world-class level and at the grass-roots the growth in the popularity of cycling has been immense.

For the latest tech news, bikes, kit and accessories head to Cycling Weekly

For sportives and cycling events head to UK Cycling Events

For all of the latest fitness, health and nutrition head to Cycling Weekly

Since 2009 the number of sportives on offer has grown exponentially, and the distance and challenge of those rides has also increased. Cycling is more popular than ever and I hope it remains so. Print magazines, however, are not.

The term MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra) was coined in 2010, after Cycling Active came into existence. It is to this audience, (and to the LILs, Ladies in Lycra) that this magazine has always been loyal. To those riders and readers, from myself, deputy editor Rebecca Charlton and on behalf of the team here, thank you and goodbye.

The last Cycling Active magazine to be published was the September 2016 issue. For any subscription enquiries, please contact the subscriptions team on 08448480848 or email magazinesdirect@quadrantsubs.com


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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling started while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester. A number of students and lecturers were elite and even world class cyclists, many of whom went onto long-term careers in cycling. Despite being a complete novice she was taken under the wing of the experts and given a fast-track introduction to the world of road racing, cross-country mountain biking, time trials and cyclo-cross. A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

In more recent times Reynolds has worked as a cycle guide in the UK and France. She is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips. Her cycling now is less competitive and more focussed on travel and helping her young son to experience the world by bike.