About Us

Since 1992, Cycling Plus has been the manual for the modern road cyclist, featuring in-depth testing and reviews, and providing readers with unparalleled levels of expertise and inspiration every month. If you love to ride, whatever your level, you’ll love Cycling Plus!

Meet the Cycling Plus team

Come on in, we won’t bite… We’re cyclists just like you!

Rob Spedding, Editor-in-Chief

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Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We’re still waiting.

Earliest cycling memory

I vaguely recall owning a blue bike with solid rubber tyres in the early 1970s. Pretty sure it got run over on the drive…

If I were a pro I’d be

Despite everything –he got busted on my wedding day you  – I’ve always had a soft spot for David Millar – stylish, erudite, tall… 

Current bikes

Specialized Roubaix Comp, Pinarello Dogma F10, Trek Marlin, Viner Perfecta

Paul Robson, Deputy Editor

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Paul has been working for Cycling Plus since Christmas 2013 and riding road bikes since 1987, when he pretended to be Stephen Roche on his Raleigh Sprint. A lifelong advocate of the never sacrifice style for speed credo, he has never come close to winning anything but did at least achieve one long-held cycling ambition in 2015 when he became an ancien of Paris-Brest-Paris.

Earliest cycling memory 

Realising my dad wasn’t holding on to the saddle any more, and hadn’t been for a while, as I pedalled down our street on what I think was a Raleigh Tomahawk…

If I were a pro I’d be

I’d always pay to watch Alberto Contador race (though fortunately, as a cycling fan, I never have to).

Current bikes

Look 585, Genesis Equilibrium, Brompton M6L

John Whitney, Section Editor

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Senior writer and tireless domestique John has been putting in a shift for Cycling Plus for seven years. Despite having been a ‘proper’ road cyclist for the last decade, he still can’t work out what his main motivation for punishing all-day rides is. A freewheeling attitude towards cake is the popular theory, however.

Earliest cycling memory

As a kid, hurtling into the back window of a parked car at the bottom of a steep descent near my home – my cycling career in microcosm. Loves a climb, falls to pieces on the way back down.

If I were a pro I’d be

Steve Cummings. Occasional derring-do punctuating lengthy spells hanging around the back of the bunch, keeping out of bother.

Current bike

Look 765 HM

 

The best testers in the business

Here at Cycling Plus we take our testing seriously and have been putting road cycling products through their paces for 25 years. Our test team, led by senior technical editor Warren Rossiter, is the best in the business. They’ve got decades of cycling experience between them and know what makes a good – and bad – bike, accessory, gadget or garment. That means you can trust us to bring you honest assessments of every product we feature. If it gets our seal of approval then you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy!

Warren Rossiter, Senior Technical Editor

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Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire’s Salisbury Plain in the UK. That’s when he’s not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.

Robin Wilmott, Technical Writer

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Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. 

Earliest cycling memory

I inherited a hand-painted single gear Puch bike and was terrified when spotted by my Mum cycling to the nearest town, four miles away, when, aged 10, I was under strict instruction not to leave our village. I trumped that at 13 with my brand new Raleigh Ace, when a mate and I decided one Sunday morning to cycle to Swanage and back. We had no idea how far it was, no supplies, and I thought I’d never need more than five gears. It was 75 miles return, and we took 12 hours…

If I were a pro I’d be

With his ability to mix it at cyclo cross, mountain biking, road racing and the odd time trial, it would have to be Barrie Clarke, a mostly domestic rider who, in a different era, could’ve done well abroad. Never outspoken, loyal and prodigiously talented, he raced some stunning 90s Raleighs that I lusted over.

Simon Withers, Technical Writer

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Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne.  He’s been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.

Earliest cycling memory

Racing a tricycle against bicycles around our council estate street when I was around five or six (there were very few cars back then…); started cycling seriously when I was at university – commuting five miles each way and never looked back. That was in… 1982!

If I was a pro I’d be

Slow. So maybe Wim Vansevenant who picked up a trio of Lanterne Rouge jerseys before being accused of importing doping products. Obviously we don’t have that in common!

Current bikes

1983 Raleigh Clubman, 531 frame. Original sidepull brakes replaced with cantilevers and resprayed by Argos Racing Cycles of Bristol. c25,000 miles on the clock. Cinelli Unica with 8-speed Campagnolo Veloce. 2011 Rose Pro SL2000 with 10-speed SRAM Force and a Zipp cockpit.