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With only a week until Christmas things are starting to wind down here at CyclingTips HQ. Most of the team is taking a bit of time off over the break in order to freshen up ahead of 2016. Before all that though, we thought it might be worth looking back on what has been another huge year for us here at CyclingTips.
There are a multitude of articles we’ve published this year that we’re tremendously proud of. Here are the 10 stories that have been read the most by you, our readers:
- Hidden motors for road bikes exist: here’s how they work
- How does stem length affect a bike’s steering and handling?
- What’s cool in cycling kits in 2015?
- The Secret Pro on the Giro: ‘There were days when you’d just despair’
- Froome’s Ventoux data leak analysed
- First-look review: 2016 Scott Foil
- Hidden motor demonstration with Greg Lemond
- What is the lifespan of a carbon frame?
- Thereabouts 2 documentary
- How to look good on the bike: nine style tips from Brian Holm
It’s fair to say that many of you love tech-related stories. And despite widespread scepticism about the topic, there are plenty of people particularly interested in reading about motors in bikes. In fact, our most-read story of the year (“Hidden motors for road bikes exist: here’s how they work”) had more than twice as many views as the next most popular article on that list above.
Given a fair percentage of the content we publish is timeless or ‘evergreen’, we find that a lot of our older stories tend to continue attracting readers well beyond their initial publication date. Here are a handful of stories that were published before 2015 but that still attracted a lot of attention this year:
- Mixing groupsets: what works together and what doesn’t – October 2014
- Just how good are these guys? – July 2009
- Beyond the big ring: gear ratios and why they matter – August 2014
- Flying with your bike: tips from a baggage handler – June 2014
- How to wear a cycling cap – April 2012
- Specialized Diverge review – October 2014
- Biggest bang for your buck in time trial equipment – April 2010
- Urban belt drive bikes – February 2012
Pageviews are important to an online business, but articles with impact are far more important to us. There are any number of stories we published throughout the year that, to us, were more important or interesting than their readership figures would suggest. Here’s a small selection:
- Disc brakes to be allowed in WorldTour races from January 2016
- Amateur doping in Australia: a personal story
- Death threats, doping and disillusion: the troubling state of cycling in Colombia
- Roadtripping Thailand
- Roadtripping Tasmania
- Roadtripping Canterbury
- Roadtripping Switzerland
- Roadtripping Malaysia
- Life beyond cycling: does Drapac’s public image match reality?
- Motors in bikes and a lack of testing at the Tour de France
In 2015 we also proved to ourselves (and hopefully to many of you) that we’re more than just a media platform, organising events that attracted hundreds of keen cyclists. The second edition of Amy’s Wall proved to be a terrific warm-up for Amy’s Gran Fondo back in September, and just last month we ran our first ever mass-participation, gran-fondo-style event, the Giro della Donna.
We’d spent much of the year organising this event and we couldn’t have been happier with how the first edition went.
It’s also been almost a year since the launch of our women’s site, Ella. We set out with the goal of providing a valuable service to female cyclists around the world, with everything from training tips to nutrition advice, from race coverage to great features about the personalities that are helping to build women’s cycling. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Ella homepage to stay up to date.
It’s been a joy watching Ella grow in the past year and we can’t wait to see what Anne-Marije and her team come up with in the new year.
And speaking of the new year, it’s going to be another big one for CyclingTips. We’re just days away from announcing some massive news about the site and we can’t wait to share that with you all.
You’ll notice less content on the site in the next week or so as we wind down for Christmas but we won’t stop publishing entirely. The 2016 season begins on January 1 (for the CyclingTips Melbourne team at least!) as we head to the Bay Crits to cover four days of racing. Then it’s off to the Road Nationals, the Santos Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and then the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Yep, it’s a busy couple months.
If you’re at any of the Aussie summer races and you bump into the CT team, please do say hi – we’re always thrilled to hear from our readers.
In closing we’d like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors and commercial partners that have made it possible for us to do what we love doing in 2015. Last but very much not least, we’d like to say a big thank-you to all of you, our loyal readers.
We couldn’t be prouder of the community that we’ve developed here at CyclingTips and we get a genuine buzz out of reading all of your comments and emails every day. We believe we have the coolest and most engaged community of any cycling website and we certainly don’t take that for granted.
So, thank you for visiting CyclingTips in 2015 and for being so engaged. We hope you have a terrific Christmas break spent with friends and family (and on the bike!) and that you’ll join us in 2016 for what’s shaping up to be another amazing year.