As I have previously mentioned, CT magazine is the most important cycling magazine when it comes to the world of the granfondo. The name CT signifies CICLOTURISMO. That was probably the original focus of the magazine but I am guessing that as granfondos became more popular so did the focus of the magazine. In fact, you can see that they have added the words Gran Fondo under the CT logo. When you go to a newstand in Italy you can expect to find many cycling magazines, all of which are much better than BICYCLING.
The highlight of this issue for me is the 10 page photo spread of how Doriano De Rosa (of De Rosa bikes) goes about building a Ti frame. I found it very interesting as there were 28 photos of the entire process. Doriano builds every De Rosa Ti frame. In an exchange of emails with Darren Crisp (see www.crisptitanium.com or search in my blog for Crisp) about the article, he writes, "Doriano is one of the last great framebuilders left and I highly respect his work and experience, as well as attention to detail. We got to chat a bit at EICMA (note: the Milan bike show) when he came to visit my stand, and he's a super-friendly guy. I would love to make it up to his shop as he's the only one left that does actual frame"building" at DeRosa."
There are also articles on:
-how clubs celebrated the end of season,
-how one club begins its new season,
-preparations for the new season with a focus on finding your ideal cadence,
-training advice (centered around SFR, Salita, Forza, Resistente which Francesco Moser first used in his world record preparations),
-announcements, dates, and route profiles for the most important granfondos,
-a new event named the "Cronosquadra Michele Bartoli" which will be a 40 Km team team trial for mortals along the Mar Ligure,
-a technical article and review of Sram Red (note: believe me, Italian riders use Shimano as much as Campagnolo, and Sram is gaining ground as well),
a review of the GOLD trainer (search in my blog),
-short reviews of URSUS wheels, FSA SL-K cranksets,
-a 20 page section dedicated to women, featuring articles from women's bikes to saddles to clothing,-diabetes and cycling,
-short articles on cicloturismo and randonneurs,
-trip article covering the Liguria region
Typically there are also two full bike tests. For this month the bikes tested were the Carrera Phibra and the Cannondale Synapse. Worthy of note are the Carrera's unusual design and the fact that it is completely made in Italy.
The most prominent two page ads were for:
-Scapin Ekle SL,
-DEDA Elementi (the new chromed, track old style handlebars are nice)
The one page ads are too numerous to mention!
I hope this gives you some idea about the contents of a typical CT.