Editor Debbi Marco reveals what to expect in the latest issue of Triathlon Plus magazine…

Triathlon Plus issue 82

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how much road bikes cost and why they are so eye-wateringly expensive. And I agree with you all. You shouldn’t have to pay into four digits simply to get a race-worthy bike, so we put four top value steeds to the test, pumping them up hills and speeding down the other side to see if they could match up to their super-bike competitors. Check out the reviews on  p64 to see the results.

Of course, it’s not going to stop us lusting after some more pricey wheels, but where’s the harm in dreaming? While we’re talking about dreams, turn your attention to this issue’s object of desire, the Garmin Vivoactive (p23). It’s sexy, slim line, gathers data faster than you can freewheel down Box hill. Reader, I admit, I bought one and now I’m obsessed. But it’s not just data that can boost your performance, training and the right kit all play a part. Which is why we’ve tested the best sports bras (p18) and we take a good look at the hype surrounding compression wear (p36) to see if it lives up to its claims.

If you’re yet to dip a toe in the open water of triathlon, don’t feel intimidated. Our essential guide to a sprint distance (p28) will tell you everything you need to know to get you race day ready and loving every minute.

Debbi Marco

Debbi Marco, Editor

Ps. I hope you enjoy our free swim supplement. It’s packed full of drills, techniques and advice to help everyone from newbies to those looking to improve their stroke.

As well as Triathlon Plus Issue 82, you can also view other issues in our magazines section.