Colin Levitch's gear of the year 2020

Gear of the Year 2020
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Well, we’ve made it. We have passed the flamme rouge and are approaching the finish line of 2020. In a year that started pretty normal with my annual pilgrimage to Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, shortly after it became abundantly clear this would be a year like no other. 

Here in Australia, we have fared considerably better than many places around the globe — especially where I live in Queensland. Between lockdowns, closed borders, and obsessively washing my hands, I’m thankful that everyone around me has made it this far healthy and, for the most part, happy. I’ve found myself in an exceptionally fortunate position where I’ve been able to continue to make lemonade with the barrel of rotten citrus that 2020 has planted on my doorstep, but just like everyone else, it hasn’t been all glitter and unicorn farts. 

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.