The first issue of Procycling (April 1999), featuring Marco Pantani
EditorEd Pickering
Former editorsWilliam Fotheringham, Jeremy Whittle, Peter Cossins, Cam Winstanley
Frequency13 issues a year
First issueApril 1999
Final issueJanuary 2022
CountryUnited Kingdom

Procycling, or ProCycling, was a cycling sports magazine owned by Future plc. First published in April 1999, there were 13 issues a year[1] distributed in all countries where there are English-speaking readers.[2]


Andrew Sutcliffe, the former editor of Cycle Trader and the IPC Media publication Cycling Weekly, helped form a company called Cabal Communications, run by other former IPC staff. Cabal introduced Procycling as a rival to IPC's own monthly publication, Cycle Sport. Its first editor was William Fotheringham, who had also been on IPC's staff. He was assisted and then succeeded by Jeremy Whittle, correspondent to The Times and author of Bad Blood. In 2003, Cabal was acquired by Highbury House.[3]

Future plc acquired Procycling and several other magazines from Highbury House in 2005.[4] In 2014, Future plc sold its sport and craft titles to Immediate Media.[5] In 2019, Future reacquired Procycling from Immediate Media.[6]

Procycling described itself as a "glossy and dynamic magazine . . . the authoritative, worldwide voice of international professional road racing, distributed in every country where there are English-speaking fans. With exclusive features and spectacular photography, Procycling brings to life the complexities, rivalries and hardships of the European professional scene."[7]

The magazine is edited by Ed Pickering. The majority of the readers were males (90%) in their early thirties; the magazine had a global circulation of 54,000.[1]

Procycling ceased publication in January 2022.[8] The final issue was guest-edited by professional cyclist Lizzie Deignan.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Pro Cycling". Future plc.
  2. ^ "Pro Cycling".
  3. ^ Gibson, Owen (17 March 2003). "Highbury makes £10m deal for Cabal". Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Cycling Plus and ProCycling reunited in new deal". BikeBiz. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (29 May 2014). "Future Publishing to cut more than 200 jobs and sell sport and craft titles". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Back to Future: Immediate sells CyclingNews and Procycling to Future plc, their previous owner". Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Subscribe to Procycling". Future plc. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  8. ^ Morley, Rebecca (16 December 2021). "Procycling to cease publication after January 2022 issue". BikeBiz. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Lizzie Deignan Takes Over ProCycling". ProCycling. Future PLC. January 2022.