The Tweed Run London 2011 03/05/2011


I love this beautiful poster for the Tweed Run in London (shame I miss it by a week) by the talented Zoe Barker. I managed to catch this event by complete accident in 2009 when I spotted some guys riding down the street sporting a couple of serious mustaches, tweed jackets and some nicely restored bikes. When I asked them where they were heading, the one with the pipe (yes pipe) said “The Tweed Run of coarse!” Since then it has gone on to international fame and has inspired a Brooklyn version. This years ride is sold out already. If you are around Shoreditch on the 9th of April you should try to catch the “knees up” at the end, and if anyone wants to share some pictures we would love to publish them.

Categories: Classic / Routes

The “Unbreakable” Broken 02/03/2011


4 mins 10.534 seconds. Doesn’t sound like a long time to bury yourself for? Give it a go some time and try and sit at that cadence and power. Maybe the magnitude of the record could be better realized in the fact that it took 15 years to move it by 0.58 seconds, and for the first time take it under the mythical “4.11″ mark. Such an achievement that when Bobridge came of the final bend and saw the clock he thought it had stopped on the wrong lap. Talking about being in the zone. Jack Bobridge is an amazingly talented rider (Ed: State the obvious), one I can’t wait to watch on the roads of Europe this summer. That is a lot of speed to take into a prologue. What is disappointing is that we won’t have the spectacle of him going head-to-head with Wiggo in a Pursuit final at the London Olympics. Man that is like a world cup final, I would stay up to watch that one. What fan wouldn’t? Yet another example of the UCI being out of touch with the core of what makes this sport great. That being said this is an incredible achievement, and a sign that the next wave of great riders is looking like they are going to be draped in green and gold and come from down under.

Categories: Classic / Riders

The Games We Play by James Deavin 11/22/2010


You can literally smell the sweat and blood on this track. If these boards could tell a story…. shot by Photographer James Deavin as part of his “The Games We Play” series. If you are interested in seeing more work from James his portfolio is here. There are also prints of the above shot available for sale via 20×200.

Categories: Classic / The Other Stuff

Six Day 10/05/2010


The full photo essay is here

On a trip to Switzerland this year I found this beautiful book in a flea market. The book was commissioned by Editions Palais in Paris to commemorate the last days of the great Six Day races at the Vélodrome d’Hiver (Winter Velodrome). It was France’s first indoor track, and the name stuck for all covered velodromes built since that first six-day race took place on the 13th January 1913. The track was designed by Gaston Lambert, and was 253.16m round at the base. Their were two tiers of seats which towered above bankings so steep for their day that they were considered cliff-like and the space was lit with 1,253 hanging lamps. That first race set a very high bar. Included in it were the Tour de France winners Louis Trousselier and Émile Georget. Racing began at 6pm and by 9pm all 20,000 seats were sold. Among those who watched was the millionaire Henri de Rothschild who offered a prize of 600 francs. A tradition also started of electing a Queen of the Six, whose job included starting the race and giving out the prizes, the most famous being Édith Piaf.

The last six-day race at the Vel’ d’Hiv’ started on 7 November 1958. The stars of the series were Roger Rivière, Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi, and André Darrigade and the race was run in teams of three. Rivière had to drop out after a crash with Anquetil in the first hours on 5th night, and Darrigade won the biggest prime ever offered at the track of one million francs. The overall winners were Anquetil and his partners, Darrigade and Terruzzi. The final night at the Vel’ d’Hiv was on the 12th May 1959. The illustrations captured in this book by French illustrator Jacques Lem are some of the most beautiful drawings I have ever seen of riders. They have captured a mood that no photographs of the period could ever convey and the personalities not just of the riders but of the spectators and workers around the track.

I created a photo essay of the best of the illustrations from the book to show them in all their glory.

Categories: Classic / Riders

1980 Colnago Super Restoration 02/20/2011


Ray Dobbins knows how to restore a bike, that is for sure. Take 15 mins and flick through his gallery of projects and you will be convinced. This 1980 Colnago Super stands out. You don’t see many finishes like this anymore as we all get so concerned with weight rather than looks. The forks remind me of one of my favorite bikes from last year the Fuji “Golden Bike” Fu-sion X.

Categories: Classic / Design / Rides

Classic Jerseys From The Ghisallo (Part 1) 11/27/2010


These are the first of some cleaned up shots taken at the Ghisallo Museum Of Cycling this summer. Great design and color combination from the days when we didn’t have to cover jerseys with sponsorship, unfortunately necessary for today’s kits. I would wear that Legnano jersey down the coffee shop after a ride.

Categories: Classic / Design / Kit

The Dream Team By Riccardo Guasco 11/01/2010


Our friend and artist Riccardo Guasco just sent us some samples of his latest work titled, “The Dream Team” of cyclists. Beautifully captured characters, and you have to love that mustache. See more of the illustrations here in Riccardo’ s gallery, and you can contact Riccardo at guasco.riccardo@gmail.com

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The Tour Of Lombardy 10/14/2010


A photo essay of some of the highlights from the course is here.

This summer I got to ride on the course of the Tour Of Lombardy after nearly a 2o year wait, falling in love with it all while watching it on TV from afar. Not that the riders this weekend will be doing much sightseeing, the course has to be one of the most stunning in the world. The climbs and roads of the route have a historic and poetic ring to them, in an area that is passionate about its riding. That coupled with the cool breeze that comes off the lake as you ride, makes this race and the area one of the pros’ favorite places to turn their pedals. From the busy town of Como up towards the village of Argegno along the west shore of the lake. Past millionaires row and George Clooney’s villa. Along by the cafes and hotels of Argegno, then left up a punchy little hair-pinned climb and over the hills to Intelvi. After the village at the top, a bumpy descent down to the shore of Lake Lugano. More hills, and then down again to the beautiful village of Menaggio (where we witnessed the worst thunderstorm we have ever seen from our camper) and around the top of Lake Como. Then down the valley to Lecco, to get onto the peninsula and towards the finale. Up the east side of the peninsula on the stunning SP583, with the view of Varenna in the distance. Then the legendary Ghisallo. Not the longest or steepest of climbs, but deceptively hard. Past the shrine to cycling at the top and right over the Sormano climb, the highest point on the circuit. Down to the lake again and the finish. This is a hard course, and one for riders that have saved a little for end-of-season glory. Always animated. Always beautiful to watch.

A second essay climbing the Ghisallo is here.

Categories: Classic / Routes

The Classic Trishaw Design 10/03/2010


After two days at Interbike looking at some of the most technologically advanced human-powered equipment you could ever hope to own it was nice to stumble across this beauty, reminding us that it doesn’t have to be a matte and gloss covered carbon frame, white spokes or kangaroo leather to stop you in your tracks. On a recent trip upstate we found this Trishaw outside a shop in Kent, CT, a beautiful example of this practically unchanged functional design. Colonization made sure that it spread globally from India to Finland and South Africa to the USA. Depending on their origin and alterations to the design they have also been called the Becak (Indonesia), Padyak (Phillippines), and the less glamorous Pedicab (in the USA).

The passenger cabin is covered with a retractable canopy, which is equal part sun protection, and a shield from tropical downpours. This is usually supplemented with plastic bags being stuffed into every nook and cranny to seal the cover and keep the monsoon out. This one looks like it hails from India and has beautiful hand done paintwork on the passenger shell identifying the passengers clearly as tourists. It also has a dynamo lighting system that includes indicator lights for turning. For those of you that might have spent time traveling in one of these in any Indian city will know that these indicators are pure “decoration”. There really doesn’t seem to be any right of way on city roads, or a sense of letting other “drivers” know where you intend on going. Looking at many of the drivers of these Trishaws makes you wonder why they aren’t Chris Hoy thigh sized power dynamos? If the average weight is about 100kg (220lbs), throw in a couple of 220lbs tourists, and you are looking at some serious dead weight to get moving, and you better hope those brakes work.

Categories: Classic / Design / Rides