In Michael Blann's spectacular book of mountain photographs, Susannah Osborne writes: “... mountains are... where the sport's heroes are born, and crushed.” The amazing images, and personal stories from some of cycling's biggest stars perfectly illustrate this huge spectrum.
Book author, TV pundit, journalist... salsa dancer! The talent list goes on for Matt Rendell. Apart from his life in cycling, Rendell has a love for Colombia, Ed Hood managed to track Matt down for a chat about his latest book, and a lot of other things, 'Colombia Es Pasión'.
It's generally accepted that people are drawn to compelling stories that show a person's transformation from “Before” to “After,” a physical change that in fact heralds a very different life. And one very remarkable example of this is the story of Sue Reynolds in her book “The Athlete Inside.”
With Québec as Canada'a worst hit province in the Covid crisis, Giuseppe Marinoni, a seminal figure in Canadian cyclesports, is still out on his bicycle but disappointed that he had to ride alone. Most people 82 years of age would be happy to ride at all but Marinoni, the subject of a charming 2014 documentary, put in 8,000 kms in 2019 and still has big plans.
It is not surprising that during the Great Lockdown Netflix is seeing a massive increase in subscribers. With many new viewers watching a six-part documentary about pro cycling team Movistar's 2019 season, where bizarre antics could not be ruled out as those of us watching races last year did not comprehend what the team was trying to do.
Cycling fans have endured the trauma of the Spring Classics becoming the Not-This-Spring Classics as the deadly Covid-19 stalks the Earth. Would the Tour de France be a non-starter as well? We now know that it has been moved into late August, but to fill that empty summer gap, Rapha has something special.
Beryl Burton was one of Britain's greatest athletes and one of the best cyclists ever, a story brought to life and beautifully told in the DVD “Racing is Life - The Beryl Burton Story.”
The British have a great love of the idiosyncratic and this enthusiasm for the oddball has extended to bicycle racing. Before British Cycling conquered track racing and Grand Tours fell to British riders, the British had a warm enthusiasm for time trialling. And one of the biggest fishes in this tiny pond was Alf Engers, “The King.”