Early last week a packet turned up in the post, which is nothing unusual you may think. However, my heart raced a little as I opened it to reveal the latest edition of Rouleur magazine, No. 21. Why did I get my copy a little earlier than other keen subscribers? Because Strada have taken a modest quarter page of advertising space on page one hundred and fifty seven alongside prestigious authors promoting their books, retailing giants promoting their hardware and Assos doing something in a very European kind of way… I confess to owning a full set of the Rouleur and have had pleasure in watching it develop into the fine magazine it is today. As a keen photographer myself it is great to see photographers (and talented writers) get an opportunity to explore less commercially viable assignments under Rouleur’s patronage.
Here is what is in the latest edition if you are new to the title:
Michael Barry takes a break from riding for Team Sky to pen an essay on teammate Juan Antonio Flecha, one of the peloton’s most widely respected and likable characters, while Timm Kölln trains his lens on both author and subject.
Rouleur Editor Guy Andrews lays his shirt on the Grand Prix Final at the Tachikawa Velodrome in his second instalment of the fascinating – and wealthy – world of Japanese keirin racing. Taz Darling’s photographs are winners. Guy lost everything…
Graeme Fife celebrates the recent 80th birthday of one of the great British cyclists and his win in the 1961 Dauphiné Libéré in an extract from the newly published book Brian Robinson – Pioneer. Geoff Waugh delivers some superb portraiture.
Fife also sits down with German sprinter Danilo Hondo to paint a revealing portrait of a young rider’s life behind the Iron Curtain alongside Jan Ullrich before turning professional.
Sofie Andersen breathes a sigh of relief now that Timm Kölln’s The Peloton is published and considers what drives a man to undertake such a gargantuan project in Le Temps Perdu.
Herbie Sykes takes on two very differing subjects. In the third installment of Jan Hirt, our young Czech hopeful looks to be on his way home after a season of struggle in Italy. Michael Rasmussen, meanwhile, appears in the Danish equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing in a surreal twist to the story of a troubled man trying to break back into the cycling world. Ben Ingham photographs both stories with aplomb.
So, there you have it, look out for our ad and enjoy the read.