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  1. Worth its weight in Gold

    Words: George Tyson | Photography: Offside Sports | Date:

    As the dust settles on the cobbled sectors of north-western Europe, and the bruised and rattled bones are beginning to ease, the professional peloton will turn its head to the upcoming Ardennes Classics – beginning with the 50th edition of the Amstel Gold Race on 19th April 2015.

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  2. Rapha Travel: The malleable martyrs

    Words: | Photography: Offside Sports & Jered Gruber | Date:

    The professional rider sleeps soundly. In a few hours he’ll be awake and competing, but for now, he can rest easy. Meanwhile, a man is wiping the weariness out of his eyes, refilling dozens of bidons, preparing food packages and sorting out breakfast. There’s no easing into the day for him. The rider isn’t awake yet, but so much is already being done to ensure that, away from the job of racing, his life is kept as simple as possible. And the man who takes care of all of this for him? The soigneur.

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  3. Ride report: Rapha’s Hell of the North VI

    Words: Joe Delves | Photography: Jonny Hines | Date:

    A record 350 cyclists rode Rapha’s sixth annual Hell of the North this Sunday 12 April, and Bikes Etc magazine journalist Joe Delves was there to tackle it for the first time. On a freshly tweaked 100km course, featuring two new gravé offroad sectors and a train line crossing, the riders could enjoy a feed stop and a few laps at Gosling Park velodrome, as well as over 700 well-deserved pints and Belgian frites at the finish line in the pub.

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  4. Priscilla Calderon: A Bigger Win

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Photography: Emily Maye | Date:

    Priscilla Calderon was recently photographed for the Rapha Women’s range. She works at a bike shop a few shifts a week, and goes to dental hygienist school. She is a Cat. 1 bike racer on the brink, as she’s recently signed on with a small pro team in Los Angeles, California, named La Sweat. She wakes up to ride at 5am or churns the trainer after work, if that’s all time allows.

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  1. Franc Strazzeri

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    Located at the convergence of the Old River Lea, the ‘Hackney Cut’ and the Hertford Union Canal, Franc Strazzeri and his family reside. Franc is second generation Sicilian, born in Canberra, Australia, but a Londoner for over 18 years.

  2. Nick Offord

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    Bethnal Green is the beating heart of east London. A heart that’s been broken and unbroken many times, it’s an area that contains both contemporary and the contorted faces of the capital’s fashion, art and finance industries.

  3. Oki Tatsuya

    Photography: Lee Basford | Date:

    To call Oki Tatsuya a bicycle messenger doesn’t really do justice to a man who’s been at the heart of Tokyo’s urban bike scene since the end of the nineties. Lee Basford caught up with him late one night in Tokyo.

  4. Sebastian Tarek

    Photography: George Marshall | Date:

    Sebastian Tarek crafts bespoke shoes that are genuine works of functional art. His workshop and approach to his trade offer a distinct nod towards a bygone era, but prove that time is a precious commodity. We visited his place of work in Arnold Circus, east London.

  5. Convict of the Rope – Mark Twight

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    Mark Twight made his name as a daring and pioneering climber in the 1980s and ‘90s. Part of a new wave of mountaineers who relied on physical fitness and minimal equipment to climb quickly and efficiently, he was part of a movement known as ‘extreme alpinism’.

  6. A London Eye

    Photography: George Marshall | Date:

    Rob Saunders was born and raised in London. A road rider living in the heart of the city who worked for the best part of a decade to bring the Olympic Games to town. Here he writes about his love for a city that bleeds with diversity, history and creativity.

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