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  1. Golden State

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Photography: Ben Ingham / John Watson | Date:

    Next week, the peloton heads West to California, for the 2015 running of the Amgen Tour of California, a race that slots in a peg below a grand tour but capitalizes on the Golden State’s cultural capital, weather, a favourable parcours, and timing during the race calendar to draw attention and some of the bunch’s best sprinters and GC riders.

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  2. Woodrup Cycles: Building Yorkshire’s Heritage

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    “Cycling’s always been very strong in Yorkshire, and there are a lot of world-class riders that come from here. It’s a great county – certainly not an easy terrain for the bike, but that’s what makes it great.”
    — Stephen Woodrup

    Following the successful hosting of the world’s biggest bike race, the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire has reaffirmed the region’s capability as a major location for international cycle racing. But as the media coverage crowns Yorkshire “Europe’s newest cycling destination,” its place in the sport is by no means a new phenomenon.

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  3. Ey up, Lars Petter!

    Words: | Photography: Harry Dowdney | Date:

    Lars Petter Nordhaug assumed the mantle of the ‘Grand Old Duke of York’ at the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, marching his Team Sky men to the top of the hills, and then back down again onto victory. The Norwegian won the General Classification at the three-day race by eleven seconds over Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler and BMC Racing’s Samuel Sanchez, after a testing parcours took the peloton up and over the county’s endless hills.

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  4. Against the wind: a daughter teaches her mother to ride

    Words: Sophie Ballo | Date:

    It’s late October in Texas Hill Country. I’m 20 miles into a 40-mile ride, and already my legs are fatigued. The wind pushes back, but I persist, head down, in the drops, going 13 miles an hour.

    We chose Texas for our first mother and daughter cycling trip because we felt the long distances on offer would keep me interested, while she tackled the shorter options available. The trip’s statistics hadn’t impressed me on paper. But roads aren’t ridden on paper, it turns out.

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    Global cycling street style

  1. Verity Copland


    Born in Sydney, raised in Melbourne and living in London for the last five years, Verity Copland is part of the very talented Product team at Rapha Racing Ltd. An elegant bike rider and natural in front of a camera lens, she kindly invited us into her apartment in Gospel Oak, northwest London, to find out a little more about her, and also photograph some of the latest Women’s City products.

  2. Franc Strazzeri


    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.

  3. Nick Offord


    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Convict of the Rope – Mark Twight


    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’.

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