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  1. Different, yet the same

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Date:

    For one, it was a graduation gift. A bright red Giant. After a cross-country move, Abby Watson’s bike was her way of getting from A to B. It was how she came to know the city of Portland, Oregon, and how she met friends. As these things go in cycling, Watson ended up racing. “I was aware that people were on nicer bikes than me. That people were wearing more expensive clothes than me… but I found everyone to be super friendly,” she says.

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  2. Return to Tohoku: Rikuzentakata

    Words: Lee Basford | Photography: Lee Basford | Date:

    March 11th will mark the fourth year since the east coast of Japan was devastated by a tsunami. Unsurprisingly, given the scale of the disaster, the people of the Tohoku region are still rebuilding.

    One of the cities in the region most affected was Rikuzentakata. Fifteen-metre high waves destroyed homes, buildings and lives, and what remains now is an overwhelming emptiness. Rikuzentakata was noted for its tree-lined coast, regarded as among the most beautiful landscapes in Japan. Tragically, after the disaster, only one of its 70,000 trees remained standing. It became known as ‘the miracle pine’. These days it’s miles of conveyor belts that follow the coastline, a sight in itself, snaking mechanically in and out of the distant mountains, from where they transport rocks to rebuild the land that was washed away.

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  3. Double Stannards

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    Standing in the middle of a media scrum after Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a noticeably aggrieved Patrick Lefevere, manager of Etixx-Quick Step, complained that the day’s winner, Ian Stannard (Sky), had sat in the race’s “box seat” for over 30km – the implication being that Stannard only enjoyed the show, and hadn’t played a starring role. Lefevere’s lament doesn’t do justice to the Essex boy’s shrewd racing and raw power – nor does it acknowledge that even if Stannard had the box seat, it was Lefevere’s riders who booked his tickets, showed him to that seat, and all but paid his bar tab, too.

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  4. Classics Competition

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    To mark the opening weekend of cobbled drama on the Continent, Rapha are offering the chance to win a signed Team Sky Replica Jersey. To win, simply predict the winning time at Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. We will be rooting for Team Sky, who will be fielding some strong contenders, including last year’s victor, Ian Stannard, who covered the 198km in 4hrs 49mins 54secs. Also in the mix on this year’s 200.2km course are Sir Bradley Wiggins and strongman Bernie Eisel. Five randomly chosen runners-up will also receive a Rapha Cap in the colour of their choice.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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’.

  3. 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.

  4. Through The Grapevine


    Paul Stubert, product manager at wine dealer Sommelier-Privé, speaks to David Sharp for Survey in Berlin.

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