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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. Iberia Express

    Words: Ian Fleck | Photography: Graham Watson | Date:

    As the European racing season sets off, Team Sky are proving how well off-season training went. Geraint Thomas won in Portugal – at the Volta ao Algarve – holding onto a lead established with an outstanding solo attack on stage two, finishing just three seconds behind Tony Martin in the time trial and carefully seeing out the remaining stages.

    Meanwhile, over the border, Christopher Froome was found to be in fine form at the Ruta del Sol. Stage four of the race in Andalusia saw Froome drop his rival – Alberto Contador – on the 20%-slopes of the day’s final climb.

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  4. The Pinhole

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Date:

    The light blasts through the wet air and burns a hole on the black road. The eyes find it and strain to see the lattice of cracks and debris washing up at the edge of light and dark. For the next hour this pinhole of light is all that matters.

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  5. Rapha Women’s Ride, Adelaide

    Words: Emma Byrant | Photography: Marcus Enno | Date:

    The route we have planned is a challenging one. We’re heading straight out for the hills. The train of riders stretches long down the road as we twist and turn our way out of the city toward the first climb of the day. It seems like only a few kilometres have passed before an 18% climb bares its teeth.

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  6. Buninyong Hill Transfer Ride

    Words: Dustin Adderley | Photography: Ryan Moody | Date:

    A 4:45am start is not how most people choose to begin a Sunday morning. Nevertheless, there was no shortage of enthusiasm as riders gathered in the Melbourne CBD at that time on Sunday 11 January 2015 to ride the 130km together to Buninyong for the Australian Men’s Road Race National Championship.

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  7. When We Were Kings

    Words: | Photography: Oliver Soulas | Date:

    When We Were Kings is an exhibition of portraits and interviews with some of road racing’s greatest protagonists, by German artist Oliver Soulas. Opening this Friday 16th January at the Rapha Cycle Club Manchester, there will be the de rigueur food and drink plus a Q&A session with Oliver and Rouleur magazine’s assistant editor Andy McGrath.

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  8. The Show Goes On

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Photography: Jordan Reid | Date:

    It was less of a storm than it was an unending leak. For five days a cloud ambled over the Lone Star State, dropping temperatures and a persistent, cold rain…

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