Interview

  1. Glory Is My Litter: in conversation with Geoff McFetridge

    Words: David Evans | Photography: Jordan Clark Haggard | Date:

    It was a slow-burn thing for me. I moved to LA, and I couldn’t help but notice the occasional rider travelling through the city, exploring and traversing. I got a road bike and just rode alone all the time, and I dug in to the aesthetics and feelings of riding a bike. The interesting thing is that this was around the time of Armstrong, so cycling was booming, but just not in the way that I was interested in. I mean, I loved to watch the Tour and so on, but it wasn’t why I rode a bike.

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  2. Living in Style

    Words: Robert Bevan | Date:

    Founded in the small town of Zeeland, Michigan, in 1923 by D. J. De Pree and named after his father-in-law, who stumped up the cash to buy the former Michigan Star Furniture Company, Herman Miller made its name with the Mid Century furniture that has once more become a staple of stylish homes and workplaces internationally.

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  3. Worlds Class

    Words: Rapha | Photography: George Marshall (Cycle Club) & Harry Dowdney (Velodrome) | Date:

    Sometimes, a defeat in battle is what ends up winning the war. The Team GB men’s team pursuit squad, formed almost entirely of Team WIGGINS riders, lost Thursday’s UCI Track World Champs final to perennial rivals, the Australians, but as riders Owain Doull and Jon Dibben told Rapha, failure on the line will spur them on to be faster come the Olympics this summer. The two young Team WIGGINS talents spent an afternoon at the Rapha Cycle Club London, meeting fans and reflecting on a pivotal few days in their season, which also saw Dibben take a sensational gold medal in the men’s points race

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  4. Winning Feeling

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

    At the base of a short climb in Mallorca up to the old church of Sant Salvador, Tiffany Cromwell pauses, leans against an old fence, and begins changing. She eats something and points out how cute the baby lambs are nearby. Cromwell is in the middle of a training ride with the new CANYON//SRAM team and is adding an extra climb. She finds herself in the predicament of needing to be fit early in the season in order to race well at the Australian national road championships [where she won a bronze in the time trial] and Santos Women’s Tour, in mid January, at a time when most other pros don’t mind eating dessert and riding piano.

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  5. Drew Ginn on riding through the night

    Words: | Photography: Andrew Clifforth, Kintaro & Caz Whitehead | Date:

    Drew Ginn is an Australian five-time world champion rower and triple Olympic gold medallist. From 1992 to 2012, rowing consumed Drew’s life as he competed at the highest echelons of the sport. But since rowing at the 2012 London Olympics, Drew has rediscovered his love for cycling – a passion that began while riding BMX bikes as a child, then developed into a competitive racing career on the road at local, state, national and world championship level.

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  6. Rapha North America in the mud

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    ‘Cross’ keeps creeping into the summer months. Some leap in, shedding bibs and jerseys for skinsuits, longer lunch rides for ‘openers’. We’re well into the established season now, though, and as the last leaf falls on the real road season and the days shorten there is no denying it: it’s time for our full attention to shift to cyclocross.

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  7. Birds in flight: building the Rapha + Liberty bikes

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    Tom Donhou is an independent frame builder based in Hackney Wick, with a workshop just a stone’s throw from the Olympic velodrome in east London. Building two bespoke bikes, one for road riding and one for the city, Tom painstakingly incorporated the distinctive Rapha + Liberty print into each frame’s paintwork. Evoking the image of starlings in flight, the 1930s print from the Liberty archive is the perfect match for both Tom’s craftsmanship and the bikes themselves. He spoke to Rapha about his experience working on such a unique project.

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  8. The Blue Riband Randonnée

    Words: | Photography: Brian Vernor | Date:

    Starting from the French national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, just outside the capital, Paris-Brest-Paris was originally conceived as an event to demonstrate the ‘practicality of the bicycle,’ which was still a…

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  9. From the Golden Gate to the Sierras

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Photography: Fred Kornahrens | Date:

    In the aged photographs of Fred Kornahrens, we see the halcyon days of road racing in Northern California, a hotbed of American cycling in an amateur era. Yes, Mt. Tam is hailed as the birthplace of mountain biking, but the San Francisco area always had a heavy road presence as well. Kornahrens’ photography, part of a new exhibit at the Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco (CCSFC) looks at the club racers and cycling culture of the time. Rapha caught up with Kornahrens for an interview.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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