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A wider view of the road

Anyone addicted to road cycling knows the sport is about much more than fitness and gear. For road riders, the sport lies at the heart of their identity and is the lens through which they view the world. The past decade has seen an explosion in cycling media, both online and in print. Rapha believes it is time for the sport to show renewed ambition. Mondial expands the idea of what road cycling is and what the sport can be. Featuring incisive longform writing and stunning photography, in Mondial you will find familiar cycling topics given a fresh new treatment, while a cycling viewpoint is brought to wider cultural subjects, thus broadening the sport’s reference points.

Issue 005

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In issue 005 of Mondial genetics expert Kat Arney explores what the pioneering science of gene editing might mean for elite sport. We meet Apollonia Poilâne to talk sourdough and politics, while photographer Pelle Crépin pairs Rapha apparel with cutting-edge womenswear in a striking photo-essay. Stateside, we discover how plans to regenerate a famous film landmark have pitted America’s most celebrated living architect against the girl gangs of LA. In fiction, Rigo Zimmerman strikes out in a new direction, and climate-change guru Tim Flannery considers ways to preserve the fragile ecology of the Australian outback. And Richard Lofthouse asks why, decades after the advent of the mass-produced carbon bike, the car industry is only now catching up.