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 004 brings readers face to face with the showmasters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sporting pariah turned multibillion-dollar global phenomenon. Elsewhere, Susannah Osborne considers the rise of so-called ‘femvertising’ and wonders why some cycling brands insist on patronising women. We also meet Andrew Cotton, the big-wave surfer afraid of cycling downhill. The New York Times’ Matt Seaton investigates the growth of mentoring in sport and business, while Library of Congress cartographer John Hessler demonstrates how modern maps are adapting to new priorities. Bestselling historian Peter Frankopan illuminates why the countries of the Silk Roads continue to shape the political landscape, and Tamsin Blanchard explains why Tokyo’s fashion scene still sets the bar for innovation.