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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.
In issue 003, The Guardian’s chief sports correspondent Owen Gibson investigates why big sport and big money prove such a toxic mix; and we meet Cornelia Parker, the Turner-prize nominated sculptor who blows up bikes. Veteran rock critic Jon Savage examines how the rise of the ‘streaming generation’ has accelerated the decline of music’s insurgent tribes, while Max Leonard is in Monaco, home to pro racers and some seriously ill-mannered money. The New York Times’ Matt Seaton looks at why cycling can be a fraught enterprise for the world’s political elite, and Richard Mabey’s essay on the consciousness of plants will change your view of roadside foliage forever.