Author Archive for David Evans

  1. Vive le Tour

    Words: | Photography: Emily Maye | Interview: David Evans | Date:

    Emily Maye’s latest exhibition, Vive le Tour, opens at the Rapha Cycle Club New York on 7th July. Before the photos go on display, and the opening-night wine is uncorked, we took some time to chat with Emily about the inspiration behind the show.

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  2. Back on Home Turf

    Words: | Photography: Laura Austin, @Laura_Austin & Emily Maye (top image) | Date:

    California native Alexis Ryan gives Rapha an insight into life in the women’s pro peloton, and why being an American in Europe isn’t always easy.

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  3. Viva CrossVegas

    Words: | Photography: Kevin Scott Batchelor | Date:

    The great Las Vegas sporting tradition is of prize fighting. Boxing occupies exalted position in the lore of Vegas, and the faces of fighters stare down from billboards like malevolent…

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  4. How Cross Got Cool

    Words: | Photography: Andy Bokanev | Date:

    There’s a mild absurdity to cyclocross that would seemingly stop it from ever being considered ‘cool.’ It lacks the grandiose scale and grand vistas of road racing, replacing them with…

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  5. Monumental finishes: Milan–Sanremo

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    To launch our Monumental Competition, we take a look back at some classic Milan–Sanremo finishes. You can enter the competition to win Rapha prizes and a signed Sir Bradley Wiggins World Champion Wool Jersey here »

    For a so-called sprinters’ classic, Milan – Sanremo’s finishes are a spectacle of tension and turbulence, not just repeat screenings of a cycling stampede. Granted, the races first five or so hours rarely deserve rapt attention, but once the race reaches the Mediterranean and turns west, it becomes fraught, tactical, and volatile.

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  6. Wiggins’ World Champion Wool

    Words: | Photography: George Marshall | Date:

    For Bradley Wiggins’ last-ever Paris-Nice, Rapha have designed an official Team Sky, custom-made warm up kit. Inspired by the peloton style the 1960s and ’70s, and decorated with the world championship stripes that he won last season, it will have a more classic look and feel than the more ordinary team tracksuits, but still using merino wool and race-cut tailoring.

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  7. Double Stannards

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    Standing in the middle of a media scrum after Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a noticeably aggrieved Patrick Lefevere, manager of Etixx-Quick Step, complained that the day’s winner, Ian Stannard (Sky), had sat in the race’s “box seat” for over 30km – the implication being that Stannard only enjoyed the show, and hadn’t played a starring role. Lefevere’s lament doesn’t do justice to the Essex boy’s shrewd racing and raw power – nor does it acknowledge that even if Stannard had the box seat, it was Lefevere’s riders who booked his tickets, showed him to that seat, and all but paid his bar tab, too.

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  8. Nicolas Roche Interview

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    Rapha’s developers spend three hours with each rider, working their way through every aspect of the rider’s needs and preferences. We caught up with Nico as he trained with the team in Mallorca to ask him about his kit, the fit, and his plans for the year ahead.

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  9. Comfortably Numb – Lindsay Knight on winter riding

    Words: Lindsay Knight | Date:

    ‘Winter riding’ can mean a great many things depending on your locale and your level of stubbornness. For those in pleasant, sunny environments, I’ve recently discovered that riders consider wind jackets to be cold weather apparel… and yes, I’m calling you out on that Ms. Kelton Wright. For those of us that live in far less welcoming climates, the months between November and March (and sometimes April…or even May) mean one of two things: a mind-numbing number of hours on a trainer, or a physically numbing number of hours on the road.

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  10. The Powers That Be

    Words: | Photography: Andy Bokanev | Date:

    Jeremy Powers,有個全球知名的暱稱 JPow,大概贏遍了美國越野公路賽中所有的獎項。這位來自新英格蘭地區、元氣十足的 31 歲娃娃臉大漢是美國國家越野公路賽的冠軍,精力充沛的程度和他的兔跳技巧一樣有名。 本季他將首度把目標鎖定歐洲賽事。他略過整季的公路賽季,改變了訓練方式,也調整競賽時間表,全都是希望他能將國內的成功轉移至越野公路賽發源地。在他與 Rapha 第四個合作賽季的前夕,Powers 告訴我們關於暫停生活數月以便前往比利時參加泥濘賽事的心路歷程。 除了比賽,你還擁有自己的發展團隊 J.A.M. 基金。當初是如何開始的? 「JAM」代表的是 Jeremy、Alec [Donahue] 和 Mukunda [Feldman] ──他們是我在這個項目中的夥伴,也是我最好的朋友。我剛搬到北安普頓時,是他們教我如何煮飯和照顧自己。我們逐漸長大,也開始懂得如何享受生活中美好的時光後,我們自問該如何相聚又能做點酷炫的事。所以我們成立了一個發展團隊。 越野公路單車社群讓我獲益良多,我也該回饋他們。追求成功時可能會有很多小困難要克服──缺少膝套、吊帶短褲、甚至車架之類──所以我們試著為一些地方車手改變現狀。我們取名為「基金」是因為我們都很窮,也沒有足夠的錢達到基金會的等級。當時我們甚至無法登記為如現在這樣的非營利組織。 我們沒有企業贊助,但我們和業內的一些品牌以及 Northampton Cycling Club 合作。我們資助居住於車程一兩個小時內的車手,一些人後來都轉為職業車手。我們無法征服世界,只能盡力而為。 英國越野公路賽的趨勢就是年輕車手在努力衝刺幾年後就會退休。可能是因為與公路賽相比,越野公路賽獲得的贊助和認同都較少。 美國也是同樣如此,車手很快就會筋疲力竭。如果找不到樂趣,就沒有堅持的理由。那些人之所以筋疲力盡,是因為樂趣很快就消磨殆盡。您如何教導那些年輕車手成為職業車手? 即使我將所有知識都傳授給 J.A.M. 車手,對他們而言仍然十分艱難。如果我說,我就是在此處騎車、這是我的食物、這是我的教練,都沒有用。這些事情要花好幾年的時間才能完成,我們也試圖營造一個能讓它實現的環境。…

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  11. Escaping The City

    Words: Grace Holdsworth | Date:

    Living in the city makes finding the time to ride much harder and all the more valuable. Here’s how to become adept at fitting in quick escapes from city life,…

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