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.
In issue 006, Mondial takes its widest view of the road yet. As driverless cars make the leap from if to when, we look at one notable blind spot in the AV armoury: cyclists. Jenny Southan reports on the ubiquitous on-demand deliveries that have made Jakarta’s roads all but impassable, and Andrew Longmore considers the future of women’s cycling in the context of other sports that have implemented meaningful change. Paul Fournel offers a Europhile’s lament, while our stunning photo-essay from central Asia explores the origins of the Astana project. Bestselling author and commercial airline pilot Mark Vanhoenacker reflects on the wonders to be seen from the cockpit, while elsewhere we examine how turning off the GPS just might help stave off dementia, and media lawyer Alex Wade offers some sobering advice for tweet-happy trolls.