Monday, June 27, 2011

Rouleur # 24

Issue 24 of Rouleur features a fascinating blend of the famous and not so well known, historical and modern, from bike races across the world. Richard Moore, author of Slaying the Badger, interviews the unique Graeme Obree, man of many talents, including novel writing. David Millar’s new autobiography, Racing Through the Dark, recounts the Scot’s transformation from drug cheat to anti-doping figurehead. Millar discusses his chequered career and reborn enthusiasm for the bike with Ian Cleverly. The aggressive riding style of Thomas Voeckler is finally paying off and Graeme Fife always enjoys interviewing a stylish French puncheur. Equipment-wise, lifelong Italophile Rohan Dubash contributes his second instalment of the Campagnolo story following his long-awaited visit to the legendary factory in Vicenza. Editor Guy Andrews travels to Nevers in France, the home of Look, relative newcomers to the sport of cycling but designers of the revolutionary clipless pedal we now take for granted. Chris Keulen’s stunning photography chronicles the little-known road racing scene in African countries such as Senegal, Burkina Faso and war-ravaged Eritrea. Winner of three Tour de France stages Peter Winnen provides the words. Graeme Fife continues his series on emerging talent with Fabio Close, one very determined young man. Finally, Maglia Rosa author Herbie Sykes recounts the familiar story of the tragic demise of a talented rider in sweltering heat, zigzag-ing across the road until collapsing, amphetamines in his jersey pocket. But who is that man? Regular columnists Matt Seaton, William Fotheringham and Johnny Green are joined by Paul Fournel. Photography in this issue is by Ben Ingham, Taz Darling, Gerard Brown, Guy Andrews and Geoff Waugh.

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