Iris Slappendel: Super Future Females

     You can’t help but feel inspired and empowered as a female when you talk to Iris Slappendel. Her new project, Super Future Females, which explores the grey area between activism and fashion, firmly cements her place as a super current female.        Just in case you don’t know, ex-pro cyclist Iris is a…

Matt White: hope for the best

Planning around a pandemic      “I’m over it.” The first words Matt White uttered in response to, “How’s lockdown life treating you?” when I spoke to him over a month ago. I wasn’t sure how to respond, neither tears nor laughter at his reaction seemed entirely appropriate, yet somehow, I want to do both. I was…

Andorra: Svein Tuft, gravel roads, and spectacular views

A weekend of pre-isolation bliss I have always struggled with the external side of writing. I write for myself, continuously feeling compelled to put my thoughts on a page. It is a cathartic process for me, without which I don’t know how I’d survive. However, I do not feel compelled to share it. Therefore, this…

Adam Tranter and the all-conquering, humble bicycle

Coventry. Birthplace of The Specials, the military tank, a really confusing ring road, and me. But more importantly, Adam Tranter; proud father of twin boys, hard-working founder of Fusion Media, and all-round obsessive of getting people active. Adam has just been appointed as Britain’s first-ever Cycling Mayor, and I was keen to hear how he…

There goes the fear

If in January 2019 you’d have told me, by 2020 I’d have shared a train journey with Matt Renshaw after his last ever professional race, interviewed Lizzie Deignan about life as a new mum, pitched a book idea to Matt White on the hoof in a bar and he’d agree to be involved, I’d have…

Grace Russell: inviting questions to be asked

My introduction to Grace was her evocative ‘We love Paris Roubaix’ illustration in Rouleur magazine way back in March. Since then I’ve become a major fan, drawn in by her ability to surprise and connect with me at the same time. In each of her pieces she communicates everything that sport is; exciting, emotional, joyful,…

Worlds 2019: Go and take it, come rain or shine

Man o man, what a Worlds! Three days later and I’m still knackered! My bones ache, my head feels fuzzy and I’ll be in bed by 8 pm tonight again I’m sure. I was kicking myself all week seeing the atmosphere in Yorkshire unfold. Feeling stupid for not booking the whole week off to get…

The last rebels of the Tour de France

The logistics of the Tour de France has always made my mind boggle. How you get nearly 200 riders, over 100 cars, 22 team buses, and 150 trucks, around the whole of France, in complete coordination for three weeks, is beyond me. Let alone when you start factoring in how it’s seamlessly presented to the…

What goes up, must come down

This year’s Tour de France was undoubtedly the best race we’ve witnessed in years. It had everything. Drama, excitement, and most importantly, unpredictability. Despite one of the favourites ending up winning, we didn’t know how it was all going to end, right up until the last day. It made for fantastic viewing. And yet, it’s…

Caitlin Fielder: blowing minds, one shoe at a time

I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered Caitlin. I pride myself on the fact that the first thing I do when I meet someone is look at their shoes. A legacy from my previous life of 10 years working in the footwear industry, it’s a peculiarity I’ve decided to embrace, rather than fight. And yet…