If issue 20 of Rouleur was all about the bike, then
Rouleur 21 celebrates the people that make them move.
Michael Barry takes a break from riding for Team Sky to pen an essay on teammate Juan Antonio Flecha, one of the peloton's most widely respected and likable characters, while Timm Kölln trains his lens on both author and subject.
Rouleur Editor Guy Andrews lays his shirt on the Grand Prix Final at the Tachikawa Velodrome in his second instalment of the fascinating – and wealthy – world of Japanese keirin racing. Taz Darling's photographs are winners. Guy lost everything…
Graeme Fife celebrates the recent 80th birthday of one of the great British cyclists and his win in the 1961 Dauphiné Libéré in an extract from the newly published book Brian Robinson – Pioneer. Geoff Waugh delivers some superb portraiture.
Fife also sits down with German sprinter Danilo Hondo to paint a revealing portrait of a young rider's life behind the Iron Curtain alongside Jan Ullrich before turning professional.
Sofie Andersen breathes a sigh of relief now that Timm Kölln's The Peloton is published and considers what drives a man to undertake such a gargantuan project in Le Temps Perdu.
Herbie Sykes takes on two very differing subjects. In the third installment of Jan Hirt, our young Czech hopeful looks to be on his way home after a season of struggle in Italy. Michael Rasmussen, meanwhile, appears in the Danish equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing in a surreal twist to the story of a troubled man trying to break back into the cycling world. Ben Ingham photographs both stories with aplomb.
Also we've thoughts from our regular columnists Matt Seaton, William Fotheringham and Johnny Green.
Full list of contents:
Michael Rasmussen | Herbie Sykes, photography Ben Ingham
Flecha | Michael Barry, photography Timm Kölln
Brian Robinson | Graeme Fife, photography Geoff Waugh
Keirin Part Two | Guy Andrews, photography Taz Darling
Danilo Hondo | Graeme Fife, photography Olaf Unverzart and Gerard Brown
Le Temps Perdu | Sofie Andersen, photography Timm Kölln
Jan Hirt Part III | Herbie Sykes, photography Ben Ingham