Issue 109 - The Enabled Issue
One in five people in the world has some form of disability. The Paralympics had 4.25 billion viewers around the world. Yet, disability and disability sport is so under-represented in the media.
This is an edition which redresses that imbalance. It focuses on para-cycling and disability sport, putting the emphasis on what these athletes do so excellently. Disability does not define them. Disability, after all, is a social construct: we’ve been sold the lie that disability is a “Bad Thing” – and that to live with it makes you exceptional.
Issue 109 of Rouleur focuses on the enabling power of sport, telling untold stories about para-cycling and its biggest stars. We’re showing great athletes in non-stereotypical ways, exploring how cycling and society can do better to help those involved in disability sport.
Gaza: first flight of the Sunbirds
Following Alaa al Dali as he chases his dream of starting a para-cycling team in a Middle Eastern conflict zone. A story of willpower, resourcefulness and passion for sport
The former Olympic sprint champion refuses to look back in anger after a life-changing crash that left her paralysed from the waist down. Charting her journey from Krzygistan immigrant to decorated athlete, German national sporting treasure and commentator
Headstrong: Marion Clignet
Riding and reminiscing in the Pyrenees with epileptic Marion Clignet, the live wire French racer and Nineties world beater
Pivotal points in the life of the Paralympic superstar that helped her to become the athlete and person she is today
Juanjo Méndez is missing an arm and a leg; Claudia Grau her right leg. Paolo Penni Martelli’s photo story charts their unlikely friendship as the pair, separated by 25 years in age, put in the hard miles chasing titles as part of the groundbreaking Genesis para-cycling team in Catalonia
The GB Paralympic wheelchair racing champion is as fast as she is forthright. She talks best bits and barriers in para-sport – and the uneasy position of being called an inspiration
In the saddle with Fergus Niland, the Irishman who initially won a kit design competition to work at Santini and has become one of the Italian brand’s creative powerhouses
Former Team Sunweb rider Edo Maas on how art helped him through a life-changing accident and the inspirations behind his unique work
Ride slow, live fast is the motto of Laurens Ten Dam, the bearded Dutchman ending his racing career by refinding his sporting joy on the US gravel scene
Cider, serious climbs and a mythical cyclops; we clock up the kilometres with Astur Cycling in this beautiful north Spanish region
La Passione apparel and Specialized S-Works Shiv Disc with triathlete Claire Cashmore
Plus columns from Ned Boulting, Orla Chennaoui and Hannah Dines
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