Camping, hiking, trekking, romping, mountaineering, whatever you choose to do or call it, the great outdoors has never felt so enticing. From thick seafaring sweaters that grace the covers of magazines, the revival of ancient brands to their heyday originals, and to our very own collection of henleys – there is a nod to the mountains wherever you find yourself. This is a national pastime here in the States, and fellow travellers share a (lightweight) gear obsession that could rival cycling. Plus, it turns out that there are more than a few people that pursue both activities, as they no doubt have parallel appeal.
Photos: J. Dunn
A few years back, when the Rapha Cycle Club was just a little pop-up shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan we did an event in the space where we brought together some of the best mechanics in the city. There was a competitive aspect to this — to see who could build a complete bike the fastest. When the New York City Cycle Club opened in September we looked to do something similar to excite the crowds and once again bring together the finest mechanics in the city. The goal this time was to see who could wrap handlebars the quickest using the Caleido tape that we produced with Cinelli.
Photos by Jordan Clark Haggard & Nicholas Haggard
The toughest part about these events is the sheer number of teams and riders. How does one adequately capture all these teams and each of their own personal styles and affectations on the bike? Well, through a variety of ways, it turns out - from the car - onto the bike and then back into the car. The great thing about having photography from an event is to be able to look back through the photos and see what you missed. While each of the riders are out there riding the exact same course and dealing with the majority of the same elements (some more flat tires than others) they are all bringing their own personal flair and style to the event. Here are a few that were captured at the West Coast Gentlemen's Race last month in LA.
The cyclocross fan is a fickle one. Traditionally, 'cross occurs in winter, although it is trending earlier every year. There is not a better cycling discipline to be buying for during the holidays because of the hard-wearing nature of the sport. Every cross rider/racer that we know could use something new on their bike right now, and all would be happy with anything on this list. (Or at the very least I would, which is the point of all this anyway.)