Just five months after Armistice Day, 87 riders set off from Strasbourg on the Tour of the Battlefields, honouring the fallen of World War One. Roughly tracing the line of the Western Front, the combination of foul weather and war-ravaged roads combined to make the seven-stage race the hardest but least well-documented tour in history. Tom Issit uncovers tales of extraordinary days – and nights – in the saddle.
Morten Okbo spends every Italian race of note chasing after a mysterious woman who appears to control events from a car following the peloton. Who is she? What does she do, exactly? Morten and Jakob, our Danish duo, find out in A Source of Sure Information.
Also featuring: Andy McGrath and Timm Kölln with the GB youngsters at the Junior Peace Race; the second instalment of the scenically stunning Arctic Race; and a man called Dario Pegoretti – not the famous framebuilder – with a fascination for Italian road markers called ‘parracari’. Strangely beautiful.
Plus columns from Robert Millar, Matt Seaton and Duncan Forbes.
Praise for Rouleur
"I had the last copy autographed by Ernesto Colnago, and he asked if i could send him another one – so if it’s good enough for Ernesto, what are you waiting for?"
"Rouleur accomplishes something more than making you want to ride: It makes you realize, or remember, that cycling is, simply, the greatest sport in the world."
Bill Strickland – Bicycling magazine
"Rouleur is for those who appreciate history, art and literature as much as cycling. This kind of focus could lead to self-parody or, worst of all, pretentiousness but the single-minded dedication of the editor and contributors makes Rouleur majestic."
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