Spin Cycle has been exploring cycle racing culture in the form of an online magazine since 2012. The Spin Cycle team have just announced they are giving in to requests for a print edition with a 272-page annual.
Spin Cycle creators James Maloney and Dan Kenyon said: “We've been asked continually for a print edition, and although we haven't the time and funds to bring out a print version of each quarterly we have decided that a printed, limited edition annual of the best articles of the year would be something we could manage to produce once a year.”
Just 1500 copies will be printed, at £15. Orders are now being taken, and the annual will be printed and sent the first week of May. Everyone who places an advance order will go into a draw to win a signed Lampre Merida team jersey from this year's Tour de France, donated by Champion Systems.
The annual features an introduction by Herbie Sykes (author of Maglia Rosa) and interviews with veterans and new young riders including the life story of Bill Bradley, the only man to win back to back Milk races. It also contains photo stories on 2013's Tour of Britain and the Eddie Soens Road Race, and Brian Sweeney talking Scottish beat poetry style about Glasgow fixies. Plus there is an exclusive in the annual, an interview with Sue Gornall who rode the women’s Tour de France four times.
Dan and James said: “Digital is great but it's a little like looking at the Great Barrier Reef through a glass bottomed boat: you're seeing it but you're not really immersed in the whole experience.”
To find out more and place an order, go to Spin Cycle Magazine
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.