The opening night of the Rouleur photography exhibition saw the cycling glitterati out in force.
All right a lot of them were freeloading journos attracted as much by the prospect of free beer and a goody bag as by the fine photography on display, but there was actual glitter and glamour in the house too. David Millar, Le Dandy, himself was in attendance wearing a natty off the shoulder num… a cardigan - plaid though so that was okay.
Prints of the photographs from the latest Rouleur annual were for sale and I would tell you how much they were if I hadn't left catalogue behind (and the goodie bag… sniff) . I will update this with the prices later, but I think we can say without fear of contradiction that they're reassuringly expensive.
Also on show (and for sale) were a set of road inspired pencil drawings by Jo Burt of Mint Sauce fame. I managed to catch up with him (the beer had slowed him down) and talked me through his drawings which were mainly inspired by "riding in the rain in October" in reaching for the desired effect he didn't stint on materials either, 'Descending the Tourmalet' in the rain, must have used up a whole pencil.
Anyway here's a selection of pics of people drinking free beer and some from the exhibition too.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.