Now here's something to look forward to Monday for… Ride V goes live tomorrow. Scottish track racing, the spring classics, French BMX, Alpine freeriding and a postman's lament for the loss of the post-bike are some of the eclectic delights on offer in the lastest issue of the Ride Journal, which goes live for orders on the Ride Journal website tomorrow.
It is quite amazing to realise that Ride is only five issues old given the niche it has carved in so many cyclist's affections in such a short time – Ride 1 only ran to 1,000 copies.
"We never thought we’d be announcing the launch of issue 5. But here it is and we’re really proud of how it had turned out. It may sound clichéd but we think it might be the strongest issue yet.
"Continuing where the previous issues have left off we turn away from the race reports, route guides and bike reviews. Instead we’re still focusing on the riders themselves and the passion that pumps through their veins," says Ride editor, Philip Diprose.
Other Ride V highlights include commuting in Kampala, and pieces on Japanese framebuilders and Canadian mountain biking there's also a fair sprinking of star names in the mix too with Graeme Obree, Michael Barry, Jamie Bestwick, David Millar and even djing legend Norman Jay featuring in this issue.
"As well as the eclectic selection of articles we’ve also got a whole host of illustrators who once again bring a new dimension to the pieces with their illustrations.
"As ever, all profits which aren’t used in creating the journal will be donated to a number of charities," says Philip.
To bag your copy of Ride V head over to www.theridejournal.com
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.