Gerard Vroomen launches 2r monthly magazine for iPad - and it's free

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Cervélo co-founder Gerard Vroomen has launched 2r, a new free monthly cycling magazine for Apple’s iPad, with each issue featuring an in-depth interview by Irish journalist Paul Kimmage, pro cyclists talking about their early days, and contributions from Twitter and Cyclismas's UCI Overlord and insider blogger Inner Ring, who has said that "it will be available on other platforms in  due course."

Announcing the launch of 2r on his blog yesterday, Vroomen said:

Very excited to announce that a project I’ve been working on for a long time has finally launched: 2r.

It’s a multi-media magazine about cycling, combining in-depth written articles with photo galleries and video. Available for the iPad right now (iOS6 required) and on some additional platforms shortly. I’m very excited that Paul Kimmage will have a “big piece” in 2r every month.

In issue 1, Paul interviews LeMond about his relationships with Hinault, Fignon and Armstrong. In the 44(!) page interview, they also cover races being sold, cocaine, and awkward dinners (with the chef of Renault and Lance). Boonen revisits his worst loss, Gesink draws his first bike and Nuyens contemplates retirement. To top it off, Cavendish thinks about what he would do as the UCI president. Plus the most beautiful photos from l’Équipe and Sirotti.

You can find out more information about 2r on the magazine’s website, which also gives details of video and photo contests open to its readers. The website also includes an excerpt from Kimmage’s interview with LeMond.

The magazine itself, which also has a Twitter feed and Facebook page, is available for download on Apple’s iTunes store, with iOS 6 required.