"Best issue yet" of annual cycling soul mag...

Issue 8 of The Ride Journal is just about to appear, and to mark the occasion editor and art director Philip and Andrew Diprose are throwing a launch party at London’s Look Mum No Hands East on January 17.

The launch will be the first chance to buy a copy of issue 8, though Philip and Andrew are taking orders for copies that will be shipped the week commencing January 20. That’s also when the boxes will be shipped to shops.

Philip says it’s the best Ride Journal yet.

He says: “The new issue has come together really well, and we've made some subtle but significant tweaks to the format.  But nothing too extreme to scare any fans who like things to stay the way they were.

“You want winners? We've got current and former world champions in time trial, BMX, and enduro, and one of only two people to have won the triple crown.

“We've got international riding from all corners of the globe.

“And as usual we've got really fascinating, personal tales of all kinds of cyclists.

“Throw in some amazing photography and illustration and, although I may be biased, I think its our best issue yet.”

Look Mum No Hands East is at 125–127 Mare St London E8 3RH, and things kick off at 6.30 pm on Friday January 17.

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.