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.
road.cc's founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.