Issue 26:In an extraordinary, unprecedented three hour interview with Herbie Sykes, UCI president Pat McQuaid confronts the harsh realities facing professional cycling in the 21st century. Uniquely we have chosen to reproduce their discussion in its entirety; a unique testimony at this, a critical period in cycling history.Guy Andrews follows up the Trek story from issue 25 with a closer look at the Leopard team and its relationship with the US manufacturer, only to find the team has disbanded…Mike Chick, writer and photographer of the extraordinary Vuelta a Bolivia feature seen on the cover of issue 22, visits another high altitude race in a distant land. This time The Tour of Qinghai Lake in China gets the Chick treatment.Newly retired pro rider Tom Southam digs out a lifetime’s training diaries, a fascinating insight into growing up as an aspiring bike rider and changing training methods.Ian Cleverly gets two contrasting missions this issue: a factory visit to Hutchinson Tyres in France that threatens to be dull as ditchwater but turns out to be thoroughly gripping (excuse the pun), and a day at the Vuelta, camped on the Angliru with thousands of screaming Spaniards.Plus columns from regular contributors Matt Seaton, William Fotheringham, Johnny Green and Paul Fournel.Photography in this issue is by Ben Ingham, Wig Worland and Timm Kölln.Graeme Fife, meanwhile, seeks Sylvain Chavanel and finds him on the massage table. The French National Champion and our man enjoy a heart-to-heart dressed in just a towel – Chavanel, that is, not Graeme…Mr Fife also concludes his mini series on promising youngsters with Jake Womersley’s progress on the British Cycling Talent Team.Wide Eyed and Legless has been hailed as one of the finest books ever written about the Tour de France, yet its subject – the British ANC Halfords squad – had a wretched race and disbanded shortly after. Ian Cleverly gathers the team together for dinner to discuss the 1987 Tour and Jeff Connor’s book.Photography by Ben Ingham, Dan Sharp, Geoff Waugh, Gerard Brown and Paul Sanders. Plus columns from regulars Matt Seaton, William Fotheringham, Johnny Green and Paul Fournel.
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