Rouleur Journal

  • The Six Day Rider: Maurice Burton

    "You can have a lot of things, whatever it could be - family, business, whatever - but then you go out on the bike and you ride for two hours, three hours, and you come back and it doesn’t seem as bad as it was before you went."   Maurice Burton was one of Great Britain's foremost cyclists of the 1970s and 1980s.   National champion over 20km in 1974, Burton represented his country at the Commonwealth Games later that year but, in an era where racial prejudice was commonplace, he was overlooked for selection for Great Britain at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.   Undeterred, Burton forged a successful career in six day racing. He moved to Belgium and raced over 50 six day events in a career lasting until 1984 before returning the the UK and taking over De Ver Cycles in Streatham, South London.   Film-makers George Daniell and Richard Round-Turner met Burton at Herne Hill velodrome - a second home to a young Burton in the early 1970s - and at De Ver Cycles to remember his early days on the bike and explore his love for life on two wheels.   The mini documentary is part of a series called In Their Time, a collection of films featuring former elite athletes exploring their passion for their sport and narrating their memories of world-level competition.
  • Voxwomen Award shortlist announced in partnership with Rouleur Classic

    Voxwomen, the leading women’s cycling media hub, has today announced the shortlist of riders who are in the running to win the inaugural ‘Voxy’ Voxwomen Road Rider of the Year Award in partnership with the Rouleur Classic, the world’s finest road cycling exhibition.   The shortlist is made up of celebrated female road professional cyclists who have achieved standout performances throughout 2016.   The riders that have been shortlisted are:   Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) There was no rainbow jersey curse for Deignan. She flew out of the blocks, winning Strade Bianche, the Trofeo Binda and the Tour of Flanders in the first months of the season. Aviva Women’s Tour victory followed before missing out on a medal at the Olympic Games.   Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) Olympic road race gold was the eyecatching highlight of her season, but the flying Dutchwoman (below) was also on top at the Flèche Wallonne and the European championship road race.   Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media |   Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) The neuroscience student-turned-racing cyclist was ruthlessly consistent throughout the year, winning the Giro d’Italia and Tour of California, while rarely finishing out of the top ten in the spring Classics. It led to her emphatically claiming the inaugural women’s WorldTour.   Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) A crash at March’s Trofeo Binda cast the German veteran’s career into doubt, forcing her to have a kidney removed. Yet remarkably, she was back and racing within three months, winning the German national TT championship and later helping Canyon-SRAM to World Championship silver.   Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) Hosking was arguably the best bunch sprinter this year. Her tally of seven wins included La Course by Le Tour de France, a Giro d’Italia stage and a stage and the overall at the Tour of Chongming Island.   Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) The Swede claimed two stages and the Euskal Emakumeen Bira. She also took the silver medal in the Olympics road race and was second and third at the Ronde and Strade Bianche respectively, denied both times by Lizzie Deignan.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) Longo Borghini ended the season strongly, showing characteristic attacking flair to claim Olympic road race bronze and victory on home soil at the Giro dell’Emilia.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) The youngest rider on the shortlist at 22, Niewiadoma (below, on the attack) was hard to beat in the hills this season, winning the Festival Elsy Jacobs and Giro del Trentino back-to-back and pushing Deignan closest at Strade Bianche.   Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media     The winner will be awarded at the Rouleur Classic, which runs from November 3-5, 2016. Further details will be available shortly.   This is the first time Voxwomen has launched an award of any kind, and it is already being heralded as a highly sought after accolade.   Anthony McCrossan, Voxwomen Founder, said: “We have appointed a panel of experts made up of journalists, cycling broadcasters, industry and event promoters, all of whom support women’s cycling and help promote it.  They are already voting to decide who will take the title for 2016 and pick up the first ever Voxy. "Whoever it will be, will certainly be a worthy winner. And there’s no better place to announce the winner than at the Rouleur Classic – we’re delighted to be working with such a highly regarded media team. Watch this space.”   Bruce Sandell, Managing Director of Gruppo Media, added: "I am delighted to team up with Voxwomen for this award and am excited to be celebrating the very best in women’s racing at our show. We created the Rouleur Classic to champion the very best in road cycling - so it is only fitting that we launch this fantastic award there.”   The Voxwomen expert panel will be announced shortly.   For further information about Voxwomen, visit   To find out more about the Rouleur Classic Show and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Joaquim Rodriguez: a few of my favourite things

    Celebrated puncheur Joaquim Rodriguez recently announced that he will stave off retirement for one more season, remaining in the professional peloton in 2017 with the new Bahrain-Merida team.   The 37 year-old Rodriguez - who took a leading role in developing the new Katusha Sports clothing range - picked some of his favourite things from inside and outside the world of cycling - for Rouleur issue 65.   Jersey "PDM. I don’t remember the Pedro Delgado era so much, more the first sprint train they used to do. It would have been around 1990. In Barcelona, there was also an amateur team called PDM I’d see at races with the same sponsor and kit."   Directeur sportif "The one who taught me the most is not one I had as a pro. His name is José Martinez, or Chicho, as we call him. He also directed Juan Antonio Flecha and Carlos Torrent; many pros in Catalunya were under his wing. Even nowadays, when I have a problem, I call him up.   "It’s not to do with nutrition or training, it’s classic cycling. He thinks of the course profile, my movements in the bunch on TV, my feelings. Many times, I’ll get a message from him at 11 at night, saying ‘tomorrow, be calm because you’re going well’. That gives me strength."   Cycling Nickname "Il Grillo (“The Cricket”) was good for Paolo Bettini. Nibali’s one, Lo Squalo dello Stretto di Messina (“The Shark of the Messina Strait”) is nice too. But they are Vincenzo or Paolo to other riders, whereas people don’t know me as Joaquim Rodriguez, they know me as Purito ("Little Cigar"). Sometimes even my dad calls me Purito – incredible. Even my kids say either papa or Purito."   Race "Liège-Bastogne-Liège (below). That’s the one I love the most. Certainly, the Flèche Wallonne is better suited for me. However, Liège is the last of the Ardennes triptych, it’s got a special value."
    Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media |
    Food "There are so many; I like to eat a lot. I am not someone who particularly likes delicatessen food. It’s more typical Spanish things like paella, washed down with the occasional white wine, and tortilla de patatas."   Car "Porsche Carrera. I don’t own one. We’ll see after my career: I like them, but with two kids, it’d be a difficult car to do the chores in."   Music "Depeche Mode and their 101 album. I saw them live with my wife at the Palau Sant Jordi [in Barcelona]."   Climb "The Coll de la Gallina, a steep and tough climb that has been in the Vuelta a España twice, in 2012 and 2015. With 12 kilometres at 10 per cent, it’s one I really like because it’s high, you can see over Andorra and Spain, and it’s pretty."
    Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | Rodriguez's stead | Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media |
    Bike "If I had to choose, I’d take my Canyon. But after I retire, I want to make a classic ’80s-style one, with Campagnolo kit and downtube shifters on a made-to-measure frame with refined, narrow tubes."   Room-mate "[Katusha team-mate] Angel Vicioso. I shared rooms a lot with Leonardo Piepoli who was also very good; however, I’ve ridden a lot with Vicioso. We are both chilled out, we like to go to bed early and we are both jovial guys, always chatting."   Racing memory "The 2013 Tour of Lombardy, the week after I’d finished second in the World Championship road race in Florence. To win Lombardia – and the ProTour – with that rage, that grinta, was spectacular."   Subscribe to Rouleur magazine.
  • Rouleur Podcast: Eddy Merckx and friends at the Rouleur Classic

    Ian Parkinson meets an all-star cast at the inaugural Rouleur Classic in London in 2015. Tickets for this year's show on November 3-5 here.   Listen on iTunes  
  • Rocket Espresso: the coffee machine of the WorldTour

    Not for Romain Bardet a boxful of Rolex watches.   To say a special thank you to each member of his Tour de France squad for their efforts in supporting his second place overall, the Frenchman bought them custom engraved Rocket R60 espresso machines.   He’s not the only one. Greg Van Avermaet did the same for his Belgian team-mates who rode with him at the Olympics and Rohan Dennis had a custom machine made up when he set a new UCI Hour Record in 2015.   Just as the tongue-busting menthol lozenges used to clear the congested throats of deep sea fishermen in the Lancashire port of Fleetwood, so the thick crema of an espresso pulled from a Rocket machine is unblocking heavy legs across Europe. The Rocket R60 is the ‘Cyclists’ Friend’. From those first machines bought by early adopters like Simon Gerrans, the R60 owners club now features over 30 WorldTour pros, including the likes of Nico Roche, Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski, Caleb Ewan, John Degenkolb, Andre Greipel and Edvald Boasson Hagen. There are machines on several team buses, including Orica and Team Sky.   “It started with a few riders, with one guy on each team. Then with word of mouth it went to two or three or four guys on a team who get one,” says Andrew Meo, the coffee- and cycling-loving Kiwi who moved to Italy and set up Rocket with Daniele Berenbruch.   “It tends to be the Anglo-Saxon teams rather than the Italians. Theirs is just a different café culture. Daniele Bennati is the only Italian rider so far who has one.”
    slim_caleb_MG_16791024 Andrew Meo watches Caleb Ewan at work on an R60 machine
    Some are more into it than others. But soon enough the real coffee connoisseurs like Joe Dombrowski, Ian Boswell and Caleb Ewan are going to have competition; the last 12 months have seen demand for R60s, made and assembled by hand in Milan, skyrocket.   So much so that Christian Meier, a soon to be retired Orica rider who pulls espresso on his Rocket machines in his La Fabrica and Espresso Mafia coffee shops in Girona, has become a two-wheeled travelling salesman of sorts.   “I have spent many, many kilometres in the peloton talking about them,” he says.   “They’re awesome machines in general. For machines up to 1000€, they’re the most desirable home machine on the market.   “They’re a great product, they keep that timeless aesthetic and you can have that classic look with new technology.”   Andrew Meo, Christian Meier and Rocket Espresso will be displaying their machines – and making exquisite coffee – at the Rouleur Classic, November 3-5.
  • Cover Stories: Team Rwanda from subscriber issue 66

    This was my second day with the guys, my ability to drive on the other side of the road was improving and we were supposed to follow them on an easy training ride during the afternoon.   When we arrived to the cottage we realised that the training idea was not in their minds and energy levels were low. That was the right decision for them the day before the big race, but not so good for me.   We spent an hour or so watching a crazy Korean movie, subtitled in Rwandan and English, then I asked them what was the plan for the afternoon and they told me they would do some training on the rollers.   I asked them if I could decide the position of the rollers and settled on putting them there, close to the wall with the landscape behind; that was the place where I'd love to do some static training.   At that point the photo was easy to do. Normally, I don't realise when I'm having a good shot but the feeling was good. To me, it's like a modern painting.   So, that day I put a bit of Wales inside me. Wales has the best landscapes. And the worst breakfasts (sorry!)   In my hand I had a Nikon d4s with an old 24-120 d 4.5/5.6 - actually a bad lens. Nikon, if you're listening, please sponsor me.   Subscribe to Rouleur
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