From intimate portraits to breathtaking landscapes and shots that are eye-catchingly different, Rouleur editor Ian Cleverly and managing editor Andy McGrath have picked their favourite photographs from the eight issues of Rouleur magazine published in 2016.
Take a look at the nine images shortlisted below from Rouleur issues 60 to 67 and pick your favourite at the bottom of the page to be in with a chance of winning a year’s subscription to Rouleur.
Rouleur 60: Jan Ullrich by Jakob Kristian Sørensen.
When Jan Ullrich tells Morten Okbo that he spent four years staring out of the window following the Team Telekom doping revelations in 2006, you can well believe it. Jakob’s shot captures a man struggling to cope with life outside of cycling, but finally coming to terms with his place in history.
Strade Bianche is the terrific Tuscan race that didn’t need years of history to become a highlight of the spring calendar. Paolo nails its essence here with his shot of a dusty and distressed peloton.
Rouleur 62: Giro d’Italia by Fabrizio Delmati.
Delmati covered 30 editions of the Giro, ending in 2010. We’re unsure what year this shot is from – mid-1980s going from the bikes – but the dapper old gentlemen in the foreground appear to come from another age. The man staring directly into the lens adds to the drama.
Rouleur 63: Emosson Dam by BrakeThrough Media.
The Tour de France, due to its sheer size and the attendant logistical issues, struggles to find new and exciting stage finishes in the way the other Grand Tours do.
The inclusion this year of the Emosson Dam in Switzerland, however, gave us the opportunity to include this beauty by BrakeThrough, taken at the 2014 Dauphiné and featuring the most dramatic team bus parking you will ever see.
Rouleur 64: Raphaël Géminiani by Pauline Ballet.
“Géminiani is unmissable, the picture of virility,” Isabel Best writes as she leafs through Raphaël’s scrapbook of old racing photos at his home near Clermont-Ferrand. This 91-year-old force of nature breaks out the whiskey at midday, accompanied by a cigarette or two, and talks more cycling sense than many half his age. A remarkable man.
The Angliru is a singularly savage beast, ludicrously steep and usually shrouded in mist: a road to nowhere that rewards the climber with a view over Asturias – if they are lucky.
Michael is above the clouds here, with the bend in the road giving the appearance of a sheer drop-off for the descending cyclist. Scary stuff.
Rouleur 66: Six Day London by Tom Jenkins.
This shot of Alex Rasmussen enjoying his moment in the spotlight encapsulates Six Day London, which has rapidly gained momentum in just two years of existence, and was refreshingly captured by Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins. The jersey designer appears to be taking liberties though: is that a giant phallus adorning his chest?
Context is everything here. Five men checking their phones in a Berlin hostel may seem a strange choice, but when you know they are members of the Syrian national cycling team, checking for news from home on the latest savagery afflicting their homeland, it adds another dimension. The most powerful piece of journalism we published in 2016, perfectly illustrated by Herr Kölln’s always excellent work.
Rouleur 67: Desire – Sarto Lampo by Benedict Campbell.
When it comes to photographs of modern racing bikes, our eyes often glaze over. How can this trope be done differently?
Like this. Benedict’s image from the Rouleur Classic had us fixated: from the door knobs to the reflections, its composition is perfect. That Sarto Lampo is a dashing model too, we’ll admit.
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