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  • Rouleur podcast: Rob Hayles and Café du Cycliste

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    Gold medals, rainbow jerseys, national championships bands, TV commentary – Hayles has done it all. Now it’s bespoke jewellery from carbon and titanium, and bits of the Manchester velodrome

    Photographs: Benedict Campbell and Rob Hayles
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    “I’ve always made stuff. I used to take my needlework home with me.”


    Not many former pros can boast as varied a career as Rob Hayles. The former Cofidis rider and British national champion holds Commonwealth and Olympic medals, and track World Championships golds in the team pursuit and Madison (with Mark Cavendish).


    On retiring in 2009, Hayles slipped seamlessly into a commentating role for television and radio, but also repairs carbon frames and, interestingly, now makes jewellery with cycling at its core – carbon and titanium loom large.


    Rob tells us what he’ll be bringing to the Rouleur Classic in London, and recalls what life on the GB squad was like in the cash-strapped pre-Lottery funding days. It’s not all glamour, as you might guess…


    Café du Cycliste make some of the loveliest garments in cycling. Morgane Bigault from the quality French kit makers discusses the brand’s inspirations – from Morocco to the avant-garde.


    Your host is Ian Parkinsion, and Executive Editor Ian Cleverly chips in with news of the Rouleur Classic


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