Mount Kilimanjaro is not the first place you would think of as an inspiration for bicycle design. However, for Simon Stanforth, it was and here at Brooks base camp, we needed oxygen when we heard about the story behind it.You see, Simon comes from good stock, his father is the former owner of Saracen Cycles and it was in 1985 ,when he heard of how cousins, Nick and Richard Crane climbed Africa’s highest mountain using bicycles.
Grace Johnson and Paul Jeurissen are both well known among the touring fraternity, having been at the forefront of adventure cycling photography for many years. In the autumn of 2011 they worked together to publish their first issue of Bicycle Traveler.
Being a small and busy company sometimes can lead to things falling through the cracks. My latest lapse of attention was a blog post kindly submitted by Paul Errington two years ago about his trip to the world’s premier “gravel grinder” event, the Dirty Kanza 200. Better late than never, here is Paul’s story:
The Dirty Kanza 200 is a little over a 200-mile race over the rolling gravel roads of the Flint Hills, Kansas, with no easy mile given to riders covering the sun baked ground on a variety of off road machines.
In the latest edition of reader’s rides from Brooks stories, we found Jeff Anjo of California and his 1984 Holdsworth Mistral touring bicycle, seen here parked gracefully alongside Lake Solano in the hills above San Fransisco, California. Its Brooks Professional saddle left the Brooks Smethwick factory in 1985, the bicycle and saddle met for the first time in 1986.
Made in England, both saddle and bicycle in the years since have taken Jeff on many adventures. But we may have to send round the bicycle style police to get the handlebars clad with Brooks Leather Bar Tape for him.
Lee Fancourt continues the proud WCR tradition of pointing and smirking at naughty words.
We’re more than six weeks in to the World Cycle Race and its three remaining riders Breifne Earley, Prasad Erande and Lee Fancourt are in three very distinct racing positions. And we’re not talking about stem length or saddle setback.
Decisions, decisions. Breifne fancied a kebab, but Boxty was insistent on some Moussaka.
We still have three riders on the road, but only two of them, Breifne Earley and Prasad Erande, are now still in contention for the title. The World Cycle Race’s organizers published a statement at the weekend announcing with regret that Lee Fancourt‘s circumnavigation attempt could no longer be counted within their General Classification list.
Scenes from the WCR pre-launch at B1866, and its official start at Greenwich a few weeks back.
As well as being a proper cycle race, the World Cycle Race is also famously a journey of self discovery for its participants. Whether tackled with or without a support crew, the challenge of riding 18,000 miles around the world is a huge one. Not least because there’s nobody else there to turn the pedals for you.
Now that the World Cycle Race is well a truly on the road; we thought we’d go digging in the Brooks archives for a story about an equally epic ride. After much rummaging, we found not only an epic ride, but an epic photographer in the form of Mr Leon Steber.
Running through the pictures and stories gathered together in the quarterly magazine Bunyan Velo is the common thread of two-wheeled, human-powered adventure.
Since launching last year, BV has already attracted plenty of kind words from readers for the breadth of its editorial scope, and for its beautifully composed glimpses of a world seen from behind handlebars.
Breifne’s mascot Boxty, of late taken off navigation duties and assigned a more mascotty kind of role.
The team at Brooks is overjoyed to be able once again to bring you news from this year’s instalment of the World Cycle Race. Much water has flowed under the metaphorical bridge since the literal waving of the starter’s flag in Greenwich last week.