The lush paint-work is the handicraft of the talented Chris Grove, of Performance Race Art, who has undertaken two very diofferent design briefs and delivered truly unique bikes for top-class riders. Check out their website for the insane custom designs they produce. I have to say im a fan of the Clancy’s ‘Munch’ bike, just because its so unique and off the wall, but also its executed really well!
With over 40 photographers shooting that day, the enormity of the task soon dawned on the editing team – this was going to be one super heavy day indeed.
As we waited for the first images of the day to hit, I tortured myself by looking at photos I had taken the night before of my beautiful new Condor Acciaio (Bianchista says – expect a ride report this week after a thorough test in the Yorkshire Dales). I imagined rolling out to eat up some tarmac on the beautiful steel addition to my stable with friends in the Surrey hills, but my thoughts were soon interrupted as the opening images began to file into the server.
Breakfast comes and goes – marked by a quick journey from my seat to the croissant tray and back – all the time work filing in. Images of the day begin to tell the story, and with so many of the businesses best photographers posted in many weird and wonderful positions (including some balcony and rooftop hero’s) we soon amass a plethora of fabulous pictures, and thus the eventful day was beginning to take shape.
Lunchtime came and went so fast, my hand never leaving the mouse, photoshop actions firing off left, right and centre. My screen filled up with a constant stream of pictures; guests, fans, the procession and finally the cars. The cars! it was revealed Miss Middleton (the moniker she would soon be exchanging for rather a more grander title) looked elegant in a beautiful laced McQueen number. The ladies in the office (myself included) became excitable I don’t mind admitting. Everyone loves a fairytale wedding and this was certainly shaping up that way.
There is not much more to say about the day. A blow by blow recant of the wedding details is not needed. I worked and plugged away moving incredible pictures of an event so important, not just in its stature, but in the fact that if only for a day – the whole nation was reunited and forgot all the problems and hassles and politics. It was simply – just a joyous occasion.
We wound down at approximately 8:30pm – and began the laborious task of packing down the equipment ready to ship back to HQ that evening. Im sad I missed out on some good riding that day – but I cant be too sad as it was an extraordinary day in the office so to speak.
Iconic British designer Paul Smith has collaborated for a few seasons now with Rapha, producing exotic special limited edition items that seems to appear and disappear from the current range only to become extremely sought after on the second hand ,marketplace, thus is the desire to own these specially commissioned products. Paul Smith has put his twist on items such as team issue printed wallets, leather summer mitts, and this season sees a whole capsule range launched cataloguing a wide range of clothing and accessories for those keen on something a little different. In the below video see Sir Paul chat with Rapha about all things cycling…
Spied over at the Yatsugatake Bicycle Studio flickr spot, Im not sure if these are Asiapac special editions or forthcoming items from the new range. Either way they look colourful!
Founder of the excellent online space ‘No Endevour’, James Straffon will hold his first solo exhibition, aptly entitled ‘Art of Cycling’ from the first day of November at the Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell, London. James lists design clients as prestigious as The Royal Opera House, Tate Modern, EMI, and The Royal Academy of Arts, but it is his recent collaborative endevours into cycling -themed art with Paul Smith and Condor Cycles that have really captured the two-wheeled audience. Frameless details his exhibtion as >
“Focussing on the visually-rich narrative of cycling heritage, Straffon explores this theme via paint and collage on canvas, often incorporating carefully selected items of rare and unusual cycling ephemera; employing a ‘pop art approach to capturing the multi-faceted legacy of the bike’.
1 – 7 November 2010
20 Clerkenwell Green, Islington, London, EC1R 0DP