Thomas Löfkvist of Team Sky displays some sharp lines. Photo by Camille McMillan – watch out for his forthcoming pro cycling reportage project The Collarbone.
I bear the marks of my biker’s tan… It’s my second skin. I derive neither shame nor glory from it. I take it on, and, with the first rays of the spring sun, I put down another layer.
One day I was at the pool and a kid yelled at me: ‘Hey pops, you forgot your bike!’
It’s hard to stay incognito. – Paul Fournel, Need for the Bike
By now your friends, family and work colleagues already think you’re strange with that peculiar obsession with cycling you have. But that doesn’t stop them from stifling a giggle when they first notice that the deep brown tan on your arms mysteriously ends at the wrist – the classic cycling mitt tan line. Do they suspect the other tanning horrors that lurk beneath your shirtsleeves?
Despite some popular myths, the Channel 4 theme tune is not by Kraftwerk, but by Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks.
With the first few notes of that synthesiser theme – it’s suddenly July twenty odd years ago. On a warm summers evening it’s dinner time so Dad has to set the VCR to record the half hour highlights show on Channel 4. Sometimes the timer cuts off the start, other more infuriating times it cuts off Gary Imlach’s closing round up of the day’s events and the preview of tomorrow’s. But as consolation we get to fast forward the ad breaks.