One Ob­ses­sion

Cyclist - - One Obsession -

For many of us, cy­cling is more than just a sport or a hobby. It is an in­te­gral part of our lives to the point where to be with­out it is un­think­able. We ride for fun, some­times for pun­ish­ment, some­times sim­ply to get some­where, and at other times just to es­cape. And when we swing a leg over a sad­dle, we be­come part of a global cy­cling com­mu­nity, whether we’re a pro racer or join­ing the week­end club run. This sup­ple­ment is about that shared pas­sion. It tells the sto­ries of three very dif­fer­ent cy­clists, who are rid­ing at dif­fer­ent lev­els and in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, yet each of whom lives for the bike.

Ed Clancy is a mul­ti­ple gold medal-win­ning Olympian on the track and a road racer for JLTCon­dor, who fought back from a se­vere in­jury to win with Team GB at Rio and who has his sights set on more Olympic medals in Tokyo in 2020.

Then there’s Rudy Melo, a de­signer by trade, whose ur­ban col­lec­tive 5th Floor is at the cut­ting edge of Lon­don club cy­cling cul­ture, bring­ing to­gether a group of like-minded en­thu­si­asts who ride, race, drink cof­fee and de­sign bikes.

Dan Ather­ton, mean­while, is part of moun­tain bik­ing’s first fam­ily, which in­cludes more World Cham­pi­ons than most na­tions. When he’s not rid­ing, he’s out with a shovel in the forests of Wales, striv­ing to cre­ate the per­fect moun­tain bik­ing trail.

To­gether, these three all live for their ob­ses­sion.

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