PREF­ACE MARK CAVENDISH

I SSUE 251 / JAN­UARY 2019

Procycling - - PREFACE -

Ev­ery­thing I do, I’m hands-on. I do my own so­cial me­dia, and I never pre­tend to be some­body I’m not. So when the ed­i­to­rial team of Pro­cy­cling got in touch to in­vite me to be guest edi­tor, I didn’t want to just have my face on the cover and then let them get on with it. I wanted to edit the mag­a­zine. The first thing I did was red-ink the fea­ture ideas I was sent and come up with my own list. I wanted to talk about the riders, races and is­sues I’m in­ter­ested in.

One rider I re­ally wanted to be in the mag was Mar­i­anne Vos. She’s the epit­ome of what em­pow­er­ment is, and why you shouldn’t have lim­i­ta­tions be­cause of your sex. She was dom­i­nat­ing the women’s scene be­fore there was any­thing to gain from it fi­nan­cially.

I wanted a fea­ture about Mi­lan-San Remo. Like me, San Remo is mis­un­der­stood by peo­ple who don’t get it! These days, some peo­ple think rac­ing is just do­ing a fast sportive. Look at the cover of the mag­a­zine – it’s Pro­cy­cling. There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween pro cy­cling and cy­cling, and Mi­lan-San Remo is ex­actly what pro rac­ing is about.

Track is the purest form of rac­ing – it teaches you so much, so there’s an ar­ti­cle about how riders ben­e­fit from do­ing it, and there’s also one about my favourite track race, the Gent Six. Plus, a fea­ture about the first bike race that I can re­mem­ber – the 1992 Olympic Pur­suit, won by Chris Board­man. I wanted to do an in­ter­view my­self, so I’ve talked to Rod Ellingworth, my old coach at the Academy, who is the most un­der­rated and one of the most im­por­tant men in Bri­tish cy­cling.

There’s also a photo fea­ture by Scott Mitchell, a piece about con­cus­sion, which I think is one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing us and one I have suf­fered from in the past, a look at how teams like mine are us­ing data to find gains, a guest ap­pear­ance by Cadel Evans, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sprint tac­tics and, of course, an in­ter­view with me. En­joy the mag­a­zine!

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