The Rouleur Classic 2017 was closed out by a dazzling selection of cycling’s finest. From Frank Schleck to Adam Blythe, the theatre was full, as the crowds came to hear what it’s like to ride The Monuments.
They also heard from Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell-Shand, who talked about her recent decision to switch careers, and what it was like to become an overnight icon at London 2012.
Orla Chennaoui and Matt Barbet were on hosting duties.
Orla Chennaoui kicked things off with Brian Cookson in the Rouleur Classic Theatre. Far from relaxing into retirement, the former UCI president revealed he has some grand plans for the future.
Bite of Veloforte Energy Bar, sir? Don’t mind if I do.
The Ten Flandrien Commandments of Briek Schotte, one of our nine lesser-known lions.
This weekend’s classic featured some of the toughest, grittiest cyclists around.
None more so than this fella. Adam Hansen dislocated his shoulder the day before the cobbles at the 2015 Tour de France, but still rode on. At the Rouleur Classic, when he wasn’t on stage or posing for photographs, Ridley put him to work handing out brochures. The chap above looks rather reluctant to embrace Hansen’s hard sell.
Also beavering away all weekend, our artist-in-residence, Artful Kicks. The brand new Rouleur casquette, which Mr Kicks monogrammed to order, was only sale at the Rouleur Classic, but will be available to buy online soon.
Quick coffee stop, Frank? Schleck the older was in London to tell us some tales from the classics.
It’s nice and everything, but any chance it also comes in black? The most vibrant framesets, by the best bike brands in the world were on display all weekend.
It wasn’t just carbon fibre on display, though. Colnago also brought along a few vintage steel stunners, like this Arabesque, newly revived 30 years after it was first introduced.
Starting them young. If you want to get some of the best angles, it doesn’t hurt to be a bit closer to the ground, as this future photo-moto demonstrated.
Bringing sexy back to the WorldTour. After being unveiled on Friday afternoon, the new Team EF Education First powered by Cannondale [big breath] kit was on display on Saturday.
Sram and Shimano also available.
Here’s what you could have won, Roger. Rather rubbing it in Hammond’s face with the rock, as he and Magnus Backstedt chatted to the Rouleur Podcast about their memories of the 2004 Paris-Roubaix.
Adam Blythe and Matteo Tosatto telling us what it takes to become one of the Hardmen of the Peloton.
This wee scamp was halfway to Kings Cross before we caught up with him. Pretty impressive, given it doesn’t have any pedals… (Just kidding… His name’s Jack, and he won the frameset.)
A mere four Monuments to his name, the Dutch champion from the 70s and 80s, Hennie Kuiper.
Neutral service has been restored.
One of our hardworking hosts, Matt Barbet wasn’t spotted without a smile on his face once over the whole three days.
Crouching room only in the theatre. Believe it or not, this was one of the smaller audiences of the weekend. Thanks to everyone who came, saw, enjoyed, and we look forward to welcoming you again next year.
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