mickster | photographers | Monday, July 23rd, 2007


‘Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven must look at night.’ ~Chuck Palahniuk
‘For a loser, Vegas is the meanest town on earth.’ ~Hunter S. Thompson

We’re about to leave for the US for a couple of weeks road tripping around Nevada and California. No bikes, just a clean pair of pants, a camera and a scraped together bankroll.
But rest assured we’ll be keeping a wary eye on the last week of the Tour and will be back early August with a flash-card full of desert gold for all you loyal readers.


tired old wood?

mickster | cycling culture | Tuesday, July 10th, 2007


pic: © John Cassidy/The Times, spotted by Doggs

Queen V’s clearly been branching out (geddit?) and doing a bit of moonlighting recently whilst waiting for the new track to be laid at Manchester velodrome.

Now she’s a fine looking woman – so what’s with the cheesy pose & high heels etc? In our not so humble opinion its just cliched, boring and possibly even a little bit, y’know, demeaning. And it’s lazy bastard photography. We think she looks MUCH hotter in her element doing what she’s the best in the world at:


Which segues nicely into the fact that they’ve finished early at Manc (German workmen) and the track reopens round about 16th July. In all its Siberian pine glory:



eightsevenseven – le tour in kent

mickster | photographers | Monday, July 9th, 2007


Millar & his breakaway compatriots ascend the mighty ‘col de Southborough’ in stage 1 of the Tour.

Made famous as the site of numerous testing 11:35pm fg climbs back to Southborough / T Wells after a night on the piss in Tonbridge, the cat4 climb was included by tour organisers eager to bring the ambiance of the myriad motorway flyovers of the Nord-pas-de-Calais to the first UK stage of the 2007 tour 😉

More pix from the kent stage below, hopheads.


sevensevenseven – le tour prologue

mickster | photographers | Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Sunshine pix from the tour prologue held in london 07/07/07.


fifteen minutes

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Smithfield blurrr: P Riley

…yup Warhol was right, that’s all you get. No sooner did it go up than it was replaced. But even Phil would agree, it was a fair swap 😉


home grown

mickster | cycling culture | Monday, July 2nd, 2007


Occasional guest photographer and long-time badbean supporter ‘Meester’ Phil Riley has made a rare appearance on the other side of the lens – he’s TFL’s hot new poster boy for the Grand Depart of the Tour in London this Saturday, the handsome fella.

He’s pictured cutting a swathe through the streets of the capital on the front of what looks like a 4-up TTT, sans aero bars and rear discs – no tri-geekery for him. You can catch a glimpse of his uber-focussed frown and slightly photoshopped body at bus stops, on the tube and on hoardings all over the South East. And no, they didn’t let him keep the Oakleys after the shoot, the tightwads.


And keeping the Grand Depart firmly in mind everyone’s favourite corporate cycling Piñata is once again putting its money – not to mention its organisational nouse – where its mouth is and putting on a Prologue ride and party on Saturday 7th July starting at 7pm. The ride leaves Hyde Park and ends up in London Fields in Hackney where there’ll be the usual food, bar, bike related shenanigans etc.

The ride and entry to the party are free. There’s a commemorative cap available which gets you a free drink at the party. Best of all, rumour has it that the rollapaluza crew just might be in attendance to help spread the love in their own inimitable fast-twitch style. Chapeau! say we.


And finally a quick plug for a new outfit called DMBHolidays. Run by Caspar Hughes legendary courier/controller at Metro and shadowy London roller racing kingpin (and frankly one of the nicest people you’re ever likely to meet) they specialise in guided MTB holidays in the wilds of Dartmoor. They cater for all abilities from absolute beginner to future Steve Peats and do various packages including accomodation, bike hire, food etc in addition to the guided rides. Take a look at their site here – it even has a nifty booking & availability calendar thingy so you can see what dates are available.

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