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Rouleur Photography Annual 2008 [Paperback]

Rouleur Magazine , Guy Andrews , Graeme Fife , William Fotheringham , Herbie Sykes , Matt Seaton , Julian Bray , Bill Strickland , Johnny Green , Jack Thurston , Gerard Brown , Ben Ingham , Taz Darling , Camille J McMillan , Timm Kolln , Geoff Waugh , Olaf Unverzart , Rein van de Wouw


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Herbie Sykes was born in Lincoln in September 1967. He "studied" at a Lincolnshire secondary modern school, his chosen specialized subjects Manchester City football club, Punk rock and the Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign. Sykes slipped ignominiously away from Academia aged just sixteen, armed with a working knowledge of the sweeper system and the rudiments of socialism.

He began the long march to manhood by attempting - without notable success - to sell expensive TV and HIFI equipment to disinterested Lincolnshire Farmers. Though somewhat at variance with his (admittedly flimsy) socialist convictions, the "work" enabled Sykes to save enough money to visit the Giro d'Italia, the great three week stage race. The Giro, more beautiful and less predictable than its French counterpart, would become a source of fascination, and an annual pilgrimage.

In 2005 Sykes met Franco Balmamion, the little heralded winner of the 1962 and '63 giri. When Balmamion revealed the secrets of the extraordinary 1962 race, won amidst a backdrop of vicious infighting within his team, Sykes felt compelled to write the story...

"The Eagle of the Canavese" appeared in May 2008, and was enthusiastically received; an antidote to the slew of Tour de France based cycling biographies which invariably appear during the English Summer. Cycling Weekly, the enthusiasts bible, called it "A gem of a book".

Sykes' second book, "Maglia Rosa - triumph and tragedy at the Giro d'Italia", is a lavishly illustrated history of the race, the first to appear in English. It was published by Rouleur in March 2011 to widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian wrote; "...A sumptuous history of the race accompanied by marvellously evocative photographs."

"Coppi - Inside the legend of the Campionissimo", was released by Bloomsbury in November 2102. It evokes Italy's greatest ever sportsman through the photography he provoked, and through the testimony of those who raced with, for and against him.

Sykes lives in Turin, and writes for a number of cycling publications.

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The 2008 Photography Annual was published in October of 2008 and features some of the best cycling photography of the '08 road racing season in the work of nine of the best photographers in the business, as well as an introduction by Phil Liggett. Full list of contents: Dengie - Camille J McMillan, Etoile de Besseges - Gerard Brown, De Panne - Geoff Waugh, Paris-Nice - Taz Darling, Ronde van Vlaanderen - Camille J McMillan, Flanders fields - Rein van de Wouw, Flanders - Guy Andrews, Ronde van Vlaanderen Racing Polas - Timm Koelln, Before Paris-Roubaix - Ben Ingham, A day before Paris-Roubaix - Rein van de Wouw, Paris-Roubaix - Guy Andrews, Roubaix velodrome - Taz Darling, The Amstel Gold Race - Gerard Brown, Tour of Belgium - Geoff Waugh, Giro climbs - Olaf Unverzart, Dolomiti - Timm Koelln, Criterium du Dauphine Libere - Gerard Brown, British National Championships - Taz Darling, Belgian National Championships - Rein van de Wouw, Le Cirque - Ben Ingham, Tour 2008 - Olaf Unverzart, The Granite Coast - Camille J McMillan, Tour de France - Rein van de Wouw, Roof of the Tour - Gerard Brown, Basques - Rein van de Wouw, Etape du Tour - Geoff Waugh, Tour of Ireland - Taz Darling and Spectres - Olaf Unverzart. "It has a narrative that leads you deep into our great sport" LondonCycleSport.com "It's a stunning collection" Cycling Weekly "Superbly presented and perfect for the coffee table" Cycling Plus

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