Max Leonard

Author of 'Lanterne Rouge: the Last Man in the Tour de France', and other books about cycling. Pathologically unable to stay in one place.

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The Hardest Grand Tour Stage Ever?

The Vuelta’s Queen stage, could lay claim to packing in the most vertical metres per horizontal kilometre.


The London Local Blue Egg Fondo

While the destination might be well known, some of the roads there are not.


A History of Paris-Brest-Paris

One of the most remarkable things about cycling is how little it has changed. But what has been lost, in the mainstream of the sport at least, is a certain spirit of adventure.


The Stars of Ride with Us

We asked local riders to show us their territory, take us out to their favourite roads, make us coffee and feed us lunch.


Tradition and the Tour

Some criticise the Tour for being hidebound to tradition, but it is gestures like including the Pra Loup in honour of Merckx, which make the race special.

Photo Daniel Fouray Ouest-France

An Amateur Takes on Merckx in the Classics

Inspired by the greatest cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx, he’s already ridden the routes of the 1973 Milan-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold Race and Paris-Roubaix.


Strava Lands in Berlin at Tempelhof Airfield

Cyclists flocked to Berlin in March for the Berlin Bicycle Week and Fahrradschau – it’s the biggest festival of cycling in Europe each spring. And this year Strava brought a bit of friendly competition to the party.


Strava landet in Berlin auf dem Tempelhofer Airfield

Radfahrer und Radsportbegeisterte aus aller Welt kommen jedes Jahr im März zur Berlin Bicycle Week und Fahrradschau- das wohl grösste Radsport Festival dieser Art in Europa.


Steven Abraham’s Year-long Time Trial

Taking on the 75-year-old record he has set himself an almost incomprehensible challenge to be the new holder of the record for the furthest distance ever cycled in one year.