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Rocacorba with David Millar

As a rider that has a significant heritage with this mountain (both as a pro and 'social rider' as he likes to call it) it was great to get David's insight into it both on and off the bike. Check out the climb here:


Within a stones throw of the beautiful Costa Brava and Pyrenees, the medieval town of Girona has been home to many of the world's professional cyclists for close to two decades, offering the perfect environment for a cyclist looking to hone their form on quiet roads and with favourable year round temperatures. There are a few of these 'pro havens' scattered around Europe, each having their own self proclaimed testing ground usually involving a steep slither of road well off the beaten track where riders can test their form as season goals approach.

While Nice is famous for the Col de la Madone and Lucca the Monte Serra, Girona has its very own secret amongst friends, just 20 kilometres north of the old town. Named after the 12th century Santuari de Rocacorba that sits just shy of the summit this is a climb that, although not as well known as some of the more popular peaks, has a significance all of its own - especially for one rider in particular.

A pro for 18 years David Millar's turbulent career has been well documented, most notably in his books Racing Through the Dark and The Racer. Having moved to Girona a decade ago Millar is part of the history of Rocacorba, in fact the climb had such significance to the Scotsman that it's woven deep into the tapestry of life well after racing and now as a social bike rider with the creation of Velo Club Rocacorba.

I'd bumped into David in an airport a few months ago which got me thinking about how to really unlock Rocacorba's heritage the way I'd like to. Naturally that involved Millar himself. Thankfully the stars aligned and a few weeks later we were sat outside the Aquarium cafe in Banyoles - the same cafe Millar used to stop at before hitting the climb hard as a pro. Fortunately for me those days are behind him now so I got to see the climb at a social pace which meant I didn't have to grind my teeth or chew my stem (this time).

Leaving the tranquil lakeside setting of Banyoles and casually rolling out of town we picked up a sign for Pujarnol, it's here you'll see the first sign for Rocacorba too but don't be tempted to hit the gas too soon. It's not until you've covered 2.9km and cross the small bridge over the Matamors river that the proverbial clock starts ticking. From here the road starts to ramp up, its changing gradient making finding a rhythm harder than you'd expect from a relatively short 13.8km ascent at an average of 6.5%. If you're not out to simply enjoy the view then the secret to riding Rocacorba lies in riding the easier sections hard, where we'd normally encourage you to eat, drink and get back in the green. The sight of the radio masts signals you're approaching the summit and, whilst we can't guarantee you'll get a welcome like we had from the Velo Club Rocacorba (this is a once a year special) we can say that if you pick your day well then the views from the top are well worth the discomfort on the way up.

Start: Banyoles
Length: 13.8km
Summit: 970m
Elevation gain: 881m
Average gradient: 6.5%
Max gradient: 15%
Ridden in March

What happens after professional racing? 'What do we do? We disappear. We die slowly'¯ - David Millar.

When your whole life has revolved around racing what happens when it's time to unpin the number and exit the bubble of the pro peloton? The basic fundamentals of what makes an athlete who they are - focus, drive, ambition, self proclaimed narcissism - simply don't go away. In a rare post ride interview at David's home, overlooked by Rocacorba, I sit down with David and his long time friend and business partner Richard Pearce to delve deeper into what the next chapter in Millar's life now holds. Watch the full conversation here:


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The Dromarti Lust List - Passoni

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Cycling perfection from PASSONI - Part 1

We're all familiar with the style, ride-quality and excellence of Italian road bikes from the likes of Colnago and Pinarello but few are aware of Passoni, a company so focused on it's quest for perfection, it’s largely remains secret to all but the inner sanctum of those that 'know'.

Passoni

As you might imagine, here at Dromarti we very much appreciate excellence in design and manufacture and can only applaud Passoni's position, a jewel in the illustrious crown of Italian bike builders. Without doubt they represent Italian craftsmanship at its finest, producing bespoke, hand built titanium racing bikes that 'transform the feeling of being on two wheels'.

Passoni

Passoni was founded in the late 1980s when Luciano Passoni and his son Luca wanted to produce the best performing frames for the pro peloton; 30 years on they are one of the most desirable bikes on the market and have been used by Italian pros Gianni Bugno, Claudio Chiappucci and Fabio Roscioli to name but a few.

Passoni

We caught up with Silvia Passoni, co-founder of Passoni, to find out more their beginnings and how they stay ahead of the curve.

Passoni

'Luciano and Luco have been obsessed from the beginning about the mechanical properties of titanium' says Silvia. 'A number of very successful riders have used our frames (sometimes under a different brand) on stages of grand tours, including Giro, Vuelta, Tour de France and the Spring Classics, and they have won with our frames. This is because our frames were almost 50% lighter than the steel frames used by other riders at that time.'

'Back then, Passoni was able to assemble full bikes that would weigh less than 7kg, with frames, forks and handlebars produced by us in titanium. Each bike took over two weeks to produce, and even today, we still spend almost 40 hours polishing each frame. And it is appreciated - our customers are so proud of their bikes, we get new clients from all over the world thanks to word of mouth.'

The key to Passoni's success is the combination of expert design and client input, which has allowed it to excel in custom designed bikes.

Silvia continues: 'In all these years we have built excellent relations with our partners. We are constantly updated on what our partners are producing and their thoughts for the future. All Passoni bikes are 100% designed by our experts with input from the clients themselves; all of our partners know this and they support us whole-heartedly in this 'custom design' mission.'

'Italian style and design is deeply ingrained in the Passoni DNA: the maximum quality of the materials, handmade bike frames and attention to every single detail are the characteristics of the Passoni bikes.'

Passoni

And what does Passoni think about pairing our leather cycling shoes with their legendary bikes?

'Let us say that Dromarti is a 'natural partner' for Passoni: in reason of the incredible quality and fantastic design of the Dromarti bike shoes, they are the perfect solution for the cyclist who loves Passoni,' adds Silvia.

Find out more about some of the world’s finest racing bikes by visiting www.passoni.it.

twmp - the perfect fit

dromarti leather shoes

mrs washingmachinepost, like many of her gender, continually orders items of clothing from either those huge doorstops of catalogues, or from the websites of those who used to distribute such gargantuan publications. i have often said, only partially in jest, that she ought to put our local post office as the delivery address so that catherine can send them back directly, thus cutting out the middle-(wo)man, if you catch my drift.

brompton junction

she is not totally naive; both catalogues and websites make their best attempts to make each garment look more than inviting, hoping for the all-important click-through or order form return. yet when the ordered packages arrive, with very few exceptions, they look or fit nothing like the catalogues promised. and they are thus unceremoniously re-wrapped and returned. it is a ritual repeated almost on a weekly basis.

it more or less sums up the problem of online sales. the internet has allowed many businesses to form and survive, including those in the cycling world, without the need of retail premises fronted by the all-important shop window. in the main, this is good news, not only offering the pelotonese the luxury of acquiring goods that would otherwise have remained unavailable or uncreated. but looking at carefully curated photographs of your prospective purchase(s) is really no substitute for touching, feeling and trying on whatever it is you fancy spending your money on.

brompton junction

and this is not purely because photoshop allows the realistic creation or digital manipulation of something that doesn't quite exist in the manner that marketing would have you believe it does.

despite trek's restriction on the online sales of its products without first being correctly fitted, buying a bicycle online, assuming you've paid attention to the manufacturers' sizing charts, is relatively straightforward. clothes and footwear, however, suffer greater iniquities. in pretty much every instance, when requesting garments for review on the post, i have adhered to listing size small for shorts and bibtights and medium for jerseys and jackets. when shoes are involved, i've stuck rigidly to size 44.

dromarti shoes

you will be not at all surprised to learn that there are often quite surprising variations between each manufacturer; on one or two rare occasions, i have had to return items to trade up or down a size. similarly with footwear. though my sizing has been reasonably accurate, there are several differences when considering the width fittings. many modern-day cycling shoes are constructed with synthetic uppers, materials that rarely vary in fit, no matter how often or in what conditions they are worn.

martin scofield at dromarti sells handcrafted leather cycle shoes, originally from a small office in london, with boxes of product stacked against one wall. things have moved on considerably since then, but initial sales were all completed online. however, as he himself points out "Online, is great for information and to see what others think. Moreover, it enables people to order when they just have a few moments to spare. However, if people have the time, you can't beat seeing and trying the shoes in person."

velobici

to this end, dromarti leather shoes first became available in person from chris puttnam's velobici in market bosworth, leicestershire. but for the first time, martin's shoes will be available in central london, with dromarti having partnered with brompton junction in covent garden's, long acre. i asked martin whether this recent placement was the continuation of a planned strategy, or just a one-at-a-time sort of thing?

"Strategy might be overplaying it, but when opportunities come up for us to work with people that are totally committed to their customers and are leaders in their field, then it's just obvious we should work together.
We don't want to be just another shoe on the rack, so in this case Brompton was perfect at every level. As is Velobici. Chris Puttnam lives and breathes his business. A life-long cyclist with a very special range of clothing and a beautifully crafted store."

dromarti shoes

it seems a tad unlikely, however, that martin found himself wandering aimlessly through covent garden and thought "you know what...?" in that case, who approached who?

"David Millar introduced me to Will Butler-Adams. We both thought that the shoes would fit perfectly in the Brompton Junction store at Long Acre and it all happened pretty quickly from there. It's a super space in a great location and the Brompton has really created its own category. It's just a perfect place for us to be."

he's probably right. on my one and only joining of london's tweed ride several years ago, martin provided me with a rather stately pair of dromarti shoes and the loan of a dromarti steel bicycle for the event. it's possibly the only time in my life that i have approached some degree of sartorial elegance. the shoes themselves are ideal for the cycle commute; aside from leather being the archetypal shoe material, a pair of dromartis lessens comparisons with the peloton, looking every bit as stately in the office as on the bicycle.

and talking of bicycles, the brompton folding-bike is every bit as much of a british cycling institution as brooks saddles. so does martin now ride to work on one?

"I would absolutely love one. It's my birthday in April (orange please)."

dromarti | brompton junction | velobici

saturday 6 february 2016

thewashingmachinepost occupies not only a niche within the world of road cycling, but also something of a geographical corner, given that it all emanates from the inner Hebridean island of Islay, situated off Scotland's west coast. The climate, rife with galeforce winds, horizontal rain perfumed with the peat smoke from eight malt whisky distilleries and a substantial network of agriculturally beset single-track roads, is the ideal testing ground for most things cycling.
Only the most rugged survive: http://www.thewashingmachinepost.net

Rouleur - Objects of Desire

Place the leather, lace-up cycling shoe alongside the tubular tyre and valve amplifier in a list of designs that remain unsurpassed, argues Dromarti's Martin Scofield

Words: Timothy John
Photographs: Dromarti

Cyclist, tying shoe laces, overhead host, Dromarti, Philipp Hympendahl, Paris-Brest-Paris 2015, pic: Dromarti

Small world.

Philipp Hympendahl has recently finished the Paris-Brest-Paris randonée. Six months earlier, he stood in Rouleur Towers with publishing partner Tim Farin, co-author of Beyond The Finish Line, a well-received book of race photography and commentary; two Germans in London preparing for its launch at the Look Mum No Hands café.

Around the same time, Martin Scofield was searching the Corbis photo library for images of professional cycling that spoke to him, rather than merely recorded the outcome of a race. Hympendhal’s images were the only ones that consistently “nailed it,” Scofield recalls. “As it turned out, Philipp was going to be in London for the launch of his book, so we hooked up.”

The result of their meeting was an agreement that Scofield’s Dromarti company, a small brand producing modern incarnations of the classic leather, lace-up cycling shoe, would support Hympendahl in his attempt to ride the 1200km route as a man in his mid-40s.

“He’s the ultimate renaissance man, in many ways,” Scofield chuckles. “He does his photography, which is his artistic expression, he’s obviously a fantastic athlete too, gets to ride his bike an awful lot, and one way or another, earns a living from it. Who wouldn’t like that?”

Cyclists, small group, rider in centre in black kit on black bike, Philipp Hympendahl, Dromarti, Paris-Brest-Paris 2015

Of greater importance to Scofield, however, is that Hympendahl is “a fantastic guy as well.”

“All those things come together. These things are really difficult to do if someone isn’t a nice bloke. Especially with something in the artistic realm, if people aren’t happy in what they’re doing, and therefore nice in what they’re doing, you don’t tend to get things that are very nice, so that all came together perfectly.”

It’s a synergy that will interest anyone with an eye for cycling who sees deeper than the faster-lighter-stiffer refrain routinely posted by the industry. A decent chap riding 1200km in leather lace-ups in an event with no winner? His backer supporting him on the basis of his artistic talent and personality, rather than any prospect of reflected glory?

It's an interesting illustration of Dromarti's philosophy. Scofield does not deny technological evolution (he describes the leather soles on the Detto Pietros he grew up adoring as “pants”), but questions whether it always delivers greater ultimate performance. He ushers in the tubular tyre and valve amplifier as exhibits to support an argument that loses nothing from running counter to prevailing wisdom.

World of leather

Scofield sets out his stall: he is a fan of product design and an admirer of innovation. Cycling’s denial of the final word to any philosophy (wider tyres were, until recently, universally regarded as slower, for example) is one of the aspects he enjoys most about the sport. Scofield still owns a pair of range-topping synthetic shoes, bought from a major manufacturer a decade ago, and which he belives will still be usable in 30 years time.

Cycling shoes, black leather, lace-up, red lining, Dromarti Race, pic: Dromarti

There was only one small problem. His feet slipped inside them. He discovered, unwittingly, the great flaw in a modus operandi of designing a shoe to fit the greatest number of people: that it fits no-one perfectly. Furthermore, by using a material unable to adapt to the foot, it offers no prospect of improvement.

“The one thing that leather does is that it surrounds your foot. With all the synthetic shoes, I’ve found that they’re relying on these sticking plaster solutions of ratchets and velcro and BOA systems to keep your foot in place and provide the support you need.

“If you’ve got a proper lace system, it has by comparison a huge number of adjustment points - maybe ten times the number of adjustment points across your foot in some cases - all pulling across a material that is moulding to your foot.”

Scofield laughs when he considers his own shoes, and how they have become mirror images of his feet. “They’re a totally different shape from when they were new. They literally do reflect [my feet]. My foot doesn’t move from side-to-side in my shoe; the shoe is like an extension of my foot. That is best achieved, I think, by using leather.”

Tiny acorns

Scofield’s quest was to find a shoe that offered the comfort of the Detto Pietros of his youth, a brand endorsed by the great Beppe Saronni, when as a rider in his early teens, Scofield competed in club 10s with Southampton’s Crabwood CC.

A return to serious cycling in his forties, and a couple of Etapes du Tour later, Scofield set about finding his perfect footwear. His research took him to Italy and to a dormant manufacturer with whom he recommenced production.

Black racing bike, rider in background, sat on steps, tying laces on black, leather cycling shoes, Philip Hympendahl, Dromarti

More recently, in a move that Scofield admits runs counter to perceptions of small scale, high-quality manufacture, he has moved production to Taiwan. The results, he says, have far exceeded his expectations. “If you have something made by somebody, you’re always slightly disappointed, so to be more than pleased is a rarity.”

David Millar has adopted the Race shoe, having emailed a skeptical Scofieldout of the blue ("I’d never spoken to David in my life. I had an email one day: ‘Can you tell me about the shoes, please? David Millar’.") - quite a departure given the closeness of Millar's association with Fizik throughout his racing career, culminating in a range of custom shoes for each race of his final season (see Issue 54).

Scofield offers the comparative performance of clincher and tubular tyres as his closing argument. One is convenient, easy to fit and replace; it has largely swept aside the other, but tubulars are still considered superior: more supple, more comfortable and, ultimately, faster. Newer isn’t always better.

A carbon-soled leather shoe is next on Scofield’s agenda: the development of a platform in which the composite material’s greater stiffness is deployed only at the small area between the ball of the foot and pedal platform. A leather upper, however, is likely always to remain Dromarti’s calling card.

“Leather, in terms of how it connects your foot to the pedal platform, is a much better thing, I believe," Scofield says. "It just is. It’s as simple as that.”

Timothy John is editor of Rouleur.cc, the online companion to Rouleur Magazine, the world’s finest journal of professional cycling.

twmp - beyond the finish line

Beyond the finish line. Cycling photography by Philipp Hympendahl with text by Tim Farin. Edition.hympendahl hardback. 127pp illus. €29

"you can't buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that's pretty close."

beyond the finish line

in the mid to late nineties, our local newspaper purchased its first digital camera made by kodak. because there is no specific need for digital cameras to emulate the shape of the analogue versions we all know and love, kodak's tentative steps into the world of low resolution digital imaging resembled nothing more or less than a very big lozenge. as can perhaps be easily imagined, this made the camera slightly unwieldy to handle and led to more than just a few blurred images.

beyond the finish line

the only saving grace was that the number of pixels available was so low, that often the quality wasn't high enough to see the blur in the first place.

since those days, digital cameras have reverted to the shape and form factor that we have mostly become used to, easing the grasp for the inept and retaining the familarity experienced by the professional. they have also become completely ubiquitous, not only in the realm of what we might reasonably term photography, but as advertised on tv as being inside every smartphone on the market. the notion of there being almost 100 times the number of pixels inside a modern-day phone than in that first kodak digital camera is not lost on me.

beyond the finish line

the upshot of all this pixelated imagery is that even those of us working in the realm of image-making tend to assume that every photograph seen in any situation will have been taken with a digital camera. i mean, who on earth would subject themselves to the faff and iniquities of analogue photography with its concomitant spool changing, developing, printing etc., etc. but every now and again, i come across a collection of images that have been snapped on film, yet my assumptions are still entrenched in the world of pixels.

paris-brest-paris

the race photos of philipp hympendahl are perhaps the perfect example, resulting in something of a faux pas on my contacting philipp for some more details about the imagery in 'beyond the finish line'. a goodly number of those populating the opening pages exhibit substantial, yet specific desaturation in certain colours. i not unnaturally asked philipp if this was achieved in post production and why?

"I photograph on a old 6x17cm film camera, which is really difficult when photographing cycling. I have to manually focus and I can take only one photo before I have to manually wind on. With this technique you have to think in advance and be well prepared, but then you have a chance to produce something different than the norm.
"I wanted to present a very personal view of cycling along with the chance to print the pictures realy large afterwords. I had this old camera, so I gave it a go.
paris-brest-paris "The project nearly came to a early end after my photolab destroyed a long weekend's work at the Tour de France three years ago. But then I got in touch with the guy who takes care of my post production. He scans the films creating the end look as presented in my book. This process takes time and costs money.

the imagery runs the full gamut of cycling photography, from dynamic race footage to a wide panorama shot of a gaggle of hympendahl's peers all but concealed amidst a forest of enormous lenses. we're all likely well-used to the sort of reportage photography that appears in the monthlies, but nowadays we all want more; all the paraphernalia that surrounds the act of racing itself. what inspires philipp to focus his photography on cycle sport?

paris-brest-paris

"I've been working for German cycling magazine TOUR for a long time and always loved to work on personal projects besides the business work. So I started to play around with my old camera, far away from thinking this could work. The first photo that made me understand that in fact this project could work, was the Tom Boonen photo of Paris Roubaix." (pages 38-39)

aside from having an impressive eye for a photo, hympendahl has a penchant for riding his bicycle a tad further than most of us might consider. he has featured on the post most recently in connection with dromarti leather shoes by whom he was sponsored in the recent paris-brest-paris. i can think of several cycle photographers who enjoy being in the saddle almost as much as behind the lens (scott mitchell springs most recently to mind), but none that i can think of would undertake the 1200 kilometres required of paris-brest-paris. other than exhausting, how was it?

"As a cyclist I started to become more interested in a mixture of adventure and sport; that's why I decided this season to try long distance cycling. PBP was such a great journey with very nice, interesting and crazy people. You have such a great distance to cycle, that the riders stick together more than normally. There were long hours of darkness and tiredness, plus I had a lot of pain. Your inner voices tell you to stop, but something makes you carry on and on."
paris-brest-paris "In Brest i wanted to give up, because I figured I'd suffered enough. But relief of simply channging my clothes off gave me the impetus to carry on. And once you change direction towards Paris that's a big help.
"The last third of the race I cycled with an English guy and later with a whole English group. One guy, even older than I am, was on a single speed; great. I decided then that it wasn't a race any more, because the group was so great we just stuck together to the finish.

attacking a lengthy ride such as pbp is one thing; simply to finish the event really has to be considered amongst one of the biggest challenges in modern cycling. but it's highly unlikely that those who enter are only there to make up the numbers. there are specific goals to be achieved, possibly collateral from a focused training programme, but perhaps as a result of a personal challenge. after all there are specific qualifying races that have need of completion prior to setting off from paris. had philipp achieved his own goals for the event?

"I am very happy with the way it went. My time was still pretty good concerning all that happened en-route. I lost my way once and did missed the direction signs at one point, riding some extra miles in the fog of an early morning. That cost me about half an hour."

paris-brest-paris

aside, however, from a career of image-making and this seemingly insatiable desire to ride a year's distance in a matter of days, philipp has a third string to his bow: that of research and development practitioner. you may recall from my previous feature on the man that dromarti proprietor, martin scofield has sponsored hympendahl to attempt riding his shoes to destruction. the sponsorship arrangement involves a practical means of gathering information that will subsequently improve the end product. how did the shoes fare over those 1200 kilometres?

"The shoes were really good and my feet were more or less one of the few pain-free areas. But my backside is still not ok and there are parts of my hands where I still have no feeling."

paris-brest-paris

though i've never even come close to riding such a distance at one sitting, there have been one or two occasions when i've suffered numbness in places where i'd have preferred not to. on none of those occasions have i ever thought, 'i don't think i'll do that again.' however, my recall features only a couple of hundred kilometres, nothing like the 1200 that gave philipp a pain in the backside. after pbp, does hympendahl have any future plans for any more lengthy bike rides?

"I've not made up my mind, but the fact is that I cannot go much further than I did. Due to an accident when I was younger, I have problems with my right knee and my left ankle, both of which were swollen really badly. My mind could cope with a RAAM, but my body would not."

paris-brest-paris

it is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, thus impeccable imagery such as included in beyond the finish line therefore surely must benefit from being accompanied by the words of tim farin. the introduction, however, makes it quite plain that farin's words are not intended to be a commentary on or description of hympendahl's photography.

"Neither the pictures nor the text are designed to answer specific questions or fit a set pattern of storytelling."

farin's essays are, if anything, atmospheric. inflections garnered from the arena of professional cycling that assist hympendahl's own photographic storytelling. combined over the book's 127 pages, the end result is quite superb.

beyond the finish line | dromarti

thursday 27 august 2015

thewashingmachinepost occupies not only a niche within the world of road cycling, but also something of a geographical corner, given that it all emanates from the inner Hebridean island of Islay, situated off Scotland's west coast. The climate, rife with galeforce winds, horizontal rain perfumed with the peat smoke from eight malt whisky distilleries and a substantial network of agriculturally beset single-track roads, is the ideal testing ground for most things cycling.
Only the most rugged survive: http://www.thewashingmachinepost.net

Paris - Brest - Paris

Philipp Hympendahl is an internationally renowned cycling photographer and accomplished cyclist who on the 15th of August will tackle his biggest cycling challenge, the Paris - Brest - Paris Randonneur.

Dromarti,  are proud to sponsor Philipp and wish him well during this most epic of events.

As part of Philipp's build up to the Paris - Brest – Paris he rode the gruelling "24h – Rennen"

Here is a film of his race.

About his race

24h Race at  Nürburgring started at the 30.07.2015, due to a storm and extreme wind conditions the start was delayed and the total race time was not 24h anymore, that´s why my race time is less.

Track Version "24h-Rennen" Road Bike
The "Green Hell"

Foreword

The Nürburgring, since 1927 this has been the legendary Nordschleife, often also called the "Green Hell". And the Grand Prix circuit, built in 1984 and expanded by the Mercedes-Arena in 2002. It can be driven and ridden on in two sections (sprint track and Müllenbachschleife) and it can additionally be connected to the Nordschleife.
At "Rad am Ring" we combine the existing routings for the single disciplines in different ways and with the "24h-Rennen" we additionally lead the participants through the Grand Prix paddock.
Thus, the different track lengths, elevation profiles and turn variations are created. Opinions held by the Nürburgring philosophers differ a lot regarding the number of the latter, so that literature has different values in store here. At this point we have defined 73 turns for the Nordschleife.
Track Version "24h-Rennen" Road Bike
Length of track: 26,0 km
Formation lap: 24,4 km


About the Paris–Brest–Paris

(PBP) is a long-distance cycling event. It was originally a 1200 km race from Paris to Brest and back to Paris. It is one of the oldest bicycling events still regularly run. The last time it was run as a race was 1951.  The start of the ride is scheduled from the national velodrome situated in Saint Cyr-Ecole.

Long distance cycling by Philipp Hympendahl

Cycling came into my life, after a bad motorcycle accident I had when I was 20 years old and broke my left food with long term damage.

Preparation

To prepare for this challenging event, I adjusted my cycle training a little and thought going long distance would be a little easier concerning the speed.
Then I started the qualification brevets of 200-300-400 and 600km and I was surprised how fast the first riders go over this distance. I was also positively surprised of how good my body, my legs and my mind would cope with the strain in my first long distance events.
After the qualification brevets I had severe problems with my body.
My neck was hurting, my achilles tendon was swollen, my writs hurt, and recently I had fatal problems with my bottom after the 24h race. Cycle training without pain was not possible, but I had to persevere. Luckily I could solve most of the problems, now shortly before the start of PBP.
I have always dreamt of being a professional cyclist and now I had the chance of running a campaign with the opportunity of using a lot of modern technical and physical support.
My position on my new bike was set by specialists from KOMsport in Cologne. I trained professionally, I went to physiotherapists for massages etc and as a vegetarian I took care of my nutrition very careful.

David Millar Maserati Film

Maserati Ghibli & David Millar 'Flat-out and Fearless' on iconic Goodwood Hillclimb - Dromarti Race Classic shoes

 

David Millar is an ambassador for Maserati GB, the title sponsor of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride

Photography - Simon Wilkinson

Castaway on a bicycle

A film by Paolo Ciaberta

There are two ways in Sicily that can give you that castaway feeling, jump on a boat and let yourself go in the sea or jump on a bike and lose yourself in the backcountry. The need for that castaway feeling came because I was looking for ample and unpopulated places, wild and far, where time seemed to stop, contest that I consider ideal to move legs and head. Usually when I get out of home in my bike, for my Sunday ride, I often find myself in places where I already know every single roughness of the road and I don't think about anything else a part from riding and feeling like a child. Cycle touring instead imposes organization and attention, you have to face most situations by trusting only your own instinct, your senses. You have to feel the noises, the air, follow the traces more like an animal than a child, thing that I find moving and gratifying. This is a journey that awake senses, a surprising journey, a journey where one can lose and find himself again.

Paolo Ciaberta is a professional free lance photographer based in Turin (Italy) he collaborate with several cycling magazine and cycling company.

http://www.paolociaberta.eu
http://cycling.paolociaberta.eu
instagram - paolociaberta

Please note: Dromarti take no responsibility for the content of third party websites these are accessed at the users own risk.

Customer Reviews

Hi Martin,

The shoes are amazing! I got them two days before I left on a 7day bicycle tour and they performed superbly. I was worried about them not breaking in but I experienced zero discomfort. I am very, very impressed with the quality and style and can't wait to get a second pair in brown ;)

PS, Thanks for the extremely fast and accurate shipping!

Thanks,

Matt D - San Francisco, USA. Race Black
Martin,

The shoes arrived and I've been out riding with them. They are fabulous, comfortable, and beautiful.

I'm using them with old Campy quill pedals and straps. I need some old style cleats with just a slot for the quill. Do you have any such cleats that will fit the 3 screw pattern on the shoe bottoms?

Thanks,

Rick M

Guildford, Connecticut, USA. Race Black
Hello Martin,

The shoes arrived safely and fit perfectly. I've been using them all week. They are very comfortable indeed, really love them.

Thank you.

James London. Sportivo Classic
Hi Martin,

You beat me to it! I wanted to email you to say my husband is highly delighted with the shoes and to thank you for helping me make his birthday a good one! He is delighted with the quality of the shoe and can't wait to use them.

I think I may need to get a pair now!

I hope you had a good holiday.

Thanks again.

Regards,

Caroline - Surrey, England. Sportivo Classic
Hey Martin...

Shoes arrived today ... Really outstanding, everything I expected ...

Best,

Phil - New Jersey, USA. Sportivo Classic
Hi Martin

I just wanted to let you know that I am delighted with the shoes.

The quality is fantastic and they also look great.

All-in-all, a great pair of shoes with excellent customer service.

Thanks again

Chris S - Manchester, England. Sportivo Black
Martin,

Shoes received yesterday. Cycling? You are kidding, right? I' m going dancing in them this weekend! :)

Regards,

Mike R - Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Race Black
Hi Martin,

The shoes have arrived safe&sound, I am delighted, sexy is not the word for them! Fabulous. Like the brown ones I had from you some time ago. If these shoes were a woman, they'd be Claudia Cardinale in her prime! Thank you so much.

Kind regards

Timm F - Gwent, Wales.
Thanks for the question; I own a set of perfectly-fitting Dromartis purchased back in 2012. They are size 46. I am getting these to allow for more leaisurely rides where I want to walk around. By the way, my first set took a real beating doing the 2012 L'Eroica, where I certainly ended up walking far more than I would have guessed. Even with so much walking in gravel they have held up beautifully.

Mark Ty - Virginia, USA. Sportivo Classic
I finally got a chance to try the new Sportivos. They fit perfectly, and were very comfortable. The ride was cold and I wore neoprene booties over them. It was nice not to have buckles and velcro straps in the way as I was pulling the booties on. Thanks so much for a great shoe with classic appeal and modern performance.

Best regards,

K Boulder, CO USA Sportivo Black
Martin,

Just to let you know that the shoes are wonderful. Very comfortable and good looking to boot. A different look - I like it!

Regards

John S - Western Australia. Race Black
I can't believe the shoes arrived very next day. I was pit but collected them from post office. Great service fantastic shoes, on my way to buy cleats. Have a good day

Thanks

Doug B - Surrey, England. Sportivo Classic
Hi

Shoes arrived yesterday - excellent fit and wow!

Cheers

Len - Northumberland, England Race Black
Hello Martin,

Thank you so much for the shoes, which I wore today for the 1st time (after letting some Brooks leather preserve sink in overnight).

The shoes fit very nicely, so thank you for your recommendation to go up a size from my original order. I'm particularly keen on the soft cup of the heel, which holds the foot snugly on climbs.

They are also a lovely colour, which I'm looking forward to seeing age and develop a rich patina.

Thank you again for your time, help and wonderful work.

Good luck with all your ventures with the company, and good luck with all your adventures on your bike.

Gary O - Gateshead, England. Sportivo Classic
Dear Martin.

Simply beautiful shoes, perfect fit.

Gordon - Lancashire, England.

Bicycle Quarterly press review

Reprinted with kind permission from Bicycle Quarterly No. 50 (www.bikequarterly.com) ©2015 Bicycle Quarterly
Dromarti Sportivo SPD Shoes

Cost: $ 317
Weight (size 43, with SPD cleats): 790 g
Test duration: 2000 km (1200 miles)
Sample provided by: Dromarti
Country of manufacture: Taiwan
Availability: www.dromarti.com

I love my Dromarti SPD shoes. I rarely am this enamored with a product, but the Dromartis combine the good looks, comfort and durability of a hand-made shoe with the performance of an SPD mountain bike shoe. I've always admired hand-made Italian shoes. I own a pair of dress shoes with Vibram soles that we call my "geologist shoes", because we envision an Italian geologist wearing these together with a tailored, but casual, suit as he examines a gravel pit. Those shoes were an indulgence when I bought them, but twenty years later, they still are comfortable and look good during the rare occasions when I dress up. Most of the time, I leave my house on a bike, and that is why the Dromarti Sportivo SPD shoes have become my favorite shoes. They also are handmade (now in Taiwan rather than Italy, because the quality is better). They also fit my slightly narrow feet perfectly - similar to my Sidis. The Dromartis were comfortable from the first time I wore them. They don't look "high tech", yet don't try to hide that they are cycling shoes. They are unpretentious - fine leather cycling shoes, nothing more and nothing less. It's easy to dismiss beautifully made, traditional products as "wannabe attire", so our samples were tested rigorously. I took them on a recent trip to Japan, where they were my only shoes during a six-day tour of Hokkaido (which included plenty of walking). Then they went on half of a Super Randonnée, with 300 km of relentless climbing. This was followed by a three-day ride through a typhoon that included a night-time hike when

we carried our bikes, cyclocross-style, down a rocky mountain trail. I've also worn them commuting and for hill intervals. The shoes are comfortable even after 20+ hours in the saddle. The soles are soft enough for comfortable walking and standing, yet they are stiff enough for spirited riding. Only once, at the end of a 4-hour all-out ride to Mount Rainier did the ball of one foot hurt slightly. I was concerned, but the problem never recurred, so it's perhaps unfair to blame the shoes. That said, for racing or if you plan to set a personal best in PBP, you may want shoes with stiffer soles. For touring and general riding, though, the Dromartis seem to provide the perfect balance of stiffness and comfort. I have walked short distances in Sidis, and it was less than ideal. The Dromartis were

comfortable even at the end of a day's sightseeing on foot in Sapporo. The SPD cleats are recessed enough that they don't "click" on the pavement. The lugged soles offer plenty of traction during hikes. Only on wet floors are they a little slippery, as are all cycling shoes I have tried. The laces allow adjusting the volume of the shoes, but they obviously cannot be adjusted "on the move" like modern ratchet systems. On the plus side, my feet don't get sweaty in the Dromartis. My Dromartis have been through a lot, and they no longer look pristine. Unlike artificial leather, the patina of scuffs and scrapes adds to the beauty, and a little shoe polish makes them presentable again. They are expensive, but if they ever stop making them, I'll buy a pair or two to put aside, since I don't want to be without them. - JH

Bicycle Quarterly is a magazine about the culture, history and technology of cycling. The quarterly magazine is best known for its inspirational ride stories and its in-depth product tests. Whether its testing a carbon bike by riding it 600 km over 11 mountain passes, many of them on gravel, or chasing the cherry blossom season across the Japanese Alps, Bicycle Quarterly brings a unique perspective to every aspect of cycling. For more information, see www.bikequarterly.com

Rider Profile

Greg Eyerly...
Greg Eyerly...

My brown Dromarti Sportivos are the most comfortable stylish cycling shoes I have ever worn. Here in Oregon there are cyclocross races most evenings during the week. It's not uncommon for me to wear my Dromartis to my last business meeting of the day with my race kit underneath my slacks, shirt and tie -- the Dromarti's look so good with slacks nobody notices they are cycling shoes. I drive straight to the bike race after work, pull off my business clothes and I am ready to warm up and race!

I have people stop me before and after I race both complimenting me on my shoes and asking where they can get them!

I am a former marathoner and ultra marathoner that started cycling just over a year ago as crosstraining. I have raced 58 cyclocross races in my Dromarti shoes this fall and they have performed flawlessly, they are easy to clip into the pedals on remounts and the aggressive tread are great for run ups in the mud or dry loose conditions. I once flatted on my first lap of a cross race with no back-up bike in the pits and to avoid a DNF, I ran 8K, the entire race pushing my bike in the mud and my Dromarti's felt like running shoes and did not aggravate my plantar fasciitis even after running for 40 straight minutes in them. I currently lead the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (ORBA) Ironman standings and recently completed the feat of racing 5 cyclocross races in a single day wearing my brown Dromarti's. Cycling has helped me rehabilitate my hip after a bad car accident and has substantially improved my overall fitness, allowing me to return to running marathons again.

One should not be worried about racing in a pair of Dromarti's - they aren't too pretty to race, they are durable and perform fantastically, with a little shoe polish they will shine like new again after a weekend of hard racing.

Greg Eyerley. Cyclocross race. Washington County Fairgrounds, USA.
Greg's Sportivos after 58 cyclocross races and a 1/2 hour clean.
Cyclocross images copyright tyarnellphotography.com
To find the best shoe for you, go to: www.dromarti.com

Sizing advice, leather care

It's quite easy to deal with this, as our shoes are similar in size to the major Italian, Japanese and American cycling shoes brands. Therefore, just order the size of cycling shoes you already have.

It's worth noting that cycling shoes, tend to be size differently from walking shoes, so expect your cycling shoes size be larger than your everyday walking shoe size.

Our shoes are made of leather, therefore overtime the upper will naturally stretch, molding it's self to the unique shape of your foot.

If you take a half size, round down to the full size.

If these are your first cycling shoes, just order one size larger than your walking shoe size.

If you would like to discuss this, please email martin@dromarti.com I would be delighted to hear from you.

LEATHER CARE

One of the many joys of leather is that with a little care they will just get to look better and better.

In fact, leather is far more durable and will look better for longer, than any synthetic material. Just read the article by Dromarti customer Greg Eyerly

Just follow some simple rules.

When wet, stuff the shoes with newspaper and allow to dry naturally away from direct heat.

As needed, clean with shoe brushes, apply a good quality shoe polish and watch your shoes become even more beautiful.

We're also big fans of 'Waximum™' made by Timberland which we've found a truly great product.

Press Reviews

"a pair of dromarti black shoes"

thewashingmachinepost, 4th August 2010


"Corio gloves"

Bicycling, 3rd February 2011


 

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Outside Magazine December 2010


"gara rosso gloves"

thewashingmachinepost, 6th February 2011


"Corio gloves"

thewashingmachinepost, 20th January 2011


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Shipping
UK mainland shipping using Royal Mail 1st class recorded service.
International shipping by Royal Mail.
Postage costs are calculated from the package weight.

Import duty
Local import duty may be payable on orders from overseas

 

Currency
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Returns
If you find that you have ordered the wrong size or would simply like a refund, just post them back to us.

We recommend returning your order by Royal Mail Recorded Signed for™ (within the UK).

If returning from outside of the EU, to avoid customs cost and delay please mark the package, 'Return of good to seller'

Returns must be received within 90 days of the date of shipping to the customer. (Extended for the Christmas period).

Please retain the original packaging.
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For refunds to be given the items must be returned as new and unmarked together with the original packing.

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Dromarti
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Wey meadows
Weybridge
Surrey
KT13 8GJ
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Wey meadows
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United Kingdom

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Company Information
Scofield Ltd T/As Dromarti
8 The Island
Wey meadows
Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8GJ
United Kingdom
Telephone 01932 845348
Email: info@dromarti.com
Company reg. no.: 3739350
VAT No.: 936 1786 93

Dromarti Partner Stockists

Ranges stocked - Sportivo Classic

Brompton Junction
76 Long Acre
London WC2E 9JS
UK

Phone: +44 (0)20 7836 5700
Email: coventgarden@bromptonjunction.co
Web: https://bromptonjunction.com


 

Ranges stocked - Sportivo Black and Classic, Race Black and classic

Velobici
3 Main Street
Market Bosworth
Warwickshire
CV13 0JN

Phone +44 (0) 1455 292252
Email: info@velobici.com
Web: http://www.velobici.cc