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The Road Book 2020 - Ned Boulting


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The 2020 cycling season was like none we've ever seen. In fact, we almost didn't see it at all. It was only a collective will that led organisers, teams, riders and fans to find a way. Every Grand Tour went the full three weeks, while Paris-Roubaix was the only Monument missing. In the end only fifteen men's and twelve women's WorldTour races were cancelled completely.

The Road Book 2020 is the definitive record of the most unforgettable 12 months of our cycling lives. The first few are once again signed by its editor - and Rouleur Columnist - Ned Boulting, so act fast.

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From the team

3 years ago, a team of dedicated enthusiasts took over the gargantuan task of delivering an annual publication, 7 days after the final race of any given season. The result is the only comprehensive review of the cycling season. Beautifully put together with care and flare.

Cumulatively to date, we have delivered nearly 3000 pages of in-depth race reports, exclusive essays, team profiles, infographics and much more that have honoured the season past. This deep dive into the cycling calendar and its history is truly the love letter that the sport has long deserved and craved for.



  • Winners Words from Anna van der Breggen, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wout van Aert.

  • Max Leonard- “War, Illness and Not-Racing”- Recounts the history of cycling and draws comparisons to WWI and WWII to help understand the year of 2020

  • Nic Dlamini- “Capricorn Star”- Details the astonishing violent assault he experienced in his native South Africa at the hands of a park ranger.

  • Richard Williams- “Children of the Summer’s Ends”- explores just how the Tour de France did go ahead, against the backdrop of a country preparing for a second lockdown

  • Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio- “Racing Between Realities”- How COVID pandemic allowed the world of cycling to see what the virtual world had to offer

  • Lukas Knofler- “Return Racing in Romania”- dissects Romania’s Sibiu Cycling Tour, the first category 1 race after the reopening of the cycling calendar

  • Laura Wieslo- “Riding through the Void”- describes how COVID 19 forged a stronger than ever connection between pro cyclists and bicycle riders around the world

  • Bert Wagendorp- “The World’s Only Racer”- delves into the violent history of Puerto Montt, the race start of the Gran Premio de la Patagonia 2020 edition

  • Rob Hatch- A distanced TV commentator’s perspective on calling home the most unusual edition of the Giro for generations.

  • Rose Manley- A close study of Annemiek van Vleuten’s astonishing career, which in 2020 took another series of unexpected twists.

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