Unless you’ve been stuck in a blizzard in Siberia, you’ll know that one of the world’s greatest sports events is happening right now!
The Rugby World Cup 2015 has already been pronounced as the greatest edition of the tournament, breaking records in ticket sales, TV audiences, commercial revenue and social media interaction. (I even got to be part of the record-breaking 89,267-strong crowd at Sunday’s Ireland-Romania clash – woo!) And RWC 2015 has also featured a plethora of the world’s most magnificent beards – even Prince Harry was sporting one at the opening ceremony!
But what do you know about the history of this great test of human strength, aggression, speed and endurance? Starting with the inaugural competition in 1987 – in which New Zealand confirmed their status as the world’s top rugby nation – to the historical 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa after the end of apartheid and the international sports boycott through England’s fantastic win in 2003 breaking the southern hemisphere’s dominance, up to this year’s qualifiers, The Rugby World Cup is a unique photographic journey through each tournament. So why not get your hands on a copy.
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Team Sport are delighted to announce that Bloomsbury has launched a new cycling imprint with Rouleur – producers of the cult road cycling magazine and of beautiful, high quality cycling books.
Charlotte Croft, Head of the Bloomsbury Team Sport said:
“Rouleur represents the best in cycling publishing—and we are proud to be working in partnership with such a highly distinguished and respected brand to ensure these books reach the widest possible audience.
Stunning photography and gripping accounts mark Rouleur books out from the pack, and they have long been much admired and sought-after purchases for competitive athletes, keen amateur cyclists and armchair observers alike, making Rouleur books a must-have for any cycling fan.”
Rouleur Books will be produced and designed by Rouleur founder Guy Andrews and his team, with Bloomsbury providing the sales and marketing. The imprint, dedicated to publishing the best in cycling journalism and photography, will publish approximately six titles each year. The first titles, Coppi by Herbie Sykes, a lavish hardback examining the life of Fausto Coppi, who won the Tour de France in 1949 and 1952, and an updated edition of photography book Le Metier: The Seasons of a Professional Cyclist by Team Sky rider, Michael Barry, will be published in November 2012.
As Wired magazine recently commented: ‘Rouleur is to bike magazines what National Geographic is to nature photography. Instead of glossy, well-lit portraits and fancy racing shots, its pages are filled with long, thoughtful photo spreads that drive deep narratives.‘
In a moment of madness it seems, in the euphoria of having moved near the river, I decided to join up at my local rowing club on the Thames for a beginners’ ‘Learn to Row‘ course. At just around 5ft 4in, I probably don’t have your typical rower’s physique, but having worked on my fitness beforehand, I’m hoping that I won’t show myself up too much.
The cox who will be taking us out on the river on Sunday for our first water-based session gave us a rundown on safety and general info, which included learning about the tidal Thames which has a twice daily rise and fall. The second half of the session was spent on the ergos with an experienced squad member talking us through the terminology of the parts of the stroke, and the body positions that maximize the power of your muscles in moving the boat.
Set the challenge of rowing 1000m against the clock, we rowed with passion – if not great technique . Times were taken and at the end of our month course we’ll be doing it again to see how much we’ve improved over the course through (hopefully) better technique and fitness. I’ll keep you posted as to how I eventually do. In the meantime though, I’m going to be doing a spot of swatting with the help of The Complete Guide to Indoor Rowing (out May 2012). It’s definitely worth a gander if any of you are in the same boat (pardon the pun).
Sunday approaches and apprehension increases, but as long there’s no capsizing or anti-elitist(!) swimmers to avoid, it should be a cracking day.
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