Received word from a few friends who subscribe to Bicycle Times that they had just gotten the latest issue containing my Paris Brest Paris ride report. I ran down to Barnes and Noble to get a copy, but I guess it is not “available at news stands everywhere” yet(they still had the last issue out).
I briefly saw the editors copy on her iPad while I was at NAHBS, but things were too hectic to have a proper read so I am still anxious to see how it came out. From what I saw the layout looked really cool. They set the article up as if it was a brevet card. And as I mentioned before it is a dual narrative so you also get the story from fixed gear rider Paul Rozelle, which is very much in the spirit of randonneuring.
When I saw the cover online I was super excited. The story was featured as the cover piece and influenced the amazing art work. I always thought that Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times had the best cover art out of any bike mag and even most any kind of mag for that matter. I had even hinted to the editor that it would be cool to see some illustrations for the story, and it seems like they were a couple steps ahead of me.
Lastly, I would like to mention that having this published is significant for my family. It turns out that journalism and writing is actually the family trade. Along with my younger brother I am now the 4th generation of writers in the family. Both my parents are journalists, all of my Mom’s sisters are in some sort of literary field, my grandfather was a columnist, and my great grandfather was a writer. In my rebellious youth I had shunned writing, always doing poorly in English class. I have been a bit of a black sheep getting into design and then bicycle building. But I suppose it is in my genes, and it is great to write about something I love so much; bikes.
Hope y’all get a chance to read it and once it is available online I will post it up here.