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New Roads

The love of cycling is a complicated lifestyle.

Extending past two-wheels, our new blog explores art, literature, food, music, travel and more.

Over the coming weeks and months we are introducing our new club of personalities, some will be familiar, some will be a discovery.

Our contributors have a diverse experience of cycling, from journalists and authors to chefs and adventurers.


Felix Lowe

Pro-cycling journalist and Climbs and Punishment author, Felix writes a monthly column for Cyclist as well as reporting on the Grand Tours for Eurosport. Felix covers a different topic every month on the Svelte blog - although his preparation for the Transcontinental Race will be an understandably recurring feature. 

Richard Frazier

The founder of 10,000km cc, Richard Frazier is dedicated to time on his bike. And as a senior manager at Workshop Coffee, he also knows a thing or two about cycling’s most celebrated partner. Richard discusses stories from his cycling collective, as well as epic rides he has planned for the rest of the year both at home and abroad. 

Tom Perkins

London to Cape Town, by bicycle, with one aim: to discover as many new tastes as possible. The Nomadic Kitchen started as an idea in a pub, and ended as a recipe book of incredible scope and now Tom Perkins shares a recipe every month with Svelte. Expect delicious imagery, adventurous ingredient lists and step-by-step guides to producing delectable exotic dishes in your own home. 

Tom Owen

Tom Owen is a freelance cycling writer, he travels the world in search of two-wheeled adventures and has ridden bikes in Vietnam, Argentina, Cambodia, Andorra, Italy and his native UK. Tom's currently travelling around South America, sending experiences back to Svelte with awesome photos. 

Claire Tayler

Serial adventure writer and in her own words, from an "outdoors, not outdoorsy" world. Claire's brilliantly funny and honest Detour blog provides the perfect insight in to riding in and around London, and explores further afield for those looking to discover something a little more than their standard fifty mile route. For Svelte, she explores other cities as well as rounding up what's going on in the Capital.

James Spackman


Publisher, agent and cyclist and co-developer of Velominati - The Rules, James has a unique insight in to cycling. He rides, quite badly, with London Dynamo and occasionally troubles the tarmac at Herne Hill. For Svelte, James reviews literature and details on the stranger events he encounters in the cycling world. 

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