Looking back at the last four years of BDOVELO with Michael Blann

Michael Blann, highly regarded sports photographer, joined us on our Bletchingley ride in 2018 and shared with us the time, planning and effort that goes into his photography. A love of mountains and bikes, a great combination, has been captured in his magnificent and now seminal book, Mountains, epic cycling climbs which would look impressive in any office foyer or home setting.

As you would expect this work of art took years to pull together and in 2019 Michael released a revised and expanded edition.  (see https://www.michaelblann.com/product/book/)

When I spoke with Michael, who I had last run into at the Rouleur Classic show in October, another BDOVELO event for the calendar, he was managing some amazing projects. So much so that he has captured a year in the life of Michael Blann in an impressive photograph collection.

The feature on the problems of global warming on the wine industry in Bordeaux and how they are coping with the changing climate and its effects on the long term sustainability of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes may also be close to the hearts of our BDOVELO community and demonstrates that Michael’s skills translate out of cycling.

However, his cycling portfolio continues to grow and his work with Zwift may well have been spotted by our BDOVELO zwifters!

And recognising what a small world it is Michael was working with Team Bahrain McLaren, speakers at BDOVELO’s season opener which seems an age ago as they compete with the world’s top teams.

We hope that Michael can join us again in the future and share with us details of his latest exciting project.


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