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Friday, 31st Jan 2014
Speaking to Bradley Wiggins shortly after his history-making wins at the 2012 Tour de France and the London Olympics, we asked the cycling champion whether there had been a soundtrack behind his incredible summer of successes. A preview of The Moons second album Fables of History had been brought along to the Tour by Team Sky photographer Scott Mitchell, who had recently worked with the band. Bradley recalls travelling back to the team hotel and listening the album, saying: "songs like English Summer and Jennifer became a bit of a soundtrack for the third week of the Tour for us, as well as the Olympics".
We caught up with Andy Crofts, vocalist and guitarist with The Moons to talk music, influences and what's up next for the band.
How did The Moons get together as a group?
The Moons originally started as a solo project. I'd worked on many demos, so I decided to go into a studio and record a collection of the best songs I had at the time. I soon got lots of good feedback and decided to get a band together from there. The spirit of The Moons as a band is very free: we have musicians and friends who have been involved over different periods of time and we like that way of doing things. I write all of the songs, so I keep a lunar thread through it all.
Thursday, 29th Aug 2013
Originally designed as a piece of performance wear, the humble cycling jersey has grown to represent over a century of stories and tales.
The designs symbolise a moment in time - a particular team, a significant race, an epic battle, a sporting hero. Some jerseys become iconic and sought after pieces of memorabilia, earning themselves a place in the 'hall of design classics'.
Jersey design has continuously developed over the years, team sponsorship alongside technological advances in materials have both played a part in the evolution - however some features remain unchanged.
Typically the back hem is scooped, to help keep the rider's back covered whilst bent over in racing position. The back of the shirt also features a combination of fastened and open pockets - it would be no good having them on the front of the body as the contents would fall out mid-ride. A long zip fastening to the front can be opened to allow for ventilation.
The cuts are traditionally slim and long, helping to reduce air resistance and allowing the fabric to 'perform'; wicking the moisture it needs to sit close to the skin. Sponsors will use a combination of print, embroidery or applique to showcase their names - colours, panels and tipping combinations become synonymous with specific teams.
During the late 1950s, jerseys worn by road riding style icons such as Tom Simpson and Jacques Anquetil made their way from performance wear to streetwear. Slim fitting and full of continental allure, the designs held huge appeal for the jazz loving modernists of that time. The fact that many of the shirts were crafted in merino wool was an added bonus – the breathable fabric was perfect for keeping fresh after a spot of all night dancing. Designs from this period have long continued to be a mainstay of the mod casual wardrobe.
This season's Bradley Wiggins Collection characteristically references jerseys from the Golden Age of cycling. Elements of vintage shirts are explored and blended with signature Fred Perry details, twin tipping colours lifted into colour block panels, a champion inspired stripe knitted into cuffs. Bradley has been involved in each and every stage of the design process, bringing his own ideas, inspirations and style and in turn, each shirt in the collection comes to to tell a story.
Thursday, 23rd Aug 2012
Photographer Scott Mitchell met Bradley Wiggins back in 2010, with the pair hitting it off pretty much instantly due to their shared passion for scooters, Northern soul and a very particular style of haircut. Just six weeks before the start of the Tour de France, Scott received a Tweet from Bradley asking for his mobile number. His request? “As it turned out, he wanted me to go along to the Tour and photograph what he goes through at the biggest cycling race in the world”. The much-photographed Bradley chose Scott as he wasn’t a sports photographer, and he wanted a new and fresh approach.
Scott has chosen a selection of shots from the past few months that capture some key moments from behind the scenes. His distinctive style has proved so popular that he’s now the official Team Sky photographer and his work can be seen through a series of galleries on their site, as well as on his own blog.
Scott's photographs following Bradley and the team's historic success at this year's Tour de France are still available to view on Team Sky's official site, with a possible book in the pipeline for later this year. In the meantime, he continues to shadow the team across various trips including the current Vuelta a Espana.
All images © Scott Mitchell for Team Sky