Supremely talented, cycling-mad mates Max Leonard and Andy Edwards have united their day jobs (writer and graphic designer respectively) with their passion for travelling on two wheels to create this beautiful box set of city cycling guides, in association with every bike enthusiast's favourite brand, Rapha. The nine pocket-sized books each deal with a different European city, detailing the best places to cycle and the best cafés and restaurants in which to refuel (and superlative shops, galleries and museums, too), neighbourhood by neighbourhood, and have all important sections on essential bike info, racing and training, and a suggested day-long itinerary. Paris - the hallowed cycling city in which the holy cycling grail of the Tour de France culminates - is, unsurprisingly, one of the chosen destinations for the guides (and to which Kim, your trusty editor of Unlock Paris, proudly contributed) and so fittingly hosted not only a launch party last week at chic cycling shop En Selle Marcel but also a Rapha-organised bike ride from the Champs-Elysées to Longchamp to celebrate the books landing in store. The box set - a perfect Christmas present idea - is out now for £25/€30.
City Cycling Guide Europe - Rapha (Thames & Hudson). Available to buy online now at the Rapha store.