Grinta is one of those Italian words that seems to be designed specifically for cycling. It’s those displays of toughness displayed by hardened Pros that invariably provide the best imagery from the classics and tours each season, and imbue themselves in cycling folklore for years to come.
It’s only fitting then that the first issue of Grinta magazine is a photo-laden tome of tough. Published by Australia’s Freewheel Media, it showcases the best work from some of cycling’s leading shooters and looks beyond the glamourous and delves deep into the culture of the sport and its star players and supporting cast.
At Grinta we want to shine a light on aspects of cycling which interest us – the pleasure, the pain, the ecstasy and the agony.
These things come in different packages and take place in different arenas, depending on whether you are a racer, tourer, ultra-endurance rider, grand fondo fanatic, photographer, frame-builder, mechanic, sponsor, bike guide, bike-restorer, soigneur or roadside fan…but they all have two things in common – the bike and passion.
When we combine bikes and passion we drive ourselves to the limit, we test our toughness and ability to persevere in the face of adversity. Our darkest moments on the bike make the brightest moments shine brighter.
At our limits we battle self-doubt yet we are humbled by the fact that we share the exact sensations of pain with millions who have gone before, from world champions to weekend warriors. We know for certain that Peter Sagan feels the same hurt in his legs as the last rider in the Gran Fondo Stelvio and that Pierre Rolland’s hand bleeds just like ours when it is driven into the bitumen.
And if all this is just a bit too serious…just enjoy the beautiful images and stories in this first issue of Grinta, as we hold up a mirror to our beautiful sport.
The support we’ve had bringing this project to life has been fantastic, Australia’s best cycling photographers have come onboard to bring Grinta to life; Beardy McBeard shot the cover at this year’s Tour, Andy White of FYXO fame, Jeff Curtes, Kirsty Baxter, Andy Rogers from Fame & Spear, Eamon Fitzpatrick and Chris Milliman rounds out our featured shooters.
Grinta is Italian for “TOUGH” In Dutch, the word for gravel is “GRINT” Grinta conjures up visions of someone who has gravel in their gut.