Mathieu van der Poel (NED/Alpecin-Fenix) passing an "accident de parcours" Antwerp Port Epic / Sels Trophy 2021 (BEL) One day race from Antwerp to Antwerp (183km) The APC stands qualified as a ‘road race’, but with 36km of gravel and 28km of cobbled sections in and around the Port of Antwerp (BEL) this race occupies a unique spot in the Belgian race scene. ©kramon
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First Look At ‘The Art Of Suffering’ Photo Book

You have no doubt seen his images, and now renowned pro-cycling photographer Kristof Ramon has released a stunning book.

The aptly titled ‘The Art of Suffering: Capturing the Brutal Beauty of Road Cycling’ is being released by Laurence King Publishing on June 13 and will showcase the best works of Kristof Ramon (Kramon), along with fascinating backstories of the images and our sport.

The Art Of Suffering will be available online from June 13.

The visually stunning photography book offers an intimate look into the world of professional road cycling through the eyes of Kramon, who captures moments of intense determination, and the raw emotion that defines the sport. 

With a foreword by Belgian superstar racer Wout van Aert, and texts and insight by award-winning author Matt Rendell, readers are given an insider’s view on the resilience and pain endurance demanded by the sport.

This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to compete at the highest levels. Kramon’s photos tell stories of endurance, and the moments of personal triumph over adversity that are often hidden from the cheering crowds.

The Art of Suffering isn’t just about the physical challenges of cycling but is a celebration of the human spirit. Through Kramon’s lens, readers gain a deeper appreciation for the sport and the athletes who devote their lives to mastering it. From the punishing ascents of the Giro d’Italia to the cobbled classics of Flanders, Kramon’s photographs reveal the stark realities and the fleeting beauty of cycling. His work highlights the paradox of the sport: the deeper the suffering, the more profound the moments of triumph.

We’ve skimmed through the 288 pages of a pre-release copy and it’s a fascinating read full of awe inspiring imagery … it looks to be a classic edition to add to the cycling bookshelf.

The book is available from June 13 online via laurenceking.com

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