Velodrome is delighted to announce that we will be publishing Camille J McMillan’s stunning and extensive photographic study Circus: Inside the World of Professional Bike Racing. The hotly anticipated book has been almost two decades in the making and reveals some of the many stories that Camille has witnessed in his long and pioneering career as a dedicated cycling artist and image-maker.
The beautifully produced 240-page book – printed on premium quality fine art paper stock – has a foreword by long-time friend and subject David Millar, and will be published in the lead-up to this year’s Tour de France. The volume will be published in a regular edition (ISBN 9781911162032; £30; June 29th) and in a hand-numbered and signed Limited Edition, presented in a cloth-bound, debossed slipcase and complete with a unique signed McMillan screen-print (ISBN 9781911162070; £100).
Circus was initially launched as a KickstarterTM project and gained significant support. The KickstarterTM post-out schedule is detailed below for backers.
This stunning photographic volume, with many never-before-seen reportage images, spans some two decades of life at the forefront of world cycling. We are taken from trackside at Ghent’s famed Six-Day races, across the unforgiving cobbles of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix and on to the exhausted racers and crazed roadside fans of the Tour de France. From riders’ hotel rooms to the seat of a speeding ‘moto’; and from the dusty heat of a deserted Kansas roadside to a drenching on the Tour of Britain, Circus takes you behind the gloss and glamour of world pro cycling to tell it how it really is, in a book studded with funny, poignant tales of life on the road written in inimitable style. Camille, formerly Editor at Large of Rouleur magazine, captures the pain, the heroism and the humanity of this most challenging of sports.
One-time racer and full-time artist, Camille J McMillan now lives in a cabin on a mountain in the Ariège, French Pyrenees. His passion for professional cycling began at an early age, competing as a junior in the UK and Europe, and this was to merge with his increasing fascination with photography. After a fine art degree at Central Saint Martins, he went on to work with some of the world’s leading media organisations and his unique brand of cycling photography has appeared in publications across the world. Camille collaborated with Michael Barry on the best-selling book Le Métier, still one of the best-selling cycling books of all time.
KickstarterTM Post-out dates
Both Camille McMillan and Velodrome would like to graciously thank all of the KickstarterTM backers for the patience they have displayed in their wait for this book and apologise for the fact that publication has run beyond the original proposed KickstarterTM release schedule. As in many projects of this nature it was of utmost importance to all involved to ensure that we publish the highest quality product both editorially, and in terms of print and production values. We believe this has now truly been achieved and the presses are now turning. Under the current printer schedule the backer copies of both the regular and Limited Edition of Circus will be dispatched out from the Velodrome UK office on Wednesday June 22nd, or earlier if possible.