A change in direction for the controversial calendar

The controversial Cyclepassion calendar has opted for a change of direction this year with its usual “sexy” pictures being replaced by artistic images.

The calendar will continue to feature pictures of women next to bikes however the poses will be a lot less sexually suggestive and the models more clothed. This is also the first year that professional models, as opposed to professional cyclists, will be used for the entire calendar.

Stuht has given the calendar a very different direction this year

Stuht has given the calendar a very different direction this year

Cyclepassion has hired Kai Stuht for this year’s edition. Stuht has previously worked for Bayern Munich, T-Mobile and Prince Charles – all of whom would surely want something a bit more tasteful than a traditional Cyclepassion calendar shoot.

For the 2016 edition the bikes will be featured much more prominently than the women with a range of custom models picked for the photos including Canyon’s hyrdrogen fuel cell powered Eco Speed.

Concept bikes have been chosen for 2016 (Stuht)

Concept bikes have been chosen for 2016 (Stuht)

Cyclepassion said: “It is hard work to keep up a high level for this kind of photography. Sexy without looking cheap. Innovative and not like all other girls calendars. We managed to do our best and we always got the feedback that we do a great job. Times are changing, so we stroke a new path and strengthened the art part of our work.”

The calendar is on sale now and €39.00, you can also buy back issues of the old calendar €25.00.

For more information click here.

  • Del_Varner

    The current term is SJW (Social Justice Warrior), although those are mostly found in the tech, gaming, scifi worlds.

  • Stevo

    Marion Bartoli? The commentators were idiots. But what has anyone written here that is in any way comparable with gratuitous and entirely uncalled-for insults?

  • dougles

    They should be frowned upon, because it’s indicative of the view of women in professional sport that calendars like this exist for the titillation of a bunch of mamils.

    Having discussions about how ‘pretty’ these professional athletes are is insulting to everyone, women and men.

    It’s a complex issue, because I know of people who have said that as a female athlete, it’s nice to feel ‘sexy’ some times. It’s just a shame that it seems that there is far more pressure on women in sport to be ‘attractive’, compared to men. Just look at the treatment of Adlington, and the tennis player (I forget her name) whose attractiveness was commented on by professional commentators.

    I’m sure we can all agree that the situation isn’t perfect, because we’re not living in an age where women are on earth to be sexy/stay at home and look after the kids. The way to make things better is to dismiss things like Cyclepassion as the sexist, backwards nonsense they so undoubtedly are.

  • Stevo

    What is your point then? We are allowed to think they are attractive and admit we think it, but calendars with photos of pretty cyclists/models/girls/women, which the ladies in question presumably find inoffensive, are to be frowned upon? Or saying that the ladies in one pic are prettier than those in another is? Or making jokes about it? Or what?

  • dougles

    I’m not sure what your point is. Where did I say women can’t be attractive?

  • Stevo

    “Women” can be pretty too. Trixi Worrack is still stunning.

  • dougles

    Oh ffs guys, can you at least *pretend* to be living in the modern world? Even Rapha are sponsoring a women’s (note my use of the word ‘women’ not ‘girls’) team, surely that’s enough to make you realise that your views are outdated and a bit embarrassing.

  • ummm…

    just “sticking up” for the downtrodden?

  • Josh Tambini

    No thanks

  • ummm…

    no in the 70s there was real obvious progress to be made, at least culturally. These days there is a lot of misdirection, faulty premises underpinning arguments meant to censure – and do so for the benefit of certain fringle/emotional politics. If you have any academic argument to make re: the subject I’d be happy to engage you. If you have an opinion to expand upon I’d be happy to deconstruct both of our stances.

  • Josh Tambini

    Is that the 1970s?

  • ummm…

    I’d have to ask the same of the special interests that pick such trivial and misguided fights, that make a headline like this possible.

  • Josh Tambini

    “women’s lib“ – what decade/century are you in?!

  • Stevo

    It’s not that bad. Some of the girls look quite nice.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Such good value! I’ll buy 3! On second thoughts I won’t buy any at all… because it’s dreadful.

    Can we have the sexy Colnago girl back please?

  • Riggah

    “…… all of whom would surely want something a bit more tasteful than a traditional Cyclepassion calendar shoot.”
    How presumptuous! This is poor journalism.

  • ummm…

    I’m really feeling like im done with this site. I will only come here with a bad taste in my mouth now. I want to read about cycling, and I get some womens lib sub narrative. As for this cyclepassion bs “times are changing”? What does that mean? Times are not changing!!! Beauty is beauty whether it is wearing a bikini or is wearing haute couture. This constant pandering is obnoxious, and you guys frame it oh so conveniently. Why can’t we just have women in Bikinis? Why can’t we just have men in banana hammocks? What is soooooooooooooo wrooooooooong you infantile bird brains!!!!