130 people who changed cycling and getting them all on the cover

There is one clear inspiration for this week’s special cover - The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. We spoke to Sir Peter Blake, the artist who created the iconic album artwork.

Cycling Weekly cover
(Image credit: Chris Barker)

When we first sat down to discuss ideas for this week’s anniversary issue of Cycling Weekly, celebrating 130 years, it didn’t take long for us to land on the idea for the cover. There is no one person who could hold the cover and single-handedly carry a list chock full of people who have left a lasting impression on the sport, so we had to go with all of them. Well, nearly all of them. 

But how do you get 130 people (we ended up with 123 due to the fact that we were unable to find images of some of the people listed) on the cover? You cut them out of course. And if you’re going to do that, there’s one iconic piece of art to draw inspiration from: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.