Behind the scenes at Continental's bicycle tyre factory

Cycling Weekly goes to Korbach to take a look behind the scenes at Continental’s hi-tech tyre factory

For 500 years the most prominent landmarks in Korbach in north-western Germany were the belfries of the two 15th-century churches. By the end of the 19th century, however, Korbach was a very different place, and a very important one in the realm of tyre manufacturing.

The coming of the railways brought industry and the establishment of a rubber factory in the town. This meant the construction of the huge cooling chimney that still dominates the skyline, towering over you as you walk down Continentalstraße through the factory gates.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.