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Issue 8 of The Ride Journal is just about to appear, and to mark the occasion editor and art director Philip and Andrew Diprose are throwing a launch party at London’s Look Mum No Hands East on January 17.

The launch will be the first chance to buy a copy of issue 8, though Philip and Andrew are taking orders for copies that will be shipped the week commencing January 20. That’s also when the boxes will be shipped to shops.

Philip says it’s the best Ride Journal yet.

He says: “The new issue has come together really well, and we've made some subtle but significant tweaks to the format.  But nothing too extreme to scare any fans who like things to stay the way they were.

“You want winners? We've got current and former world champions in time trial, BMX, and enduro, and one of only two people to have won the triple crown.

“We've got international riding from all corners of the globe.

“And as usual we've got really fascinating, personal tales of all kinds of cyclists.

“Throw in some amazing photography and illustration and, although I may be biased, I think its our best issue yet.”

Look Mum No Hands East is at 125–127 Mare St London E8 3RH, and things kick off at 6.30 pm on Friday January 17.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.