A soigneur prepares to glue a tubular onto a racers wheel.
Left: The race was a serious social event. Right: A cyclist sits in his cubby.
Two men sit at a trackside table as a cyclist speeds through the background.
The party went on in interior island as races took place on the velodrome proper.
Winner of the Penthouse bikini contest gets a ride around the track.
Cyclists relentlessly grind out lap after lap on the velodrome while the crowd’s attention slowly turns from bikes to beer. Inside the track the cyclists are reduced to satellites orbiting the microcosm of the this inner livelihood where dreams of honour and glory, hopes for romance, and escaping from the daily grind subsist as the riders relentlessly push on in the slowly thickening cigarette smoke of the arena. The parallel between this scene and Berlin – a city in exile with it’s citizens trying to maintain a life of normality within the wall – is palpable. And in the midst of it all is a young Swedish photographer, floating from scene to scene and capturing the action both on and off the track in Berlin, 1985.
Look Mum No Hands is the center of London cycling culture. Coffee, food, workshop, beer – they've got everything a bike rider desires. Plus, they're really nice folks.
Staffan Jofjell is a photographer with 40 years of experience in reportage photography, documentary filming, and art projects. He has exhibited in Finland, Turkey, Albania and Bosnia among several other countries and is still seeking new challenges through the lens. His photographs typically explore the non-obvious and his ability to get involved and communicate a presence has been widely recognized. Staffan lives and works in Värmland, Sweden.