• 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.

Locations & Dates

  • Berlin
  • 17 July–7 August
  • Keirin Cycle Culture Café
  • Oberbaumstraße 5
    10997 Berlin
  • Venue Website

Keirin Cycle Culture Café is the world's first dedicated track bike store. The shop offers excellent Italian coffee and a collection of vintage track bikes and parts.

  • Barcelona
  • 31 August–17 September

My Beautiful Parking is one of Barcelona's top urban cycling shops and is located in El Born. In addition to the retail store and workshop the space also boasts a collection of vintage bikes.

Red Hook Crit is the pinnacle of fixed gear criterium racing and Trackside '85 is proud to be a part of the official calendar of events.

  • London
  • 17 October–14 December
  • Look Mum No Hands (Mare Street)
  • 125-127 Mare Street
    London E8 3RH
    United Kingdom
  • Venue Website

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.

The Photographer

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.

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Official Trackside '85 Poster

Black and white offset print with gold foil on 170 gram matte paper. Artwork size is 680 x 480 mm. Unframed.

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