about derailleur

derailleur is a best-selling newsletter devoted to telling some of the greatest stories of contemporary professional cycling in an unconventional, narrative-driven way. Founded in 2021 by journalist and critic Kate Wagner, who herself came to cycling by way of an outside field, derailleur combines sportswriting with criticism and creative nonfiction. The newsletter also occasionally publishes guest works by those new to sportswriting, early-career journalists, as well as interdisciplinary endeavors such as poetry, illustration, and more.

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stories for people who think time trials count as a genre of poetry.


kate wagner writes about buildings and cycling. She is best known for her architectural writing and her intimate profiles of Slovenian cyclists.
Poet & editor (& occasional artist). Author of 2 books of poetry and several chapbooks. Runner and cyclist. Found online at danehamann.com.
I was busy thinkin' 'bout bikes / @youngajax on Twitter
Scandinavian Studies and Politics student at the University of Edinburgh. Former Editor-in-Chief of The Student newspaper. Fan of badminton, krautrock, and Thomas De Gendt.