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F YOU’RE A ‘non-gamer’ it’s pretty difficult to get your head around eSports. I certainly fall into this category. The last time I was invested in a computer game to any significant extent was Football Manager on the BBC Master back in the 1980s. You have never heard language so blue as when Watford lost to Swindon (yes – Swindon!) in the FA Cup Final. Sure, I was only nine years old, but I gave my heart, soul and every moment of post-homework passion to that team. I’m not sure I ever fully recovered from the disappointment. A university-enabled addiction to Mario Kart ten years later sucked me back in briefly, but then I got a job – and that was the end of that. Which is one of the reasons I was so amazed when a colleague started telling me about eSports. The concept of a load of people sitting in an arena watching a load of other people sitting in an arena – the latter playing computer games – was, I’ll admit, the first hurdle to comprehension. But then he started telling me about the numbers involved. For example, just one pro player, Soren Berg (known by his in-game name Bjergsen) has had more than 68,000,000 views of his YouTube channel. That’s a number bigger than the UK’s population. Unsurprisingly, the money has followed suit. The eSports market had a value of $892.8m in 2016 – $661m of this was derived from sponsorship and advertisements. The International 6, a Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) tournament, was played in Seattle across six days in August last year. It was won by five Chinese teenagers, playing together as Wings Gaming. They shared a $9.1m prize from a total $20m pot. That’s $1.82m each for less than a full week’s work. To learn more about eSports, have a read of Max Williams’ feature on p60. If you prefer sports that are less ‘e’ in nature, then this issue is full of those, too. I, on the other hand, am off to buy an Xbox. (This time, Watford. This time…!)
Mark Hedley, Editor, @mghedley
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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS
JEREMY TAYLOR Jeremy Taylor is a features writer for the Financial Times, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph, specialising in cars and bikes. To make a change from hitting the tarmac, he heads out on the open waves with the world’s most decorated sailor, Ben Ainslie. [p54]
ROBERT PIPER Robert Piper writes about entertainment, pop culture, and health. His articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Radius, Edge, and Origin. This issue, he interviews our cover star Casey Affleck about his latest project Manchester by the Sea. [p70]
SARA LAWRENCE Sara Lawrence has a literary column in the Daily Mail, writes about travel for various magazines, and has published two novels with Faber & Faber about bad girls at boarding school. (Yes – really.) This issue, we send her in search of the world’s finest health resorts. [p90]
GRAHAM COURTNEY Graham Courtney is a car and sport fanatic. He’s written about cars for 25 years, drives a different one every week, but wouldn’t know how to fix one. This issue, he has to hand it to Jaguar for hitting a home run with its new SUV, the F-Pace. Want one? Join the queue. [p114]
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054 . SAILING TO SUCCESS
How Sir Ben Ainslie is planning to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain.
060 . ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION
You may not be familiar with the world of eSports, but you soon will be. Max Williams reports on its unstoppable rise.
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Critically acclaimed and tipped for Oscar glory, Casey Affleck is at the top of his game. So why isn’t he a household name?
076 . TUNNEL VISION
Three legendary cyclists share their stories of the sport’s toughest climbs.
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Another year, another skyscraper added to our skyline. After the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and the Walkie Talkie, we now have the Trellis – set to be the second-tallest building in London after the Shard. Anyone else suspect they come up with the nickname first?
AFTER THE CITY
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▽ BIKE COURIERS are essential in financial districts and city centres where there is a prevalence of jams. Marmalades and curds are also available, Marmite less so (8/10 bike couriers prefer Bovril). Items delivered include hot food, cold files and vital organs, such as the Hammond. Expert couriers may occasionally deliver babies, though this is mostly outside working hours. Man or woman, you’ll need a beard. Beards are essential for storing sugary snacks and bike tools. If you’re a woman and uncertain how to grow a beard please consult my great aunt Esther. Further adornments include the backwards cap, three-quarter length trouser and messenger bag slung over one shoulder. Deliveroo riders carry around a huge delivery box in which they live, often staying warm through the night by huddling around an undelivered samosa. Then there’s the bike. A fixie because London is flat (like interest rates) and such a bike requires no maintenance (like Susan in HR). A gold bike chain if you can afford one, skinny wheels, black steel frame. Get some bullhorn handlebars too, and a deep section rim is always nice (or so I’m told). There are downsides. You will acquire thighs so immense all future trousers must be ordered from America. Saddle sores are an occupational hazard and can only be cured by the removal of either saddle or buttock, the latter an operation that requires 16 years off work. There’s also a one-in-two chance you’ll be run over to death. Worse still, you’ll look like a hipster. Can you live with that? If not, there’s a job going at the Society of Bike Couriers. You could be their spokesman. ■ For more see saulwordsworth.com
So, the now not-so-new £5 notes contain tallow, a substance made from animal fat. Obviously, this sparked outrage in vegans and vegetarians. Anybody who doesn’t want their fiver-with-a-hintof-piglet, send the offending notes over and we’ll get rid.
Mitchells & Butlers is partnering with Deliveroo to allow Londoners to enjoy home delivery from its range of pub brands (including O’Neill’s). Beer and burgers direct to your door? If you were even considering Dry January, then let this be an immediate end to it.
67% of Londoners would rather give a present than receive one: a figure that sounds rather impressive until compared to the rest of Britain, where 74% of adults prefer the joy of giving. All this supposed generosity sounds a little disingenuous. #WeAreThe33%
We were right to be cynical. Londoners are twice as likely to gift a bottle of champagne compared to the rest of the country. That warm glow when grandma unwraps the £15 bubbly you panicbought the day before… At least the family spent Christmas drunk.
Further glad tidings: apparently 33% of Borough residents have cheated on their partner. Maybe it’s the street food, maybe the proximity to the City air, but if your partner’s a Borough dweller, keep a close eye. Happy January – more champagne, anyone?
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WISE G U I D E S WORDS by Max Williams
THE WORLD’S BEST SKI CHALETS ST MORITZ: VIA TINUS APARTMENT Built by the legendary Sir Norman Foster, Via Tinus is a futuristic masterpiece. Clad with over 250,000 wooden shingles, its unusual oval design resembles a spaceship stranded on the snow. Behind the beautiful exterior, this luxurious five-bedroom apartment is the perfect base for ski bums or lovers of the beautiful alpine town of St Moritz. With more than 5,920sq ft of luxurious living space, it has tailored interiors and bespoke furniture inspired by the architecture of the building itself. It’s the perfect party pad, complete with a wrap-around balcony boasting views of the whole valley. For more info, see christiesrealestate.com VERBIER: MAGNIFICENT CHALET With a name like Magnificent Chalet, you’re raising expectations before your guests step foot through the door. Fortunately, this sevenbedroom property, with an attached two-bedroom apartment, more than lives up to its moniker. Set over four floors, you’ll find a top-floor penthouse, an indoor pool, gym, sauna, massage room and an outside jacuzzi on site – ideal after a day on the slopes. Invite your friends over for an evening of entertainment around the bar and billiard table, crack open a bottle from one of the three wine cellars, or watch a movie in the cinema. Or just sit on the private terrace and feel smug. For more info, see christiesrealestate.com COLORADO: 741 MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BVD Talk about the best of both worlds. Anchored on a wooded hillside overlooking the Mountain Village Core, this stone and timber-clad fivebedroom, eight-bathroom property has ski access from the lower level, and is located close to the village centre and gondola. Whether you want to throw yourself off the mountain or simply sample the shops, you’ll find the location pretty ideal. Should you rather stay indoors, you can enjoy use of a theatre room, family room with wet bar and fireplace, chef’s kitchen and elevator access to all levels. The master suite has its very own wing, which is a nice touch... For more info, see christiesrealestate.com
IT IS BETTER TO GO SKIING AND THINK OF GOD, THAN GO TO CHURCH AND THINK OF SPORT. – Fridtjof Nansen
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▽ BEFORE I started my business, Solely Original, I was working for Kinetic Partners, based by St Paul’s. In my role as a tax consultant specialising in private equity and hedge fund tax, I really enjoyed the scope to analyse tax structures across different jurisdictions, but I found corporate culture suffocating. I am a perfectionist, and as a relatively junior team member, I was frustrated at how hard it was to get my suggestions heard within a rigid, multi-layered organisation. My time in the City taught me a lot, and I developed a well-rounded understanding of business by analysing clients’ financials and studying for my accountancy qualifications. It also inspired my own business idea. Every day I saw hundreds of women commuting in trainers or carrying spare pairs of shoes and thought there must be a way for each of them to have a smart pair of shoes that was comfortable and matched their style. So, frustrated in my City role I took the leap and set up Solely Original, creating bespoke, made-to-measure shoes. The challenges I face every day are now very different, but I take great satisfaction in knowing my hard work is directly seen by my customers and I am completely in control of my own destiny. ■ For more info, see solelyoriginal.com
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AMERICAN DREAM Everyone from Donald Trump to Jesus has been immortalised on canvas by artist Rinat Shingareev, and in this striking piece – ‘Personal Yeezus’ – it’s the turn of Kanye West, who sits somewhere between the two in popularity stakes (although if you asked him, we suspect he’d suggest he’s closer in kind to the latter). As Shingareev explains: “Kanye West is a bright icon of our generation. Perhaps he can’t quite turn water into wine, but thanks to his arrogance and genius, he turns simple things into gold.” We ain’t saying he’s a gold digger, mind. ■
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ASK PROFESSOR CITYBOY — By Geraint Anderson —
IT’S JANUARY – TIME TO GET INTO THE GYM. WHAT EXERCISES SHOULD I FOCUS ON? I’ve got two words for you: delts and traps – in other words your shoulders and those weird muscles on either side of your neck. When you’re wearing a suit 24/7 you’d need arms and legs of Herculean proportions before anyone notices them, but pumped-up delts and traps always make their presence felt, even when you’re wearing pin-stripes. That’s why these are the only muscles you need on your team when trying to impress your clients as soon as you enter the room. And how do you develop these bad boys? A combination of shoulder presses, upright rows, lateral raises and shrugs will quickly get these fellas in order. And pretty soon you’ll be having to get over to Savile Row to acquire some specially made suits to accommodate your preposterous new physique. You’ll also have to purchase a few new Thomas Pink shirts, because a happy side-effect of the above exercises is that your neck will quickly resemble that of Mike Tyson. Get down to the gym tomorrow and within two months you’ll be the man those pencil-necks around you wanna be… and the man Olivia from accounts wants to be with.
I THINK MY BOSS IS A PSYCHOPATH… AM I BEING PARANOID?
If you want to make it in the City and you’re not lucky enough to already be a psycho, you better start behaving like one empathise with others and have no problem breaking rules or lying. They are experts in office politics who often have deviant lifestyles and only superficial relationships. Of course, anyone hoping to make it in the City should absolutely emulate these tendencies. Arrogantly taking risks, brazenly lying to clients and ruthlessly manipulating colleagues without being impeded by silly things like a conscience is obviously the best way to climb the greasy pole. Frankly, if you want to make it, and you’re not lucky enough to already be a psycho, you’d better start thinking and behaving like one.
I’M GOING TO GET MY FIRST BONUS NEXT MONTH. WHAT IS THE PROTOCOL ON THE DAY? Bonus day is all about pretending to those around you that you are feeling the exact opposite of your actual emotions. So, on the morning of B-Day strive to appear as cool as the Fonz on Mogadon despite the fact that your heart’s pounding like a bass drum. When it’s finally your turn to trundle off into the little room and receive ‘the letter’ from your boss, no matter what the figure is that he gives you, you must act as if he’s just recommended that you vigorously rub a cheese grater on your genitals for the next four hours – as satisfaction will ensure that your next bonus is equally paltry. As you leave the little room all eyes will follow you on the ‘walk of shame’ back to your desk. You must now reveal absolutely no emotion whatsoever – showing anger will merely suggest you’ve been shafted (never a good look) while unbridled joy will just contradict the act you just gave your boss. Finally, in the pub that evening an understated act of mild smugness is the correct approach. Buy a few bottles of champers while acting like someone pretending to be annoyed. This would test the acting skills of Larry Olivier himself but it will soon become second-nature. ■ Do you have any questions for Professor Cityboy? Email them to email@example.com.
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
I suspect that your boss is almost certainly a psycho. One of the leading experts in psychopathy, Robert Hare, concluded that had he not been able to use prisoners when seeking out psychos to study he would have used stockbrokers. This is because psychos are usually drawn to large organisations where there is scope for impressive job titles, and they tend to target jobs which require vague things like ‘leadership skills’ rather than hard and fast qualifications. Banking fits the bill pretty much perfectly. Your typical psychopath (3% of males) is not sitting around dining on liver while supping on a nice chianti. They are simply manipulative, charming and remorseless folk who lack a conscience. They are generally single-minded risk-takers with a ruthless will to succeed, who are unable to
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WO YEARS AGO, the Davies report came out, proclaiming good news: the target for women on FTSE 100 boards had been exceeded at 26%. On closer scrutiny the news was much more mixed. Most of the female board members were part-time NEDs. The percentage of executive women on FTSE 100 boards was actually 9.6%. An FT report last year indicated that only 19.5% of senior roles in top City firms are held by women and in City banks just 16% of managing directors are women – that’s in a population where 52% are women. When we entered our professions in media, 30 years ago, there was optimism about gender parity in senior management. There was a female prime minister and legislation had made the glass ceiling of previous generations illegal. While women CEOs were rare, that was surely something that was set to change. Fast forward to now and the sad truth is that things haven’t changed enough, despite several recent studies indicating that mixed gender boards can actually drive company profit. The Peterson Institute for International Economics published a study in February which concluded that the correlation between women at the C-Suite level profitability is demonstrated repeatedly and states: “for profitable firms, a move from no female leaders to 30% representation is associated with a 15% increase in the net revenue margin.” For our book we interviewed more than 100 people worldwide including revealing interviews with City workers, and one thing is clear: women in work are still not getting the same opportunities to reach the top as men. There are more qualified women
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ON THE WAY UP Look at how the men around you behave. Don’t get left behind just because they selfpromote more aggressively than you. Speak up. There are many things to fear in life. Failure in a meeting isn’t one of them. Expect to fail sometimes. If you don’t then you won’t learn. Play the numbers game. If you hear a ‘no’ the first time you ask for something, don’t see that as the end. Keep asking.
FROM THE TOP Take time to spot talent. If you can’t see the talent in the quieter, more modest people (and often that means women), slow down, try harder, look deeper. Treat your talent as adults. If you have to say no, have a counter offer. Encourage everyone in the team to speak up, and to consider themselves as the creative ones. Don’t allow an elite team to dominate everything. ■ The Glass Wall: Success Strategies for Women at Work by Sue Unerman and Kathryn Jacob, £9.99, published by Profile Books.
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
Women in work are still not getting the same opportunities to make it to the top as men
entering the workplace than ever before. The only area where they are in a minority is in the boardroom. Instead of a glass ceiling there is now a glass wall. Women can see through the glass wall to meetings they’re excluded from, or the casual conversations that accelerate careers that they aren’t participating in. Men and women can see each other through the wall but that doesn’t mean they speak the same language or have the same expectations. In many of our interviews, senior men expressed their frustration with the failure of women to push through to a promotion when they’d been treated ‘equally’. But as Baroness Helena Kennedy writes any so-called ‘equality’ is almost always attuned to a male norm. It’s not women at fault – it is the system. The glass wall needs to be acknowledged and dismantled. Our new book contains 41 case studies based on real stories. One of our interviewees talked about the culture of City firms being at fault here. She said, “Look at the banks: they absolutely take the progression of women seriously, they throw money at it via women’s networks, fast-track learning, etc. But regardless, the culture is not adaptable.” Fitting in, whether based on appearance, old school networks or a drinking culture is still a factor in rising to the top. Then there’s maternity. One City interviewee told us: “Men will dismiss the idea of promoting a woman with a family: ‘I wouldn’t have asked her to do that, she’s got three kids, she wouldn’t be able to manage the department.’ Who are they to decide that without asking the female candidate? She may have fabulous childcare arrangements, she may have a house husband, they’re not even discussing the situation often with the woman involved.” During our research, it became clear that there are two sets of rules at play in most offices. The written rules will say for instance that a company’s organogram dictates who can tell people what to do. The real situation will be more complex. If you want to get ahead, don’t assume a title
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EELING LIKE 2016 has been stranger
than fiction? Me too. The election of president Trump really does feel like reality TV has taken over politics. Early signals from Trump’s transition decisions have shown he will govern much as he has run his businesses – in an unorthodox manner. His success in business has all been about the unpredictable. Those on the other side of the negotiating table have no idea what he will do next. Call it smart or call it dangerous – it is going to be a roller-coaster ride for all of us. Dispensing with a traditional hierarchical structure for his West Wing, Trump has positioned his chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist and senior counsel Stephen Bannon as ‘equal partners’. They could not be further apart, though: Priebus a GOP insider and Bannon is an insurgent. This governing approach has positives and negatives. In the first instance, it can in theory ensure Trump is exposed to competing and varied arguments on all issues, allowing him to make the best possible decision with the fullest and clearest perspective of the variables at play. On the flipside, the creation of competing circles of influence, into which Trump can draw on as he pleases, sets the stage for uncertainty and subsequent policy and personality conflict. Without clarity on who ultimately trumps whom, Priebus and Bannon will spend as much time seeking to outmanoeuvre and dominate each other as counselling the president. The court of president Trump awaits us. What seems more certain is that the wider West Wing will be filled with historic trusted Trump allies from years past and
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his business dealings, as well as a raft of individuals sharing the Trump surname. Mmm. Now that will be interesting. While Trump has denied allegations he has sought security clearance for his children, Ivanka Trump’s presence in the room with his first formal meeting with a foreign head of state as president-elect, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, speaks volumes for the likely level of involvement of the wider Trump clan, regardless of a formal role. Despite the early excitement on Wall Street at the prospect of mass financial deregulation, a tearing up of Dodd-Frank, and an abolition of the Volcker Rule, the markets may have underestimated the prism in which the president-elect will have to operate. While a sea of red washed over Washington in early November, Trump does not have the ability to act entirely with his own free will. Having made a habit of criticising president Obama for his liberal use of executive orders, Trump may realise that is the best policy tool at his disposal. Senate ratification of key cabinet appointments will be an early indicator of how the Democratic opposition will treat his tenure as president. To approve appointments and later to ratify legalisation, Trump will need to flip eight opposition senators. Senate Democrats will have little incentive to be seen to be on Trump’s side, although the next round of senate elections in 2018 may linger in the back of their mind. There are always elections in America. While Republicans have been buoyed by his calls to reduce immigration and secure energy independence, Trump should not be thought of as a ‘traditional’ Republican president who will construct his presidency on a platform of reducing the deficit and shrinking the size of government. His approach to foreign policy, for example, is largely unknown besides campaign bluster which will be difficult to enact once he has taken residence in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We can therefore expect Trump’s first 100 days to focus on areas where he can secure quick wins, such as increasing the border patrol.
Even if Trump does alienate a lot of his own party, many of his big campaign promises can be achieved without congress through executive order. Even though Trump threatened throughout the campaign to “repeal and replace” many of the Obama administration’s policies, like ‘Obamacare’ and climate change commitments, he is already scaling back on these commitments. It’s likely that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will only be slightly tweaked in order to be rebranded as ‘Trump Cares’ or something of that nature. So, are we in for some fantastic seasons of The Apprentice meets The West Wing? Maybe. It’s quite a way to run an administration. And he hasn’t even begun. ■ Follow Iain Anderson on Twitter: @iain_w_anderson
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OW MANY LEOTARDS is it healthy to encounter in a single day? For many, even one may be too many. But if you’re a fan of this sleek look – which, though it may not actually make you go faster, certainly looks like it does – then we suggest investing in a few key pieces from Italian brand Castelli, which designs with performance and style in mind. THE JERSEY: The Castelli Prologo 4 zipped cycling jersey (£75) is crafted from the label’s breathable, moisture-wicking Prosecco fabric for a comfortable fit with additional, convenient patch pockets, elasticated to keep your belongings secure when on long rides.
THE SHOES: The Fizik R5B perforated Microtex cycling shoes (£120) are made in Italy in a streamlined shape with durable uppers, crafted from resilient Microtex fabric and ventilated for optimised breathability. The innovative Boa IP1 closure system creates a fit adapted to the shape of your foot. THE HELMET: The POC Octal cycling helmet (£190) has a fully wrapped aerodynamic unibody shell that enhances protection while maintaining a lightweight feel. The Coolbest padding offers superior cushioning while helping to regulate temperature on long rides whether it be to withstand the rain in London or Majorca’s Tramuntana mountain range.
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Castelli Free Aero Race vortex and mesh bib shorts (£130) are a more aerodynamic version of the label’s best-selling Free shorts and are crafted from Vortex, an exceptionally soft and breathable stretch-jersey fabric that provides unbeatable support without constricting, with a dimpled weave to optimise air flow.
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sunglasses (£170) have anti-fog, glare, dirt and water-repelling polycarbonate lenses perfect for city or country riding with a flexible wrap-around frame and rubber nose pad to keep them in place. What’s better is that they seamlessly integrate with the POC helmet. ■
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TWEED DEMON Established in 1866, Magee has a few tricks up its (jacket) sleeve, says BEN WINSTANLEY
A DIFFERENT THREAD Magee was founded in Donegal, northwest Ireland, when part-time fishermen and farmers hand-wove a hardwearing tweed perfect for battling the harsh climate. To this day, the brand continues making this high-quality fabric by hand. From the timeless herringbone design, inspired by fish bones, to the salt and pepper colouring of ‘true Donegal tweed’, Magee remains the master of its form.
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The field jacket has become the most riffed-on outerwear garment of the last year, with a host of labels playing off its utilitarian silhouette and military heritage to great effect. It’s masculine, it’s weatherproof, it’s versatile – it’ll never let you down. Take the Magee Mamore field jacket (£560): it’s made from grey and navy textured Donegal tweed, and comes with ecosuede pocket detailing and a knitted inner collar.
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You may not have heard of him but Marco Auletta, CEO of Silva International Investments, is one of the most influential men in sport. He tells BEN WINSTANLEY about his unique insight into the world of sport
ARCO AULETTA IS a trained lawyer,
investment specialist and sporting seer. OK, the last one may be a slight exaggeration but, while Auletta may not have supernatural visions of the future of sport, he does have significant influence in shaping it. His resume reads like a bucket-list weekend of sport: Premier League, Formula 1, the French Open and latterly the NFL: he has brought all of them to UK audiences as CEO of MP & Silva – the foremost sports media rights specialist. Now branching out on his own with Silva International – enjoying a broader investment remit extending across sports entertainment, media and real estate – we can think of no man better to tell you what to look out for in the next decade of sport.
ON THE BEST SPORT TO INVEST IN From a media rights perspective, football continues to be the key sport for several reasons. Firstly, it has a much stronger global audience than other sports, and that means there is a worldwide demand for sponsorship
In five years’ time, we’ll see a completely different prospect in terms of the quality and business interest in US soccer
and media rights. More specifically, Silva International has recently invested in Miami FC [also backed by David Beckham] because we have seen a tremendous growth in the interest of ‘soccer’ in the United States over the last few years. Young people at American universities are already playing much more football, and we believe that in five years’ time we will see a completely different prospect in terms of the quality of sport and the business interest. We have seen already that MLS media rights have grown significantly in the last few years, and we believe this is set to continue. In terms of businesses relating to sport, we believe that everything related to sporting data is tremendously appealing. It’s an area that we are actively evaluating its potential right now.
Data is a world where it is possible to do a lot more than what is being done presently – not only the point of getting the correct points and figures related to certain events, but also the correct interpretation from a commercial point of view of how we can use that data to create revenue. That last step is the one where there is still a lot of work to be done, but we believe we will play an important role in this.
ON THE ESPORTS PHENOMENON It’s a very interesting world that, despite being quite new, is already achieving unbelievable numbers. Previously at MP & Silva I was already in discussion about how we might be able to use it, but now eSports global market value is $900m. We expect this revenue to increase rapidly in the coming years. It’s an extremely strong proposition, especially in Asia, were some 60,000 people will gather in an arena to watch eSports live. In Germany, too, we are seeing some interesting activity in this area. For sure, it has extremely big potential – and that’s why a lot of the key players in media rights are starting to take notice. Also, being targeted at millennials and young people makes it extremely appealing for a lot of companies who are willing to invest in sponsorships. Quite interesting as well is how eSports links with social media, which is a kind of natural recall to connect a lot of people around the world.
ON THE DANGERS FACING THE SPORTS INDUSTRY I spent almost six years working for the IAAF and during that time I also visited the IOC in Lausanne quite often, so I have a unique
The global eSports market value is $900m, and we expect this figure to increase rapidly over the next few years insight into the world of international sport federations. What I saw makes me believe that one of the largest risks that sport faces is in federations being so used to their current way of operation that they are not prepared to make difficult decisions. The business of sport and media is a sexy business, but there seems to me a reluctance on the part of some of the federations to grow. Playing it safe is rarely the best option – and it’s for the same reason that I decided some months ago to strike out on my own away from MP & Silva. Sometimes you must make tough decisions to grow. Big federations like FIFA and UEFA are extremely well-organised entities but smaller federations can often do with a little more support. I think there is still a lot of steps to organise the sports business to arrive at a more professional level.
ON HOW DOPING SCANDALS ARE AFFECTING SPORTS INVESTMENT I think all federations realise now what a huge problem these kind of scandals are for their respective sports, and I believe most are doing what they can to come up with solutions. The trouble with doping, in particular, is it’s
not easy to solve by nature of the fact that there are constantly new products coming to the market that would be considered as performance enhancing. Therefore, the sports federations are forced to run behind medical innovation to identify the latest products before athletes start using them. In my opinion, there’s a point at which the federations need to look at themselves and the demands that they are putting on athletes. If they are asking these individuals to follow very tight and heavy schedules, the risk is higher of athletes feeling the need to dope. The fault is not with the federations alone, of course, but it is an important factor. Control of sporting schedules is vital in order to maintain quality but also to support clean sport. From a business point of view it is crucial, too: sports tainted by doping often see a large reduction in sponsorship and the value of their media rights.
ON THE DEMANDS OF SPORT MEDIA At the end of the day, we’re seeing higher and higher demand for coverage of sports events. The demands of the fans and federations is for higher quality sport, with a number of different options of how to view it. At the same time, we’re also seeing an unbelievable growth in the value of media rights and sports events in general – especially, the Premier League – which continues to apply pressure. That being said, it’s an extremely exciting time to be involed in the industry, and I look forward to shaping Silva International’s continued role within it. ■ For more information about Marco Auletta and Silva International, see: silvainternational.com
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A GOOD SPORT: [this image, and opposite] Silva International sees huge growth potential in Major League Soccer; [left] Marco Auletta is the CEO of Silva International.
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A SPORTING CHANCE Inspired by Formula One tech, Richard Mille’s RM 27-02 tourbillon is leagues ahead of other sports watches, and allows its wearers to stay way in front of the competition as well, says ADRIAN HAILWOOD
HEN WHITTLING DOWN your choice of watch, one of the earliest decisions is often ‘sports or dress?’, the implication being that a dress watch will be a delicate sliver of elegance designed to exude sophistication at formal functions, while a sports watch will be a chunky beast of a piece engineered to survive a fall down a mountain, double as a diving weight, and allow you to beat your next meal to death using just your wrist. Ever since a certain super-spy teamed a dive watch with a dinner jacket, that particular divide has been crossed, but sports watches, in the common perception, remain sturdy, chunky and heavy. While no-one would ever describe his watches as svelte, Richard Mille is breaking the mould when it comes to weight, producing a tourbillon piece that barely tips the scales at all, registering a mere 19 grams including the strap. Describing his watches as ‘racing machines for the wrist’, the use of Formula One tech for inspiration is immediately evident. The dart-like form of the modern F1 car with wheels attached by the most slender of struts gives an impression of delicacy that is a world away from the truth. Those carbon fibre rods that look so fragile can easily take a weight of two tonnes and the whole car is crash tested to decelerations of up to 60g. If it sounds like overkill, during his high-speed crash at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007,
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PERSONAL BEST: The RM 27-02 is the ultimate sports watch, as runner Wayde Van Niekerk [below] can testify – he was wearing one when he broke the world record for the 400m sprint.
Robert Kubica underwent a deceleration of 28G and only suffered bruises. It is a combination of low weight, shock absorption and structural stiffness that works for both car and watch. Despite appearances, it is their mass that can make sports watches vulnerable to damage. High school physics tells us that force = mass x acceleration. Make the watch, and especially the components within the watch, as light as possible and it becomes a lot more resistant to shocks and knocks. No surprise then that Richard Mille has had watches on the wrists of racing drivers since the earliest days, creating a whole collection of watches for Felipe Massa, who’s worn Richard Mille since 2004. Since then he’s added another driver and two teams to his roster of partners. Given the tight tolerances of modern sport, most sportsmen and women choose not to wear a watch if it will affect balance or reaction, but the ultra-light weight of Richard Mille’s creations makes this less of a concern. Rafael Nadal wears the RM 27 tourbillon piece mentioned previously although he wears it on his right wrist so it avoids the worst shocks of regular 125mph serves. Equally impressive,
although more sedate, is Richard Mille’s roster of golfers, including Bubba Watson, Diana Luna and Christie Kerr. In golf the balance of the swing is crucial and the shock of impact travels up both wrists, but the RM pieces are specially designed to cope. The 2016 summer Olympics saw new records and new Richard Mille ambassadors with Bubba Watson, Rafael Nadal and the sprinter and brand partner since 2012 Yohan Blake being joined by 400m runner Wayde Van Niekerk. Far from being a household name, Van Niekerk proved to be an inspired choice as he broke Michael Johnson’s world record while giving the world yet another view of the 19 gram RM27-02 tourbillon watch. It’s not clear how often any of these sportsmen and women actually need to consult the time during their chosen activity, or how legible their watch would actually be if they did. One thing is clear, though – with their ‘barely there’ construction, Richard Mille can partner his watches with the highest profile athletes safe in the knowledge that he is not hampering their performance. ■ For more information, see fellows.co.uk
Pure, functional pilot’s watches are as utilitarian as they are timeless. Here, we fix our sights on the best of the best
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PILOT SCHEME: [left to right] Breitling Navitimer GMT Limited Edition Aurora Blue, £8,350, breitling.com Elliot Brown Tyneham Automatic 305-003, £795, elliotbrownwatches.com Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte, £2,700, bellross.com IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’, £3,490, iwc.com
SKY HIGH: [top to bottom] Bremont Boeing 100 Limited Edition, £5,495, bremont.com Zenith Heritage Pilot Ton Up, £5,600, zenith-watches.com
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THE RIGHT FORMULA TAG Heuer has teamed up with The Watch Gallery to create a limited-edition iteration of its Formula 1 chronograph watch. You’ll need Lewis Hamilton-like reactions to get your hands on one, though – there’s just 200 pieces worldwide. You know, just abide by the speed limit. For more information, see tagheuer.co.uk
This 43mm quartz chronograph (£1,250) features an aluminium bezel in The Watch Gallery’s signature sapphire blue, with colour-corresponding sub dials. Continuing TAG Heuer’s motoring heritage, this special edition also features a race-ready running second, minute and hour chronograph counter at three, nine and six o’clock, and a tachymeter scale on the bezel.
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BRITAIN HASN’T EVER WON THE AMERICA’S CUP, BUT SIR BEN AINSLIE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE ALL THAT WITH THE HELP OF A REMARKABLE NEW BOAT, SAYS JEREMY TAYLOR 054
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SAILING TO SUCCESS: Not satisfied with winning four consecutive Olympic titles and numerous world championships, Sir Ben Ainslie now has his sights set on bringing the Americaâ€™s Cup to British shores.
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BOAT PARTY: Sir Ben Ainslie skippering the Land Rover BAR team on a practice day for the America’s Cup. Their boat uses F1 motoring technology to speed through the sea. Sir Ben refers to it as “a fighter jet on water”.
IR BEN AINSLIE’S cutting edge catamaran bears little resemblance to the serene yachts that competed in the first America’s Cup 165 years ago. The 45ft twin hull is a 21st century flying machine – crafted from carbon fibre and loaded with as much technology as an F1 racing car. ‘Rita’, as Sir Ben affectionately calls his boat, carries a sail as large as the wings on a 747 jet. It carves through the water at 50mph – riding five feet above the surface on a brace of boomerang-shaped hydrofoils. And today I’m hanging on the back – a unique opportunity to watch Britain’s most successful sailor as he prepares to win the America’s Cup. I can barely keep my eyes open as salt water from the Solent lashes off my face. The catamaran bucks and pitches as we flash past a race marker with only inches to spare, but there’s nowhere to shelter from the cascade of spray pouring from the hulls. There’s no chance to adjust my glasses either before another wave catches me head on. It’s so intense that I’m struggling to focus on anything through the briny haze. Instead, I cling to the netting that’s strung between the hulls with a vice-like grip. The sound of the hydrofoils slicing through the sea is a continuous, whale-like moan. We’re soaring five foot above the water – held aloft by the power of the wind and those incredible blades. They’re shaped to cut through the waves with minimal resistance and lift the 2,400kg boat clear of the sea. It’s a magical sensation, even for the most experienced sailor. The boat pitches and yaws as Sir Ben battles for control. There’s a sense that the slightest gust could send us catapulting into watery oblivion at any point. Sir Ben has put British sailing on the map in recent years. With four consecutive Olympic titles, multiple world championships and a knighthood in 2013, he was even given the honour of carrying the flag for the British team at the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony. It would have been understandable if he never stepped foot on a boat again. However, the 39-year-old isn’t finished quite yet and has embroiled himself in his toughest challenge to date – bringing the America’s Cup to Britain for the very first time. “I had two ambitions as a child: to have an Olympic gold medal and win the America’s Cup. Many Brits have tried for the latter but it hasn’t happened since the event started in 1851,” says Sir Ben, when we get back to shore. “Immediately after I won my last gold medal at Weymouth in 2012, I said I probably wouldn’t compete at Rio. It was quite an emotional moment but my campaign to win
Winning back the America’s Cup is the last great sporting hurdle that we have to cross the next America’s Cup in 2017 has already proved a massive effort.” Sir Ben actually won the America’s Cup in 2013 with Oracle Team USA. At the time, the victory was described as the ‘greatest comeback ever’, with the Americans trailing Team New Zealand 8-1 in San Francisco Bay before Sir Ben was asked to take charge of the yacht as tactician. In a truly remarkable turnaround, he used all of his sailing knowhow to bring Oracle back from the brink, winning the 17-race series 8-9. “It was amazing to win in 2013 but now I want to bring the cup home to England. This is probably the only major trophy we haven’t won. Only the Tour de France eluded us for such a long time – then Bradley Wiggins cycled into the history books in 2012.” The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. Originally awarded by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight, the first event in 1851 featured 15 British boats and just one team from the USA. However, the schooner America proved to be more than a match for the British yachtsmen and it finished a full eight minutes ahead of its closest rival. Later, the trophy was renamed America’s Cup after it was donated to the New York Yacht Club. “Despite numerous attempts to win it back, every one has ended in glorious failure. It’s part of our British maritime history – the last great sporting hurdle we have to cross. My team is aiming to right that wrong. “Had I been involved in that first race in 1851, I would have been really furious. The British were absolutely trounced. It would certainly have been very embarrassing for everyone who took part. It’s that 165 years of hurt that needs to end in 2017.” Before he takes on holders Oracle USA in Bermuda this June, Sir Ben has already enjoyed another special moment last summer. He and his wife, Georgie Thompson, a former Sky News presenter, had their first child, a baby daughter called Bellatrix. His single-minded determination to win the America’s Cup for Britain saw Sir Ben set up Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in 2014, at a ➤
The amount of power that the sailors can deliver is central to the design of the boat
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➤ purpose-built base in Portsmouth. He then had to raise £85m in commercial sponsorship to get his boat in the water. “The challenge of raising the money was a totally new experience – way beyond anything I had ever done before. Thankfully, we had the support of many individuals and companies like Land Rover, BT, JCB and Siemens.” Sir Ben reveals he was interested in sailing from a young age. “When I was eight, I woke up on Christmas Day to find a dinghy in my bedroom. It was a fantastic present and I remember dashing to pull on my duffle coat and wellies to head straight out onto the water. “My father, Rod, sailed in the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973 and has had a big influence on my career. I caught the sailing bug because of him. I was also bullied at school, which was uncomfortable but probably toughened me up as well.” He calls his latest catamaran a “fighter jet on water”, and enthuses that “it’s the most amazing ride. And because you aren’t protected from the elements, the noise and sensation of movement is amplified to the point where it feels like you are taking off.” Martin Whitmarsh, chief executive of Sir Ben’s team, Land Rover BAR, used to head up McLaren F1. “Technology will be key to
success. This boat has much more in common with an F1 car than a traditional sailing yacht. “We have had to develop all of the systems to enable the boat to fly quicker and move dynamically faster than the opposition. The sail and hydrofoils borrow much from motor sport – we even use sensors fitted around the boat to measure performance, just like in F1.” At least Sir Ben himself didn’t have to worry about his diet so much this summer. In the larger boats used for the America’s Cup campaign, crew weight isn’t such an issue. “Before every Olympics I had to bulk up from 85kg to 93kg, eating whatever I liked and drinking those awful protein drinks. “I used to burn up to 5,000 calories a day dinghy racing. Now I’ve retired from that, I don’t have to worry about maintaining my weight so much. As the helmsman, it’s more important that I’m light, so that any extra weight allowance on the boat can be spread
around the big guys who work the winches.” There’s still a strict exercise regime, though, and the total weight of the six crew cannot exceed 525kg. Previous America’s Cup sailors were power-sprint athletes, bristling with muscle to work the winches and grinders that trim the sails. Now they’re more likely to be a 10km runner or a rower, so they are producing a constant power output without going into the red for 40 minutes to recover. The team’s strength and conditioning coach, Ben Williams, explained: “They have become endurance athletes. We did a lot of development work and then went and talked to the design team about how much power we thought we could give them to race in the America’s Cup. They will use that number – so the amount of power the sailors can deliver is central to the design of the boat.” Each member of the crew is expected to burn up 36,000 calories a week – 20,000 on sailing. They undergo blood tests three times a year so a hematologist can assess what vitamins and minerals should be added to their already strict diet. Williams is also keen on preventing injuries before they happen. “The more often I can deliver those guys to the boat uninjured with maximum energy and power, fully hydrated, the better they’ll become tactically, emotionally, physically and mentally. “So we have created an environment where the most important thing is training to prevent injuries, as well as to develop mobility, flexibility, and the ability to get into different positions under load and not get injured. That forms the foundation of our training. Then we have the crew weight restrictions to consider, and we have to be able to create that defined amount of power. It’s a vital part of our mission to bring the cup home.” ■
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minions of Team SK Telecom are on the rampage. To a backdrop of cheering, the blue Nexus shudders, blinks and explodes. Cue pandemonium. Nearly 20,000 spectators scream their appreciation as fireworks explode from the stage. The winning team rise from their seats and embrace, their jubilation no doubt increased by the $2m spoils of victory. The League of Legends World Championship is over – and another triumphant chapter has been written into the eSports story. If that opening paragraph just sailed above your head, don’t worry. Settle back for a crash course in modern competitive entertainment. eSports is an abbreviation of ‘electronic sports’: or, in common parlance, video games. As with non-digital sport, the vast majority of eSports players are enthusiastic amateurs, although a select few have the skill and dedication to compete professionally. Although the number of eSports titles is vast and ever-growing, the ‘big four’, so to speak, are currently League of Legends, Counter Strike, Overwatch and Dota 2. Consider these numbers. In 2015, 36 million unique viewers watched the League of Legends world championship finals over a five-week period, peaking at 14 million concurrently for the final. A year before the UFC sold out Madison Square Garden, eSports got there first, packing the fabled sporting venue for a LoL qualifier. At any given moment, more than half a million people will be watching eSports on the video-streaming website, Twitch. Feel old yet? Tobias Sherman certainly did. “Watching people play video games was the dumbest thing I’d ever heard of!” he laughs down the phone. “People think eSports is niche, then they find out, ‘oh my gosh, this isn’t niche at all. This is pop culture. I’m just getting older!’” Sherman is global head of eSports at WME/IMG. The company recently bought the UFC for $4bn, although our interest concerns its founding of eLeague – an attempt to package eSports in a league format and reach the more casual viewer through traditional ➤
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➤ media, ie: television. On the weekdays, eLeague streamed on Twitch, but on Friday night it also aired on American channel TBS. This was a major transition: uprooting eSports from its digital habitat and thrusting it under the glare of a network spotlight. “In conventional media, digital is a secondary experience,” explains Sherman. “In eSports, digital is the primary.” Could the genre survive this forward step back in time? Crucially, eLeague was packaged in a way that would be familiar to the American viewer. That meant a studio, a live audience – “a lot of people don’t get eSports until they get into the energy of a live event” – pundits, established narratives, and, most importantly, an easy-tofollow game: in this case, Counter Strike. “There were clearly evident advantages to showing a FPS [first person shooter],” says Sherman. “It’s very easy to understand Team A versus Team B with an objective. Imagine being 40 and trying to watch soccer for the first time. You’re not going to understand offside, penalty kicks, etc. These things would be very foreign to you if you had no reference point. We felt Counter Strike required the least amount of effort to learn.” Sherman is borderline evangelical about
Attendances will grow. We’re a little far off filling Wembley Stadium but give it a couple of years eSports – he cried on seeing the eLeague studio built by TBS – and with good reason. The league proved a success, reinforcing the credibility of eSports as a mainstream product. Sherman recalls: “We had people whose wives were giving birth in the hospital and they had it on. People at Buffalo Wild Wings [an American sports bar chain] were having viewing parties next to people watching football. You could feel that it was a benchmark moment in eSports.” Another sign of eSports’ encroachment into popular culture is the increasing number of celebrities taking a stake in the teams. Notable investors include Rick Fox, Magic Johnson, the Philadelphia 76ers (who also share an owner with Crystal Palace FC), Shaquille O’Neal,
Steve Aoki, and actor Ashton Kutcher. What of the eSports athletes themselves? The top teams make millions from the big tournament pots alone: Dota 2 paid out a record $9m to Wings Gaming, winners of The International 2016. The players who make up the most successful teams are celebrities in their field – and beyond. South Korean player Faker (real name Lee Sang-hyeok) was described as ‘the first true global star of gaming’ in a 2015 ESPN profile. Last October his team, SK Telecom T1, retained the LoL world title. Faker’s star has a way to rise yet. It’s not just the players, as Sherman readily illustrates. “Montecristo [real name Christopher Mykles] is known as the best eSports analyst in the world. He currently lives in Korea. When he comes to New York we can’t get on the subway without multiple people asking for an autograph or a picture.” “People who first peer into this world think, ‘this could be big’. No – it’s there.” eSports is certainly ‘there’ in Asia – the traditional power base of the industry – and very much getting there in America and mainland Europe. But what of the UK? To seek an answer, I plunged into a world of wizards, superheroes, monsters and robots – otherwise
WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUE: [this image] Spectators react to a 2014 League of Legends match in Paris. Today an estimated 100m people play LoL every month; [right] Competitors play Call of Duty Back Ops 3 during the Electronic Sports World Cup.
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known as London Comic Con – where ESL has taken over a portion of the ExCeL centre hosting the biannual event. Founded in 2000, ESL is the largest and oldest eSports organisation in the world, with 15 offices globally and more than 400 employees. One of those employees is James Dean, the co-managing director of ESL UK. Sharp of suit and hipster of beard, Dean doesn’t exactly resemble the stereotypical gamer, but he shares Sherman’s zeal, and his belief eSports is on the cusp of something big. “We have two main responsibilities,” says Dean. “To help grow the grassroots level and create an environment for young professionals to develop. Second, to bring eSports on a global level closer to the UK – so global tournaments are held here.” UK eSports players are disadvantaged: most of their global counterparts have more experience playing the major titles, certainly in competition. Dean cites the rapid evolution of eSports as a cause for optimism. “UK eSports is vastly improving. We’ve had amazing players in the past, but we’re striving for a full UK team on that level. With the wellestablished eSports titles that’s a tricky task, but the new titles offer a kind of reset so we’re seeing some really good opportunities.” Not only is eSports as an industry rapidly expanding, within the industry new titles are introduced on a daily basis: the gaming world never stands still. Whether you like strategy, combat, FPS, the industry will not only provide but constantly strive to improve on the current favourite. It’s a very modern product, albeit one that still follows some old rules. “The revenue model follows a typical route to traditional sport,” explains Dean. “You have sponsorship, merchandise, and ticket sales for live events. We need to get a viewership to raise sponsorship to raise prize money to attract the teams to work harder to play better to attract a bigger audience to attract more sponsorship, and it goes round in circles.” eSports live events are growing ever more ambitious. In London, eSports has sold out Wembley Arena and indigo at the O2 – not to mention bars such as Meltdown in Islington dedicated to hosting eSports every night. Dean notes: “Currently we’re seeing the big, big tournaments getting around 10-20,000 people in a stadium. That will continue to grow. We’re a little far off filling Wembley Stadium but give it a couple of years. “A huge amount of production value goes into the big events. We’ve got game characters on stage, spider cams flying around, pre-show acts… [the DJ] DeadMau5 recently performed. It’s getting bigger and bigger.”
And as eSports grows, so does brand interest. Initially ESL only attracted endemic sponsors: brands directly related to the gaming world. Dean says this is changing. “Now, we’re starting to attract the nonendemic sponsor because the kind of people watching eSports are very hard to reach through the traditional media.” Most eSports consumers are millennials, the most desirable of all advertising demographics. Yet how can brands work digital platforms such as Twitch? Is the answer to adapt, or simply drag eSports – and its millions of young fans – further into the mainstream? Nobody has yet found a satisfactory solution: those who do will become very rich, very quickly. Dean summarises the current state-ofplay thus: “The question on the top of every marketing director’s list will be, ‘what’s our eSports strategy?’ This doesn’t happen very often, when a new thing pops up, and for an audience they’re not necessarily reaching.” Meanwhile, as brands seek to unlock the eSports puzzle, the industry itself continues to acquire the mainstream trappings. ESL has hired a PR company, and releases weekly news bulletins which are published by Red Bull. In America, IMG Academy runs eSports programmes, enlisting experts in sports
On the top of every marketing director’s list will be, ‘what’s our eSports strategy?’
science to improve player performance, assess hand-eye coordination, hydration, and diet. One mystery: why did the quality of play tend to dip after around 40 minutes? Monitoring suggested a crash in blood sugar caused by excessive intake of energy drinks: so now the consumption of Monster is carefully regulated. Just like a footballer’s pre-match meal or a boxer’s drills. “This is a sport,” insists Tobias Sherman, “and over time it won’t even be questioned. People have their generalities, their stereotypes, and those are hard to break. But guess what? Kids that are growing up with these games, and playing these games as second nature – this is sports for them.” Before our conversation ends, Sherman offers his vision for eSports. It’s ambitious, beguiling and quite possibly spot on. “What’s next? VR stadiums are next, where you can be beside a buddy of yours in the UK but you’re sitting together virtually watching your favourite eSports players right in front of you, just as you would in a real stadium.” “Every year I make a bold claim and somebody laughs at me. We’re going to sell out stadiums – somebody laughs. The next claim: we will see eSports in the Olympics.” Lower those eyebrows. Young, digital, and with millions of devoted fans worldwide, eSports could easily prove the revelation of the next decade. Many would claim it is already the revelation of this one. The future is what happens when you are looking the other way. Let’s give Sherman the last word. “Time wins this one. You can laugh at me now, when I say eSports will be in the Olympics – but it’s going to get there. Period. “This will continue to grow as these people get older and share the experience with future generations. Gaming isn’t going anywhere. Competitive gaming isn’t going anywhere.” ■
When We Were Kings
GEORGE FOREMAN WON THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE IN 1973 AND 1994. IN BETWEEN HE LOST THE MOST FAMOUS FIGHT IN HISTORY. MAX WILLIAMS INTERVIEWS A SPORTING LEGEND 064
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READY TO RUMBLE: Heavyweight champion George Foreman raises his fist at the weigh-in for his 1974 title fight against Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire. Having pulverised Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, the only two fighters to beat Ali, Foreman was the heavy favourite.
EOPLE ASK ME why I named all six of my
sons George Foreman,” says George Foreman. “Well, when you’ve been punched in the head by Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield, Ken Norton – try see how many names you remember!” The audience roars. We’re at the Emirates Stadium. Foreman is being interviewed by Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson, the final act of an evening organised by Simply Prestige Events that has seen live music, auctioning of sporting memorabilia and the boxer posing for a photograph with every person in the room. The photographs were quite something. He sat in front of a camera, bald and besuited, as one by one a line of grizzled businessmen enjoyed their five seconds in ‘George’s grotto’. He beamed at each new arrival before striking some variation of the clenched fist pose. He never spoke, and after every flash he glanced at the computer monitor to check the latest photo. The number of similar George Foreman images around the world – raised fist, big grin – must run into the hundreds of thousands. Exactly 41 years and 364 days earlier, in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), a 25-year-old George Foreman climbs into a boxing ring. He is the unbeaten and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Thirty-seven of his 40 victories have come within the distance. Across the ring, former champion Muhammed Ali performs the familiar shuffle. Many watching around the world fear for Ali’s life. As the referee calls the fighters together, the older man taunts the young champion. Foreman is unmoved. In barely half an hour Foreman will have lost his unbeaten record, his aura and his title – and the Rumble in the Jungle will be on its way to being enshrined as the most famous event in sporting history. Foreman has only one regret about that night. “I wish I’d gone across the ring and said, ‘good fight, champ’. I wish I’d done that.” The transformation of George Foreman is perhaps the most definitive rebuttal to F Scott Fitzgerald’s maxim of there being no second acts in American lives. (In fairness to Scott, even he didn’t believe it.) The vanquished titan reborn as a genial preacher, and then the beaming face of the most famous grill on the planet. Salesman and statesmen, Big George went from Attila the Hun to Santa Claus. It’s surreal, shaking the hand that pounded the jaw of Joe Frazier, staring into eyes that once stared into Ali’s across the Zaire night. In truth, it’s hard to reconcile this George Foreman with that George Foreman. No matter how ravaged by their years in and out of the ring, Frazier and Ali remained ➤
ROPE-A-DOPED: A stunned Foreman attempts to rise after being floored by Ali in the eighth round. Foreman claims his biggest regret is not the defeat but his failure to congratulate Ali. In the years after the fight, Foreman would jerk awake in the middle of the night, trying to beat the count.
➤ unmistakably Frazier and Ali. Foreman, in contrast, bears no obvious ill-effects from his boxing career yet is unrecognisable from his youthful prime. Perhaps it’s the decade of happy gluttony that swelled his frame to beachball proportions. Perhaps it’s the lack of hair. Perhaps he just smiles more. Today’s Foreman has much to smile about. The endorsement of the Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine has helped earn the father-of-12 a fortune that’s estimated at $250m. (By way of contrast, Muhammed Ali sold the rights to his name and image for $50m in 2006; Joe Frazier spent his final years living above his Philadelphia gym.) Whatever the reason for Foreman’s trip to north London, he certainly isn’t doing it for the money. The man loves an audience: his voice is beautiful, a Texan baritone capable of both comedic patter and majestic invocation. The gag about his sons is delivered with the glee of the funnyman who knows he’s guaranteed a laugh. Yet when he recounts how “I was dead and alive again”, the elongated flatness of that “de-ad” takes you down into the depths. But we run ahead of ourselves. George Edward Foreman was born in Houston, Texas on 10 January, 1949. Raised by his mother in Houston’s Fifth Ward (known as ‘the bloody fifth’) – child number five of seven – his prospects seemed bleak to non-existent. A promising footballer in junior high, his frequent truancy and eventual dropout scuppered any hope of emulating his
childhood hero, Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown. A self-described “teenage thug” with “no chances at all”, Foreman and some friends signed up for Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 Job Corps programme and relocated to California. There, Foreman was introduced to boxing by future coach Doc Broadus as a means to control the violent temper that nearly saw him expelled from the programme. After a brief, ill-fated return to Houston, in which the unemployed 18-year old threatened to return to his old delinquency, Foreman returned to California, boxing and to Doc. A successful amateur career culminated in triumph at the 1968 Olympics, with Foreman winning the USA’s second consecutive heavyweight gold medal after Joe Frazier in 1964. (Cassius Clay claimed light heavyweight gold in 1960.) Today Foreman counts the gold medal as his greatest moment in boxing. “Let me tell you, there has been nothing that comes close to the feeling I had as a
After I won the Olympic gold medal it haunted me for days because I thought I was dreaming
19-year-old boy who’d never had a dream come true. That was spectacular.” “You sit there on the medal platform, with the national anthem in the background, and you kept thinking, ‘I’m going to wake up in a minute. This is a dream.’ Then the day after you wake, you say, ‘I'm going to wake up the next day. This is a dream.’ It haunted me for days because I thought I was dreaming.” Better than his two championships? “I was happy to become heavyweight champion of the world, a tremendous afterfeeling. Then, winning that title again in ’94, it was like, ‘It’s impossible! It’s gotta be impossible!’ Those are the feelings I had. But to say one was better than the other – I couldn’t. Only the Olympic gold medal was distinctive.” He demolished Frazier in Jamaica, flooring the unbeaten champion six times over two brutal rounds. If that night marked the birth of the Foreman legend, the 1974 knockout of Ken Norton, also within two rounds, proved a career highpoint. He bestrode the heavyweight division, colossal in body and mystique. Foreman drew his aloof persona from former stablemate Sonny Liston. “I saw the way that Sonny Liston feared people, and how he’d look you in the eye, didn’t say much. I thought ‘mean will get you to be champion, I'm going to be meaner than him.’” Was he happy during this period? “I was just imitating someone. That was his life. No-one enjoys living someone else's life.” And then came Zaire, the decision to grant
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an aging has-been a final payday, and the inadvertent tumble into cultural mythology that began the moment Ali’s right glove slammed onto Foreman’s jaw with 13 seconds remaining of the eighth round. Twenty-two months after gestation, the ogre was slain. Foreman admits “I lost the fight fair and square”, the furious pursuit of a decisive punch draining away all of his stamina as Ali absorbed his blows against the ropes. “I remember in about the sixth round, I realised, ‘man, someone lied. This guy’s tough!’ And he whispered in my ear, ‘is that all you got, George?’ And I can sincerely tell you now, that was all I had.” He chuckles. “I really should have been more prepared, and my corner people should have been prepared to tell me how to win. But that’s not gonna be through the knocking out of Muhammed Ali. If I had to do it all over again, I still wouldn’t have knocked him out!” The celebrated 1996 documentary of the fight, When We Were Kings, won an Oscar but largely reduced Foreman to the role of hulking antagonist matched against Ali’s dazzling heroism. Foreman is phlegmatic. “Every time when I watch it, I keep thinking, ‘I’m gonna win now!’ And I keep thinking every time, ‘I’m gonna get him now, this time I definitely got him!’ And I keep on losing, so I just stopped watching it.” Did he realise the enormity of the event at the time? Comprehend his place in history? “I really didn’t because I was so much a part of it. After it’s all over, and you start trying to make a comeback, and people are saying, ‘what happened to the fight?’ – then you realise, this was a major event that I was involved in. Not while it was happening, only years after, maybe ten years after.” He departed Zaire a broken man. The defeat would quite literally haunt his dreams. “After the boxing match I’d get up in the night… I’d keep jumping up trying to beat the count. This went on for a couple of years. I couldn’t outlive that moment. So you keep saying to yourself, ‘If! If! If!’” Gripped by depression and desperation, Foreman even resorted to fighting five men in a single night in a vain attempt to recapture his lost aura. Watching on from the ringside, Ali merrily goaded his former foe. It was an attempt to prove his questioned stamina that led to his second defeat, on points to Jimmy Young in 1977. “I went 12 rounds intentionally,” insists Foreman. “I was trying to prove to the world I could go 12 rounds.” Ironically, it was in the 12th round that Young inflicted the second knockdown of Foreman’s career. Although Foreman got
I was 300 pounds, I cut my moustache, my hair – nobody even recognised me! I could be myself up and believes he won the fight, the judges disagreed and awarded Young the decision. Yet it was not the defeat but the immediate aftermath that changed Foreman’s life forever. In the changing room, Foreman collapsed. “I went back to cool off in the dressing room and in a split second I was dead and alive again, I was in the room screaming ‘Jesus Christ has come alive in me!’ They rushed me to intensive care and I stayed in the hospital a couple of days, and I tried to rationalise what had happened to me. I saw blood on my hands and my forehead, I saw screaming…” Foreman’s trainer Gil Clancy assumed the extreme heat of the Puerto Rican night, coupled with the exertions of the ring, had triggered some form of hallucination. Foreman is convinced he found God. Whether due to dehydration or the divine, the episode prompted Foreman to retire immediately from boxing. “For ten years I couldn’t make a fist. I couldn't box, I couldn't go back into the gym.” Instead the former terror of the heavyweight division fully embraced a life
of anonymity and the church. He shaved his head, feasted on burgers and spread God’s word to people on street corners. It was the happiest decade of Foreman’s life. “There are two doors in life. One is the big high-side where you’re a celebrity and you go in the front door and everything is big. Then there’s the backdoor. You still come in and there isn’t any celebrity. You’re not a celebrity, you’re just a regular guy, and I learnt to love that. People liked me for who I was.” “I was ordained an evangelist and started working, preaching on the street corners, telling everybody about my experience. I was 300lbs, I cut my moustache and my hair – nobody even recognised me! I could be myself. Go to the grocery stores and look at bargains… I just loved it.” Once he began officiating weddings and funerals, ‘Brother George’ appeared to have left his former life behind for good. “I never intended to box again! But then that phenomenon occurred – I became broke.” And so, age 38, the now-even-bigger Foreman strapped on the gloves. Also older, wiser, and infinitely more affable, his was the type of comeback so beloved by America. With Mike Tyson occupying Foreman’s old role as boxing’s bogeyman, George swiftly became the nation’s favourite uncle. Through a combination of ring savvy and undiminished power, Foreman boxed his way to two world title shots in 1991 and 1993. He was outmanoeuvred by his younger opponents and lost both on points. 1994 brought a third ➤
STILL GOT IT: Foreman knocks out Michael Moorer to regain the heavyweight title in 1994. “I knew I had to drop him and it had to be for good.”
➤ title fight, against new champion Michael Moorer. The memory of those two previous defeats dictated a strategy of patience. “I realised if I knocked him down once in the first round or second round, he would get up and be afraid and outrun me, and they would give him the victory on points. I knew that!” His voice is emphatic. “I knew I had to drop him, and it had to be for good.” In the tenth round, Foreman landed a straight right, “the best one I ever delivered in a boxing match”, and Moorer crumpled to the canvas. The 45-year-old champion, the oldest heavyweight title winner in boxing history, dropped to his knees in gratitude. “I never took religion into the ring, never pointed up to the sky… But I remember in my hotel room, I prayed. I said, ‘God, I never bring this up but if I win this time I’m gonna get on my knees and say, ‘thank you, Jesus!’’ And after it happened, I got down on my knees. This time it was all real.” Another remarkable night in a remarkable life. Yet if Foreman could relive one of his many triumphs, it wouldn’t be that moment of catharsis, nor the epochal destruction of
more. I was on edge. I was mean. I went to Kingston to fight Joe Frazier: I never even saw one inch of water, the colour of the sea in Jamaica! I was so focused on the boxing match, I didn’t see anything, I didn’t even listen to the local music. After the fight was over, I got on the plane and didn’t look back. “I wish I had enjoyed my journey. If I could do it all again, I would have told myself: “man, this could be the journey of your life. Enjoy the food, the flavours, the curry…” One can’t help but note the timing: his last days of relative anonymity. The Olympic gold soon to be superseded by the championship belt; the nights of shocking the likes of Jonny Carroll long since past. For many years after Kingston, nobody would like George Foreman purely because of who he was. Yet today he is revered. At the Emirates, the interview concludes and the room surges forward for a final photograph with the twotime world champion. He beams and gladhands, the last of the great heavyweights, a living monument to a golden age. Foreman nearly returned to boxing aged 55 until his wife intervened. “She said, ‘George. Isn’t that the way you want to leave the sport? Feeling like you could still do it?’ And I never said a word about a comeback again.” So does the prospect of just one last hurrah ever enter into his mind? “All the time!” He chuckles. “But my wife was right: I left the sport feeling like I could still do it. Most guys leave it on the floor, all beat up and everything. If I was to make a comeback now, it would be against a lightweight, that’s for sure!” ■
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I wish I had enjoyed my journey. I was on edge. I was mean. In Jamaica, I never even saw the sea
Frazier, nor even his beloved Olympic gold. Instead Foreman nominates “this fight in Seattle, Washington. A guy named Carroll.” [His fifth professional contest against Johnny Carroll. Foreman was 20 years old.] “He stared me down in the face like he was a snorting bull. He hadn’t seen me fight…he thought he was tough. The bell rang and he came out at me, and when I threw I missed him. I missed him by a foot! But he felt the wind – and I remember him holding me thinking, ‘My God, somebody lied!’ Then I tried to get him again, and this time I missed him by maybe six inches. And I was upset then, so this time I said, ‘I’m gonna knock him out’, and I threw with all my power, and I missed him by an inch – and when I did he just fell. I didn’t touch him but he fell. The whole crowd saw him fall without being hit! I told him to get up, the crowd told him to get up, they threw candy wrappers, and he didn’t get up. And I stood over him so sad because they could see what he had done. “Afterwards, he came to me and he said, ‘George, you really wanted me to get up, didn’t you?’ I said, ‘yep.’ He said, ‘you wanted to kill me, didn’t you?’ I said, “yep.” He said, ‘that’s why I didn't get up.’ I thought, ‘that makes sense’, and I laughed. I’ll never forgot that.” It’s a good anecdote, capturing the fearsome Foreman of lore, and also the young man beneath the monster mask. By beating Frazier, Foreman was thrust into the global spotlight 12 days after his 24th birthday. Older heads have been turned by lesser celebrity. On the subject of regret, he is poignant. “I wish I had enjoyed my journey a bit
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THE MOMENT OF TRUTH CASEY AFFLECK HAS BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, BUT HAS OFTEN FOUND HIMSELF IN THE SUPPORTING ROLE. ROBERT PIPER MEETS A MAN WHO’S FINALLY READY TO STEP OUT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPH BY COVER & FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY by Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Contour by Getty Images
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HE SUN WAS setting on an early spring day at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. But there was a long night ahead for several of the film industry’s most high-profile rights negotiators. The rapturous applause following the screening of Manchester by the Sea was enough to set the wheels in motion: this film had Academy Award written all over it. Next followed an all-night bidding war where eventually the new kids on the block from Amazon Studios won out – beating the likes of Sony, Universal Pictures, Fox
Searchlight and Lionsgate – to win the US distribution rights to the film. It was the second largest purchase of the whole festival. The film’s leading man, Casey Affleck, might not have graced as many glossy magazine covers as you’d expect for someone who has been working in the industry for more than 20 years – but that’s the very reason we wanted him to be on ours. Up until now, you would never have said Casey Affleck was the ‘obvious choice’. Growing up with Ben as his older brother ➤
If Ben is the headlinegrabbing Ferrari 250 GTO, Casey is the understated 275 GTS
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford back in 2007. “I did an enormous amount of research for that role,” he explains to me as we chat in the run up to Thanksgiving last year. “I started by reading old nickel and dime books about Jesse James, the James gang, and the Wild West in general. They were the kind of books that someone on the East Coast would have gotten their hands on – and those stories would have contributed to a distorted ethological vision
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➤ ensured that. But if Ben is the headlinegrabbing, finely-buffed Ferrari 250 GTO, Casey is the more understated 275 GTS: arguably more elegant, certainly more of a cult hit, but not a thoroughbred trophy snatcher. Indeed, so far an Academy Award has alluded the younger sibling. Even upstaging Hollywood titan Brad Pitt didn’t prove enough to manage it. He was within a hair’s breadth of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his flawless portrayal of Robert Ford in The
of what the James gang was. It’s what Robert Ford would have read. I read newspaper articles from the period every single day – in the morning, in the trailer. Some of that stuff I used in the movie,” says Affleck. Although Affleck admits he doesn’t go full Daniel Day Lewis with his method acting, he does embody the roles he plays with an undiluted intensity. Despite this, his gripping portrayal of Ford wasn’t enough to secure him the Oscar back in 2007. He lost out to Javier Bardem for his terrifying performance as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. Frankly, no one had a chance against him. But this time around, his chances might be better. Affleck has been hotly tipped for the big one – Best Actor – for his portrayal of Lee Chandler in Manchester by the Sea. It looks like only Denzel Washington could get in his way. The film is a touching and tragic story, which sees Affleck’s character lose his brother, and receive legal guardianship of his nephew. “He’s experienced a lot of tragedy in his life, that’s already left him pretty scared,” explains Affleck. “And being back in his hometown is difficult for him. However, after the death of his brother, there’s no one left to take care of his nephew, and so there’s a collision of his sense of responsibility and his very strong desire not to confront his past. That’s the conflict, really – that’s the centre of the movie.” Originally, the film was due to be directed and starred in by Matt Damon – a long-time family friend of the Afflecks. In one of Casey’s first films he played a buddy of Damon’s in Good Will Hunting alongside brother Ben. But because of scheduling clashes, Damon made way for Casey: “Matt was already shooting another movie” Affleck explains. “In the end he really wasn’t that involved. But he was key to the initial development of the script – and asked Kenny to write it,” says Affleck. Despite some controversy surrounding his previous film, Margaret, screenwriter and director Kenneth Lonergan was top of Damon’s list to take the reins for this project. Lonergan worked on the screenplay for You Can Count On Me (two Oscar nominations) ; Gangs of New York (ten Oscar nominations) ➤
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LIFE ON FILM: [clockwise from here] Casey Affleck in Mancherster by the Sea. He’s been tipped for an Oscar for his performance in the lead role; with his brother Ben in Good Will Hunting; in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
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➤ and Analyze This (er, zero Oscar nominations, but $176.9m in global box office takings.) Affleck was more than convinced: “Larry is my favourite kind of person to work for and with, because he really likes to talk about stuff the way that usually only other actors like to talk about it. You know, why people say the things they say? Why are they behaving this way? What does it mean if your character sits down in a scene, versus standing up in a scene? These teeny, tiny, little details that just make other people sort of shrug and squint at you, he enjoys talking about, almost as
I enjoy talking about these teeny, tiny, little details that make others shrug and squint at you squaremile.com
much as I do,” explains Affleck. The script really resonated, too: “What I thought, was, this was really beautifully written, it’s very moving, it’s really funny. It’s seemed very personable and believable, intimate and universal at once,” he says. “This is what you dream of working on when you first become an actor. And to be working with a team this dedicated and talented, you feel secure and safe to explore heavy material like this, you feel safe driving down that road where you can lose yourself. I knew Kenny was looking after me the whole time and that felt very comforting.” This is the second time that he’s worked with Lonergan – the first time was here in London: “He’s an old friend. We started working together in a play in the West End, at the Garrick Theatre, called This is Our Youth. It was one of his first great pieces of writing. We became good friends, and stayed good friends since,” he adds. Affleck starred alongside Matt Damon and Summer Phoenix in the show, which proved West-End gold dust: a play that
actually managed to attract young audiences. Not one to be pigeonholed as an actor, Affleck has branched out into writing and directing, too – most famously in his 2010 mockumentary I’m Still Here. Starring his former brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, the film purported to follow the life of Phoenix, starting with the announcement of his retirement from acting, through his transition into a hip-hop artist. That is except the whole thing was a giant hoax. It was post-modernism on another level. But the film’s art was lost on the majority of critics and audiences alike. However, Affleck has learnt to take the rough with the smooth in his career. The I’m Still Here backlash hasn’t deterred his aspirations. When it comes to his next project – Light of My Life – Affleck is writing, directing and acting in it. Although, when pushed on his favourite of the three disciplines, he pauses and admits “it has to be acting”. Affleck often plays edgy, raw characters – rarely opting for the epic pin-up roles. Take Out of the Furnace, where Casey’s character, Rodney Baze Jr fights in illegal bare-knuckle brawls just to pay the bills. Baze is a former US Marine, who returns from the war a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s a commanding performance, but like much of his work, it’s not necessarily comfortable to watch. And the same can be said about his performance in Manchester by the Sea. He delivers as much in the big moments as he does in the small ones. It’s refined, sophisticated acting which sucks you in. It’s not obvious – and it’s not easy – but then, the road to a Best Actor Academy Award never is. Could this finally be Affleck’s big moment? ■ Manchester by the Sea is in cinemas from 13 January.
AFFLECK ON AFFLECK “It’s been great having Ben in the industry. It can be difficult to navigate this business; there’s highs and lows and I’m lucky enough that I have my brother and Matt [Damon] who know what it’s like and have been through it, too. There’s an understanding, which is comforting because it’s hard to describe to someone who doesn’t exist in that world. There isn’t any sibling rivalry; I think we have very different, very individual career paths and have never really thought that way. He’s my brother, I only have one, and we’re very close. We wouldn’t ever allow that stuff affect our relationship.”
Tunnel Vision THREE OF THE SPORT’S LEGENDARY COMPETITORS, THREE OF THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST CYCLING CLIMBS, ONE SINGULAR DRIVE: TO BEAT THE MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BLANN
COL D’AUBISQUE In the 1985 Tour de France we went over the Aubisque twice in one day. There was a short morning stage of 52.5km and then an afternoon stage of 83.5km, with lunch in between. They’d never do that now. I’d already experienced the Aubisque; in a previous tour I was dropped going on the climb from Pau. On the long scar that runs from the summit towards the Col du Soulor I tried to make up time. It was foggy, raining, and the roads were damp. I was taking wild
lines but there’s no safety barrier. You do crazy things on a bike sometimes, things there’s no way you could’ve rehearsed. I went around a corner and I knew I wasn’t going to make it, so I decked the bike, just dropped it on the tarmac. I was still in my toe clips, attached to the bike, sliding towards a cliff edge. I hit the concrete parapet, which was the only thing that stopped me from falling 300m down the mountain. – By Paul Sherwen, English former pro racing cyclist who raced in seven editions of the Tour de France. ➤
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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: Col d’Aubisque is one of two tunnels through the Cirque du Litor (formerly called the Le Cercle du Mort – the circle of death).
➤ LACETS DE MONTVERNIER I wasn’t a natural climber; I became a climber by learning to climb, and for that I’ve got Robert Millar to thank. The 1983 Tour was my first Tour, so every day was a big deal for me. On Stage 18, I’d made it into a chasing group with Millar and, when he attacked from the group, I managed to get across. I sat on his wheel all the way to the finish. I watched everything that Millar did: how his body moved, the way that he pedalled. His cadence hardly changed all the way up; he established his rhythm and rode to it, tapping out the pedal strokes one by one. Robert stayed in the saddle and rarely stood up, backed off going into the corners so that he could ride hard out of them, and just made it look totally effortless. Easy. My gaze was fixed on his wheel for the whole of a 11km climb – I knew I couldn’t lose it. We came in at exactly the same time, but the difference between us was that where I’d been simply hanging on, he’d been climbing. But by hanging on I was forced to watch and observe, and I learnt so much. Until then I had just ridden up the climbs, but on that day I became a climber, which meant that I could be a true contender in the Grand Tours. – By Stephen Roche, Irish former professional road racing cyclist who became the second of only two cyclists to win the Triple Crown of victories in the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia stage races, plus the World road race championship. ➤
LONG AND WINDING ROAD: The Lacets de Montvernier have been described as an Alpine Scalextric; the climb has 18 hairpins that switch back every 150m.
A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB: Gotthard Pass connects northern to southern Switzerland and is a regular feature of the Tour de Suisse.
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➤ GOTTHARD It was Stage 3 of the 2015 Tour de Suisse – the big mountain stage: the Gotthard was the first climb. A big chunk of a stage race can depend on the days in the mountains – it’s where you make up or lose time – so I was nervous. When I first turned pro I was still riding the track. I was heavier and I used to dread the mountains; even a 3km drag was hell. Now that I’m lighter I relish the climbs. The Gotthard came 10km into the stage, straight after the neutralised zone. As we followed a long, straight road I was riding on the bumper of the commissaire’s car, which in hindsight wasn’t a great move. It turned out that he hadn’t driven an automatic car before and slammed on the brakes, thinking he was dipping the clutch. Four or five of us went straight into the back of him and came off. That wasn’t a great way to start a mountains stage. It didn’t take long to catch the group again, but when we hit the Gotthard I had no idea it was cobbled; nobody had mentioned it, not even in the race meeting that morning. The surface was not as harsh as the Belgian pave, but it was surreal being on a narrow, twisting climb with hairpin after hairpin covered in cobblestones, the bike shaking all over the place. Once we got 19km into the race, the climb was done. I know now that this is what the Gotthard is famous for. – By Geraint Thomas MBE who rides for Team Sky, Wales and Great Britain. On the track he is a former world champion and Olympic gold medallist. ■ For more epic road cycling scenery, check out Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs by Michael Blann, which is out now (£34.95; Thames & Hudson).
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The 12-week Warrior programme from Evolution of Man helps men to burn more than a stone in fat and build the same in muscle, using nutritional, diet and lifestyle plans and a photographic diary to track progress. Slam sledgehammers, flip tractor tyres, and lift beer barrels as you brutally force your body into shape. Forty-eight personal training sessions, bimonthly sports massages, a physiotherapy consultation, a diet plan, and nutritional supplements will help you achieve your goals. It isn’t easy, but it gets results. For more information, see eomfitness.com
BOOM CYCLE Lots of cheering, loud music and high fives happen at BOOM Cycle, but don’t let that put you off. Classes revolve around a carefully created soundtrack blasting out everything from hip hop to house, with the aim to keep you cycling to the beat. For more information, see boomcycle.co.uk
EQUINOX: ROPES & ROWERS Ropes & Rowers pushes you and your ‘team’ to work together to complete the full body circuit in the fastest time possible. Struggle with medicine balls, a body weight section, and of course the ropes and WaterRowers. You’ll certainly feel the burn. For more information, see equinox.com
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EASY RIDER WITH A BIG RACE LOOMING LARGE ON THE HORIZON, JON HAWKINS DECIDES IT’S TIME TO GET HELP FROM THE EXPERTS AT MATT ROBERTS. AND THAT MEANS LEAVING HIS BIKE AT HOME
F YOU’RE THE kind of person who dreams about carbon fibre and thinks in rpm and bpm, there’s a good chance you’ll have read Tim Krabbé’s frank, brutal and brilliant 1978 novella The Rider, which chronicles the events of a bike race in France. That description undersells it somewhat – The Rider captures everything that’s simultaneously great and terrible about cycling, cut through with a withering disdain for those who aren’t in on the secret. “The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure,” says the author, himself a competitor in the race. “That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering.” Sometimes, though, you just don’t want to straddle the wobbly tightrope between pleasure and pain – all you want is to ride your bike a bit faster. That’s how I find myself in the bright and spartan Matt Roberts gym in Mayfair, surrounded by weights, kettlebells and mats – exactly the kind of things I’ve always rejected in favour of longer, harder
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miles in the saddle. There are no shortcuts to cycling quicker for longer, but, as my personal trainer keeps reminding me (now there’s something I never thought I’d write), you can certainly train smarter. My programme at Matt Roberts begins with a sit-down chat with Tiago, the trainer who’s been assigned to help me go from fitness zero to fitness hero. We start by talking about my lifestyle (rock and roll, obviously), my current level of activity (varied, unfocused) and what I’m looking to achieve (greatness, basically, but I’ll settle for some extra speed on the bike – and rock-hard abs). As it happens, in a couple of months’ time I’m off to Italy with friends to take on the 90km bike leg of a triathlon, so there’s a looming incentive not to rest on my laurels or lapse into a chocolate abyss. Tiago asks me to stretch, lift and extend so he can take a few benchmark measurements, which culminates in a brutal time trial on a static bike. The name of the game is to push myself as hard as I can over 20 minutes, throughout which Tiago takes my heart rate and asks me to tell him, on the minute, how hard I think I’m pushing, from 0 to 10. By about minute 16 – sweat pouring off me like Niagara; breath deeper than the Mariana Trench – the scale’s run out of numbers. Interestingly, and mercifully, the gym-based programme Tiago creates for me involves no more time on the bike – that’s for me to fit into my own time. Instead, each hour-long session focuses on working a particular part
of my body, with intense circuits that take in the gym’s resistance machines, plus some mat work and free weights. One day I could be working the legs, while the next time I visit it might be my core or my arms – whatever the focus, Tiago and often his colleague Omar help me through it with a mixture of encouragement, good humour and just the right amount of pushiness. The programme also includes a full nutritional review to make sure my diet’s in line with my fitness goals (which can mean eating more of the right things, as much as fewer of the wrong ones), so it extends beyond just the gym. It’s tough – and emphatically not a cheat’s route to improved fitness – but each session leaves me both shattered, euphoric, and feeling like I’m making progress. As the programme comes to an end, I’m genuinely disappointed. When I line up at the start of the race, jump on my bike and set off into a balmy Sardinian morning, the signs are promising. So, as it turns out, is the result – I’m not going to be following Chris Froome up a mountain any time soon, or beating Peter Sagan in a sprint, but I’ve gone faster than I’d ever have expected. My bike computer confirms it’s the quickest I’ve ridden in years. As it turns out, it isn’t just about training harder; it isn’t even about training for longer; and it certainly isn’t about suffering greater. It’s all about training smarter. If only I’d been smart enough to figure that out sooner. ■ For more information: mattroberts.co.uk
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ALANCE’ IS DR George Leon’s favourite word and participants in Eucrasia, his radical metabolic detox retreat, can expect to hear it constantly. This is a bootcamp like no other. Never before have I been told to eat more and exercise less to achieve optimum health, but that’s the sort of unexpected advice you get from Leon. He’s a gentle Greek superstar whose Athens clinic is constantly booked up with Olympic champions and famous football teams. His aim with Eucrasia is to kick-start your body and soul towards emotional, mental and physical homeostasis, a more stable equilibrium, and you know right from the start that you’re in exceptional hands. Found at the multiple award-winning Anazoe Spa at Costa Navarino, a luxury resort 45 minutes from Kalamata airport in the Messinia region of Greece’s southern Peloponnese, Eucrasia delivers personalised molecular nutrition and fitness plans that are based on extensive clinical trials. Blood and hair tests combined with complete ergophysiological scanning tell them what’s going on in your body at a cellular level and what you need to eat and do in order to rebalance metabolism, neutralise stress, increase stamina, stimulate skin and lose weight. Leon and his team are cutting edge yet also philosophical – they talk about Hippocrates like he’s a much-loved colleague behind the scenes in the lab while dazzling you with hightech medical analysis. It’s all about giving you the tools to become your own healer, thereby actively working to prevent future medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease which your tests can predict. You won’t find any high intensity exercise on the daily schedule but will take part in yoga and pilates-style classes, beach walks and lowkey weights sessions in the pool. Kinesiology teaches clients how to breathe correctly – using our full lung capacity isn’t as simple as it sounds. The generally mindless act of walking is another problem area. Strange as it may sound, unless we’ve been athletes from a young age most of us have apparently been doing
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it wrong for years. Once it’s explained and demonstrated again and again however, it all starts to make sense. A physical rehabilitation expert identifies dodgy posture and offers tips on how to improve aches and pains in an intensive musculoskeletal examination. The antioxidant, organic food is delicious and gloriously Greek. The smallish meals and regular functional snacks based on Messinia’s Mediterranean diet work to boost cell rejuvenation and, unusually again for a bootcamp, I wasn’t hungry once. Clients are provided with customised meals during their stay and given individual nutrition plans to take home. Also on the programme are a series of treatments in the serene spa. The signature oleotherapy facial and healing massage remedy based on Hippocratic principals are particularly great. If you’re feeling a bit sluggish and not getting good results from your own diet and exercise routine then such unprecedented access to cutting-edge experts in stunning surroundings is the solution. You can’t fail to return home relaxed, renewed and rebalanced. costanavarino.com
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SPIRITUAL AWAKENING: [clockwise from here] A sunrise walk at Gwinganna lifestyle retreat in Australia; the outdoor spa pool at Japanesethemed Yasuragi in Sweden; kayaking in St Lucia at the Body Holiday resort.
THE BODY HOLIDAY: ST LUCIA Don’t come to this all-inclusive resort for a full-on detox as cocktails and champagne flow all day and guests can party in the clubhouse every night. But if it’s a proper holiday with a fitness slant you’re after then you can’t do better. The sheer range of classes will satisfy the most dedicated gym bunny and themed months with visiting experts focus on particular wellness activities throughout the year. All the water sports, golf, archery, mountain biking, abseiling – you name it they’ve got it. A daily hour-long treatment in the hilltop spa is included in the package. This Caribbean dream is fun with a capital F. thebodyholiday.com
YASURAGI: SWEDEN Japanese zen meets Swedish cool in this sophisticated and unique spa hotel designed by Japanese architect Yoji Kasajima, where all 191 rooms have views of the Stockholm archipelago. Deep in the pines yet only 30 minutes from the city, there are a variety of guided meditation and yoga classes, a traditional Japanese bath, massages and
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Experience the natural drama of the cloudcapped Himalayan peaks in boutique hotel bliss by travelling in style between the five luxurious lodges dotted around the mountains. Paro has a spa with sauna, hot stone baths and a yoga area. Thimphu and Bumthang have spas, Punakha has yoga and steam rooms and Gangtey is all about the massage. Traditional plant and herb-based therapies are the very essence of tranquillity. All rooms have woodburning stoves and terrazzo-clad baths, the views of this magical kingdom will rock your world and you’ll fall in love with the staff. This once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage cannot fail to do great things for your soul.
GWINGANNA LIFESTYLE RETREAT: AUSTRALIA Mornings begin at this eco-tourism health retreat in the Tallebudgera Valley watching the sun rise out of the ocean while practicing qigong. Exhilarating hikes in the glorious natural surroundings invigorate body and mind before breakfast. This is followed by a yin and yang, or low and high intensity, variety of activities. There is naturopathy, live blood analysis, nutrition consultations and counselling. There are a number of luxe accommodation options, a huge selection of activities and wellness seminars and a world-class self-sufficient spa. Go for a two
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In 2013, the genius bikemakers at Cervelo set out to build the P5X with one lofty goal in mind: to create the ultimate triathlon bike. Years of real-world research followed – including interviewing scores of athletes, coaches, bike fitters and dealers; analysing hours of on-board data from the prototype; and testing in extreme heat and wind. It was all worth it. The P5X’s astonishing speed is almost to be expected after 180 hours of wind-tunnel testing, but its sheer versatility is its greatest strength. Micro- and macro-adjustable to suit an individual athlete’s set-up, it boasts aerodynamically integrated storage for nutrition or cold-weather gear, and is easy to pack away for travel. The only thing it doesn’t do is cycle for you… £13,499; cervelo.com
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE & TRAVEL SHOW Whether you’re passionate about travelling, photography, climbing, watersports, exploring the British countryside or you’re in the market for some new gear – you’re sure to find everything you need at this show.
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THE ACTIVE MAN Don’t kid yourself: looking the part is half the battle when it comes to putting in the hard yards at the gym. Trouble is, finding gear that looks good even when you’re drenched in sweat isn’t that straightforward. That’s where The Active Man comes in. Rapidly becoming the go-to online retailer for the best brands in the fitness industry, expect to find a perfect blend of functional designs and fashion-forward products on its e-store. Whether you’re looking for high-performance clothing or something to show off your newly improved physique, it has you covered. theactiveman.com
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The great outdoors is begging to be explored – and if you’re going to do it right, you need a pair of shoes that won’t let you down. Take these insulated boots from Filson: made with heavyweight leather and a Vibram rubber sole, they’ll last for decades, not years.
TECHNOGYM Bringing the gym into your own home is the best decision you’ll ever make: no more waiting to use the weights, no more social anxiety about your form, and no more gym rats staring at themselves in the mirror. When it comes to choosing equipment, Technogym’s Kinesis Personal should be at the top of your list. Somewhere between gym furniture and a work of contemporary sculpture, it offers more than 200 different resistancebased exercises designed to improve your strength, flexibility and balance. As simple to use as it is beautiful, it gives you all the exercise encouragement you need without turning your spare room into Fitness First. £10,900; technogym.co.uk
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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND As Bermuda prepares to host the Americaâ€™s Cup, HANNAH BERRY GEORGE heads to the island to scope out the best places to get a piece of the action
S IT REALLY too much to ask? One – will only fly business or first class. Two – must always travel with a bespoke Louis Vuitton case. Three – at all times should be accompanied by a minimum of two armed guards. You’d be forgiven for thinking this is the rider of some A-list celebrity, but the only diva here is a trophy – for this is just a small sample of the list of demands that go along with the highly prestigious, and precious, America’s Cup. Dating back to 1851, the cup – originally called the £100 Cup (though mistakenly engraved as the 100 Guineas Cup upon instruction from the American winning team), predates the modern Olympics and is said to be the oldest trophy in international sport. And, though it perhaps represents America’s longest winning streak in any sport (the New York Yacht Club held the cup for an eyebrowraising 132 years, from 1851 until it was finally taken from them by the Royal Perth Yacht Club in 1983), it doesn’t take its name from the country, but from the first ever vessel to win the cup – The America – witnessed by Queen Victoria at the 53-nautical-mile race around the Isle of Wight. It won against 15 other yachts. But today the numbers of contestants are even fewer – the $3m entry fee has something to do with that. And that’s not taking into account the cost of the craft (around $8m-$10m per boat) and the crew that you’ll need to sail past the finishing line. This is the sport for the world’s 1%. People like Larry Ellison, co-founder of American software giant Oracle, who, in 2013, reportedly poured $115m into Oracle’s Team to successfully defend their America’s Cup title. But with the recent change in the rules to allow smaller vessels (48ft instead of 62ft) to take part, there are signs that the organisation is trying to open its doors a little wider. Though there is some controversy around this move – with Luna Rossa, sponsored by fashion house Prada, pulling out in protest – 2017’s 35th America’s Cup will see six teams compete in first-time-host Bermuda. If you’re confused as to why there’s only been a total of 35 competitions in a 166-year history, let me explain: there is no regular schedule for this competition (clearly). It rallies
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WATER WORLD: [clockwise from here] Days at the Hamilton Princess are best spent sitting back and appreciating the view; the hotel’s beach is pretty much perfect, with loungers-a-plenty for guests who don’t fancy trying out the range of watersports; pretty in pink – the Princess’s exterior.
round only when a qualifying yacht club challenges the club that currently holds the cup. So this can, and has, and probably will continue to, take years between shots. Because it’s not just the cost, but the effort involved that you have to consider. Boats have to be built from scratch – and it’s not just the one you’ll need but, as of this time round, at least three. The official boat of the race, plus a couple of training catamarans for good measure – much like those you might have seen in the Extreme Sailing Series. And, with that in mind, the official Bermudian host – The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – has just undergone a $100m refurbishment, including the first and only fullservice marina in the whole of Bermuda. With 60 berths, accommodating yachts up to 150m in length, it offers access to the likes of the
ocean-loving super rich, people like Ellison, which they haven’t had before. As we take a considerably more understated boat out to try some local snorkelling, Swedish team Artemis are already here to test the waters. Their catamaran skims smoothly back and forth across the ocean alongside us. It’s like ballet on water – elegant, streamlined and seemingly effortless. But as lucky as I feel to catch a sneak peek at what’s to come, I have some of my own demands from this ocean-side resort. First up, I want my own piece of the action. You name it, I’ll try it. At their private beach club – a pleasant 15-minute ride from the hotel – I paddleboard for the first time in the calmness of their enclosed waters. Balancing, I find, is not the problem, but working out the technique of using a single oar – do I switch ➤
In the hotel’s infinity pool, the lines between you, the pool and the ocean all blur into one
POOL WITH A VIEW: [this pic] The Hamilton’s infinity pool comes with a view of the ocean so you can watch all the boats sail by; [below] the hotel’s restaurant also overlooks the sea.
➤ hands or not? Who knows. I wing it and enjoy it, before grabbing a canoe and heading out of the bay. A mistake, because once in open waters turning around to make the journey back was trickier than I had an anticipated, but part of the challenge. For a rather more efficient tour of the island, opt for the two-hour jet ski safari. We travelled all around the island, taking in the landscape, the recognisable white roofs of the houses designed to catch and recycle rainwater (which is required by law on the island), the world’s smallest drawbridge named after the county I was born in (Somerset), a shipwreck, and turtles who are accompanied by schools of iridescent fish. When it comes to beauty, the Hamilton goes more than nature-deep – it’s blessed with some rather amazing contemporary art, too. Its collection – which is curated and owned by the Green family, who also own the hotel – is unlike any other you may see in your entire lifetime. It certainly gives the Dolder Grand in Zurich a run for its money. Take Warhol’s ‘Flowers’, for instance. I’m told MOMA has one of these prints. Here, you’ll find nine. And there’s a lot more where they came from, perhaps because he was a personal friend of the Greens’ late mother. I’m even told they have a Warhol of her, but this is one of the few pieces they choose to keep private at their family residence – which is on the island across from the hotel. But that’s just the tip of a rather large
iceberg – a giant blue-mirrored piece, entitled ‘Monkey (Blue)’ by Jeff Koons sits in the lobby, to its side more Warhols – a string of his ‘Camouflage’ prints – offset with a row of Yoshimoto Nara on the opposing wall, an unmistakable Hirst spot painting to their right, and underneath sits a Banksy. Mondrian, Lichtenstein, Invader, Hockney, Mr Brainwash, Ai Weiwei, even art by Nelson Mandela – if I was to list all the artists behind
the 100+ artworks around this incredible hotel, I’d run out of column inches. But perhaps one of the surprise pieces for me (aside from the Mandela) is the 30ft sculpture by New Yorkbased artist KAWS. A clown-like figure, based on Mickey Mouse, with his face obscured by both hands towers over you as you tuck into breakfast outside the Princess’s Crown and Anchor restaurant, or sip on bubbles in the evening at the Veuve Clicquot bar. Like the hotel’s art, the food is something to note. Especially in Marcus’ – named after the chef, Marcus Samuelsson, the man also behind the infamous Red Rooster in Harlem. The fish chowder bites and deviled eggs are worth the trip to the island alone. But my favourite spot of all – sans artwork – is definitely the infinity pool, where the lines between you, the pool and the ocean blur into one. And that’s at the top of my rider – cracking views of the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Ben Ainslie, captaining his four-man crew to take the title from the Americans and bring the America’s Cup back home to Britain, where it all began in 1852. ■ For more info, thehamiltonprincess.com
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CREATURE COMFORTS The superlative service at Goodwood’s Hound Lodge makes it a real competitor to the title of man’s best friend, says MARK HEDLEY
HEN WOULD YOU like the butler to serve
your dogs their dinner?” Well, this comes pretty high on the list of questions I never thought I’d be asked. It was rapidly followed by another: “And would they care for doggy ice cream for afters?” Er… You see, if you book a stay at Hound Lodge – an exclusive-use ten-bedroom house on Lord March’s exemplary Goodwood Estate – even your dogs are treated like aristocracy. The questions were being asked by Alice, the lodge’s exceptionally conscientious party planner, a few days ahead of our weekend stay. As part of the experience, Alice ensures that every last possible detail has been considered before you even step foot on the grounds, part of the 12,000-acre estate. This preparation includes planning your meals – for humans as well as canines – which will be cooked by your private chef. It’s a collaborative process where you begin with a few of your favourite things, and the chef finishes by turning them into culinary delights. It’s like Ready, Steady, Cook, but with more refinement and less Ainsley Harriott. Dinner is not all you have to look forward to, though; there’s afternoon tea to kick off your stay. On arrival at the lodge, you’ll be met by the chief butler and a team of two deputies. Your bags are labelled and whisked away to your respective rooms (Alice had already asked me to decide which guests were staying in what rooms) before you are ushered into the drawing room for cake and tea – or something a little stronger, if you wish. It’s difficult to get your head around genuine butler service. We’re not talking about an octogenarian who occasionally buffs your shoes here, but a team of highly trained ultraefficient servants, all suited in morning dress, there to look after pretty much anything you can think of – and quite a lot besides. There is a service button in every guest room, which you can ring at any time, day or night, and a butler will arrive to take your request. Need a shirt ironed for dinner? Not a problem. Can’t be bothered to take your dog for a walk first thing in the morning? Don’t worry about it, sir. Want your bath run for you? Consider it done. I suspect they might draw the line at actually handing you your towel. But I wouldn’t bet against it.
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AIN’T NOTHING BUT A HOUND LODGE Goodwood was the home of the world’s first major foxhunt – the Charlton Hunt. Foxhunting was the most fashionable pursuit of the 18th century, and the Charlton would regularly attract more than 50 Lords. The Duke of Richmond bought nearby Goodwood as ➤
THEY CALL IT PUPPY LOVE: Each room has dog bowls and baskets available for the canine contingent of your party; the grand dining room seats 20 people and is decked out with Riedel glassware and Wedgwood crockery; the ensuite bathroom of Dido, the master bedroom.
Decorated in period style, the rooms have some of the most comfortable beds you’ll ever have the pleasure of sleeping on. Their plump mattresses are filled with wool from the flock that graze on the estate. While you’re enjoying an after-dinner digestif in the lounge, the butlers even place hot water bottles inside your bed to heat them up before you turn in. Now that’s a warm welcome.
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE During the day, you’ll have all of the estate’s considerable and diverse charms to explore. There are two 18-hole golf courses, including the Downs Course – an 18 holer ranked 59th in Golf World’s Top 100 English Courses – designed by Gleneagles course architect James Braid. There’s even a PGA coaching team on hand if you get stuck in the rough. For something equally high calibre, you could try clay pigeon shooting at the estate’s range – or opt for a treatment at the spa. For
a bird’s-eye view of Goodwood, you can head to the aerodrome to fly a Cessna, a helicopter or even a warbird. With the latter, you’ll take control of a 550bhp 1943 Harvard Warbird and experience what it would’ve been like to be an RAF trainee during the second world war. If you’re after something a little more 21st century, then throw down a few laps on the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Ultimate Driving experience here starts off in a Mini, working up through increasingly serious BMWs, before finishing with a Rolls-Royce Wraith – certainly a fitting car for the surroundings. Of course, you may choose to eschew such fripperies, and instead play a game of croquet back on the lodge’s manicured courtyard. At the end of a long day, there’s nothing quite like hearing the phrase ‘dinner is served’ – especially by an actual servant. And my word, is it served in style. The butlers take the whole Downton Abbey experience to the next level as they don white gloves and deliver silver service. Dishes are presented with the elegance of a ballerina combined with the efficiency of a soldier. The food is excellent, and would certainly hold its own in a London five-star hotel. The chef follows the seasons, and the produce comes direct from Goodwood’s farm – the largest lowland organic farm in the whole of Europe. The experience as a whole is an indulgence into a bygone era, and dinner is rounded off with cheese and port – for the latter, the host serves himself first and then passes it to the left. Old school. Retiring to the lounge after dinner, there are enough cigars on display to stock James J Fox – and a trolley full of single malts to accompany them, not to mention the complimentary carafe of 15-year-old Glenfiddich left in each bedroom. The only downside to Hound Lodge is how quickly you become used to it all. Returning home to a London flat after your stay here is like being downgraded from first class to cattle. I mean, I have to pour my own drink at home. What is the world coming to? ■ One night at Hound Lodge costs £10,000, but fill it to capacity and that’s £500 a head. This doesn’t include alcohol – sorry. Hound Lodge, Goodwood Estate, West Sussex, PO18 OPP; 01243 755 076; houndlodge.com
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➤ a comfortable place to stay and entertain his illustrious friends during the hunting season. The Duke arguably enjoyed the company of dogs more than humans – indeed, the kennels and later Hound Lodge had central heating a full century before the manor house itself. After the hunt was disbanded in 1895, it still took until the early part of the 20th century for Hound Lodge to begin its transition. The latest renovation and build took two years in total and was completed in January 2016. Although its previous residents are long gone, canine inspiration can be found throughout the home – from the artwork on the walls to the Wedgwood breakfast crockery which features a colourful hunting scene of an endless chase. Even the bedrooms are named after the ten hounds of the ‘Glorious Twenty-Three’ of 1738 – a hunt the 2nd Duke of Richmond described as “the greatest chase that ever was”. Lasting more than ten hours, and 57 miles, it was certainly one of the longest.
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FIRST TIME’S A CHARM Jaguar has launched its first SUV, and couldn’t have got it more right… GRAHAM COURTNEY gets behind the wheel of the brand-new F-Pace
T’S ALWAYS RISKY when a company
or organisation tries something new. Just ask the FA about Sam Allardyce. There’s an old adage about starting a new venture or launching a new product. Make sure you get it absolutely right because you only get one chance to do something for the first time. Get it wrong, and you could have well and truly scuppered everything. So, when Jaguar – with all of its sporting heritage – decided to launch a 4x4 SUV, there was a certain degree of moustache twitching among the ventilated driving-glove brigade. Thankfully for Jaguar, it got it right. In fact, it would have been difficult to have got it any more right. I suppose at this point you’re probably thinking that Jaguar has just popped over to its next-door stablemate and borrowed a lot of bits and pieces from Land Rover, then dropped a shiny new body onto some tried and tested oily bits. Wrong. OK, there will have been a flow of intelligence, but most of the kit under the F-Pace was created specifically for the F-Type. Crucially, it had to be better than the benchmark for this type of car at this type of price: the Porsche Macan. Well, here’s the good news for Jag fans: it is. Prices start at a shade over £35k for the 2.0-litre diesel model. If you want AWD, add a couple of grand. Want an auto ’box (it’s brilliant – ultra smooth, eight-speed – go for it), sling another £2,000 on the table. All three models will hit 60mph in around 8.5 seconds. Top speed is 129mph. Economy is a not unreasonable 54mpg. The 2.0-litre diesel sounds a bit agricultural at low speeds but,
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once on the move, it’s refined and responsive. However, when it comes to a hunky 4x4, you can’t beat a bit of grunt. There are a pair of 3.0-litre F-Pace models available both costing £52,300. You can either have a 295bhp V6 turbodiesel or a 375bhp supercharged V6 petrol. The petrol model is seriously quick – 0-60mph in a shade over five seconds. The diesel isn’t far behind, but the big difference, as you’d expect, is at the pump, with the diesel managing 47mpg while the petrol limps to 31mpg – and it’s considerably worse in town. The low-end pulling power of the 3.0-litre turbodiesel is hugely appealing and probably suits the F-Pace best of all, but there is something about the V6 S petrol F-Pace that wins you over. It has a wonderful growl from the exhaust when you want some but also adds a huge sense of refinement to an already very refined car. It’s absolutely great to drive, massive fun and surprisingly practical. If you can absorb the fuel and tax bills, then the petrol version is worth a serious look. The interior is a perfect example of style and function. The seats are brilliant – both supportive and comfortable. Every F-Pace gets sat nav, DAB radio, USB socket, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard – and just about everything is electrically operated. There’s loads of room, too. A lot of big cars are surprisingly cramped in the back; not so with the F-Pace. This will be a perfect family car. The boot is roomy and there is a full range of accessories available for carrying bikes, skis, luggage boxes and all the rest. And yes, it will scramble over rough ground. Ok, it won’t be a mountain goat, but it’ll certainly pull a horse box over a wet field or reverse a boat into a lake if need be. The Jaguar F-Pace is a brilliant achievement. Bearing in mind that this is Jaguar’s first attempt at an SUV, future models should be utterly mesmerising. If you are in the market for this type of car, begin your road tests with a Jaguar F-Pace. It is the new watermark that all others need to aspire to. ■ For more info, see jaguar.co.uk
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As cool and masculine as its Hollywood namesake, The Grill at McQueen is a veritable meat-eater’s paradise finds MAX WILLIAMS
HE NAME McQUEEN carries certain
connotations. Strong, masculine, and above all cool. With its low lighting and dark leather sofas, newly launched restaurant The Grill at McQueen is certainly taking the right cues from the Hollywood star who inspired the Shoreditch venue. Cool? Check. Masculine? Double check. For what The Grill does is meat, and you don’t get more manly than that. The menu would give a vegetarian palpitations: every other word refers either to a segment of farmyard animal or a way of cooking it. One suspects Steve would very much approve. Morrissey, less so. More fool him because the meat is magnificent. BBQ-braised belly pork is soft as down and richer than many billionaires.
The meat is magnificent: no red-blooded carnivore will leave the table disappointed
For more continental palates, the classic steak tartare has the delicate, refreshing tang of authenticity. Vive la France indeed. And that’s just the starters. The steaks come generous in portion and powerful in flavour: no red-blooded carnivore will leave the table disappointed. Choose from a selection of aged cuts or opt for a sharing platter for the whole party. If more meat feels a little much, ask after the market fish of the day; my grilled sea bass was salt-water fresh and duly delicious. Triple-cooked chips and buttered spinach nicely accessorise the main meal. However, the real star of the sides is unquestionably the pot of smoked cheddar macaroni cheese; it’s the type of food which embodies the phrase “oh go on, one more mouthful”, even as your trousers strain at the waistline. The difficulty is finding the space for pudding. We strived to do justice to a very tasty chocolate cheesecake, but meat and macaroni took its toll. A nicely paired dessert wine, suggested by our lovely and attentive waitress, certainly helped it down. Go to The Grill. Just don’t watch Babe first. ■ The Grill at McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4AA; mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk
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HUMBLE GRAPE Wine bars don’t come much more dedicated to the oenophile’s cause than Humble Grape. Even the bar itself is made from the riddling racks of a champagne house, and the walls of its private dining room are lined with Portuguese cork. The bar’s founder, James Dawson, used to work in the City at ICAP, so he knows what’s required of an afterwork boozer; 250 wine labels on hand is not a bad place to start. After the success of its first outpost in Battersea, the Fleet St/ City borderlands proved fertile ground for ‘take two’. The second Humble Grape outpost is attached to the vaults of St Bride’s Church – a fitting frame for this shrine to wine. Its buyers source sustainably produced labels away from the norm. They import directly from vineyards with no middlemen markups. From 12th generation grand cru riesling in vineyards cultivated by the Romans to feisty artisan syrah from the Western Cape it has plenty of bottles that leave you wanting more. Which isn’t a problem, as you can buy bottles to go. ■
As well as fantastic views over London, a trip up the Walkie Talkie to Fenchurch restaurant reveals stand-out food too, finds MARK HEDLEY
HE HIGHER YOU go up the Walkie Talkie, the
better it gets. You might not be a fan of its bulbous exterior – although, personally I think it has a certain Stormtrooper chic – but inside, you can’t deny that it has impact with its arching ceiling of glass. The Sky Garden’s main viewing level does have the slight air of an upmarket shopping mall canteen – albeit one with exceptional views of south London. Hit the next floor, and things are looking up: Darwin Brasserie provides hearty food at sensible prices given its impressive location. Then, at the top of the tree is Fenchurch: a fine-dining restaurant that takes it to the next level – literally. I was worried that Fenchurch might rely on its elevated position to mask perhaps an underwhelming offering. But I
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couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, it serves up British contemporary cooking with a hefty helping of finesse on top. The rabbit bolognese was as rich and warm as a cashmere jumper, set off by crispy morsels of thinly shaved sourdough coated in Berkswell cheese. The lamb assiette main was the stand-out, though. The lamb comes from Goodwood Estate’s organic farm [read more on that in our review of Hound Lodge on p110] – and was rendered in three delicious ways. Torn braised shoulder came with a Moroccan spice; silky loin went perfectly with buttery artichokes; and leg was grilled over hot charcoals for extra smoke. The sommelier paired the meal with a bold, herbal Romanian wine – Crama Ceptura Feteascã Neagrã – that worked particularly well with the lamb’s basil sauce. Romania wouldn’t be top of my hit list, but when it comes to bang for your buck, it’s difficult to argue with the country’s winemaking skills. A raspberry and white chocolate arlette had plenty of plump fruit to offset the guilty sweetness of the white chocolate – and helped finish the meal off on a suitable high. ■ skygarden.london/fenchurch-restaurant
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The local flavour It’s not just London that’s undergoing a gin-making revolution. Head further south, and you’ll discover Conker Spirit’s story, showing that there’s plenty of room for ingenuity outside of the capital, too…
INCE THE LATE 2000s, which saw the opening of the first copper gin distillery in London since the beginning of the 19th century, there’s been a flurry of gin distillers converting old spaces into new ginmaking workshops, from tiny craft creations to new, mainstream brands. But although gin’s history goes hand inhand with that of the capital, there are plenty of talented and creative distillers around the
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UK working to further revive the spirit and come up with their own, local creations. Take Conker Spirit, for example, made not in London, but in the backstreets of Bournemouth. Conker is a business with quality and passion for the product at its heart – each batch of its gin consists of just 60 bottles, all bottled and labelled by hand, so you know you’re getting a genuine craft product. The best thing about gin, though, at least when it comes to locality, is that it’s so characteristically flavoured. This means that aside from the juniper and citrus notes you’ll find in most London Dry-style gins, you’re also tasting hand-picked (and often hand-foraged) ingredients. And, because the foraged flowers and other ingredients tend to be wild and indigenous, where the distillery goes, the flavours duly follow. That means gins from Scotland that taste emphatically Scottish, gins
from the Lake District whose flavours reflect the area’s landscape, and, in this case, a gin from Bournemouth that tastes like all the bounties the New Forest can offer. Conker Spirit’s gin is distilled with marsh samphire and New Forest gorse, making it equally at home in a gin and tonic or a martini. And it also provides Conker with an absolutely inimitable sense of place, leaving you with the feeling of having had – quite literally – a true taste of the Dorset spirit. ■ For more info, see conkerspirit.co.uk
Wine of the ages There is no more trusted guide to Burgundy than fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks, whose chairman Hew Blair was captivated by its charm from the moment he set foot there back in 1980
HIRTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER his first visit to Burgundy, Hew Blair’s enthusiasm for this iconic French wine region remains undimmed. The chairman of Justerini & Brooks shares this passion with the company’s buying director Giles Burke-Gaffney, and together they have clocked up countless miles navigating their way around the labyrinth of vineyards, talking to the scores of growers, and tasting vintage after vintage. From Pouilly-Fuissé in the south through to the Côte d’Or, and then Chablis in the north,
their knowledge of the hundreds of appellations is encyclopaedic, and their relationships with the producers span generations. The result is that Justerini & Brooks has an unrivalled collection of Burgundy greats, shipping from more than 50 domaines every year, and the January Burgundy En Primeur tastings in London, started by Hew with the 1990 vintage, have become well established in the fine wine calendar. Today, domaine label is more of a quality guarantee than ever before. They own their
vineyards, tend their own vines, pick the grapes, ferment, age and bottle themselves. The many choices made at every stage by each family gives character and individuality to the wines, with vintage variation offering differences in style and longevity. Blair is unequivocal in his praise: “Burgundy is like no other. It is fascinating in its complexity, rewarding in its thrilling quality and, if chosen correctly, has a consistency of quality across vintages while retaining each year its own style and identity.”
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In the early days of his buying trips, only a few domaines were bottling their wines themselves. Following the lead of Marquis D’Angerville, Rousseau and Gouges came the likes of Jean Noel Gagnard, Henri Jayer and Bruno Clair. Blair was one of the first to champion Bruno Clair, which is now recognised as one of the truly great domaines of the Cotes de Nuits. Clair himself is first and foremost a vigneron, and produces some of Burgundy’s purest examples with the help of his winemaker Philippe Brun. He adopts an approach that involves backbreaking vineyard work, minimal-intervention winemaking, and a long, slow ageing process. The estate is renowned in particular for its excellent value Marsannays, stunning Gevreys, and old-vine Savigny Cuvées. His wines are regularly voted among the very best in the region. As well as seeking out the established, top-quality growers, Justerini & Brooks puts considerable time and effort into unearthing exciting new names from the burgeoning number of fresh, bright Burgundian winemaking talent that’s out there. One of the outstanding stars is LouisMichel Liger-Belair. Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair was created at the beginning of 2000 with a few parcels of vineyards remaining in family hands (the Liger-Belair family settled in Vosne when Louis Liger-Belair, Napoleonic General, acquired the Château of Vosne in 1815). His ambition to make pure, terroirdriven wines has come to fruition. La Romanée is the jewel in the Liger-Belair crown. It is the smallest appellation in France and a family monopole, situated just above Romanée-Conti. Louis-Michel’s Vosne-Romanées are intense, chic and gently extracted wines that betray a haunting elegance. Whether it is Louis-Michel in Vosne, brothers Marc and Alexandre Bachelet at Bachelet-Monnot in Maranges, Paul Pillot in Chassagne or Arnaud Mortet in GevreyChambertin, this current crop of young growers have already started to carve out impressive reputations. The future of the region is in excellent hands. “Anybody starting out buying Burgundy
today should look to the villages of St Aubin, Maranges, or Marsannay,” suggests BurkeGaffney, “home to some great domaines which have incredible dedication to their vines and fantastic winemaking ability.” In St Aubin, he recommends Paul Pillot’s exquisitely balanced Les Charmois. The skill and enthusiasm of Thierry Pillot, alongside his sister Chrystelle, coupled with fabulous vineyard holdings make a formidable combination. The resulting wines somehow merge tension with transparency. Domaine Bachelet-Monnot is one of the arch exponents of the medium-bodied wines of Maranges, the southernmost appellation in the Côte de Beaune. The white Burgundy La Fussiére is rich with fleshy fruit notes of greengage and citrus, with a twist of salt and stone adding a freshness to the finish. Marsannay has some of the best value wines in Burgundy, offering a delicate balance, bright, pure fruit and structure. Bruno Clair’s Les Longeroies is a Justerini & Brooks favourite. One of the area’s top vineyards, worthy of Premier Cru status, it produces
a brilliant, vivacious red, ripe with glorious, high-toned cherry and berry flavours. Burgundy is a patchwork of small parcels of land from rolling hills to rocky outcrops. Unlocking potential in these lands, the makers are rooted in their terroir, which is all-important in Burgundy. They weather cool winters, spring frosts, hail, and short summers to nurture their wines from vine to bottle, learning lessons in vineyard and cellar. The allure of Burgundy for the fine wine connoisseur is inescapable. The region is challenging to understand fully, certainly. But the rewards of exploration are immense. With a little expert guidance, you’ll discover Burgundy will provide a lifetime of enormous drinking pleasure, and the finest expressions that soar to marvellous heights. ■ Justerini & Brooks has been supplying collectors around the world from its portfolio of domaine, estate and château-bottled wines since 1749. For an unrivalled portfolio of Burgundy, Rhône, Loire and Champagne, as well as Barolo, German Riesling and the finest Bordeaux, and to register for details of tastings and dinners, visit justerinis.com
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GOLF TYRRELL HATTON The 2017 season may be in its early throes, but we’re still reflecting on the past 12 months with great fondness. What a year it was for English golf: Yorkshire lad Danny Willett took home the Green Jacket (its first time on English soil for 20 years); the ever-dependable Justin Rose brilliantly claimed the first Olympic gold medal for golf in more than 100 years; and Sheffield-born Matthew Fitzpatrick, all of 22 years old, bested a world-class field to claim the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. In a way, though, even more exciting are the prospects of ‘Beef’ Johnston and this month’s star player, Tyrrell Hatton, who both picked up maiden European Tour victories in 2016. To see Hatton stride down the 18th at St Andrews, you’d have assumed he was already familiar with the winner’s circle. On his way to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the High Wycombe native carded a recordequalling 62 at the Old Course before a follow-up 66 beat the contenders into submission. In a word: dominant. Then again, Hatton’s performances all year suggested it was only a matter of time. Characterised by aggressive, highintensity golf that tempered risk taking with an ability to grind out a result, the fruits of his labour are there for all to see: ten Top 10s in 24 starts, one win, and impressive fifth and tenth-place finishes at The Open and PGA Championships. Fresh off the back of multi-million pound deals with Ping and J Lindeberg, Hatton is no longer the young pretender – we’re certain he’s ready to lead the English ranks this year. ■
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SOTOGRANDE DESIGNS Spain’s renowned Sotogrande golf complex is undergoing the largest renovation in its history. BEN WINSTANLEY finds out what’s next
OR EVEN THE occasional golfer, there is one name in Europe that inspires glossy eyed daydreams of rolling fairways, perfectly manicured greens and stunning views of the Mediterranean sea. Set within a 20sq km stretch of Spain’s Costa del Sol, Sotogrande needs little introduction to most, having gained its ‘golfing mecca’ status soon after its first course opened for play in 1962. Now home to five golf courses, its Valderrama and La Reserva layouts are fierce contenders for the title of best in the country. The former is held in the highest regard by all who have had the pleasure of playing at the exclusive course over the last 40 years. Godfather of Spanish golf clubs since it first opened in 1974, it is set to get a facelift in the not-too-distant future. But there is no doubt that Robert Trent Jones’s magnificent design, has more than stood the test of time – and proved to be a fitting venue for Europe’s memorable victory at the 1997 Ryder Cup. Signature holes are many, although the fourth hole, La Cascada – a par-five with a pond to the right of a two-tiered green – is a standout, while the par-three sixth, surrounded by sand, is one the world’s great short holes. For La Reserva’s part, the little brother of the Sotogrande family, its renown is growing. Opened for play in 2004, this Cabell B Robinson design is an intimidating 7,400 metres (not yards) long, but still offers a fair challenge as it winds through two intersecting valleys. Like its big brother, it’s possible to keep a score going here if you happen to possess imagination and touch in equal measure (a bit of patience wouldn’t go amiss, either). When it comes to the huge greens, though, it also helps if you take a perverse pleasure in putting on greens that are as quick and undulating as you’re ever likely to come across. As you’d expect, the off-course facilities and levels of service are second to none – especially the majestic clubhouse, which rises high above La Reserva’s finishing hole. Under Sotogrande’s new American hedge fund owners, La Reserva is due to receive 18 brand-new greens and fairway maintenance, 124
along with a children’s golf club and driving range facility, but the most exciting changes will occur in the area surrounding La Reserva. A sizeable €40m worth of investment is currently being pumped into the development as its owners look to build a legacy for Sotogrande that will last the next 50 years. Golf will, of course, remain the mainstay of Sotogrande’s renown, but the La Reserva complex will increasingly grow into a country club that match the amenities of the finest resorts across Europe. A brand new tennis club has already opened to the public, while construction is underway to create a huge 2.5 hectare lagoon (one of the largest in Europe) for residents and visitors alike to enjoy swimming and watersports. Polo, hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits will continue to enrich the Sotogrande experience beyond its golfing merits. Slated for completion by the summer of 2018, these amenities will be joined by a firstof-its-kind residential development known as The Seven. Set within a 13 hectare area of parkland, designed by Provençal landscape architect Jean Mus, the ambitious project will see seven of world-leading architects each design a unique property that seamlessly integrates with its natural environment. Starting at €13m, you’ll need to dig deep in your pockets to bag one of the sensational six-bedroom villas but, with so much to enjoy on your doorstep, it could be the best decision you ever make. Needless to say, Sotogrande’s future looks as bright as the Spanish sun. Green fees at Valderrama and La Reserva are €330 and €270 respectively. For more information on Sotogrande or The Seven, see: sotogrande.com ➤
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THE SPAIN GAME: [clockwise from here] Son Gual cost €30m to create; Finca Cortesin opened for play in 2009 and is a favourite with the European Tour; Murcia’s La Manga Club is one of the best resorts for golf and tennis in Spain.
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Opened for play in 2012, Son Gual is the €30m dream-made-reality of German businessman Adam Pamer. Such a sizeable budget gave golf architect Thomas Himmel the resources to fulfil plenty of daring design elements that would be beyond most resort courses, including an island green, a 1.2km man-made river, a vineyard, and the planting of acres of wild flowers between fairways. The course flows in two loops, with seven large lakes cutting through fairways at regular intervals. Apart from the massive clover leafshaped bunkers (all 66 of them), the key feature of this 7,243-yard design are the false fronts to the greens. Cut short, these slippery slopes greedily gather anything left short. Highlights are many, but the best is saved until last: the par-five 18th would be a stunning climax to any course, with the 544-yard hole offering two stretches of water to avoid, first off the tee and then as you approach the green.
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Set in the rolling Murcian countryside on the Mediterranean coastline, La Manga Club is laid out over 560 hectares and is widely regarded as one of the finest destination resorts in Europe – not only for golf, but for its world-class 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sq m spa. With three excellent courses to choose from, the La Manga complex offers a variety of challenges to golfers of all levels. The Dave Thomas-designed West Course is the pick of the bunch. At a mere 6,310 yards from the tips, it’s short length on the scorecard shouldn’t fool you into expecting an easy round. Strategy is key: its interesting layout, steep inclines and narrow fairways mean players have to carefully plot their way around this course. Case in point is the 9th, which requires a drive uphill before making a sharp left turn downhill towards a water-protected green.
Another superb Cabell B Robinson design, this 7,482-yard course is one of the most recent additions to the Costa del Sol. Having caught the eye of the European Tour, it hosted the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009 just 18 months after it opened. The rave reviews have rolled in ever since. Located inland from the Mediterranean Sea in a dramatic valley, the course is the star of the show here. Free from property development, although it does offer a hotel, there are so many good holes that it’s hard to pick a favourite. If pushed, the par-five third, which has a tricky approach over water is a cracker, while the 11th, another lengthy hole, features that rare thing, a double dogleg. The pick of the back nine is the par-four 13th, which twice involves water, including a diagonal stretch in front of the green.
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Green fees: €265/€235, fincacortesin.com. ■
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ANTAGE POINT IS the first development from Essential Living, and it’s raising the bar when it comes to rental properties. Not only are amenities in the development – which is situated above Archway station – second-to-none, there’s an innovative inclusive payment concept meaning there’s only one fee that covers rent, bills and access to facilities, too. Perhaps the most unique difference, however, is the provision of several social spaces throughout the building, where renters can interact with their fellow tenants, or entertain friends and family. The top two floors, which would normally be reserved for penthouse apartments, have been turned into a large communal area, complete with a 12-person dining room and a pizza oven. There’s even space for yoga or personal training sessions. Elsewhere, you’ll find a library, games room and workspace area. Apartments themselves have been designed to suit sharers, with equally sized bedrooms, and five customisable furniture packages, so you can really make it feel like home. In addition to all of this, there’s a resident’s team on hand 24 hours a day who can assist with anything from signing for parcels to organising regular communal events, a concept that’s really at the very heart of the development’s ethos. As Martin Bellenger, chief operating officer at Essential Living, comments: “We wanted to create buildings where neighbours know each other and enjoy the whole building, so we created amenity spaces with features like open fireplaces where residents can huddle, and games rooms with a rolling schedule of events on offer to really bring everyone together. ■
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