After two years in the photo studio, it was time for something different. But little could prepare the RoadCyclingUK team for what we would walk into on our final location scouting recce for the 2017 RCUK 100 photo shoot.

The Printworks is a cavernous disused printing factory in south London, where millions of newspapers, including the Daily Mail, Metro and Evening Standard, were printed on a daily basis until 2012. Now the 119,200 sq ft factory - a cathedral of 20th Century industry - lies dormant.

Our ambition for this year's RCUK 100 was to not only showcase the very best road cycling products of the year, but to take them out of their natural habitat and present them to you in a truly unique, captivating and inspiring environment. That's why we chose the Printworks for our photo shoot and then headed to the cyclist's paradise of Mallorca to record the RCUK 100's bike videos.

Few words can do justice to the scale of the Printworks, formerly known as Harmsworth Quays, but it was once the largest print factory in Western Europe. Now it's an eerie graveyard of metalwork, abandoned machinery and a maze of corridors, walkways and vast floor space. What was once a thriving factory, packed to the brim with machinery working day and night, now lays silent.

And, with that, we made the Printworks our home for two weeks within the depths of February, exploring the 12-acre site - from the simply enormous paper store, which previously held 300 paper rolls each weighing 1.6 tons, to the three-storey printing presses - to bring the 2017 RCUK 100 to life with thousands of photographs.

The 2017 RCUK was shot in two venues: an abandoned print factory in London and on the stunning roads of Mallorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

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RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca, Sa Calobra, mountains, climb, descent (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

All told, the RCUK 100 is a six-month project, from scouring trade show halls, attending product launches and testing the latest kit to whittle down the final shortlist, to the shoot itself, and we quickly swapped frozen fingers and toes for sun-kissed roads and short sleeves as we touched down in Mallorca for part two of the production.

With nine of the latest machines in tow, we put each bike through its paces on a loop which included the iconic climb of Sa Calobra in order to shoot select video for the 100. Thanks to the Pearl Izumi for providing the clothing and Giro for supplying the Factor Techlace shoes and Cinder MIPS helmets.

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca, Johnny Elia, George Scott, filming, camera, film, video shoot (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca, Johnny Elia, George Scott, filming, camera, film, video shoot (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

If the Printworks was something out of the ordinary, then Mallorca is an island which needs no introducing to cyclists. It's little wonder riders - us included - flood to the Mediterranean each year, with silky-smooth roads, meandering climbs and lightning-fast descents.

It's easy to understand why Mallorca is near the top of most cyclist's must-visit lists - it's an unadulterated paradise for riders. Our behind-the-scenes photos tell you everything you need to know.

Now, with the 2017 RCUK 100 live, let shot you how it was put together.

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK100 - Specialized Roubaix road bike

RCUK100 - Specialized Roubaix road bike

Wilier Cento10 Air

Wilier Cento10 Air

RCUK 100 2017 - Lynskey GR250 gravel frameset

RCUK 100 2017 - Lynskey GR250 gravel frameset

RCUK 100 2017 - Merida Scultura 6000 road bike

RCUK 100 2017 - Merida Scultura 6000 road bike

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 - Enve SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelset

RCUK 100 2017 - Enve SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelset

RCUK 100 2017 - Enve SES 4.5 AR wheelset

RCUK 100 2017 - Enve SES 4.5 AR wheelset

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 - SRAM Red eTap groupset

RCUK 100 2017 - SRAM Red eTap groupset

RCUK 100 2017 - Praxis Alba chainset

RCUK 100 2017 - Praxis Alba chainset

RCUK 100 2017 - Shimano disc brakes - ST-RS685 shifters, BR-RS805 calipers, rotors

RCUK 100 2017 - Shimano disc brakes - ST-RS685 shifters, BR-RS805 calipers, rotors

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 - Shimano 105 pedals

RCUK 100 2017 - Shimano 105 pedals

RCUK 100 2017 - Powertap P1S power meter

RCUK 100 2017 - Powertap P1S power meter

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

rcuk100-RCUK 100 2017 LANDER Giro

rcuk100-RCUK 100 2017 LANDER Giro

RCUK 100 2017 - Challenge Paris-Roubaix Pro open tubular tyre

RCUK 100 2017 - Challenge Paris-Roubaix Pro open tubular tyre

RCUK 100 2017 - Bell Zephyr helmet

RCUK 100 2017 - Bell Zephyr helmet

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Printworks (Pic: Chris Johnson)

RCUK 100 2017 - Cycliq Fly12 front light and integrated camera

RCUK 100 2017 - Cycliq Fly12 front light and integrated camera

RCUK 100 2017 - Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump

RCUK 100 2017 - Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump

RCUK 100 2017 - Sportful R&D Cima jersey and bib shorts

RCUK 100 2017 - Sportful R&D Cima jersey and bib shorts

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

The serpentine road of Sa Calobra is one of the most iconic roads in cycling and once you reach the bottom of the road, officially known as the Coll del Reis, there's only one option - to turn around and head back up the climb (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblom

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)

RCUK 100 2017 behind-the-scenes, Majorca (Pic: Ed Blomfield / @edblomfield)