He carries one of the more recognisable surnames in Australian cycling. Last month 12-year-old Mitchell Neiwand wrote his own impressive chapter in a story that stretches all the way back to the late 19th Century when Alf Middleton, on the maternal side of the family, won the 1894 Austral Wheelrace on the hallowed turf of … More Riding his own story: 12-year old Mitchell Neiwand’s big day out
Thanks to FulGaz, I’ve just completed a full four-lap test ride of the Mount Pleasant City Circuit that will decide all the road races at the upcoming 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong. My ride was around 65km all up with 1,200 metres of climbing. The elite men will tackle this circuit 12 times, … More Four (not-so-pleasant) laps of the Mt Pleasant City Circuit
I’ve always enjoyed the solitude of riding on my own, whether out on the road or sweating away on the trainer in the garage. But, oh, how I miss the bunch rides. Deep down we’re all social creatures and, frankly, the novelty of Sydney’s extended lockdown wore off many weeks ago. I miss the faces. … More Bunchie Lockdown Lament.
‘Taipei Cycle 2021’ International Media Launch A year is a long time in cycling. But when that year also involves a global pandemic, well, all bets are off. Twelve months ago, I was sitting in a conference room in the southern Taiwanese manufacturing hub of Taichung; now I’m watching on from 7,200km away via a … More Cycling through Uncertainty: TAIPEI CYCLE 2021
Hear that? It’s the subjective gasp that inevitably accompanies the reveal of any new kit design. It’s been almost five years since our first kit was released, so an update was well overdue. As you’ll see, the 2020 Carbon Addiction kit is completely different to the original. We were keen to do that, really just … More 2020 Carbon Addiction Kit – Available Now
Am I too close to the front? Yeah, there’s a long way to go in this thing. Only takes one of the leaders to swing off and I’m in the breeze. Way too soon. Need to ease back and keep the matches dry. I don’t have that many to begin with these days; Father Time … More A Sunday spin.
Watching results filter through from the first two days of the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin has been a somewhat frustrating experience. Yes, Australia picked up silver and bronze medals in the team sprints on opening night. But it was the results from two of our blue-ribbon Tokyo medal prospects, the men’s … More OPINION: The short-sightedness of Australia’s Tokyo Track Obsession
Wow, then. How good was that? The 2019 Tour de France will be remembered as one of the more remarkable Grand Tours, top shelf fare, certainly by recent TdF standards which have paled in comparison to the Giro and Vuelta. But not this time. As always there were the race’s official winners, as well as … More 2019 TdF Final Team Ratings
The Tour de France is a peculiar animal. It’s one of the few major annual professional sporting events where a significant portion of participating teams have zero hope of achieving ultimate victory. They know it. Fans know it. Yet they eagerly line up in any case, year after year, seeking to ‘win’ in other ways. … More When winning isn’t the only way to win
2019 is fast becoming the ‘year of hoops’ for this cycling scribe. The way the planets have aligned, it’s seen me reviewing a lot of wheels lately, over 12 different wheelsets at last count. Which, on top of greatly improving my ability to change tyres, brake pads and disc rotors, has got me thinking. I … More Why wheels are like…beer