Jackhammers

So, that’s it then. The big cobbled classics are done for another year and the peloton now rolls on to the Ardennes, starting with Amstel Gold on Sunday. Before we forget about the stones for 2015 how good is this passage from Tim Krabbe’s classic, The Rider: “On the cobbles a man finds out what it … More Jackhammers

The world’s second oldest one-day race

Tonight sees the 4th of the year’s five Monuments play out, La Doyenne, otherwise known as Liege-Bastogne-Liege. First staged way back in 1892 it’s the world’s oldest (still running) one-day bike race. But did you realise the world’s second oldest race isn’t found amongst the medieval cobbles or bergs of Europe? Oh no. It’s actually held each … More The world’s second oldest one-day race

Cobbles? Sort of.

The Ronde Van Vlaanderen is finally upon us, closely followed by Paris-Roubaix seven days later. Excited beyond all realms of normal human behaviour I set out to replicate the cobbled riding experience as best I could, not an easy task given Australia isn’t exactly known for it’s medieval road systems (actually….some of the bike lanes around … More Cobbles? Sort of.