“The Kwaremont has its own beer. The percentage matches the gradient.” 23km to go in the 100th Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Carlton Kirby at his very best for Eurosport.
Great win overnight by BMC’s Greg Van Avermaert, outsprinting the reigning World Champion Peter Sagan for the win in the 2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. But even greater than his race is surely his prize… a small child in a bear suit?! If you’d like to see some of the other stranger trophies in world cycling, … More Lions, salamis and small children
And with that the latest Aussie road cycling summer has come to an end. As always there’s been no shortage of highlights and talking points. Top of our list were the epic rides by Jack Bobridge to claim his second National title at Mount Buninyong in early January and Simon Gerrans’ win on (Corkscrew Road) … More Goodbye Summer, Hello Spring
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
As a Belgian, winning Flanders for the first time is far more important than wearing the maillot jaune in the Tour.” Johan Museeuw
Recently I was lucky enough to interview Tim Kerrison, Head of Sports Performance for the all-conquering Team Sky. We talked about a lot of interesting things but given Sky has now won the TdF twice I was curious to find out what other races the British-based team covets most. Specifically, I asked whether they’d be more excited to claim … More Which race would YOU rather win?
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
“At the back of the peloton you eat dust, not gels.” Tinkoff-Saxo post on FB after 2014 Paris-Roubaix.
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.