Ride on the road long enough and it’s almost inevitable you’ll be hit by a car, or know someone who has been. Sadly, like many reading this post, I know far too many whose lives have been forever changed due to the inattention, or more intentional misdeeds, of an errant motorist. Watching them, and their … More Why forgiveness shouldn’t eliminate consequences
There are many recurring conversations in road cycling. Leg shaving. Tyre choice. PEDs and TUEs. Gear ratios. Coffee preference. The list goes on. But one of the more common conversations I’ve heard a fair bit over the years goes along the lines of this: “Yeah, I’d love to race, but it’s way too dangerous. I’d … More The great danger myth
Of the many, many things I love about cycling, one has nothing to do with me. All the same, it never fails to bring a beaming smile to my face. It’s the simple, and no doubt nostalgic, joy of seeing new riders discover the beauty of the bike and fall in love with it, just … More The transformation cycle
It’s a dilemma facing middle-aged club racers all over Australia. You’re good, but you could be better. You’re fit, but you could be fitter. If only you had the time… There comes a time in every club racing cyclist’s life when he or she has to make a choice. Before you are two roads. … More Which road to take?
Dear Australia, Okay cobbers. This isn’t funny any more. Stabbings? Riders being intentionally rammed by cars? Full bottles being pelted from car windows? Supposedly mature adults publicly making light of life-threatening behaviour against cyclists as if we somehow deserve it simply for being there? I wanted to say a few things before any more innocent … More Dear Australia
One journey ends, and another begins…or does it? As the hourglass sands of life slowly trickle down, you come to appreciate every passing year shares much in common with a long bicycle ride. The mere passing of time ensures the journey is always, ultimately, a linear one. But it is rarely a straight line. Rather … More One journey ends, another begins…
Everyone else has an opinion on the Chris Froome salbutamol situation. Here’s ours… (1) IT ISN’T EVEN CLOSE Okay, we get it. Mistakes happen. But for any rider to register TWICE the legally accepted amount of a WADA-monitored substance in their body is rather a lot. At best it’s sloppy and unprofessional. At worst it’s … More FROOME vs SALBUTAMOL: 6 OBSERVATIONS
Last December, a promising young doctor’s life was snuffed out while riding her bicycle on Mona Vale Road on Sydney’s upper north shore. Last Tuesday, the motorist who pled guilty to negligently turning his car into her path, thus causing the fatal collision, was slapped on the wrist by the Downing Centre Local Court. The … More What price a life?
What? Endure for a Cure, 12-Hour Charity Ride When? 7am to 7pm, 20 October 2017 Where? Sydney Motor Sport Park (Northern Circuit) Organiser? Children’s Cancer Institute THE HEAVENS Mother Nature has a twisted sense of humour. Sydney hadn’t seen rain in well over 4 months. The weather was glorious the day before. It was sunny the … More The enduring beauty of suffering for charity
Paleo vs Cyclist: THE VERDICT As you may recall, I recently particpated in a bit of a nutritional experiment. It involved following a diet known as Whole30 – like paleo but even stricter. It wasn’t to lose weight, but more as a general body cleanse. It was an interesting experience to say the least, and … More O Power, Where Art Thou?