RIDE REVIEW: Gran Canaria in the Spanish Canary Islands Dogs, not birds. I’m reliably informed, rather than the yellow birds of the same name, dogs are in fact what the Canary Islands are named after. As in canine. True or not, according to Wikipedia the name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin name ‘Canariae Insulae’, meaning ‘Island … More Grand. Canaria.
Why it’s hard NOT to comment in social media on issues surrounding cycling safety. “Stop *%$ing riding two abreast!” “Pay rego if you want equal rights!” “Roads were made for cars!” “Get on the footpath where you belong!” “Cyclists should get the $%#@ off our roads!” “You deserve to be run over you lycra toads!” … More SOCIAL MEDIA & CYCLING SAFETY: The never-ending cycle
One week until the Rio Olympic Games begin. It’s a funny old time-zone for us back in Australia – at least if you’re working. There’s stuff happening in the early morning then also around lunchtime. Been through the Channel 7 broadcast schedule and highlighted some of the key cycling events. First to go will be the … More Rio Cycling TV Schedule (Oz times)
Forget skin suit. There have been plenty of cyclists who’ve gone the birthday suit over the years, usually in the interest of publicity. In more recent times Britain’s former Track World and Olympic Champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed all for the cameras on several occasions, including a pre-2012 London Olympics shoot for GQ magazine. While … More RAW POWER
Seems like a good time to repost this story from last year. Still agree with everything in it. Fewer stereotypes and greater tolerance/awareness hold the key to a safer and more harmonious future on Australian roads. For all road users. Apologies for having a little rant here everyone. But with the new cycling laws coming … More Mutterings of another bloody cyclist
It’s always amazing what you find when researching. Stumbled across the following Letter to the Editor which appeared in The (Adelaide) Advertiser newspaper back on Saturday 6 June 1908. 107 years ago but the debate still sounds pretty familiar. LAWLESS CYCLISTS. To the Editor. Sir -“Wm. H. Allen’s” attack on “lawless cyclists” is enough to disgust … More Lawless Cyclists, circa 1908
Sorry, but we’re struggling to understand the hype surrounding on-bike cameras. The way people in some quarters are talking about them you’d think strapping a GoPro to your stem or seat post is some kind of technological and financial holy grail, an exciting new income stream set to rescue the sport from the ongoing financial … More On-bike cameras? Hardly a revolution.
It’s not quite over just yet, but it’s already been a fascinating summer of cycling in Australia. Plenty of great racing. Huge crowds. Painful crashes. And glorious wins. But arguably the most significant competition has been taking place off the roads as several not-so-familiar media names (in cycling circles, anyway) have thrown their hats and money into the ring alongside … More TV cycling wars: Channel 9 versus Channel 7
I know this post won’t be popular with everyone. The thing is, I just don’t get the intense siege mentality many of us cyclists seem to ride around with every day. A quick perusal of virtually any news story or social media post with anything to do with cycling reveals it isn’t just a chip on … More Keep calm and starve the trolls of oxygen
In light of yesterday’s confirmation from Cycling Australia that Channel 9 and Fox have replaced SBS as the contracted TV broadcasters for Australian domestic cycling for the next two seasons, this article from Cycling Tips is well worth a read, as are the comments. It explains things pretty well, and for what it’s worth, I generally agree … More Loyalty, money and the future of domestic cycling