It was only a C-grade club race. Yet remarkably by the time I arrived home from hospital from a recent crash high on codeine, there wasn’t just video footage of the incident that took me out – there were multiple angles available on Youtube, showing things from both the front and the back of the … More #shithappens
Sky A+ Yellow jersey, solid time gains on all major GC rivals, no major incidents, what a difference a year makes. Looked steely in the team time trial. Looks like they have their 2012/13 mojo back. BMC A+ Two stage wins, a short stint in yellow for Rohan Dennis and their team leader is nestled into … More TdF Week 1 : Report Card
parasite [par-uh-sahyt] noun 1. an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment. 2. a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others. Straight up let me just say I am not against drafting (aka ‘wheel sucking’) per se. I’ve written about it before (https://carbonaddiction.net/2014/02/09/whinge-whinge-whinge/) and I know it works. I know it’s part of our sport. And I know it’s a tactically shrewd and highly expedient way … More Parasites of the peloton
The Elite Men’s National Championship Road Race has become something of a numbers game in recent years. And it may well happen again. But you get the feeling things won’t be quite so easy for the OGE juggernaut to dictate things in 2015. Yes, Orica-GreenEDGE has impressive numbers and a stable of globally-accomplished riders. But, just like … More WANTED: green and gold bands
How hot is southern Australia right now? Well, rather than answer that, how about we just compare the percentage of finishers (below) for the first two stages in this year’s Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic crit series versus last year – remembering both stages have been held on exactly the same courses. Obviously this is far … More Hot racing at Bay Crits, very hot
Met a bloke at Heffron Park in Sydney this morning, Joe, who was telling me he’s lost an incredible 76kg in about a year of riding (he was 147kg, now he’s a very fit looking 71kg). He finished second in the E-grade race this morning, and will surely be getting the handicapper’s shoulder tap pretty … More Classic Cycling Quotes #116
(The following is a true story, however names have been changed to avoid embarrassment – and possible divorce proceedings – for the main character). I’ve been riding with ‘Dave’ for the best part of five years now. He’s a lovely guy, a regular at my mid-week training sessions and coffee rides, and also a devoted … More The double life of a suburban crit racer
“Fundamentally my job is to display the sponsor’s logo as predominantly as possible, preferrably crossing the line with my hands in the air.” Mark Cavendish.
The cycle of life for a bidon on a hot day is a fascinating thing. It’s no better demonstrated than last Saturday’s Grafton to Inverell Classic, where temperatures up on the Gibraltar range and beyond soared well into the high 30s, accompanied by fierce head and crosswinds. At the post-race awards dinner, the organisers announced they’d handed … More Musical bottles
This coming Sunday marks the start of the 2014 UCI World Road Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. To get you in the mood here are seven relatively useless pieces of World Championships trivia. 1) The first ever road world championships were held in 1920 in Copenhagen where racing was strictly for amateurs only. 2) In 1927 the … More What in the worlds?