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?
This weekend my club has been hosting its biggest junior road event of the year, the Telstra Junior Tour of Sydney. While none of my own kids were riding, I put my hand up to help out and promptly found myself ride chaperoning about twenty 12-year olds around the Eastern Creek race track in Sydney’s west … More The day I was dropped by a bunch of 12-year olds
This happened back in 2008, incredible handling skills under the circumstances. Woah.
We all have our demons on the bike. For some it’s the wet. Others despise the wind. The cold cuts straight through some riders. Whilst high speed cornering gives many amongst us the absolute heebie jeebies. For FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot, however, the demon was descending. As we’ve seen time and again since the Frenchman burst … More Facing our demons
Few sports in the world love an underdog more than cycling. From a local club race or handicap to Monuments and Grand Tours, the odds are so firmly stacked in favour of the raging peloton and its collective might, we find it captivating to see the heroic yet almost inevitably futile efforts of the daily … More Painful to watch
“With each crash we slowly lose the fearlessness of a child. Caution, which blossoms with maturity, has lengthened my career but also may have cost me victories.” “Whatever our daily suffering, every rider in the race holds on to a shred of hope and belief. Maybe tomorrow will be our lucky day, where everything will … More Classic Cycling Quotes #107 & #108
http://bicyclingaustralia.com.au/2014/07/roadside-assistance Please excuse the self promotion here. But this is a link to an important article that appears in the current issue of Bicycling Australia magazine. It explores some of the key issues that are currently shaping the very future of road racing in Australia, and many other countries for that matter. It features exclusive interviews with numerous key road … More Roadside Assistance
It would appear the cyclist haters have really outdone themselves this time. Last Saturday afternoon in Sydney a group of about 30 humble cyclists, including yours truly, made their way to the criterium circuit at the Dunc Gray (Olympic) velodrome complex in Sydney’s south west for a round of club criteriums. On the very first … More Pain in the glass