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
Okay, first to admit I’m no engineer. But what does everyone make of this video? (The original post has now had almost 70,000 views and continues to draw a wide range of viewpoints.) This is an Elite Men’s CX race. Watch the rear wheel of the 4th rider, white kit on the inside. It seems … More CX Motor Man?
The average American knows three things about bike racing: the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong and doping.” This is just one of several candid observations made yesterday by Ashley Halsey from The Washington Post (click to read the whole thing), looking towards the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to be held later this year in Richmond, Virginia. On the … More Classic Cycling Quotes #119
Stage 6 of the 2015 Tour Down Under only finished at 3:30pm local time in Adelaide. But by 5pm it’s fair to say 85% of the team bikes were cleaned, broken down and packed, ready for transporting at the official team village opposite the Adelaide Hilton. By 8pm most will be at the airport, if … More The World Tour circus moves on…and quickly
Introducing: Tsgabu Grmay As the first major race of the season, the Tour Down Under typically ushers in a new wave of debutant World Tour riders each year. But in 2015 it’s perhaps a little bit more special than usual. For when the teams roll out from Tanunda on Tuesday morning in the Barossa Valley, Italian … More Ethiopian pioneer to debut in Adelaide
A new season typically means new sponsors, and 2015 has plenty of them. In case you’ve been wondering who’s financing the world’s top cycling teams in 2015, here’s a quick summary. Teams with new naming sponsors in 2015: Garmin Cannondale – Okay, they’re not exactly new naming sponsors, rather two existing ones from different 2014 … More Who’s who in the WorldTour zoo?
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?
Phew. A rest day. Time to catch our collective breath after what has surely been one of the most remarkable opening stanzas of the world’s most remarkable sporting event, certainly in living memory anyway. With the stakes so high the first week is always a nervy affair – but this nervy? Ten stages down, not … More Diminishing returns?
So, right now Carbon Addiction is on the ground in Rome, Italy for an exclusive and entirely fictitious* interview with ex-UCI President Pat McQuaid at the start of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, aka the Grande Partenza. Only trouble, of course, is the race is actually starting in Belfast this year which apparently McQuaid didn’t realise. … More GIRO EXCLUSIVE: Pat McQuaid Interview*
To be sure the 2014 starts, of all places, in Belfast this Saturday and with it so does potentially the final phase of the career of an Aussie sporting legend, Cadel (no surname required but I’ll include it anyway) Evans. By his own confession what happens in May will shape what happens for the rest … More He’s tough enough, but is he still good enough?