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)
Descent into the unknown I’ve been back riding for several months now, even racing a bit. Things have been going pretty well of late, but today it was time to face one of the last remaining mental barriers in my recovery: high-speed descending. In other words, the very thing that got me into this whole mess … More The long road back: Part 19
Curious moment yesterday during the Elite Women’s criterium at the 2016 ATEC Expo at Sydney Olympic Park. Lidcombe-Auburn rider Joanna (who also happened to be overall Race Director) suffered a mechanical with a few laps to go. Who was there to help change her wheel? None of other than her hubby Steve, who just happened to … More Hurry up, Dear.
If you follow the Tour de France, you already know Dieter ‘Didi’ Senft. Maybe not by name, but certainly by sight. He’s the bearded nut-job we see pretty much every year by the roadside dressed as El Diablo. Since making his first appearance at the 1993 Tour, in his own eccentric way Senft has now … More Better the Deiter you know
Now here’s a great little tale. The Fijians did it tough in the 100-kilometre road team trial at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. While most contestants arrived with the latest sophisticated bikes to take up their start positions in Brisbane, the island team were a little more conventional in their approach. They arrived with lights, bells, … More Fijian Team Time Trial : 1982
“I don’t care. If I don’t have yellow, I have green. If I don’t have green, I have rainbow.” Peter Sagan after being asked how long he thinks he can keep the leader’s yellow jersey following Stage 2. (Great pick up at the Tour de France by Matt De Neef, aka The Climbing Cyclist and … More Classic Cycling Quotes #131: Sagan edition
The race between the ears. Things continue to progress very slowly. Every day the shoulder gets a little stronger, and every couple of weeks the weights I’m doing get just that little heavier. But there’s still plenty of lingering stiffness and discomfort, especially whenever I skip doing my daily exercises and/or stretching routine. WORD OF … More The long road back: Part 18
“Yes, well, if you can’t drop them on the uphill, try and take them out on the downhill.” The usually deadpan Sean Kelly cracks a joke on Eurosport during Stage 10 of the Giro overnight. He even chuckled.
Returning to racing. Well the big news is tomorrow I’m lining up for my first race since last November. It’s only a low-key club crit, mind you. But it’s a race nonetheless; which makes it a significant milestone, both physical and mental. I’m under no illusions about winning or anything like that. My expectations are low. … More The long road back: Part 17
Somewhere along the way, back in the 1980s, a great golfer became known as the ‘Great White Shark’. Around the same time an even more potent marketing drive from footwear giant, Nike, saw arguably the finest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, rebranded as ‘Air Jordan’ with the 1987 launch of the iconic Jumpman logo. … More I blame Greg Norman