Of the many, many things I love about cycling, one has nothing to do with me. All the same, it never fails to bring a beaming smile to my face. It’s the simple, and no doubt nostalgic, joy of seeing new riders discover the beauty of the bike and fall in love with it, just … More The transformation cycle
As Aussie cycling fans we hate to say it. But, as we feared could happen a month or so ago, could the main thing we’ve learned about Richie Porte from this year’s aborted Giro d’Italia campaign be that he’s good – but perhaps not quite good enough, or durable enough, to stand at the very summit … More Porte of no return?
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
Back in 2007 Geoff Barrett was just an anonymous education consultant who, like the rest of us, enjoyed cycling in his spare time. But over the past seven years this likeable Western Australian has become one of the most recognisable fans in world cycling, perhaps behind only the ubiquitous and seemingly ageless Diablo himself, Didi Senft. Geoff … More Crikey! Who will he support now?
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
Shit happens in bicycle racing. But anyone who’s spent time in a competitive peloton at any level – and certainly any rider good enough to find themselves riding in a Grand Tour – knows it happens a whole lot more at the back than it ever does at the front. This is why there’s a … More Cadel wasn’t the bad guy, he was the smart guy
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?
Late last year, I was fortunate enough to spend several hours with Australia’s first, and only, Tour de France champion, Cadel Evans, at his Australian home town of Barwon Heads. Here’s a link to the piece that appears in the current issue of Bicycling Magazine, with some superb photos from the very talented Eamon Fitzpatrick… … More Cadel 2.0
Pretty excited about the upcoming issue of Bicycling Australia magazine. It’s out next week and, amongst plenty of other good stuff, features two stories from yours truly; one profiling my climb up Mt Buller with reigning National Road Champion Simon Gerrans, the other with none other than Australia’s first – and only – Tour de … More Cadel Evans interview: the outtakes
The email arrives the afternoon before from race organisers. Your allocation in the next day’s TDU media fleet, car and driver, together with a caution not to be late. The TDU stops for no man, and certainly no journalist. Heeding the warning, I rocked up at the Tour Village in the heart of Adelaide and … More A day in the TDU media scrum