1. Richie Porte was in a class of his own when the road tilted upward. We never saw him at the Nationals this year and his revised summer program seems to have worked a treat. It’s only early days, but there’s a noticeably different swagger about the Tasmanian at the moment, and the signs are … More 6 observations from the TDU
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)
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?
Australians have always loved Italian. Starting on Saturday night we’ll once again be able to gorge ourselves on the stuff for three tantalising weeks, with SBS showing and streaming every Giro stage live. So for no other reason than we’re excited, here are some fearless predictions of what we might be able to expect… Antipasto – … More Pink bits
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
Don’t get me wrong here. Yesterday’s Australian National Championship road race was superb. One of the best afternoons of live sport I’ve watched for ages, delivering an outstanding world-class podium. The presence of Cadel Evans and Richie Porte, coupled with the arrival en masse of Drapac to take things to the ubiquitous Orica-GreenEDGE behemoth, made … More Same same
At 11:30am this Sunday 139 riders will set off for the 183.6km which comprise the 2014 edition of the National Championship Road Race in Ballarat. Reigning champion, Luke Durbridge, will be there as will no less than five more former champions – Simon Gerrans (2012), Jack Bobridge (2011), Travis Meyer (2010), Matthew Lloyd (2008) and Darren Lapthorne (2007). The … More The greatest National Championships ever
Sponsored by Jaguar, it’s a safe bet Team Sky has the best cars in the peloton. But it also has the best bus. Everyone on the WorldTour knows it, including the riders themselves. In the high pressure world of pro cycling, is there a pecking order dictating who sits where on the black beauty, otherwise … More Who sits where on the Death Star?
There’s no need for a CSI investigation to conclude Chris Froome and Brad Wiggins aren’t the best of pals. In a similar, albeit diametrically opposed kind of way, it’s also well documented that Froomey and his Team Sky wingman, Richie Porte, are pretty tight. As Porte pointed out to a gathering of journalists, sponsors and … More How Porte knew Froome would win
Funny moment at dinner last Friday when premium winemaker and diesel-powered cyclist, Sam Miranda, explained the variety of red we were enjoying was like “Shiraz on steroids.” Everyone stopped and all eyes shot across the table at our special guest, Richie Porte. The Tasmanian Athlete of the Year froze for a moment too. Then the … More Who said “steroids”?