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?
From the outset you know this is no Hollywood fairytale. There is no happy ending. The guy dies at just 34, depressed, alone and coked out of his mind. But whilst we know precisely where the storyline is heading, this is still a compelling piece of filmmaking from Emmy-nominated director, James Erskine. The powerfully made 90-minute … More Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (REVIEW)
The post, below, is not about Alberto’s bike…merely inspired by the extraordinary sequence of events it triggered. In the past 36 hours, many have been openly wondering why the whole Contador ‘broken bike’ saga took off so explosively during Monday’s Stage 10 and, stoked by evermore articles and photos on social media, still won’t go away. … More The truth is out there, isn’t it?
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?
STORY UPDATE: This whole selfie thing, actively encouraged by some TDF teams including Tinkoff-Saxo, is really starting to blow up now. Not surprisingly fans are getting in the act as well trying to emulate their heroes and as Geraint Thomas suggested to The Guardian overnight it’s making things more than a bit dangerous out there. … More Riders have only their selfies to blame
AN OPEN LETTER TO MR BRIAN COOKSON OBE, UCI PRESIDENT Dear Mr Cookson, As you know, the 101st edition of the greatest event in our sport starts today in Yorkshire. It signals three spectacular weeks of drama and nail-biting excitement which the entire world will be watching, except perhaps for 198 million Brazillians who will be … More Please Brian, save out sport
Not long to go until the 101st TdF folks. My excitement hit a new level when I saw this hugely classy Grand Depart poster this morning. Nice job, Yorkshire and ASO. Very nice.
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
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