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
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
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?
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
Rule #29 clearly states: No European Posterior Man-Satchels: Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases. I’ve always liked this rule for its ability to preserve the visual integrity of the bicycle. After all who wants to see a saddle bag swinging in the breeze … More Saddled with a dilemma
http://bicyclingaustralia.com.au/2014/07/roadside-assistance Please excuse the self promotion here. But this is a link to an important article that appears in the current issue of Bicycling Australia magazine. It explores some of the key issues that are currently shaping the very future of road racing in Australia, and many other countries for that matter. It features exclusive interviews with numerous key road … More Roadside Assistance
I’d been to Adelaide a few times before. But never accompanied by my bike until the week just finished at the 2014 Tour Down Under. As you’d expect the city was jam-packed with bikes and riders of every imaginable variety; it was a joy to be part of the rolling sea of humanity. As a … More 7 things a visiting cyclist should know about Adelaide
Yes, Richie, Cadel, Gerro, Jens and the entire peloton received huge cheers on their twin ascents of Willunga Hill in stage 5 of the Tour Down Under. But in all seriousness, one of the biggest cheers was for a very different kind of bike rider.