Al Hinds



Reflections on #RoadNats

12 January 2015 | 13:30 - By Al Hinds

With the dust still settling on Buninyong, Al Hinds reflects on what was a thrilling exhibition of Australian racing.

Heinrich Haussler on cloud nine after winning the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. (Mark Gunter)

Heinrich Haussler on cloud nine after winning the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. (Mark Gunter)

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There's the law, and the "law"

23 December 2014 | 17:00 - By Al Hinds

Bicycle riders in NSW are obliged to abide by a number of special road rules when riding, but the seemingly arbitrary enforcement of several makes one wonder why they’re worth retaining.

Pulled over... (Flickr)

Pulled over... (Flickr)

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There were five key moments that defined the 2014 road cycling scene for Al Hinds. You may or may not agree.


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Meanwhile, at the cricket

11 December 2014 | 17:50 - By Al Hinds

As the cycling world falls into its umpteenth doping crisis this year, month, day, err, hour, fuelled by fresh allegations over the advice that banned doctor Michele Ferrari did or didn’t give to nearly 40 cyclists a few moons ago, Michael Clarke, Australia’s cricket captain was injected with, well who knows what exactly, “legally” to miraculously recover from a innings-ending back injury, score a hundred, and be an all-out hero.


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Humanising the inhuman

09 December 2014 | 15:00 - By Al Hinds

The root of Sydney's attitude problem with cyclists is in forgetting that cyclists are people too, writes Al Hinds.

Dane Thomas Andersen has covered over 19000 miles in his cycling adventures so far... (Supplied)

Dane Thomas Andersen has covered over 19000 miles in his cycling adventures so far... (Supplied)

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Why I don’t give a hoot about the hour record

24 November 2014 | 15:00 - By Al Hinds

Jensie, Tony, Fabs, Matthias, Jacky Bobby, maybe Thomas. Off the back of the UCI rule changes that have completely overhauled what was, ‘the hour’, the hour record has captured the imagination of a number of the sport’s big hitters. It hasn’t, however, captured mine.

Yawn. (Getty Images/AFP)

Yawn. (Getty Images/AFP)

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The answer to all our problems

14 November 2014 | 12:30 - By Al Hinds

You know all those issues we cyclists had with safety. Like being run off roads. Like being treated like second-class citizens. Well, I can say now that fear no more comrades, divine intervention has given us deliverance.

Is this the most ridiculous thing ever conceived by anyone? (Supplied)

Is this the most ridiculous thing ever conceived by anyone? (Supplied)

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Is Chris Boardman a fool for not wearing a helmet?

04 November 2014 | 16:00 - By Al Hinds

Question the need for a person to wear a helmet, and brace for the backlash. That's been the experience of former Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman after he set out to tour Manchester with the BBC by bike sans helmet - but did he have a point?

Chris Boardman, left, beside BBC presenter Louise Minchin. (BBC)

Chris Boardman, left, beside BBC presenter Louise Minchin. (BBC)

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