Kate Bates



A winning formula

26 October 2013 | 10:00 - By Kate Bates

It's a sunny afternoon and I'm relaxing on the grass at Xanadu winery in the Margaret River. Far from escaping the circus of bike racing, I'm in the thick of it. Around me are 1400
of Australia's keenest mountain bike riders, their families, and a throng of inquisitive locals.

Riders gather at the start of the opening stage of the Cape to Cape MTB epic (Supplied)

Riders gather at the start of the opening stage of the Cape to Cape MTB epic (Supplied)

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Oceania left out of worlds selection

18 September 2013 | 11:00 - By Kate Bates

There aren’t too many surprises with the announcement of the Australia team for the UCI Road World Championships, but on the women’s side, there are some glaring exceptions.

Oceania champion Amy Bradley missed out on world championship selection (Mark Gunter)

Oceania champion Amy Bradley missed out on world championship selection (Mark Gunter)

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Season end: managing the motivation balance

09 September 2013 | 17:00 - By Kate Bates

There is a certain art behind maintaining form and motivation through a season, and even with the best of intentions, come September, there are many counting the days until they can switch their alarm clocks off and unplug their power meters. Kate Bates recalls her time as an athlete and the delicate balance of keeping the fires stoked late into the year.

Even in the Vuelta leader's jersey Vincenzo Nibali looks like he'd rather be somewhere else. Keeping the motivation late into the year isn't always easy. (Getty Images)

Even in the Vuelta leader's jersey Vincenzo Nibali looks like he'd rather be somewhere else. Keeping the motivation late into the year isn't always easy. (Getty Images)

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As the 2013 season draws to a close, there remains one final test to be faced. A drama that will unfold on the hilly Tuscan roads of Firenze, a cycling heartland that sits among the world's best. In the bid for rainbow stripes, and a national first, the weight of a nation will fall on the shoulders of eight Australian women. Kate Bates takes a look at who should be lining up for the elite women's road race and time trial in Florence.

Rachel Neylan took silver at last year's UCI Road World Championships in Limburg - but the Australian women are still yet to take the rainbow jersey - might 2013 be their year? (Getty Images)

Rachel Neylan took silver at last year's UCI Road World Championships in Limburg - but the Australian women are still yet to take the rainbow jersey - might 2013 be their year? (Getty Images)

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My Tour top-five

22 July 2013 | 14:00 - By Kate Bates

Every Tour de France is special in its own way - and for each onlooker, the standout moments are different.

The final podium in Paris... Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, and Peter Sagan. (Getty Images)

The final podium in Paris... Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, and Peter Sagan. (Getty Images)

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Small steps before giant leaps. With the women's professional circuit in a state where but a handful of the top riders can even make a living, Kate Bates writes from Bourg d'Oisans that recent calls for a women's Tour de France are admirable in their ambition, but still need to be realistic.

Emma Pooley leads the peloton at the 2011 British National Championships. The Brit is one of four women leading a petition to ASO seeking for the organisation to create a women's Tour de France. (Getty Images)

Emma Pooley leads the peloton at the 2011 British National Championships. The Brit is one of four women leading a petition to ASO seeking for the organisation to create a women's Tour de France. (Getty Images)

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Nice guys don't always finish last

05 July 2013 | 9:00 - By Kate Bates

A unique and beautiful island start to the TDF has delivered all the beauty and drama that you’d expect for a 100th edition, but nothing has been predicatable about the stage winners or yellow jerseys wearers writes Kate Bates.

Down to earth...Simon Gerrans stops to jam with fans  (Getty Images)

Down to earth...Simon Gerrans stops to jam with fans (Getty Images)

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On the eve of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, it is not hard to see the undeniable power that cycling has to inspire, and to bring our community together.

Bums on seats... Kate Bates would love to witness more Australian Grand Tour success after witnessing the startling effects of Cadel Evans' 2011 triumph on the greater community..

Bums on seats... Kate Bates would love to witness more Australian Grand Tour success after witnessing the startling effects of Cadel Evans' 2011 triumph on the greater community..

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