Anthony Tan Tue 26 August 2014, 10:00AM

Velo Files: Taxi Driver

Anthony Tan may just have uncovered the greatest irony on our roads.

I don't suppose you have ever read The Highway Code
You know that you shouldn't be allowed on the road
I remember when the bicycle was safe and it was fun
The next time I cycle I'm gonna bring a gun

These are part of the lyrics from the song Fish Face, I discovered after reading a chapter from the fourth edition of The Cycling Anthology, from punk band Abdoujaparov, named after one of cycling's most terrifyingly scary sprinters.

Following a decade using public transport, driving or walking, or a combination of the aforementioned, and becoming a commuting cyclist once again, the verse perfectly encapsulates the sentiment I've been feeling out on the roads since my return.

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Anthony Tan Wed 20 August 2014, 11:00AM

Velo Files: One Fine Day

Road, AUS, Commuting, Fines, CBD, cycling

The headline was inapt but for Anthony Tan the message was crystal clear.

'Police launch inner-city cyclist blitz', read the article headline in Monday's online edition of the Age newspaper.

"Cyclists and drivers in Melbourne's CBD, inner north and south-east will be targeted in a week-long blitz that will see police flood black spot areas and fine those breaking the law," reporter Caroline Zielinski opened by saying.

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Anthony Tan Wed 06 August 2014, 01:00PM

Velo Files: Deal Then No Deal?

Road, AUS, NED, Wilco Kelderman, Kelderman, OGE, Belkin,

If you're wondering why Orica-GreenEDGE hasn't signed that big-name GC rider sport director Matt White so enthusiastically said they were on the cusp of acquiring two months ago, Anthony Tan believes he has the answer.

I'd expected a press release from Orica-GreenEDGE by now.

As of last Friday, 1 August, teams were permitted to announce their new signings for the 2015 season, and we've seen a slew of transfers since.

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Anthony Tan Thu 31 July 2014, 09:00PM

Velo Files: Have You Been Watching?

cycling, MTB, track, road, Scotland, Commonwealth Games, Australia

Anthony Tan wants to know: Have you been watching the Commonwealth Games with interest - or is it nothing more than a welcome distraction from the bad news stories of the week, and if you had something better to do, you'd turn off the tele without a moment's notice? In part, he wants to know because four years from now, like it or not, the 'Comm Games' be returning to our own backyard...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be a tangible sense of ambivalence about the Commonwealth Games - at least as far as cycling is concerned, anyway.

It shouldn't be this way.

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Anthony Tan Thu 24 July 2014, 04:00PM

Velo Files: The Mentalists

Cycling, Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Michael Rogers, FRA, Tour

The Tour de France can seem such an overwhelmingly physical endeavour, and it is, but that's not to say the mind is bereft in a race like this. More often that not, in fact, it's the very thing that separates winning from losing, writes Anthony Tan.

Let's, for a moment, take away all the fawning, flattery and waxing lyrical we've seen and heard over the performances of Michael Rogers and Vincenzo Nibali in recent days at the Tour and drill down what they said - because when translated into everyday vernacular, it says quite a lot.

Rogers, Stage 16: "I knew that once I got to the bottom of the last climb (of the Port de Balès), then the race began for me."

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