Anthony Tan Tue 21 October 2014, 03:00PM

Velo Files: Child's Play

Road, AUS, Commuting, CBD, cycling,tips, Mamil, children, kids, obesity

If we're "genetically hard-wired to eat" as the experts say, it follows that parents should be hard-wiring their children to exercise, too. Asks Anthony Tan, aside from walking, what easier way is there than to start with a bicycle?

"Australians are getting fatter, more quickly, than just about any other country in the world."

That's what ABC Four Corners reporter Geoff Thomson told the audience in last week's episode, 'Fat Chance', which focused on the Victorian town of Ararat - once one of the "fattest" towns in Australia - to see the effects of an ongoing community intervention to promote weight loss and improved health.

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Anthony Tan Wed 15 October 2014, 02:00PM

Velo Files: Calling BS on the DT

Road, AUS, Commuting, CBD, cycling,tips, Mamil, corporate, Ride2Work

Given today is national #Ride2Work Day, Anthony Tan has timely discovered a new titleholder as 'The King of Spin'.

It's timely national Ride2Work Day popped up today - right on the back of some typically lowbrow reporting from a typically lowbrow publication, a.k.a. The Daily Telegraph.

"Is cycling to work really faster than the train? We put Clover Moore's claims to the test," read the headline in their May 10 article featured last week.

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Anthony Tan Sun 12 October 2014, 01:00PM

Velo Files: Millar's Time

cycling, road, anthony tan, Millar, David Millar, Garmin-Sharp

If David Millar still yearns for the days of old when the sport was no more than a farce, then time is nigh for the Scot to move on, writes Anthony Tan.

Ever since he returned from his two-year doping exile on 24 June 2006, a week before that year's Tour de France, David Millar has been a godsend for cycling journalists.

The pre-suspension haughtiness had been purged - he was no longer 'Le Dandy' as he used to be known, monikered as such for his bon vivant lifestyle in Biarritz where he used to live large. He had been humbled. Thankfully, though, his eloquence in thought and speech remained; he was as charming to listen to as watch on the bike, and the marriage of words and action, together with his now-defiant stance on doping, was a blessing for us hacks so used to the contrived sentiments of his less articulate peers.

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Anthony Tan Thu 09 October 2014, 10:55AM

Velo Files: A Tiff with Tanny...

cycling, road, anthony tan, vos, armitstead, ferrand-prevot, cromwell, neylan, world championships, women, ponferrada, australian road nationals, buninyong

After his scathing blog on the women's road race in Ponferrada and the social media reaction it spawned, Anthony Tan believes there is really only one way to sort out who's right...

So... It seems many of you had - and still have - a beef with me after the blog I wrote on the elite women's road race in Ponferrada, 'Where's The Impetuosity?'

And that's okay. It's a free world. You're entitled to your perspective, as am I.

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Anthony Tan Mon 06 October 2014, 08:00AM

Velo Files: He Who Hesitates...

cycling, road, anthony tan, Kwiatkowski, Martin, Rogers, lombardy, lombardia, Ponferrada, Tour de France

The seminal victories of Michael Rogers, Michal Kwiatkowski and Daniel Martin this season have all revealed a common theme, writes Anthony Tan.

Among Michal Kwiatkowski and Daniel Martin's respective victories in the road world championships and the Giro di Lombardia, what is the common element?

The length of the races? Well, they were almost identical on paper - the elite men's road world championship in Ponferrada was 254.8 kilometres long, Lombardia was slated to be 254km - but due to road works in the first sector of the race route after the Madonna del Ghisallo (km 58), on the day of the race Tour of Lombardy organisers changed the total race distance to 260 km.

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