Philip Gomes Fri 25 April 2014, 06:00AM

Wet and wild in Cairns

cycling, Australia, MTB, UCI MTB World Cup, Cairns

It has been a long time between drinks for Cairns but the UCI MTB World Cup has finally arrived, and its been wet, wet, wet.

The first race held here in 1996 was a long remembered legendary event held at a time when the sport was exploding. Today a whole new generation of riders have returned to experience some of the most demanding trails in Queensland, if not the country.

The racing takes place today, Saturday and Sunday but before that there was training and practice runs to do, along with a bit of tourism.

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Steve Thomas Tue 22 April 2014, 10:00AM

Taking the rough with the smooth


With 35 years experience of traveling the world by bicycle, Steve Thomas shares his thoughts on what is the best bike to travel with.

I’ve ridden through jungles, deserts, over the Himalaya’s, and down bobsled runs, not to mention taken on the biggest sportives and a fair few races too.

Once upon a time I was able to take a dedicated bike of choice, one specific to the task in hand. But that has long since changed with the necessity to ride and shoot on and off road, up and down hill, and with growing airline baggage restrictions.

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Philip Gomes Sat 19 April 2014, 09:00AM

Unbalanced by a headline

cycling, Australia, media, advocacy, The Australian

If there is one thing cyclists understand it is that mass media have a long way to go in reporting and commenting fairly about the sport and activity.

Few articles are balanced, many are deliberately inflammatory while others are betwixt and between, often written by journalists who simply have no idea even though they often say that they themselves are cyclists.

But as cyclists we’re used to that. Used to the misrepresentation, inflammatory comment and outright incitement.

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Steve Thomas Thu 17 April 2014, 09:00AM

Six of the best climbs on the planet


If you think the climb up Mount Baw Baw is epic, think again! Photographer and cycling adventurer Steve Thomas shares his experience tackling six of the world’s biggest climbs.

Haleakala, Hawaii

The view from the top of Haleakala (Image: Creative Commons - Lea/Flickr)

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Al Hinds Tue 15 April 2014, 06:00PM

Roubaix Report Cards

cycling, road, al hinds, paris-roubaix, FRA, classics, cobbles, cancellara, boonen, terpstra, sky, opqs, bmc,

The cobbled classic season came to a close Sunday with a fittingly climactic finale at Paris-Roubaix. Eleven riders still in contention with six kilometres to go, an uncertain outcome to the last. The race provided a spectacle worthy of the hype, but what of the riders and teams? Al Hinds assesses the impact of the riders and teams that made this year’s Roubaix the race it was.

Sep Vanmarcke, Belkin, 4th
Belgium’s new cobbled contender? Vanmarcke had one of the rides of the day, falling short only through a lack of allies and lack of road. The Belkin man was insatiable on Mons-en-Pevele, and the Carrefour de l’Arbre, stringing his rivals out on the toughest sections of road, with few able to follow. It was a display worthy of the promise he’d foreshadowed in 2013 but as the race regrouped again and again and the chunks of cobbled road petered out Vanmarcke was left with little to do but watch in frustration as the race turned procession in the final five kilometres, as Terpstra rode clear to the win. Still, a near faultless performance capping a brilliant spring. There’s always next year.

Score 4.5/5

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