Kath Bicknell Sat 01 November 2014, 09:00AM

Trail boom continues in Tropical North Queensland

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In the last two and a half years, 60km of mountain bike trails have been built in the Atherton Tablelands, the result of hard work, creative thinking and over a million dollars in funding, writes Kath Bicknell.

Located one and a half hour’s drive from Cairns, the success of these trails is not just due to the terrain they’re located on, but the backing of the surrounding community, and the increasingly refined skills of multiple trail building teams. The impact they’re having means new trail developments in other areas of Tropical North Queensland too.

“I think there’s 80km to be built all up,” Glen Jacobs, director of World Trail and one of a few key figures in the development of the Atherton trail network, told Cycling Central. Several new trails have been opened in the last few months.

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Philip Gomes Tue 28 October 2014, 01:00PM

Does women's cycling even need a Tour de France?

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International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson has ruled out the possibility of a women's Tour de France run at the same time as the men's three week race.

Cookson identified the logistics of running a women's Tour alongside that of the men as the primary stumbling block, telling Bloomberg it was more feasible as a standalone event with its own sponsors and host cities.

“ASO have quite clearly said that it’s a very difficult ask for a three-week event alongside the men’s race," said Cookson. “I don’t think we’re going to see that happen for all sorts of logistical reasons.”

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Steve Thomas Tue 28 October 2014, 09:00AM

Wheels 4 Life

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Mountain bike legend Hans Rey has found a new way to share his passion for cycling through his charity Wheels 4 Life.

Hans Rey is quite possibly the most pictured and filmed mountain biker of all time. He is a man whose pioneering and unique approach to the art of two-wheeled excellence combined with a sound business sense and approachable hard working nature have kept him at the top of his game and on magazine covers for more than 25 years now.

There is however a whole other side to Rey – and one he’s deeply passionate about – his Wheels 4 Life charity, which he set up in 2005 in a quest to in some way help those less fortunate people in the world benefit from having the use of a bicycle.

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Al Hinds Fri 24 October 2014, 05:30PM

Quick conclusions from the 2015 Tour de France course announcement

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There was a lot in the 2015 Tour de France route unveil to take in. Al Hinds takes a look over some of its critical points.

Points reworked
Apparently sick of Peter Sagan winning the maillot vert at a canter, ASO has rebalanced the points system in a move that tries to reposition the classification. A massive 50 points is now on offer for the first over the line in any “flat” stage, with a quick drop-off to second (30) and third (20), putting a premium on winning stages over high finishes. The last two years has seen one solitary stage victory and a lot of seconds, thirds etc. deliver Peter Sagan the maillot vert, meanwhile Marcel Kittel, who notched up eight in the same period, finished fourth. The sentiment of the new system is good, the green jersey should be a sprinters classification to retain its relevance, but while the revisions will likely shake things up, there’s every chance Sagan could still win.

Time bonuses
Time bonuses return to the Tour for the first time since 2007. The 10, 6, 4 bonuses on offer at the finish and 3, 2, 1, at the intermediates aren’t dramatic amounts but they do allow yellow to move around in the first week. A good move, and less chance of Fabian wearing yellow for the entirety of the first nine stages.

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Anthony Tan Fri 24 October 2014, 05:00PM

Velo Files: Newton's Law

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A need to remember, pitted against a need to forget... The tide has only just turned for the better, but the dance inside our heads that goes back and forth will long continue, writes Anthony Tan.

Why do we continue to talk about him?

Off the back of Cycling Central editor Phil Gomes' latest blog, 'Too soon to get the band back together?', Al Hinds, Rob Arnold and myself mused over him in this week's podcast (go to the 30:40 mark to listen).

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