Cycling Australia's new High Performance director Brad McGee will have an abundance of talent at his disposal when selecting the elite men's team for the UCI Road World Championships.
I cannot recall an era when there has been so many riders with climbing attributes.
It wasn't so long ago when European-based Australian roadies were known for their sprinting prowess only.
The national backlash since Stuart O'Grady confessed to taking EPO prior
to the 1998 Tour de France has been quite startling to say the least, writes Mike Tomalaris.
It seems one costly mistake made 15 years ago may forever taint a brilliant career - one which has brought so many historical moments and memories.
Is it fair to continuously grind Stuey into oblivion as some ignorant members of the non-cycling media and community have chosen to do?
It's been another fantastic Tour de France with many amazing moments to treasure, in fact far too many to list, writes Mike Tomalaris.
Right now I don't need to tell you how amazing the Chris Froome story is or how Mark Cavendish remains the best at what he does despite a strong challenge from Marcel Kittel.
Nor do I need to mention how Nairo Qintana is a complete revelation and that Alberto Contador's attempts to dislodge Froome for the race lead showed his true character, all of these exploits are well known.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome may not be in line for a Knighthood like his team mate Bradley Wiggins, but Mike Tomalaris thinks his impact on the sport may be more significant.
Picture this, Team Sky organises a media conference in a plush 4-star hotel on the morning of the rest day in the town of Orange in the Provence region.
Of the hundreds of international media representatives here to cover the Tour de France, it's fair to say 99.999 per cent of the English speaking world were in attendance to hear the wearer of the yellow jersey share his thoughts.
Emotions high, and milestones broken, Australian cycling has never been in a better place. But, writes Michael Tomalaris from France, without the endlessly generous support of Gerry Ryan, the rosy picture would look very different.
Gentle, driven, passionate, and generous beyond belief. Gerry Ryan has been a shining light for Australian cycling for more than two decades, leading the sport from humble beginnings, and cradling careers of its biggest stars. To where we are now, Ryan's influence cannot be understated.
The success enjoyed by the lads at Orica-GreenEDGE in the first week of the Tour de France is just the last chapter in Ryan's long association with the sport. A man who was introduced to bike racing more than 20 years ago, he now reigns supreme as the most powerful, and influential, individual in Australian cycling. Sorry Klaus Mueller, it's true.