The process of assembling a Tour de France “Team of the Century” featuring Australian only riders is not so easy, writes Mike Tomalaris.
Australia’s links with the world’s most famous cycle race dates back to 1914 when Victorian pair Don Kirkham and Snowy Munro were the first from our shores to take the challenge.
Cycling Australia launch Tour de France 'Team of the Century'
The women's road race at the UCI Road World Championships has certainly whipped up a hornet's nest online while several opinion pieces has kept discussions simmering.
In the days leading up to the live coverage from Ponferrada, the SBS commentary team was genuinely excited at bringing the elite women's event to Australian television screens.
By inviting Olivia Gollan and Henk Vogels onto the panel to share their expert opinion, experience and vast knowledge, we were satisfied the balance was right.
I have a confession to make. The idea of Yorkshire winning the tender to host the Grand Depart is still very difficult to comprehend but the UK’s biggest county in England’s north has worked extremely hard and rightfully deserves the accolade.
The Yorkshire bid was somewhat frowned upon and dismissed as a bit of a joke by traditionalists when the pitch to host the opening two days was conceived in 2011.
It wasn’t so much the aggressive approach as it was a novel exercise, moving the world’s most recognised tour from its origins to a remote part of European cycling was curious.
With the FIFA World Cup dominating world wide interest and the SBS television and online screens doing the same for the next four weeks, most viewers, including regular followers of cycling, have been gripped by the matches from Brazil.
As we become familiar with the players from the 32 national teams, it got me thinking; what would a World Cup football team made up entirely of pro-cyclists look like if it took to the playing arena of the biggest sporting tournament on the planet?
Well, after gazing over the hundreds of riders who race over the roads on the UCI World Tour, the possibilities appear to be endless.
The 2014 Giro d’Italia has arrived and for the first time SBS management has boldly decided to screen every stage of this year's race live. It’s another breakthrough in the network’s history, growth and support for world cycling, writes Mike Tomalaris.
The push for more live cycling on our TV screens has primarily come about from the continuing interest and demand for this country’s greatest cyclist – Cadel Evans.
Although Cadel is now in the twilight of his distinguished career, there’s no doubt Aussie sports fans cannot get enough of cycling’s “little battler”.