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”.
As much as it would be in my interest to get along and have a peek, I really don't have the urge to squirm through a two hour documentary highlighting cycling's biggest fraud, writes Mike Tomalaris.
Don't get me wrong, from the many reviews and trailers I have seen The Armstrong Lie appears to be a brave piece of filmaking which chronicles the improbable rise of a sports legend and his ultimate ugly fall from grace.
From all accounts it promises to be a huge hit, one that has already attracted plenty of interest in the United States since it was first screened on January 31.
It goes without saying the international TV coverage and worldwide
exposure the Tour de France's new one-day women's race
will be an enormous advertisement for the women's game at a time when
it's screaming for global attention, recognition and respect.
There's no doubt the accolades at the continued work and commitment for the women's cause belong to the vision of UCI heavyweights Tracey Gaudry and Brian Cookson. Their pledge to change the image of world cycling is being realised and subsequently acted upon by the ASO.
But where does Australian cycling sit in terms of supporting women's cycling?