Can you hear it? That sound? It’s the noise cycling makes as it reorients itself after two decades of Sturm und Drang.
Cycling’s discussion has returned to, gasp! The racing. Boring isn’t it? But that’s a good thing.
Still, I sometimes miss the doping era. So much skullduggery. So many crybaby pros. So much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the forum monkeys as they analysed every winning performance to within an inch of its VAM. It was fun in a self harming way.
The 2014 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships was without doubt the best in the history of the event.
Maybe its the afterglow of watching the men’s elite road race featuring a world class podium in Simon Gerrans, Cadel Evans and Richie Porte but by my reckoning this year’s national championships was the best on record.
In both the men’s and women’s elite road races we saw a willing peloton of riders keen to make the race on a very demanding course. The depth of Australian cycling on show was astounding and with Drapac now a ProContinental team there is more to come. I can hardly wait for next January in Buninyong.
It remains a dream of cyclo-cross athletes and fans around the world and
rumours of the discipline being added to the Winter Olympics regularly
make the rounds but now the time seems right.
Practiced during the European winter months, cyclo-cross has always been seen to be a good fit for the winter Olympics, however a stumbling block lies in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter which states that a sport must be played on a snow or ice surface and it must meet a minimum country participation rule.
One of the benefits of cyclo-cross achieving Olympic status is that it would immediately attract funding from national Olympic committees, giving it a much needed boost in recognition, if not participation.
A bike, any bike, is good for the soul. Roadie, fixie, MTB or cruiser, any will do the trick but to really call yourself a cyclist I reckon you need a full stable.
There was time when I had more bikes than furniture, the small apartment crowded out with two roadies, a chrono machine, two MTB’s a city cruiser and a single (not to mention indoor trainer, rollers, parts boxes, etc).The only thing missing was a unicycle, an oversight I’m yet to correct. But I’m bad at busking so that may never happen.
Anyone know anything about recumbents?
It may be that we may have finally put the ghosts of the past behind us in 2013. Lance Armstrong and his ilk are all but consigned to history and are increasingly irrelevant to what will happen in cycling as we look forward.
Of course we’re sure to get a reminder with the coming Independent Commission but none of it should be relevant to a sport desperate to embrace change in a positive way.
This will happen despite the ongoing commentary of a few dead-enders on Twitter and elsewhere who continue to cling to past hurts (you know who you are), seemingly determined to suck the life out of cycling as a sport. The angst brought on by doping and dysfunctional governance should pass.