It’s that time of year when reflection becomes de rigueur, every man and his dog will throw out an opinion on their best and worst moments of the cycling season past, and I’m not about to buck the trend, though I am going to focus on the positives here.
As the year grew longer I personally became pulled into the MTB scene after a far too long absence of interest.
I loved the MTB scene in the 90’s and early 2000’s while following the progress of Cadel Evans and Mary Grigson as they went from race to race. The vibe around the sport feels the same today as it did then. Big things are happening, particularly in Australia.
The world itself may be a big place but for cyclists it's pretty small. No matter the geography, when one of our own bleeds we all bleed.
Over the past two weeks in both Australia and the UK we’ve witnessed far too many deaths of cyclists on our roads, the latest, just recently in London and this past Tuesday in Sydney. No question it's been a depressing time for cyclists in both countries.
This after years of effort with various initiatives including public education, traffic calming and shared cycling infrastructure.
A recent opinion piece in the New York Times has made a big splash in the online cycling world with the provacative title, Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?
Of course it isn't, but as the author, Daniel Duane writes, it sure looks a lot like it is Ok, if you compile any number of examples where justice has seemed to not have been served.
The opinion piece is US centric but you could transpose much of what was written to our experience here in Australia. Change a few of his examples to any number of well reported incidents here and it pretty much fits.
Riders have made belated admissions of past doping before, but the Ryder Hesjedal confession agitates because of its obvious cynicism.
We’ve been there done that recently with Stuart O’Grady, who, despite his ‘just that one time’ admission has yet to properly front the media and give a full accounting of his career. Neither has Hesjedal.
Both are hiding behind process, press releases and their cowards castles in Hawaii or Monaco, purchased by career long deceit.
The SBS Cycling Australia People’s Choice Awards is up and running and it’s your chance to have a say in who you think is the best two-wheeled Aussie of the year.
The nominees include, Simon Gerrans, Cadel Evans, Caroline Buchanan, Tiff Cromwell, Shane Perkins, Rebecca Henderson, Richie Porte, Paul Van Der Ploeg, Para cyclist Carol Cooke and young sprinter Caleb Ewan.
Click to vote.