In what was probably the most exciting thing to ever happen at the Tour de San Luis, Mark Cavendish gave a masterclass in how to be controversial in a pre-event press conference and now everyone knows about the Argentine race.
Today's athletes are in a difficult spot at press conferences and interviews; be brutally honest or come across as robotic and uninteresting. Cavendish has always sat in the former camp, never anodyne, always interesting and to the point.
Like his compatriot, Bradley Wiggins, Cavendish lets it all hang out. It's one of the things which makes him a winner. You see that personality expressed in his balls-out racing style.
I’m sure Cycling Australia is pleased with the outcome of yet another national championships, and they should be with another successful event hosted in Ballarat and surrounds and a host of very popular national champions crowned.
It’s been a great event, the racing was excellent, and interesting too because we saw the Orica-GreenEDGE/AIS hegemony broken, if only for one year.
But it's not a failure by those two teams, it appears that the Australian cycling scene is broadening and deepening. Cycling Australia (CA) can thank the increasing professionalism of several men’s and women’s National Road Series (NRS) teams for that.
Channel 10's long running show Family Feud ran a question in
last night's episode titled, "What’s something annoying a cyclist would do?"
Well for starters, my first thought was "probably watch Family Feud", but your personal taste may vary, so who I am I to lecture you for watching anything other than the fine offerings at SBS.
To be honest I had a hard time getting worked up about this. Maybe because in watching the show I could feel my life force slowly ebbing away. It was a race against time. Would it end before I did?
Peta Mullens is one of those interesting athletes who comes along every once in a while that can prove difficult to categorise, if not manage.
She is a former cross country mountain bike national champion and now she’s beaten many of the best Australian road riders at their game. She can pretty much do anything on two wheels.
After a injury affected 2014 where she mixed her mountain bike passions with service for the Wiggle Honda professional team on the road, she chose to ride on the dirt for 2015.
There can be no denying that having a Prime Minister who rides a bike regularly is an avowedly good thing and Tony Abbott is setting a good example as Australia's chief MAMIL.
Like many of us the PM has made a point of fitting cycling into his demanding life, and in doing so he sets an example that daily exercise (he also runs and swims) is critical to effectively doing the thing which puts food on the table.
But a doctor to several past PM's, Graeme Killer (no, really), and a former Department of Veterans Affairs medical adviser, today said that Tony Abbott should pull over and step off the bike because he might one day hit the deck.