The more athletes are told what to say and do, the less attention on them. The less attention, the less interest. The less interest, the less sponsors. Isn't it time we just let people be themselves, asks Anthony Tan?
"Teams only bring positive news and are restricting access to try to control the narrative." So declared Raymond Kerckhoffs, president of the AIJC (International Association of Cycling Journalists) and longtime journalist with Dutch newsp...
Cappadocia, in central Turkey, has a well-earned repute as a great mountain bike destination – yet it’s just as blessed when it comes to gravel and road riding, as Steve Thomas discovered.
It’s not so hard to see why Cappadocia keeps luring me back, and for longer visits with the passing of each year. The region is best known for its lunar like landscape, fractured with deep valleys and peppered with fairy chimneys and hobbi...

On choosing not to ride

Riders at L’Etape Australia were faced with some incredibly challenging conditions this weekend, one of which was their own personal thoughts on whether to ride if the weather-affected race went ahead, writes Kath Bicknell.
Two days out from L’Etape Australia’s Saturday event, the weather forecast looked apocalyptic at best. The event team monitored the situation closely and sought advice from local authorities, the police and the Bureau of Meteorology. They ...
For someone who often gets labelled as predictable, this week Chris Froome was anything but. And pro cycling's all the better for it, writes Anthony Tan.
Well, I didn't see that one coming. When I first heard that next year's Giro d'Italia would start in the city where Jesus was crucified some 2000 years ago, the only thing stranger than having a Grand Tour start outside Europe, I thought, ...
There’s no rule of thumb that works for everyone when it comes to sports nutrition. But sound advice, from someone who knows a heap more about nutrition than you do, can dramatically change your experiences, and perceived level of fitness, on the...
Given the positive response to our previous interview with Rebecca Hay from The Athlete’s Kitchen on nutrition strategies for between rides, a follow-up interview about on-bike nutrition was an obvious choice. As I wrote in the earlier art...
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can make the biggest difference, writes Kath Bicknell.
There’s some interesting research out there about how swearing or riding angry can make you go faster. One theory, for example, is it can increase your body’s fight or flight response. Riding happy can have a massive impact on your perform...
American legend John Tomac could be considered one of the greatest all-around bike racers in contemporary cycling history, one who embodies the very essence of what mountain biking was all about.
For close on 15-years American John Tomac was at the very forefront of mountain bike racing history. He was an enigma, a rider bursting with class, both on and off the bike. Humble, stylish, innovative, committed and blessed with the versa...
When it comes to mountain biking there simply can be no challenge higher than the Himalayas, and the Nepalese city of Pokhara could well be considered the capital of Himalayan fat tyre adventure, as Steve Thomas finds out.
It had taken a snip under 20-years for me to finally make the return trip to Nepal. An ill-fated late 1990’s trip, followed by two recent near misses that resulted in the loss of flights all factored in, but finally, and on something of a ...
When it comes to bike maintenance, time spent well now can save you all kinds of trouble later, writes Kath Bicknell.
How many times have you been riding with someone when a preventable mechanical, like a puncture to a worn tyre, turned a great morning into a less great one? How often have you jumped on a mate’s bike, squeezed their brakes, glanced at the...

Book Review: Tour de Oz

As told by author Bret Harris in his book Tour de Oz, Anthony Tan reviews the remarkable tale of the first overlanders to circumnavigate pre-Federation Australia.
"I had made up my mind to lead the way in riding round Australia on the wheel." The date: June 5. The year: 1899. A lone cyclist attempting to become the first person to circumnavigate our island continent by bicycle - and in so doing, cl...