Having spent the last four years covering every major event, men and women, that counts itself a part of the ‘Summer of Cycling’ as part of the media contingent, you get a feel for the character of each race and the community that surrounds them.
Aspects of some races are done better in one place than in others and there’s a lot to be learnt for organisers and promoters of cycling in Australia. Best Elite Racing: If you’re looking for a race-long spectacle that includes interesting...
Deceuninck-QuickStep's Iljo Keisse was thrown out of the Vuelta a San Juan after a lewd pose made in a photo op with a local waitress. In this open letter to team boss Patrick Lefevere, Jane Aubrey writes that the matter highlights yet again the...
Dear Mr Lefevere, I wanted to say that I was shocked that a waitress in San Juan, Argentina was forced to file a police complaint following the actions of Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Iljo Keisse. But shocked, I am not. I want to make clear, tha...
Is there a WorldTour event that tests one's all-round mettle better than the Tour Down Under? Anthony Tan thinks not.
I probably should have taken notice a little earlier, but it wasn't till the 2016 Tour Down Under where I was truly impressed by Daryl Impey's versatility. Two years earlier he'd finished seventh overall, 34 seconds off the pace, riding in...
To think that the man behind Team Sky's success was going to leave quietly would be a gross underestimation of his character and what the team means to him, writes Anthony Tan.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then in the short history of the WorldTour, no other team has been flattered quite like Team Sky. They may not be the most popular team, but then again they never set out to be. From the outs...
As much as we hear about ill-gotten gains in professional cycling, it is nothing compared to some other so-called professional sports, writes Anthony Tan.
"Motorbikes do not compete in the Tour de France." That came from journalist and 11-time Sydney-Hobart yachtsman, David Salter. Why did he say that? You mightn't think there's much alike between ocean racing and pro cycling, but hear me ou...
Mitchelton-Scott placed three riders in the top five of the women’s road race at the national championships in Buninyong but were unable to use their numbers and quality to counter the verve of 18-year-old Sarah Gigante (Roxsolt-Attaquer).
Gigante produced the ride of her life to win the title but WorldTour squad Mitchelton-Scott will no doubt be wondering if they played the tactics right. The riders spoke after the race and confirmed they followed the tactics laid down by t...

Forever grateful for bikes

As we roll with the challenges of each and every year, an outlet like cycling can be as important for its mental benefits as physical ones, writes Kath Bicknell.
The end of one year and the beginning of the next tends to inspire goal setting and reflection. “It’s been a tough year in some ways,” people tend to say on various social media platforms as they balance a desire to be #authentic with anot...

The best of 2018 for Australian cycling

Just below the level of the European races and several levels of exposure away from the glitz and glamour of the WorldTour it has been an impressive year for Australian road cyclists.
The idea behind this piece is to look at the riders and teams that may not have graced television screens, instead looking at some of the diamonds in the rough at levels below the WorldTour. Best Australian Cyclists Ben Dyball (St George C...

Time to free Lance

It was with some consternation that I dot watched the infamous Team Astana boss and 2012 Olympic road race champion Alexandr Vinokourov drop a 9hr 13min 37sec at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii this past weekend.
The 2018 race was incredible. The fastest in history due to the conditions was pretty much a good day for everyone except those hoping for consistency in anti-doping sentencing and a little less hypocrisy in sport and cycling. The tale of ...
Mark Renshaw’s name has been synonymous with that of Mark Cavendish for about a decade, but is that about to change (again)?
Renshaw on Friday announced a contract extension with Dimension Data for the 2019 season in which he made no direct reference to his long-time Manx teammate. In a team statement, the 35-year-old highlighted his desire to work with new sign...