What happens when esteemed cycling and sports writer Rupert Guinness turns that journalistic mind to his own two-wheel adventure? A ripping yarn, bookended by tragedy and triumph, writes Rachel de Bear.
Whether we ride to the shops, to work, or bomb around trails or tarmac, us bike riders get 'it'. We share what it means to ride a bike, bonded by a feeling we can’t describe but often wear on our faces and demeanour. Don't ride? Perhaps th...
It's a sad fact of life, but it often takes a tragic twist before one understands and appreciates the meaning of sacrifice, writes Anthony Tan.
It's already hump day so you've probably forgotten about your weekend, though I'm sure it's not too difficult to remember. With Spring having reared its head, many of you probably got up for an early morning bunch ride Saturday, which, aft...
It would appear that the UCI’s forgetful course designer has struck yet again, this time at the Innsbruck Road World Championships.
We’ve already seen his (or her) handiwork at last year’s World Championships in Bergen, where the Mount Fløyen climb that so dramatically animated the men’s time trial was somehow completely left off the women’s race. And then there’s his ...
The issue is bigger than the current Tour de France champion's view on compulsory helmet use, writes Anthony Tan.
"I've never ridden a bike in London, apart from in a race," said the 2018 Tour de France champion. "I've watched from a taxi and it does seem a bit crazy. I would certainly make helmets compulsory." From accidental hero to social media par...

Fun in the sun at La Vuelta

It might not be the biggest of the grand tours, nor can it boast the highest calibre field. But is the Vuelta a España the most enjoyable? A slightly red Kieran Pender certainly thinks so after a few days at his first tour of Spain.
The fierce Spanish sun is beating down on chef Iñaki Albistur, but he seems unperturbed. He is deep in concentration, preparing a tapa for me on a makeshift kitchen table near the start-line of an early stage of the Spanish grand tour. The...
If there's a Grand Tour that you should withhold a wager before the wheels begin turning it's the Vuelta a España, writes Anthony Tan.
Among the GC contenders, there is a huge variation in form and their raison d'être in Spain: just because one can ride GC doesn't mean they will, or have the urge to. As for the rest, many have announced a change of team or are in search f...
With his move to Trek-Segafredo now confirmed, the 2018 Vuelta a España will be Richie Porte’s last major race with BMC Racing Team. Could it also be the 33-year-old’s final major opportunity for Grand Tour glory?
Nigel Baker first spotted Richie Porte just over a decade ago. Baker, a prominent figure in Launceston and formerly the Stan Siejka Cycling Classic’s race director, would see Porte riding the tough Scottsdale Sidling loop early each mornin...
How could more drama be injected into the three-week grand tours? Stephanie Constand has some ideas.
It’s a situation even the most seasoned of grand tour viewers in Australia is familiar with: you're propped up on the sofa at some ungodly hour, fallen asleep mid-stage, only to wake up at 3am to a Nordic noir re-run and subsequently disco...
Following the announcement that one of Australia's best road cyclists will hang up his wheels but not his ambitions, Anthony Tan muses over the career of Simon Gerrans.
He was hoping to go out captaining the team of the second-only Australian to win the Tour de France. Those plans turned to dust on the road to Roubaix, when Richie Porte crashed less than 10 kilometres into the ninth stage. Professional cy...
The era of Olympic medals ruling the direction of sport funding is coming to an end and cycling is in a strong position to capitalise.
It's a new dawn for Australian sport, with cycling set to be one of the key test cases for how the new model for government grants operates. Gone will be the nationalistic pride focus that dates back to Olympic humiliation in Montreal in 1...