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...
The drive for smaller team team sizes at World Tour level is here for 2018 and will continue if the new UCI president David Lappartient has his way, but what will it actually acheive?
The announcement of reduced team sizes in Grand Tours (from nine riders per team to eight) and in World Tour races (eight to seven) was greeted by many as a positive step forward for the sport. Coming after another Sky-dominated Tour de Fr...
Think for a second about how many pedal strokes you do in a single ride. Now imagine if you could make each revolution even a little bit more efficient.
Form comes from lots of different places. In the first article in this series, I wrote about being grateful for your starting point. About a year ago, my starting point involved sitting on the bike and slowly learning to pedal again as par...

Tan Lines: Fightin' words

In an age of political correctness gone mad, many of our cycling stars lack the temerity to battle with words as effectively as they do with their wheels, writes Anthony Tan.
"I try and look in the opposition's eyes and try and work out: 'How can I dislike this player? How can I get on top of him?' You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you're...
How each individual is positioned in relation to the key contact points of the bike – the saddle, the bars and the pedals – has a bigger impact on their long-term enjoyment, performance and health than most people realise, writes Kath Bicknell.
This series looks into the different things riders can do to improve their performance on the bike. The “one percent-ers” if you like. That said, a badly fitting bike can have such a dramatic and negative impact on riding experiences, it’s...
Orica-Scott’s performance at the recently finished Tour of Guangxi was much like its season as a whole: solid but unspectacular. In his first column for Cycling Central, Kieran Pender assesses the Australian team’s 2017 campaign and considers the...
The mood at Orica-Scott’s 2017 Tour de France afterparty was buoyant. The Australian-registered team arrived in Düsseldorf at the beginning of July with one goal – the prestigious white young rider’s jersey – and Simon Yates had held the m...
Tour organisers announced just a one day, 118km mountain stage for the women's La Course in 2018. Many hoped it would be a stage race by now. But it's no surprise, writes Rachel de Bear who's tired of talking about all this as it's pretty simple...
The Tour de France is truly the flagship of the sport of cycling. It’s the race everybody’s heard of, cycling fan or not. That’s why cyclists Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine and four-time Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington, me...
As the dust settles after this year’s Presidential Tour of Turkey one young Turkish racer gears up to become the first ever true pro bike racer from his country.
There’s little doubting that Irishman Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe was the star of this year’s Tour of Turkey. He won an incredible four out of six stages, and probably only missed out on a fifth stage victory due to a crash coming into t...
With teams trying to differentiate themselves in the eyes of sponsors, Orica-Scott's Backstage Pass helped do exactly that, also creating a legion of loyal followers. So what will life be like without it, asks Anthony Tan?
On September 15 this year, and after six years and 535 episodes, Orica-Scott's longtime video producer, Dan Jones, posted his final Backstage Pass to YouTube. It wasn't the best episode I saw. It wasn't the worst, either. It basically inv...