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Australian Cycling Academy: Ben Kersten interview

Australian cycling has a new team for 2018. On Monday 11 December, the line-up for what will be called the Australian Cycling Academy – – was revealed. RIDE Media spoke with Ben Kersten to find out more. Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is poised to become a base for Australia’s newest cycling team. The Australian Cycling Academy has been a long time in planning and the concept was launched on Monday. Ben Kersten, a former rider who comes from one of Australia’s true cycling families, is the team’s director and he spoke to us to explain the genesis of the idea. (See...

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Another ride with Chris Froome

Last December a young cyclist got to ride the entire L’Etape Australia course with Chris Froome. Harrison Bailey got a second chance last Saturday for the second edition of the mass participation event in the NSW Snowy Mountains.  Photos: Marcus Enno (ie. ‘Beardy McBeard’, for L’Etape Australia) An encore conversation: same again… this time in the rain   – By Harrison Bailey   As you may know, last year I had the honour of escorting Chris Froome along the roads of the NSW Snowy Mountains for L’Etape Australia. It was very gratifying that, one year on, Florian Malézieux from Lateral...

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Glaetzer on Revolve24 Australia

We’ve spoken to Matthew Glaetzer about his impressive ‘kilo’ win at the Manchester World Cup. Now we talk about what he expects from Revolve24 Australia. In part one of our interview with Matthew Glaetzer he talks about cracking the one minute barrier in the ‘kilo’ time trial, gearing and technical innovations, and the Commonwealth Games. At the end of that chat we asked about something entirely different: his planned participation in the Revolve24 Australia event that will be held on 13-14 January 2018. He is going to be part of a team but the option exists for riders to race...

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Talking Cycling with Matthew Glaetzer

He’s a sprinter who has only ridden a few ‘kilo’ in competition but Matthew Glaetzer posted a sub-60 second time at a recent World Cup. He is aiming for gold at the Commonwealth Games in April… after riding a 24 hour race in January.  “Times are just going to keep falling”   Talking about the ‘kilo’ and what Matthew Glaetzer expects from the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.   In November 2017 Matthew Glaetzer posted the fastest time ever in the ‘kilo’ when raced at sea-level. The week before that he won the sprint at another track World Cup. He...

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Bike test – Lapierre Xelius SL 500

Great frame, considered ride qualities, clever spec… good price. There is much to like about the Lapierre Xelius. Review introduction My advice has been sought over the years by various friends (and extensions of friends) on what they should buy as relative ‘beginners’. My often-ignored advice is to either spend $3,000-$4,000 on something they can cherish for several years, or buy an entry-level road bike as a ‘test run’ to see if they take to the notion of ‘being a roadie’. Few people look at the quality of the frame when buying a new bike and categorise brands as...

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