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Commonwealth Games: good for cycling

With the Australian team for the Comm Games of 2018 named, it’s time to consider what this sporting carnival is all about. Ultimately, it’s good for sport… even if not everyone in the world understands the concept. Okay, the last time they were on the Commonwealth Games seemed to just pass on by without too much fanfare. Yes, there were quite a few conquests – some amazing times set and some fantastic rides executed – but not everyone in the world understands what they’re all about. In Australia and a few other places, however, this quirky gathering still means...

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Commonwealth Games: Cycling Australia’s focus on 2018

The Commonwealth Games is an opportunity to showcase some fantastic cycling disciplines to a broader audience. This April, 36 Australian riders will be competing in Queensland in MTB, road and track events. Here is a summary of the selection… The Australian team for the cycling events at the Commonwealth Games has been announced today. A packed schedule of road, track and MTB racing will take place in Queensland in April and, as we’ve known for some time, this is going to be the focus of Cycling Australia’s high performance unit in 2018. HPU director, Simon Jones, outlined his intentions for...

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Bike Test: Trek Madone 9.9 (2015) RIDE70

The Trek Madone was completely reinvented in 2015. You can find the full review and build report online now as it appeared in the magazine… RIDE Media reviewed numerous Trek Madone bikes over the years and it has been interesting to watch the evolution of this lightweight race bike. In 2015 it was entirely revamped with aero inclusions and the famous decoupler at the seat tube/top tube junction to assist with comfort.   – Read the full review as it appeared in the magazine. –   “Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this new Trek is its comfort. It has...

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Bike Test: Specialized S-Works ViAS Venge (2015) RIDE70

One of the more funky bike designs in recent years, the ViAS Venge certainly got people talking… and it continues its evolution in 2018 – although, these days, it’s sold with disc brakes. There’s surely a quote from The Simpsons to suit any situation in modern life. Not too many have been used for bike reviews but the Specialized ViAS Venge of 2015 prompted a line from Homer and the episode in which he helps his brother design a car…   – Read the full review as it appeared in the magazine. –   Specialized Review excerpt “This is a...

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Bike Test: Pinarello Dogma F8 (2015) RIDE70

This brand with plenty of heritage continues to reinvent itself. The Dogma F8 was another innovative creation released in 2015. Read the review of this Pinarello as it appeared in our magazine… “Anyone who has observed cycling in the last 25 years or more would recognise the strong influence of Pinarello on the race scene. In certain areas of Australia, it is also clear that this investment in marketing (and R&D with some of the most prolific performers in professional cycling) has paid off: despite the cost, there are plenty being ridden in bunches around our fair land. “Not everyone...

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