Appreciation of a morning ride
Feb24

Appreciation of a morning ride

On the final page of each issue is a column with the amazingly inventive title of “the back page”. We encourage readers to send in submissions: ±1,200 words. A topic of your choosing. What have you got to share? By way of example: here’s one we prepared earlier. This is the story of a ride on a Wednesday in 2016.   * * * * *   — Appreciation of a morning ride. Water never tasted so good —   The Back Page:...

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Steve Bracks echoes sentiment of Open Letter
Feb22

Steve Bracks echoes sentiment of Open Letter

The new Chair of Cycling Australia, Steve Bracks, recently gave a press conference to explain his hopes and ambitions for cycling in Australia. Last October, RIDE Media published an Open Letter expressing some frustration that stems from the current management of the federation in charge of cycling in Australia. Judging by a few of the comments offered by Bracks today, it would seem that he too has read our commentary: much of the...

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Steve Bracks: the new Chair of Cycling Australia
Feb22

Steve Bracks: the new Chair of Cycling Australia

It was announced earlier today that the new Chair of Cycling Australia is former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks. He has a history with the sport: in 2010 he was the chairman of the organising committee for the world championships in Melbourne and Geelong. RIDE did a profile on Bracks in January 2009. We asked about his cycling, his enthusiasm for the sport and a few other matters…     * * * * * Below is a flashback...

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Team bikes 2017 – Cofidis’ Orbea with an FSA groupset
Feb21

Team bikes 2017 – Cofidis’ Orbea with an FSA groupset

A few years ago the rumours started to emerge: there’ll soon be another groupset manufacturer entering the road cycling market. The domination of Shimano remains in 2017 and Campagnolo supplies ensembles to a number of pro teams while SRAM is keeping things coy with sponsorship of only one WorldTour team this year. And then there’s the “fourth” groupset in the peloton for 2017: FSA. It’s not exactly...

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Talking Cycling with Sarah Ulmer
Feb17

Talking Cycling with Sarah Ulmer

In RIDE Cycling Review #74 there is a summary of a series of YouTube interviews with people associated with cycling. Our discussion with Sarah Ulmer last November offers some interesting insight from one of cycling’s truly interesting personalities. Ulmer expresses her views in a candid, friendly manner. She has strong opinions but they are never forced on anyone.     You can watch the interview by clicking the link...

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Training for nothing – a cycling holiday in Sardinia
Feb16

Training for nothing – a cycling holiday in Sardinia

The ‘Summer of Cycling’ has come and gone and while the days are still warm, they are getting shorter in Australia. And so, for some lucky riders, it’s that time of the year when planning for “the next holiday” begins. In the current issue of RIDE Cycling Review – #74, volume 4 of 2016 (on sale now) – there’s a wealth of reading about all manner of cycling. On story relates to the notion of “training… for nothing”. It’s a story...

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Graham Watson explains his favourite photo
Feb13

Graham Watson explains his favourite photo

A little while ago we published an interview with Graham Watson from the day he announced his retirement. We agreed to catch up occasionally and try and put his career into context. He had already nominated his favourite photo and now he shares the image with us and explains what makes it so special to him.   – Read our original interview here: part 01 • part 02 –    He is in New Zealand (and RIDE Media is based in Sydney)...

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Team bikes 2017 – Bora-Hansgrohe’s Specialized
Feb10

Team bikes 2017 – Bora-Hansgrohe’s Specialized

In its debut as a certified WorldTour team, the German-registered Bora-Hansgrohe team ended up on the podium multiple times… but it left the Tour Down Under of 2017 without a win. Jay McCarthy finished third overall, improving on his fourth place in 2016 (while with the Tinkoff team). But it was the presence of two-time world champion, Peter Sagan, that ensured this team had a wealth of publicity.     Sagan was a man...

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