RIDE Cycling Review – Issue 52 On-sale now
From the Classics to Down Under… A season begins.
The day begins with a routine. The sequence may change, like the order in which my two young boys wake but, either way, we have found ourselves – just as we did again this morning – seeing “who won yesterday”. The change in time zones to the traditional cycling heartland can often be frustrating. Many admit to Tour-lag, like jet-lag but induced by the compulsion to follow live coverage of a bike race each July. It can cause an astute person to become droopy-eyed. It’s not all bad though. Most often, the big races happen overnight. When day breaks in Sydney, I go downstairs and see the results from Europe, and have a moment of commentary with my children.
Xavier was just eight months old, but he was transfixed by a YouTube presentation of the final kilometre of Paris-Nice’s third stage. Beside him his five-year-old brother provided both commentary and questions while watching the rush to the line, then a win by Matt Goss. Our question had been answered and Louis enjoyed announcing it to little baby Xavi. He’d repeat again soon enough (didn’t we all?): “Gossie won, Mum!”
This was fun again. Cycling how it should be: success and the joy it brings. The effect and influence of a moment.
I remember one of the most elated calls, nine months earlier: “Dad, Richie’s in pink!” It echoes in my mind still. When Richie Porte took the lead of the Giro, I was so pleased. This charming, humble bloke was taking on his first season in the upper-echelon and winning. He was the best young rider in the Giro d’Italia. Wonderful! He made the cover of that edition. Now another Tasmanian is making headlines, winning races and leading the world rankings.
Gossie is moving to the top quickly. He was on the cover of the previous issue as part of the “HTC-Highroad Express”, along with Mark Renshaw and Mark Cavendish. They started 2011 in Australia. Goss won in January, he won in February, and he would take the biggest triumph in March: he won a Classic that was monumental (and vice-versa).
On 19 March 2011, Matt Goss beat Fabian Cancellara and Philippe Gilbert by being the fastest in Milan-San Remo! An Australian. A Classic. La Primavera. The beautiful race that ignites the season. Gossie won! It’s a pleasure to say.
We review the season so far in reverse order: from de Ronde to Milan-San Remo and back to where it started: Down Under. Each day has moments to remind us cycling is beautiful.
Rob Arnold – Publisher