Michael Troy describes the joy of the broken collarbone and learning to become ambidextrous with toilet paper

Like I said before, you get the best headlines on crankpunk! Sarvesh, this one is for you... Many thanks to my friend Michael Troy for this one. Classic. Cheers Mike! _______________ The Clavicle Diaries, by Michael Troy     T’was the end of a long road season, 2009 to be exact. My coach, good friend … Continue reading Michael Troy describes the joy of the broken collarbone and learning to become ambidextrous with toilet paper

what to do about Astana and Nibali?

DoctorNurse (aka Stephen Nurse-Findlay) commented on my article from last week about Astana & Alexander 'ChimneySweep' Vinokourov and my call from them to be turfed from the sport. i was going to leave my reply as a comment too but realised that it might be worth posting. here it is, with DoctorNurse's initial comment first. _______________ … Continue reading what to do about Astana and Nibali?

Tour Down Under proves its worth as the season opener

by Kate Smart Once a year Radelaide comes alive to the sights and sounds of wheel spokes, lycra and the grinding of cranks thanks to the Tour Down Under. The UCI World Tour kicks off in what is arguably one of Australia’s prettiest cities and no one can complain about the quality of the racing … Continue reading Tour Down Under proves its worth as the season opener

Kate Smart takes a ganders at the 2014 ProTour kits

by Kate Smart Team kits, men’s cycling fashions, call it what you will, but the time has come to give the new 2014 kits of the pro teams, the Smart treatment.  I love a bit of retro and red goes faster The 2014 Lotto-Belisol kit is Retro-licious. I love it. Looking at the promo photos … Continue reading Kate Smart takes a ganders at the 2014 ProTour kits

Tim Renowden’s take on the Australian Men’s Road Champs

 by Tim Renowden, who was roadside for the race. All images courtesy of Tim.    While the Northern Hemisphere shivered through ice, snow, mud, and darkness, Australian cycling had its first major event of the 2014 season this weekend. Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEdge claimed his second national champion’s jersey after winning a promoter’s dream three-man … Continue reading Tim Renowden’s take on the Australian Men’s Road Champs

Dr. Conor McGrane on the UCI’s Independent Commission

by Dr. Conor McGrane Brian Cookson seems to have delivered on his election promise to set up an independent commission to investigate the UCI’s actions during the doping crisis which included the Armstrong era. In Dick Marty, Peter Nicholson and Ulrich Haas he has appointed a heavy weight group of politicians, sports lawyers and even … Continue reading Dr. Conor McGrane on the UCI’s Independent Commission

the egalitarianism of cycling

by Kate Smart... who is Australian, if you didn't know...   Road cycling’s increasing popularity in Australia can be linked to our recent successes in Europe, especially since Cadel Evans won the TdF in 2011. After enjoying the Bay Crits series from the sidelines last week, it struck me as somewhat odd the sport hasn’t … Continue reading the egalitarianism of cycling

doping: does nothing ever change?

  By Cillian Kelly, of Irish Peloton and the Velocast podcast ________________________________________   "We learn from history that we never learn anything from history." Hegel   In October last year, the Italian cyclist Mauro Santambrogio opened up his smartphone, browsed to the twitter app, typed in two words and pressed ‘send’. Four months earlier, Santambrogio … Continue reading doping: does nothing ever change?

Can Wiggins win Paris-Roubaix?

by Cillian Kelly Milan San Remo: 2nd Tour of Flanders: 7th Paris-Roubaix: 4th Liege-Bastogne-Liege: 3rd Tour of Lombardy: 2nd These are the best results in all five monument classics in the career of a particular cyclist. It's an impressive collection of placings for any rider in any era. This rider, despite never making the podium … Continue reading Can Wiggins win Paris-Roubaix?