BikeBug: How one Aussie bike shop is competing against the big brands

It’s no secret that many local bike shops in Australia are struggling to make ends meet. Last month one of Sydney’s largest bike shops closed their doors owing half a million dollars to creditors. On the opposite end of the spectrum, brothers Frank and Rocky Fortuna have built their BikeBug brand to be a success…

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Movers and Shakers: Rochelle Gilmore smooths path for Australia’s female cyclists

Rochelle Gilmore’s Australian summer break has turned out to be anything but relaxing. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist has kept up the pace off the bike in an ongoing effort to smooth the path to the top-level of the sport for riders from her home country. Gilmore, who founded international professional women’s road cycling...

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Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pelucchi wins on day one of Challenge Mallorca, adds to IAM Cycling’s strong start to season; Viviani: “We’re already thinking about Sunday”; Jack Bobridge Q&A before Hour Record Attempt; Double Tour de San Luis stage winner Gaviria narrows choice to two WorldTour teams; Cofidis rider...

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Latest News

Double Tour de San Luis stage winner Gaviria narrows choice to two WorldTour teams

Twice a stage victor in the Tour de San Luis, the Colombian sprinting sensation Fernando Gaviria’s vanquishing of riders such as Mark Cavendish in the race catapulted him into the limelight and, according to his agent, almost certainly into the WorldTour. According to Giuseppe Acquadro, the 20 year old is of interest to teams from...

Jack Bobridge Q&A before his hour record attempt

Forty-eight hours before his hour record attempt on Saturday we spoke with Jack Bobridge at the BikeBug store grand opening in Melbourne. Bobridge made a brief appearance in-between the team pursuit qualifying rounds and the finals (with his new Budget Forklifts team) during the Track National Championships and had a word with us about how...

UCI: update on Astana investigation, CIRC report and more

February appears set to be a busy month for the UCI in terms of ongoing assessments of situations linked to doping, with the outcome of not one but two major reports set to be announced in the coming weeks. Speaking to CyclingTips on Wednesday, UCI spokesman Louis Chenaille said that the first of those two...

Kittel, Haussler and Gilbert turn thoughts to Tour of Qatar

After winning performances in Australia in January, Marcel Kittel and Heinrich Haussler are travelling to another warm location prior to knuckling down to racing in Europe, and will next target strong rides in the Tour of Qatar. Both riders have been confirmed for the race, which begins on February 8 and runs for six days....

Following strong Tour performance, Bardet gunning for further progression in 2015

After taking sixth in the 2014 Tour de France, Ag2r la Mondiale rider Romain Bardet has made his ambitions clear as he prepares for his first race of the current season. The 24 year old made important progress last season, improving his overall performance in the Tour from 15th to that sixth place and also...

Bicycle Network launches Gold Coast event as part of new Peaks series

A new and challenging event in the beautiful rainforests of the Gold Coast Hinterlands is to be held on August 8 this year, Bicycle Network announced today. In a joint partnership with Bicycle Queensland, Peaks Challenge Gold Coast 2015 is the newest event in the recently expanded Peaks Challenge series that links in with Victoria’s...

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Latest Features

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race preview

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the newest event on the Australian summer cycling calendar and the inaugural edition of the race will be held in Geelong this Sunday. The UCI 1.1 elite men’s race has attracted a quality international field for what is sure to be an aggressive day of racing. CyclingTips...

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Introducing Ella CyclingTips

Well we’re finally here. Our Sister Site “Ella” has launched today and myself and the rest of the team couldn’t be more excited at the prospects ahead. It’s been been a lot of work in the background over the past few months and today the real work begins. Simply put, “Ella” is Spanish for “Her”....

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A ride with Shimano neutral service at the 2015 Tour Down Under

Unless you’re paying close attention, you’re unlikely to spot neutral service vehicles while watching bike races on TV. Their job is to stay out of the way until needed, and when they are needed their job is to get in and get out as quickly as possible. It’s a largely thankless task, but one that...

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The faces of the Tour Down Under

After attending dozens of WorldTour bike races it becomes apparent that many of the people behind the scenes have just as interesting, if not more interesting stories as the public figures themselves. And often in casual conversation is when the stories come out. Here are a few of those short stories we stumbled upon last...

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Upcoming Races

1 Feb - Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise

1 Feb - Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

1 Feb - Trofeo Playa de Palma-Palma

3 Feb - Ladies Tour of Qatar - Stage 1

7 Feb - National Championships Colombia - ITT

8 Feb - National Championships Colombia - Road Race

8 Feb - Tour of Qatar - Stage 1

8 Feb - G.P. Costa degli Etruschi

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New Zealand Cycle Classic (2.2)

Stage 1: Palmerston North > Palmerston North - Stage Result

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CHRISTIE Jason
Avanti Racing Team
03:22:04
2. au
GILLETT Rhys
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3. nz
GUNMAN Taylor
Avanti Racing Team
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Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT)

Stage 6: Adelaide > Adelaide - Stage Result

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WIPPERT Wouter
Drapac Professional Cycling
01:56:09
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HAUSSLER Heinrich
IAM Cycling
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VALLéE Boris
Lotto Soudal
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Tech

Bikes of the 2015 WorldTour

The 2015 WorldTour season is now upon us and it’s the first time we’ seen all of the new ProTeam bikes lining up against one another. The most notable absence this season is Cervelo, which no longer sponsors a WorldTour team as a result of the Cannondale-Garmin merger. Colnago is also out after Europcar downgraded...

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LifeBeam Smart Helmet review

In this review CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef takes a look at the LifeBeam Smart Helmet, a helmet with an integrated heartrate monitor.

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Merida Reacto Team-E review

In this review CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes the Merida Reacto Team-E for a spin to find out how the bike handles and how it compares to similar bikes on the market.

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Roadtripping

Roadtripping Japan

Roadtripping Japan

When I think about Japan, descriptions like “polite”, “clean”, “punctual”, “neon”, “awesome toilets”, “sumo” and possibly “keirin” come to mind. I’ve always known there’s a deep-seated cycling culture there somewhere, but “cycling” isn’t a word that’s immediately apparent. But after a week of cycling around the Seto Inland Sea and Hiroshima in the south west...

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Roadtripping Tirol

Roadtripping Tirol

Anyone with even a passing interest in road cycling would be familiar with the French Alps. The sweeping vistas, the huge climbs, the legendary battles that have taken place on those slopes. But of course the Alps aren’t just a feature of France – they extend across eight countries in Western Europe, with amazing cycling...

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Thereabouts – the doco

Thereabouts – the doco

UPDATE: Please use the password “thereabouts” if prompted when trying to view the film. A few months ago we published the photo feature “Thereabouts” by brothers Gus and Lachlan Morton. It told the story of their 2500km journey from Port Macquarie to Uluru in just twelve days and how they attempted to reconnect with the...

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Women's Cycling

Movers and Shakers: Rochelle Gilmore smooths path for Australia’s female cyclists

Rochelle Gilmore’s Australian summer break has turned out to be anything but relaxing. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist has kept up the pace off the bike in an ongoing effort to smooth the path to the top-level of the sport for riders from her home country. Gilmore, who founded international professional women’s road cycling...

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Letter from the Editor: Welcome to Ella

I’m incredibly grateful to share the labour of love that is Ella with all you today. It’s both a beginning and an end – as the behind-the-scenes work that we’ve been tirelessly plugging away at to prepare for launch begins to die down and the demands of running a live website with a real audience...

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Meet Simone Giuliani: Ella CyclingTips consulting editor unites passion and profession

I consider myself lucky to have landed Simone Giuliani as a consulting editor for Ella. While we are both journalists, our professional backgrounds couldn’t be any more different. Simone has worked for Reuters and Bloomberg and brings with her tricks, techniques and expertise from her years in business journalism. Her input has already been of...

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Tips and Self Improvement

Best of Adelaide: helpful hints from the local pros

In Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under and looking for things to do and places to ride when you’re not standing sideline cheering on the world’s best? We’ve got you covered. We asked Adelaide locals Tiffany Cromwell, Stuart O’Grady, Nettie Edmondson, Rohan Dennis, Carlee Taylor, Gene Bates, Mel Hoskins, Tim Roe and Amber Halliday...

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Suggested rides at the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under

A big part of visiting Adelaide for the Tour Down Under is bringing your bike along and riding to the stages to watch the riders fly by. In this post we pull together some suggested rides to help you make the most out of your trip to Adelaide.

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Intermittent fasting for cyclists: does it work and should you try it?

Every year there’s a couple of diet trends that grab the public’s attention. If 2013 was paleo year, 2014 in Australia was all about Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) and Intermittent Fasting, otherwise known as the 5:2 diet. We’ve previously covered LCHF diets and cycling performance, so in this article sports dietitian Alan McCubbin takes...

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