Paving the Way: Australian Cycling History
Jim Fitzpatrick is widely regarded as one of Australia’s foremost cycling historians and now the US-born writer has revealed his latest book, Wheeling Matilda: The Story of Australian Cycling. In this post Craig Fry reviews Wheeling Matilda and shares some of his favourite moments.
Hundreds of cyclists will descend on the Victorian alpine town of Bright this weekend for the 20th edition of the Tour of Bright. Compared to races like the Melbourne to Warrnambool or Grafton to Inverell the Tour of Bright is still relatively young but for amateur cyclists in Victoria (and indeed around Australia) the Tour [...]
Years before we used Bitcoins to pay our iTunes account, cycling fans in Australia rarely saw the world’s best cyclists. Race results drifted back from Europe in three-month-old magazines or were hidden deep in the newspapers, all part of the secret code of being a cycling fan. In this 1980s micro-climate of Sydney cycling, Matt [...]
The 53rd Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic will run this Saturday October 26 as the final race in the men’s National Road Series. This 228km ‘Mountain Classic’ held in northern New South Wales is considered one of the toughest races on the Australian road race calendar. Craig Fry delves into the race history, and highlights [...]
The 98th edition of the famous Melbourne to Warrnambool one-day classic will be held this Saturday, October 12. It is Australia’s oldest road race still in existence, and the second oldest in the world behind Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The ‘Warrny’ is one of the enduring monuments of Australian cycling, with a long and rich history worthy of [...]
The Goulburn to Sydney Cycling Classic, one of Australia’s oldest road races, was supposed to be running this weekend but has been cancelled due to safety concerns. Today Craig Fry takes a look at the history of this great race and ponders the question: have we seen the last of the Goulburn to Sydney?
As you prepare to cheer on the Australian cyclists in the 100th edition of the Tour de France, spare a thought for the pioneers who went before them, including John Beasley. John is Australia’s oldest living Tour de France rider and this is his story.
In this instalment of Where Are They Now?, Jamie Jowett catches up with one of the legends of Australian cycling, a man who made a mark as a rider, as a team director and now as a commentator and cycling administrator. It seems silly to ask about Scott’s whereabouts when we often see him on [...]
This Saturday evening the 115th Austral Wheelrace will take place at DISC Velodrome in Melborne. It’s one of the oldest standing bike races in the world and after speaking with some of the folks at Cycling Victoria I’ve realised there are some fascinating stories that have come out of the race’s history. In this post [...]
and Heritage Committee 20th February 2013
With the 117-year old Melbourne to Warrnambool being raced tomorrow I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to one of the races greatest champions, Peter “Bulldog” Besanko who won the Warny three times off scratch. Good luck to all 229 competitors racing tomorrow in one of Australia’s greatest Spring Classics!
“Racing is licking your opponent’s plate clean before starting on your own”, said Tim Krabbe in his iconic cycling novel The Rider. Kevin Clyde Sefton raced exactly that way, winning with not an ounce of his own effort wasted. Efficiency and results were what his rivals remember him for, some even jokingly called him ‘Jack’, as [...]
Summer is upon us and for many cyclists and enthusiasts track season is here. For over 30 years the Madison has been a mainstay of Australian cycling. Once you understand what’s going on and how to follow it, it’s one of the most thrilling races in cycling.
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much; if you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is [...]
Danny Clark’s racing career started as a 13 year old in Launceston, with a win in a junior Thursday night race out of town and back. Pretty soon he was developing his handling skills and sprinter’s mad-dog attitude with regular training sessions sitting millimetres behind the rear wheels of a log truck at 80km/hr as [...]
I remember racing the 2009 National Road Titles in Buninyong. It was the who’s who of Australian cycling with a lineup of of ProTour riders including Mick Rogers, Mark Renshaw, Richie Porte, Adam Hansen, Matty Lloyd, Alan Davis, Baden Cooke and everyone else. It may as well been the entire rumoured GreenEDGE roster.
When I asked Stephen Hodge what he thought his biggest strength as a rider was, he told me it was his Time Trialling. As twice winner of the Grand Prix de Nations amateur section (then the unofficial ITT World Championships), I was happy to take his word for it.
Café Racer is an icon of Australian cycling. It’s not only a place where cyclists meet before and after their morning ride; it’s a fundamental part of the vibrant cycling culture we enjoy here in Melbourne. Many people take it for granted and may think that it’s something that’s normal, however I’ve never seen anything [...]
It’s been far too long since we’ve done a post on our “Where Are They Now” series. We’ve been trying to track down Jay Sweet for the past 2 months now and finally got in touch with him today. It was a fascinating conversation. I’ve heard stories about Jay being faster than Robbie McEwen back [...]