Craig Fry

How to dope in cycling and get away with it

Craig Fry, Victoria University As an academic researcher, I have studied drugs in society for the last 20 years. In my current job, I also study cycling history and culture, and the place of drugs and doping in this sport. I know a lot about this topic. But something new dawned on me the other […]


Miles and miles: what it takes to attempt the year record

The last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in some of the historical world cycling records. The pro riders have been lining up for the hour record, and some distance records are getting attention again, including 24-hour records and the year distance record. UK-born Australian Miles Smith set out on April 11, 2015 […]


Team Pane e Acqua’s 2015 Flèche Opperman 24hr Time Trial

Last weekend, Cycling Tips history writer Craig Fry and four friends attempted to break the Audax Australia Flèche Opperman 24hr Team Time Trial record and the World Record at nearly 800 kilometers. What is “The Oppy”? It’s a team time trial in which teams ride a route of their own choosing to a designated finishing […]


What makes the Austral Wheel Race so special?

This Saturday, the 20th of December, Melbourne will play host to 2014’s second running of the famous Austral Wheel Race – the first in 2014 was won by Japan’s Minori Shimmura on March 1st. Craig Fry’s piece for us back in March covered the history of the world’s oldest track race. In this follow up […]


Who should be in the Australian Tour de France Team of the Century

Tomorrow at the Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards in Melbourne, Cycling Australia will announce its Tour de France Team of the Century to celebrate 100 years of Australian riders taking part in the world’s biggest bike race. We asked CyclingTips’ historian, Associate Professor Craig Fry who would be in his Team of the Century […]


Attempting the Oppy 24-Hour Record

On Saturday 15 March, CyclingTips’ resident historian Craig Fry was part of a team that attempted the Australian Audax Flèche Opperman 24 hour record of 770km. In this piece Craig tells the story of that ride, while considering Australia’s long and successful history of endurance riding.


The Austral Wheel Race: the world’s oldest track race

This Saturday, March 1, the Darebin International Sports Centre in Melbourne will play host to the 116th edition of the Austral Wheel Race. It is regarded by many as Australia’s greatest track cycling event, and is the world’s oldest track race. To get you ready for the 2014 Austral, Craig Fry delves into the archives […]


The Sun Tour: Australia’s oldest stage race

With the 2014 edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour now underway, CyclingTips’ resident historian Craig Fry takes a look back at Australia’s oldest stage race, speaking with two Sun Tour legends – Barry Waddell (five-time winner) and John Trevorrow (three-time winner and current race director) – to get their expert views and memories about […]


Grafton to Inverell: the hardest one-day race in Australia?

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 long history of the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic

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 […]