Ol' Dirty 2014

August 27, 2014
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from organising cycling events with Andy van Bergen of Hells 500 and riding in the ones he’s organised, it’s that he doesn’t do things by halves. I knew the lengths Andy had gone to in pulling Ol’ Dirty together on Sunday, and yet I was still blown away by the vision and the execution.

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Interview: Brendan Canty after the Tour of Utah

August 18, 2014
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To say Brendan Canty’s rise through the cycling ranks has happened quickly would be an understatement. In less than a year he’s gone from racing (and winning) his first A grade race to riding alongside Cadel Evans and Jens Voigt at the Tour of Utah.

We caught up with Brendan to find out how he got his “stagiaire” gig with Drapac, how he found the Tour of Utah and much more.

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Weight loss for cyclists: a month of personal observations

August 13, 2014
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In July I tried to lose some weight. Not because I was hugely overweight but because I was interested to see what was involved and how hard it would be. Here are my reflections after a month of disciplined eating and some of the lessons I learned.

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Introducing The Climbing Cyclist Wiki

July 30, 2014
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It’s been nearly five years since The Climbing Cyclist first began. It was created as a resource for cyclists that like riding uphill, but that resource hasn’t grown as much as I would have liked. With The Climbing Cyclist Wiki, that’s all about to change.

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Good times and steep climbs on the Great Ocean Road

July 23, 2014
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This time last year I was over in Europe, reporting from the Tour de France and doing some amazing riding while I was at it. This year’s arrangement is a little less glamorous, but a weekend away at Aireys Inlet provided a great opportunity to take stock in what is a very busy time of year.

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In search of snow: a Donna Buang winter ride

July 2, 2014
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There’s something strangely appealing about the idea of riding up a mountain in winter, with the promise of catching some snow at the top. It’s something I’ve tried to do in recent years, but with limited success. Last Sunday was different.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 21

June 29, 2014
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And so the 2014 Tour of Australia comes to a close. It’s been 21 days of at-times-brutal racing, with some amazing scenery, great roads, and challenging climbs. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey, which ends with a largely ceremonial stage from Port Arthur to Hobart.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 20

June 28, 2014
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On stage 20 of the 2014 Tour of Australia, the riders cut down the centre of Tasmania from Longford to Hobart and then up the state’s most famous climb, Mt. Wellington. With only one flatter stage remaining after this one, the final climb up Mt. Wellington will decide the overall honours in this year’s race.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 19

June 27, 2014
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Stage 19 of the 2014 Tour of Australia might be a little shorter than previous stages but that doesn’t make it any less difficult. There are three challenging climbs on the stage, including the very tough (and unsealed) Ben Lomond climb to finish with.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 18

June 26, 2014
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On stage 18 of the 2014 Tour of Australia the riders take on their second day in Tasmania. There are six short climbs for the riders to contend with but a flat finish into Bicheno should suit the sprinters.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 17

June 25, 2014
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After a Beach Road ITT and the third and final rest day, the 2014 Tour of Australia resumes in Devonport, Tasmania. What follows is a 220km stage to Launceston with four categorised climbs and some truly amazing scenery.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 16

June 23, 2014
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The only individual time trial of the 2014 Tour of Australia falls on stage 16 when the riders take to Melbourne’s most famous cycling location, Beach Road.

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Tour of Australia 2014: stage 15

June 22, 2014
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On stage 15 the riders in the 2014 Tour of Australia face their third summit finish in a row. This final climb — to Arthurs Seat — is considerably shorter than the previous two, and the stage could go any number of ways.

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