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You might have noticed that we underwent a few small tweaks to the site design over the weekend. The changes are subtle on the surface, but were massive in the backend and took months of work to get to this point. There are a few things left to clean up, but you probably won’t notice many more disruptions.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

A feature I’m excited to introduce is the Photo Of The Day. I still get many “What You Missed This Morning” photos sent to my inbox and I’m happy to display the best of them. The aim of this section is to showcase cycling photographer’s work and add a bit more escapism to your day. It could be anything within the context of cycling – not only “What You Missed This Morning”.

I’m pleased to announce that Veeral Patel will be curating the Photo Of The Day section as well as taking on many other tasks that I’m finding it harder and harder to juggle. This is a significant moment for him because it also means that he will not be going back to the daily grind in an office cubicle and he’ll be spending his time helping with CyclingTips as mastering his craft behind the lens.

RACE RESULTS

One new feature is that the local and international results have taken off with flying colours. I didn’t fully commit to the results section in the previous design but they’ve proven to be very popular. Therefore I’ve brought them to a more prominent place on the homepage and added a filtering system. Another change is that results are now being added to a database instead of just a flat text file. Once the dataset begins to grow it will have the capability to click on riders’ names and slice & dice them any way you like. You’ll be able to see all of Gerro’s results for the season as well as your own (if your club has submitted them).

Jarrod Partridge has taken on the duty of being the Results Editor. This may sound trivial but in actual fact it’s a massive job. Many hours of thought has been put into this and with the various formats of results that come in make it an enormous task. Thank you to all the clubs who have supported our initiative to provide timely results in a central location. I hope this continues to grow and hopefully we can standardise the way in which results are submitted. I hope this database will become invaluable to for handicappers and racers alike. Who knows….maybe it will even lead to a consistant handicapping system in Australia.

DESIGN

I’d like to thank a few people who have been an enormous help along the way. Ben Dunn from App-Fusion has been the unsung hero working on the web development in the background. He’s also a keen cyclist and his level of input to make this a better experience for you has been invaluable. He’s been a dream to work with and if anyone needs any development help, I can’t rate him highly enough.

The new layout has been done by SwearWords who are a design firm based in Melbourne. They’re also a bunch of mad cyclists and know exactly what needed to be done. Their most difficult job was holding me back from ruining their nice, clean, functional design with all the bells and whistles I wanted to put in. I might sneak them in later…

While I’m thanking people, I’d like to express my gratitude to the people in the cycling industry who have supported CyclingTips through advertising and promotion. They are the ones who bring the content to you for free and without them there wouldn’t be any of this.

So there you have it. CyclingTips is growing and the increase in visitors indicates that we’re doing something right. I’ll still manage to throw in the odd “tip” here and there, but there are so many other things to talk about. This obsessive pursuit never set out to become anything in particular, but is constantly evolving and inspiring new ideas. No other activity has ever given me as much satisfaction as cycling and despite all its imperfections, I see it as the most beautiful sport on Earth. I try to pay tribute to this on the pages of this site. I want see cycling documented the way I see it in my head, and the way I feel it on the bike.

“I never want to take this for granted so I try to keep motivation simple, real, and positive. If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping…. If there’s no future in it, this is a present worth remembering. I feel genuinely lucky and hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And I may never be a rich man, or live long enough, then sadly I have a tale or two for the nephews. And I dig the thought of that. –Dark Side Of The Lens”