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February 11, 2013
This blog started on a whim back in September 2008. I gave it absolutely no thought and simply opened up a Google Blogger account and wanted to write one tip per day on cycling. Looking back it was horrible, but it seemed to fill a need. CyclingTips has evolved into something very different since that time and it’s given me some opportunties that I would have never dreamed of. It probably obvious, but it’s not just me sitting in my boxers at my kitchen table anymore. There are a lot of others who make this possible and some who spend just as much time on it as I do. I want you to meet them.
The newest member of CyclingTips will be starting this week. His name is Matt de Neef and I’ve hired him as our full time Editor. Matt runs his own blog which I’ve followed for years called The Climbing Cyclist. His passion for documenting Australian climbs is so infectious that he’s spawned a series of Dirty Dozen rides all over the country. I encourage you to have a look and even take part in a Dirty Dozen ride.
Please welcome Matt and you can follow him on
That doesn’t mean that I won’t write anymore. In fact, Matt’s job will free up my time to write more about the stuff I’m interested in. You’ve noticed there are lots of contributors here and Matt will help coordinate and strengthen their work as well as mine. He will also give the site some consistency and more regular content. I simply don’t have the time to take on everything anymore and it’s time that I hand over the reigns to somebody who knows what he’s doing. Most importantly, the overall flavour on CyclingTips will not be changing. It will simply be growing and and getting stronger.
When I first started writing a blog, it became very apparent to me that it can get very boring reading one person’s thoughts all the time. Would you ever want to read a magazine where one person writes all the articles? There have been many contributors who have come and gone and have have contributed some sensational content. I always welcome new contributors, however there is a more consistant set of contributors beginning to form. Jamie Jowett’s “Where are the now?”, Alan McCubbin’s nutrition articles, Jono Lovelock’s insights into the racing scene, Lewis Rattray writing about his European cyclocross escapades along with Paul Alburey’s insights, Dave Everette’s Shoddy Interviews, various Bikes of the Bunch that come through, Le Grimpeur’s News Shorts (coming again soon), Gregor Brown’s pro cycling coverage, Koen de Kort’s “Ask Koen“, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon, and of course Matt Keenan and Scott McGrory for The Bike Lane. There are probably many more I’m probably forgetting.
Perhaps the biggest change in my life is that I’ve stepped down from my role as General Manager of ANZ at Rapha so that I can focus on CyclingTips. No more safety net, no more paycheque. I’m in this neck-deep and there’s lots more to come.