The Bike Lane: The Spring Hot Lap Carnival

by Matt de Neef


Welcome to episode five of The Bike Lane’s third season. With Matt Keenan laying on the beach in Noosa this week, we welcome former women’s Giro stage winner Rebecca Dicello as our co-host with Scott McGory in the hot seat.

In this edition we fly the Canadian flag at half mast and talk about Ryder Hesjedal’s admission to doping. We interview the most bad-ass name in pro cycling, Steele von Hoff, we speak to Argos-Shimano rider Koen de Kort about how to prepare for crit racing, have a chat to Australia’s newest World Tour signing Calvin Watson and Nicole Witburn goes under the pressure cooker in the hotlap.

We also speak to Dirty Deeds Cyclocross founding member (and two-time Walkley Award winner) Hamish Fitzsimmons about the CX phenomenon that’s hit Australia, and last but not least, we ask: who is the most important cyclist when it comes to funding the sport in Australia?

In this episode of The Bike Lane we:

  • Welcome co-host Rebecca Dicello who is filling in for Matt Keenan who’s currently working on his tan in Noosa
  • Put your questions to Aussie Garmin-Sharp rider Steele von Hoff
  • Get some advice from Argos-Shimano rider Koen de Kort on how to prepare for races, for Health.com.au
  • Speak with Calvin Watson ahead of his leap from the NRS to the World Tour, where he’ll be riding for Trek
  • Head to the Hot Lap and see if Nicole Whitburn can beat the time set by Jenny MacPherson last week
  • Chat to journalist and cyclocross aficionado Hamish Fitzsimmons about the rise of CX in Australia
  • Discuss the role of the VIS and other state institutes of sport

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Special thanks to our season sponsor Health.com.au, Country Road for dressing us and to Malachi Moxon for letting us film the show at Northside Wheelers. Also, thank you to The Sweetshop, our production partner.

If you’d like to support the panel’s Movember efforts, you can donate to the CyclingTips Movember network here.

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