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TDF Power Analysis: Pogacar's Peyresourde attacks and new climbing record

“Tomorrow we fight again! Tour is not finished, vamos” - Tadej Pogacar Tadej Pogacar was one of the several riders to lose to time on sta...

15 mistakes you don't want to make while racing on Zwift

With many cyclists on lockdown around the world thanks to COVID-19, Zwift racing is bigger than its ever been. But as many people are dis...

Inside line: Tiff Cromwell's nationals road race

The 2014 Australian national road race championships came down to a sprint finish between a select group of nine riders in a hard fought ...

Breakaway Strategies

Okay, so after a flurry of attacks you've finally managed to get in the breakaway move that sticks. Now what? The common school of though...

Anatomy of the Leadout With Mark Renshaw

Mario Cipollini was the first to master the leadout train to win an enormous amount of sprint finishes. Giovanni Lombardi is often credit...

Turning Around Negative Racing

One complaint I often hear about Masters racing is that it's negative. In my limited experience with racing against the old codgers, I co...

What Was I Thinking?

Photo by James Broadway A reader who left a comment yesterday gave me a good idea for a post.  He wanted to know what I'm thinking during...

The Art Of The Counter Attack

I learned the art of the counter-attack from my teammate Duncan Smith. He's the master of reading the race and hitting the bunch at the r...

Philip Island TIPS

photo Veeral Patel This past Saturday was the Degani Philip Island Grand Prix.  It's my first race back in over a month and it felt good ...

Blocking

Photo by Leigh Schilling Blocking is a race strategy you may have heard of before.   It involves riders with the same interests moving up...

Climbing strategies

To be a good climber you need to build a foundation of strength. Strength is the component of fitness that allows you to climb faster. Yo...

Attack On The Lull

image from www.cyclingweekly.co.uk Have you ever noticed the times in a bike race when someone attacks and everyone hesitates expecting e...

Cornering Tips

Spring is now in full swing here in Australia and the first of the crits signify the start of it.  Crit season also means getting accusto...

Top 10 Attacking Mistakes

Spring is well underway here in Australia and criterium season is right around the corner.  While the rest of the world is starting to th...

The Final Corner

Aussie Ben Kirstin comes first at the US Crit Championships.  Photo courtesy of Velonews - Casey B. Gibson I've said it before and I'll s...

Politics of the Peloton - Reading The Race

Photo: Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com This past Saturday was my first race back after a few months off.  Thankfully it wasn't the fie...

Politics of the Peloton

Being "in the chop" is an Aussie expression that you won't read about in the UCI rulebook.  It's one of the many nuances of bike racing t...

Cav's Perfect Sprint Technique

We all know that sprinting is just as much about tactics and timing as it is about the physical ability to turn over the pedals quickly. ...

If You're Not Moving Forwards, You're Moving Backwards

You've probably been in the situation during a race where everyone keeps stealing the wheel you were sitting comfortably behind. As this ...

Drafting Aerodynamics

We all know that drafting is an important part of road cycling.  As a cyclist moves forward he produces a turbulent wake of air behind hi...

Mistakes When Pulling Turns

I was walking along the beach the other day and noticed a flock of ducks flying in a "V" pattern.  I remembered an old joke that we used ...