Opinion and analysis

Loren Rowney, expert fan girl, foreshadows the road season ahead

Now that I have officially retired from professional cycling, for the first time in a long time, I get to sit back and take on the role of fan girl. With plans to be in Belgium over the spring, you’ll catch me on the sidelines of Flanders, beer in hand, waving a flag most likely. …

Hidden motors and professional cycling: A timeline

The alleged use of hidden motors, so-called mechanical doping, remains a hot topic in cycling. It was first claimed in 2010, was ridiculed by some but then proven to be a possibility when a rider was caught in the 2016 World Cyclocross Championships. Since then countless checks have been carried out but no rider has …

Alone, again: Lieuwe Westra’s decision to leave pro cycling and face his depression

Last November, American Tyler Hamilton spoke for an hour to an Oxford University audience. The topic was “the truth about doping.” I watched the video on YouTube. What was shocking to me was not the doping details, but rather his appearance. During my senior year in high school, in Colorado, I had run into him …

Commentary: Why moving the Australian Road Nationals from Ballarat isn’t quite that simple

The Wednesday evening criteriums on Sturt St. The Thursday time trials starting and finishing in Buninyong. The weekend road races around Mt. Buninyong. These locations in and around the Victorian city of Ballarat have become synonymous with the Australian Road National Championships. And that’s no great surprise — the Nationals have been held in Ballarat …

Commentary: These were the 10 most important stories in US cycling in 2016

There were countless stories to emerge during the 2016 season that had great significance, and impact, on American cycling. These were the 10 most important. 1. Kristin Armstrong, Olympic time trial champion 2. Megan Guarnier, 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour champion 3. Amber Neben, world time trial champion 4. Axeon Hagens Berman: Best development team of all …

Commentary: Team Sky has a history of credibility issues, with Dave Brailsford at centre stage

July 3 2015, Utrecht. It’s the Team Sky media presentation prior to the Tour de France. Chris Froome is the hot favourite, having won two stages plus the overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné, and has worked hard to be in the form necessary to win the race. Despite his presence, though, it is Dave …

What rainbow curse? 2016 was the year of the world champion

It’s the most decorated jersey in professional cycling. Win on the right day, and you wear the rainbow stripes for a year, the sport’s symbol of greatness. Yet there’s also an axiom in professional cycling that the rainbow jersey brings with it a curse — whether it be in the form of injury, illness, bad luck, or …

What does the WorldTour promotion of Cadel’s Race mean for Australian cycling?

Back in August, the UCI revealed a list of road races that, in 2017, will be promoted to the highest level of the sport: the WorldTour. Among those races was the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Since its first edition in 2015, this Australian one-day event has been held a week after the Santos …

Commentary: The US domestic road scene must adapt to a changing cycling landscape

A small American team collected its limited funds to brave the brutal weather, small roads, and seasoned competition of Europe in search of road racing glory. No, this isn’t a story about a U.S. team from the 1980s, gathering up its money and equipment, hoping to barnstorm their way through the European peloton. This was the …

Did the inaugural Women’s WorldTour live up to expectations?

When the inaugural 2016 Women’s WorldTour (WWT) was announced last year it was greeted with much excitement and anticipation. Touted as a “major step forward for women’s cycling,” the series aimed to grow the profile and professionalism of women’s cycling by replacing the existing UCI Women’s Road World Cup with a season-long WorldTour, similar to the …

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