Rider diaries

Alex Howes diary: Marginal pains

Folks, marginal gains are no longer marginal. While they used to operate solely in the margins, they have begun to dominate and corrode the very heart of cycling. Call me crazy, or nostalgic, or maybe just a loser, but back when I was growing up, despite existing outside of the mainstream media — or maybe …

Jordan Cheyne rider diary: Getting ready for my second season in the pro ranks

When I look back one year, at the beginning of my neo-pro season for the Jelly Belly-Maxxis team, the memories feel a bit like the early stages of a bike race. I was filled with that start-line trepidation as the first team camp approached, and I wondered whether I would be up to the task. …

Alex Howes diary: Teenagers on motorcycles

Greetings from down under. After my annual New Year’s Eve/birthday party in Boulder, Colorado, I promptly jumped on an airplane aimed for the land down under. Perhaps it was a bit too prompt, after more than my fair share of libations ringing in the new year. Stepping out of the airport I was immediately sunburned …

Alex Howes diary: Bikepacking 101

So, it has been about a month since my last entry, and what a month it has been. My girlfriend and I put a solid 3000 miles on our little Tacoma as we played vagabonds in the great American west. We hugged monster trees, had weird parties in Portland, chased mountain goats, played softball with …

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The road ahead: Adam Phelan on stepping away from racing

While many professional riders have managed to secure a contract for the 2017 season, there are plenty out there still looking for a ride. For such riders, that search has only been made more difficult by the closure of several big teams – there just aren’t as many spots out there as there are riders …

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Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: And the rain did fall

Speak to most pro cyclists about the many countries they’ve raced in and they’ll tell you they all tend to blur together. When you’re racing your bike, there’s little time to look around; to appreciate your surrounds. The wheel in front of you looks the same wherever you are. But for Drapac’s Adam Phelan, to …

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Alex Howes diary: Freedom

We marched with heads down and eyes forward. The butterflies in our stomachs did all the heavy lifting as they carried us and our loaded packs up the slope. “What do you know about hitchhiking?” I asked “I know you’re supposed to stick your thumb out. I know some wacko murdered a whole bunch of …

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In his own words: Keagan Girdlestone’s long road to recovery

Back in early June, 19-year-old New Zealand cyclist Keagan Girdlestone crashed during a race in Italy and was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The promising youngster had severed his carotid artery, jugular vein, and nerves and muscles in his neck. Major blood loss at the scene saw the right side of his brain starved …

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Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos

High-speed descents, jostling for position in a final sprint, the very real risk of crashing — road cycling is an undoubtedly dangerous sport. And when it comes to putting yourself in harm’s way for the sake of your team, it’s often a case of placing fear to one side, and simply focusing on the job …

Jack Haig’s Diary: Altitude in Andorra and a podium in Slovenia

In his latest diary post for CyclingTips, Orica-GreenEdge neo-pro Jack Haig takes us through a tough Criterium du Dauphine, his 17-day visit to Andorra for an altitude training camp, and his second place overall at the Tour de Slovenia. Right. It’s about time for an other update. I’ve been writing these posts on the team …

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