Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels

Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory

by CyclingTips

One of the biggest players in track cycling is Australia, with a laser-like focus on every aspect of track racing that has resulted in success after success at both the world championship and Olympic levels for years.


The Guardian Australia was granted inside access to the Cycling Australia High Performance Unit in Adelaide. Here is an excerpt:

Run by governing body Cycling Australia with funding from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the High Performance Unit is a hub for elite track, road, BMX and para-cycling riders in this country. While the demands of road and BMX competition necessitates that these athletes are often based overseas, the centre is Australian track cycling’s undisputed home.

Nestled on the outskirts of town close to the cycling-friendly Adelaide Hills, the facility brings together the nation’s top athletes and support staff with a single-minded focus: sporting glory. Australia has long been a cycling superpower, and track riders are consistent contributors to the green and gold Olympic medal tally. At London 2012 five medals were earned in the velodrome, while the Australian Olympic Committee is expecting the discipline to deliver three golds in Rio this August.

Track competition is increasingly an arms-race of marginal gains, a concept popularised by British Cycling that promotes the cumulative benefits of small improvements to every aspect of a rider’s preparations. From innovative training regimes to sleeping in the right position, “they’re tiny things but if you clump them together it makes a big difference” according to coaching doyen Dave Brailsford. In this new era, the work done at the HPU may well mean the difference between success and failure for Australian cyclists in Rio.

Click through to read more at The Guardian.