The Oppy: slaying sleep monsters to chase an Australian women’s 24 hour record

Last week we learned that the two teams who last month finished the Audax Australia Flèche Opperman 24 hour team time trial with record breaking distances may be disqualified. If they are it would be sad news for all involved, but even so, it doesn’t change the fact that the men’s Team Brevet and the women’s team Four …


5 Reasons I Do Not Race

Sarah Hammond is a fixture in the Melbourne cycling scene. An endurance rider, Hammond is a serial everester (someone who has completed multiple Everestings, which are rides with a minimum ascent of 8,848 vertical metres in one continuous cycling effort) and is planning to tackle the epic 6,800km Trans Am event in 2016. The racing …


Climb for Nepal wrap-up: tired legs turn into helping hands

The Climb for Nepal, where riders were asked to raise money while ascending the height of Mt Everest in June, has finished but the task is far from over. It was a great Strava challenge to spur on those climbing metres and take your riding to a higher level but it was so much bigger …


Jesse Carlsson races to victory in the Trans Am

Over the past couple weeks Melbourne’s Jesse Carlsson has been racing from west to east across the USA, taking part in the brutally hard Trans Am bike race. Jesse completed the race not long ago, capitalising on a lead of nearly 500km to take a comfortable victory. Well, as comfortable as one can be after …


Miles and miles: what it takes to attempt the year record

The last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in some of the historical world cycling records. The pro riders have been lining up for the hour record, and some distance records are getting attention again, including 24-hour records and the year distance record. UK-born Australian Miles Smith set out on April 11, 2015 …


10,000km in a month: the story of Bruce Berkeley

If everything goes to plan, Bruce Berkeley will soon hold the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance ever ridden in a month. He already holds the record for the most kilometres cycled in a week — 2,825km which he managed in the UK last year — and in the past three weeks, Berkeley has …


Attempting the Oppy 24-Hour Record

On Saturday 15 March, CyclingTips’ resident historian Craig Fry was part of a team that attempted the Australian Audax Flèche Opperman 24 hour record of 770km. In this piece Craig tells the story of that ride, while considering Australia’s long and successful history of endurance riding.


Riding the Festive 500 in one go

The Festive 500 is a Strava-based challenge that sees riders attempt to cover 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. It takes most people 5-10 rides to notch up the 500km but Dutch cyclist Bas Rotgans was keen to see if he could knock over the whole lot in one epic ride. This is …


Take a Walk on the WildSide

Hayden Kerr takes a trip down to Tasmania to talk about the recent adventures he encountered during his first Wildside mountain biking race.


Paris-Brest-Paris & the Twenty-Four

A couple weeks ago I made a trip to London to visit Rapha for a few days. There were many fascinating people who I got to meet face to face for the first time. Aside from their various other competencies, one thing that intrigued me about some of my colleagues was there was their attraction to …


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