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A ride of loss, love, and longing among the mountain ash

In the lush rainforest of the Dandenong Ranges, Peter Foot was able to gain some much-needed perspective.

War of the worlds: When sport and 'real life' collide

In the three and a half years since his retirement, former pro racer Adam Phelan has started his own digital marketing company, completed...

A balancing act, a wallaby, and a ride into the light

There’s a wedge of bush – a kind of island in suburbia – running over a freeway tunnel near my house, crowded with dense scrub and cut by...

In a child's first bike ride, life rolls on

The week before everything changed, on a primary school athletics track a few blocks from our house, my daughter rode a bike for the firs...

When it all goes wrong

The scream was horrible. The dripping blood was worse. I could see his funny bone, and it wasn’t funny. That was how my recent riding hol...

The lost and the saved

Ten minutes before the start of the Gravel Giro last weekend I learned that a friend had died by suicide.

The life and death of a bike pump

It wasn’t a very good floor pump. It didn’t cost much, didn’t have Bluetooth and didn’t have a digital gauge; it just put air into tubes,...

Cold and alone: The beauty of winter bikepacking

We all seek out adventure for different reasons. For some of us, it's a chance to get away from real life. For others, it's a chance to s...

Waving at strangers: The bike that changed how I see cycling

Confession: my happiest riding experiences this year haven’t been off in the forests or the hills. They haven’t been accompanied by ...

A life after: The challenge of adjusting to 'real life' post-racing

It's been two years now since Adam Phelan retired from professional racing. In the time since he's worked to build his own digital market...

The breakdown ride

I call them ‘breakdown rides’ – rides that take me deep enough into myself that something breaks or heals, or sometimes both.

A litany of love: An ode to all that’s beautiful in cycling

My whole day turned around on a short ride to the coffee shop. I had just spent an hour reading news stories about cyclists. This is some...

Dario Pegoretti, a fingertip away from God

Italian frame builder Dario Pegoretti passed away yesterday at the age of 62. Pegoretti was perhaps best known professionally for the int...

Lost and found: Painful memories of a bike tour that shaped two lives

I’ve had 15 years to think through this story and I still don’t know how to start it. Perhaps I should open it with me ruminating through...

Bikes of the Bunch: Prova Cycles Razzo custom steel road bike

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, John Catalano tells us about his new Prova Razzo. He’s been cycling for almost thirty years and ow...

For the love of it: The therapeutic power of the humble bicycle

In this article, former professional (and former CyclingTips columnist) Adam Phelan returns to the fold with a touching look at just powe...

Inflection point: My ride across America (half a lifetime ago)

The guy with the shotgun showed up just as we were setting up the tent. Dave and I had been halfway up Wauconda Pass when one of us broke...

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...