Bicycling Australia

Bicycling Australia January-February 2020

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6 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
power into new decade

2020 ALREADY! IT CAN’T BE TRUE… I don’t know about you but I vividly recall 1980s and 1990s thoughts about what life might be like in the year 2020. Progressing from dragster to Mongoose BMX (with Tuffs!) to a Ricardo racer, I thought bike tech was pretty outstanding back in the day - who would’ve ever imagined how far things have come! I guess the one constant of change is change. And as much as those old retro classics were evolving in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, they’re doing so (even more so!) today. In our final edition of 2019 our major feature - probably the most extensive article in the history of the title - focussed on the next 12 months in cycling. Titled ‘Vision 2020’ Peter Maniaty spoke with key players…

4 min.
your turn

FOLLOWING AN ONLINE ARTICLE about an 82yo English rider who recently passed one million miles by bike, we asked our readers for their stories…here are just a few of the responses. DEAR EDITOR, I started riding in my early 40s and am now 76 years old and would have easily have reached 1.5 million km over those years. I guess I have had the opportunity to have organised (and ridden) a heap of charity cycle rides around the whole of Australia to rack up the distances. I know that the distance of 90,000 km was covered for one charity alone over a period of about 30 years, not counting my usual recreation and training rides. I am currently working on an Alice Springs to Adelaide ride in June 2020 – 1650km for the Purple House…

8 min.
top gear

AN AUSTRALIAN CYCLING HOLIDAY Before you head overseas for your next cycling holiday you might like to consider a holiday closer to home with Mulga Bicycle Tours. Designed with the social rider in mind, their tours start each day at a respectable hour; travel at a relaxed pace and focus on the journey, not on the clock. There are support vehicles every day so you can ride as much or as little as you please and each tour is restricted to 15 guests, so you’re assured of personal attention. All their destinations are places owners Mark and Denise especially enjoy, and they finesse each of their routes to ensure you travel through the best scenery and experience unforgettable stories rich in historic and cultural connections. Each day you’ll eat fantastic food and sleep…

12 min.
caleb ewan: from moss vale to monaco

THE 2019 UCI WORLDTOUR SEASON HAS BARELY finished. It’s just a week since the London Six-Day. But for the Sydney-born, Southern Highlands-raised, Monaco-based Caleb Ewan, 2020 has already begun in earnest. In between changing nappies and cramming in quality time with wife Ryann and baby daughter Lily, the 25-year-old is already training hard for the Australian summer – his second since linking up with Marc Sargeant and Belgian squad, Lotto-Soudal. “My off-season is a bit weird,” Ewan explains, just minutes before setting out on his first official training ride of the 2020 season. “I basically finished racing at the start of September and had a few weeks off. Then I had three weeks of training leading into London, followed by another week off after the six-day. Now I’ll continue [training] right…

1 min.
caleb ewan: extras

BACK ON TRACK. While Ewan rode a lot of track growing up, the recent London Six-Day was his first time on the boards in many years. “It was really just a bit of fun, nothing too serious. My first day back on the track bike was pretty much the first day of racing. The technical side came back really quickly, but the physical side of things is just so different to road riding and I suffered a lot. Was it fun? Well it was in between the events when I wasn’t suffering! I don’t think you’ll ever see me on the track at the Olympics, but I do plan on doing some more six-days in the future.” BUNCH (OF) KICKS. Different riders relax in different ways. When he’s not being a husband, dad…

10 min.
tdu: we salute mike turtur

PERHAPS THE ONLY THING MORE COLOURFUL THAN Mike Turtur’s time in charge of Australia’s premier bike race, is the gloriously candid way he reflects on the past 22 years. Get him started and the stories come flying out faster than Andre Greipel at Victor Harbour. But all great rides come to an end and for the former Olympic and Commonwealth Champion that will happen when the 2020 Tour Down Under draws to close on the summit of Willunga Hill. Turtur’s final race day in charge also happens to be Sunday January 26, Australia Day, which seems entirely fitting, for surely few recent figures have been more influential in shaping Australia’s place on the world cycling stage than the proud South Australian. PETER MANIATY: MIKE TURTUR, YOU’VE BEEN RUNNING THE TDU SINCE…