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Bicycling Australia March-April 2018

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changing gear

I HAVE JUST RECEIVED A CARTON FULL OF BIKE COMPONENTS FROM Rotor, the brand that makes Chris Froome’s chainrings. The carton contains a full suite of their new hydraulic groupset. Yes, a hydraulically actuated groupset: gears change through derailleurs, similar to the cable and electronically actuated versions, but using fluid as the medium instead of cables or motors. We’ll be installing these parts on a frame and riding them for review in our next issue, so keep an eye out.Regardless of your perspective on the need for ‘another’ type of gears or your assessment of its reliability or sales prospects,I am already impressed. Not so much by the performance of the gear (I’ve not operated it yet) but by the engineering effort that’s gone into the system, not to…

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our contributors

SARAH HUNTERSarah is an associate coach for FTP Training. She is a qualified Triathlon Coach and has a certification in Fitness. She’s a lifetime competitive athlete with a 20 year passion for cycling including Ironman triathlon, multi day MTB races, TTs, CX and crits. Her passion for cycling and strength training is boundless and infectious. ANTHONY TANBuoyed by the Olympic Games in his hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative advertising career, choosing instead to meld journalism with his experiences as a handy road racer that took him to Europe – albeit briefly, and unsuccessfully. He has covered the TDF since 2001, and is a cycling analyst for SBS. STEVE THOMASSteve Thomas has spent most of his life chasing bicycle dreams along the…

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local hero: raymond bilney

At the 1967 Australian Road Championships in Adelaide, Bilney was defending three successive Championship wins but it was state team-mate Peter McDermott who took the new honours. (Fellow Victorian John Hine in the background) AT THE AGE OF JUST 18 BILNEY became an Olympian at the Tokyo Games of 1964, effectively forcing the hands of national selectors following the first of his three consecutive Australian Road Championship Titles between 1964 and 1966.Despite being the youngest member of an Australian road team that also included Michael Hollingsworth, David Humphreys and Malcolm McCredie, any doubts about Bilney’s readiness for Olympic battle were quickly erased on the foothills of the Okutama Mountains in Hachioji, western Tokyo as he delivered a performance mature beyond his years. Rather than be overwhelmed on his Olympic…

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1964 Australian National Road Champion 1964 Olympic Games (Tokyo), Men’s Road Race – 4th 1965 Australian National Road Champion 1965 Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy/ Australian Cyclist of the Year 1966 Australian National Road Champion 1966 Commonwealth Games (Jamaica), Men’s Road Race – DNF 1970 Commonwealth Games (Edinburgh), Men’s Road Race – Silver Medal ■…

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top gear

SUPER B WORK STAND With its 40kg capacity, stable tripod base, and 360-degree rotatable clamp, this work stand is built for the professional mechanic but priced for the home enthusiast. With tool-free foldability and weighing in at 6.2kg, this work stand is perfect for the mobile mechanic or racer to throw in the car as part of your equipment. RRP: $279 www.bikecorp.com.au BONTRAGER STORAGE POD A neat and tidy option to carry your keys and spares, the storage pod from Bontrager fits your bidon cage and does away with a dangling saddle bag. The pod comes with bottle padding to reduce the rattle of CO2s and levers and will hold two tubes, levers, a CO2 canister and a small multi-tool. RRP: $14.95 www.trekbikes.com/au…

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the art of suffering

Embracing Pain On The Slopes of Alto de l’Angliru. (MAGE © MARCUS LEACH) Spurring each other on. (IMAGE © STVE THOMAS) “the road levels out for a few sweet moments, ALLOWING YOU TO COMPLETELY DISREGARD ALL THAT YOU’VE READ ABOUT THIS ‘BEAST’, then the journey to hell begins.” DEEP IN THE ASTURIAS MOUNTAINS IN NORTHERN Spain a ribbon of tarmac coils abruptly upwards, a series of unrelenting twists and turns that rise ever higher until eventually the road seemingly disappears into the sky, heading for the heavens. It’s here, on the slopes of the mythical Alto de l’Angliru, that I find myself being sucked deeper and deeper into my own personal hell, every turn of the pedals ratcheting the pain levels up still further, yet I wear a perverse…