Almanac Cycling: Humble Australian Sporting Heroes

On sitting down to watch the Paris-Roubaix, Willow Wilson wasn’t expecting to discover a humble Aussie sporting champion. But that’s exactly what crossed the finish line first at the Roubaix velodrome

Poetry: Cadel!

A slick poem from Oscar O’Brien (Grade 4A Gray St PS, Hamilton) on Cadel Evans’ Tour de France glory.

Cycling: All the big names out to kick start 2013 season

The international cycling year has kicked off with the Tour Down Under prologue race taking place last night in front of an estimated 108,000 people.

Cadel!

Cadel!   by Oscar O’Brien Year 4A, Gray St Primary, Hamilton, Victoria.     Did you hear about Cadel, racing through the Arc de Triomphe? He’s been in and out the papers for round about a month His teammates, friends and family think him a pretty nice bloke Don’t think any Aussie would think him [Read more]

A Sporting Weekend

Friday evening. I am on the footpath outside the North Fitzroy Arms on the phone to a Swedish car wrecker. The family Volvo has died. He has offered less than the value of the computer which we have recently had re-soldered so that the air-conditioner is not stuck on Saharan Gale. Max walks by chomping [Read more]

Cadel Evans victory: best Australian sporting achievement ever?

I don’t particularly like comparisons – they’re a bit of fun, but they don’t mean much. In the realm of sporting achievements so many achievements have merit and I reckon it’s better to appreciate all of them for what the are. There are many ways to become the subject of a trivia question – you [Read more]

A Heavenly Forum

Oppy and Mocky were chesting the bar, Looking down on the Tour from a heavenly star, “Doesn’t seem fair we’ve all fought so long, The Champs Elysee needs an Aussie Fair song.”   But things just don’t happen from man’s good intention, Just a small touch of luck – some divine intervention, So they called [Read more]

In the saddle with Cadel

About 1.00am, Saturday 16th July.   Someone is ringing the bejesus out of a cowbell in my lounge room. People are yelling, cheering – ‘Allez!’, ‘Vamos!’, ‘Go! Come on!!!’ Phil Liggett is talking to me. He mentions something about riders pushing themselves to the limit, this is what they train for, Le Tour at its [Read more]