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Reservoir Road

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Iain Treloar reflects on a lifetime spent riding up the same hill.  Up at the reservoir, the golden hills roll down to the sea. The air is hot and arid, and other than the distant howl of a truck’s engine brakes as it descends the Main South Road, it’s peaceful. A breeze sends a shiver
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Towards 50/50

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Bicycle Network has moved on equalising participation in bike riding with an initiative specifically for women. Sarah Down reports. At present, only one-in-three of Australia’s bike riders are women. This proportion is even less across Australia’s major mass participation bike riding events like Around the Bay, where women make up only 21% of riders. It’s
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Transport showdown unfolding in NSW

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What a stunning contrast in attitude to bike riders is on display in NSW at the moment. We have a state premier proposing a de-facto bike rider licensing scheme one day, and a federal opposition senior leader calling for more bike friendly policies for the state the next. Federal member for the inner-Sydney electorate of Grayndler
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il Pirata

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In Emilia Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy,  Iain Treloar goes riding with a ghost. The facts are these. In the mid to late ‘90s, the charismatic Italian climber Marco Pantani ascended to a godlike status in Italy. He’s a member of a disgraced generation of riders and almost certainly doped throughout his career,
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Breaking point

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Iain Treloar tackles Taiwan’s—and maybe the world’s—toughest climb. It comes back to me like a fever-dream, half-remembered glimpses of an experience surreal and intense. It goes like this: we’re a motley crew of cycling media and pro cyclists and we’re cooped up in an aging hotel on the outskirts of Hualien. The lobby echoes with
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Up in the land of cycling

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When cycling is the norm, discovers Phoebe Rountree, a bike is key to fitting in. The to-do list looped around my jet-lagged brain. Sign housing contract. Shop for groceries. Buy bedding. Get a bike. I’d just arrived in Uppsala, Sweden, for a student-exchange semester. This was an unfamiliar, slightly daunting experience, and I wanted to
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Artwork and photography: Regan Appleton/BicycleTaxidermy.com

Last rites

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Knowing when to say goodbye to a beloved bike can be one of life’s difficult decisions, Iain Treloar explains. In Eastern Siberia, there’s a dwindling indigenous tribe called the Yukaghir, who—at the core of their existence—believe that all things have souls. Acutely in tune with their surroundings, the Yukaghir see the animals they prey upon
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