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Talking the ride

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Commentator, writer and Tour de France aficionado Matthew Keenan tells Melissa Heagney how dreams can come true—even if they have to change a little. Name: Matthew Keenan Age: 40 Job: Cycling commentator The excitement was too much. An 8-year-old Matthew Keenan just couldn’t wait to see what Santa had left under the Christmas tree. It was
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Profile: Steve van Ruyven

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An MS diagnosis hasn’t stopped Steve van Ruyven from reaching some lofty heights on a bike. He tells Melissa Heagney how getting back on two wheels has given him a new life. Name Steve van Ruyven Age 50 Lives Mount Eliza Job Managing himself WHEN he was in Grade 6 at St Joseph’s Primary School
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The Hard Road

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It took just a moment for cyclist Kerryn Harvey’s life to change forever. She tells Melissa Heagney her amazing story of survival and about her passion for riding. It was a warm January afternoon in 2013 when keen cyclist Kerryn Harvey and her partner Renee decided to head back to their hotel after a day
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Out-riding bad habits

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A passion for cycling can lead to big changes both on and off the track. Richard England tells Melissa Heagney how riding a bike has changed his (and others) lives for the better. Name: Richard England Age: 33 Occupation: Day Program Team Leader with YSAS Bikes: Scott mountain bike, Bianchi FG Lite road bike There are many life-changing moments
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Commuter to competitor

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Margot McGovern speaks with Liz Joiner to find out how a keen commuter becomes a competitive racer. The first flush of warm weather often brings a surge of motivation. Many of us dream of riding further and faster. We set ambitious fitness goals for the end of summer and plan for early morning rides and
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Commit to commuting

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Riding to work is a great way to get active, save money and put some extra time up your sleeve, finds Margot McGovern. Many thousands of Australians ride to work every day. I’m one of them. Even when it’s cold I’m brave enough to weather the storms for my rush of endorphins in the morning,
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Reuse and recycle your bike

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There’s more than one way to bring new life to old bikes, Damian Antonio and Bart Sbeghen look at two innovative projects bringing joy to riders old and new. In a gritty corner of a government-housing car park in Waterloo, in Sydney’s inner west, from behind a well-tagged roller door, a bike workshop comes to
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Great Victorian Talent

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Professional cyclist, Le Tour de France rider and RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride ambassador Simon Clarke tells Melissa Heagney about his lifelong passion for the two wheels. Photographs: courtesy of Orica GreenEDGE Name: Simon Clarke Age: 28 Occupation: Professional cyclist Bike: Scott Addict             For serious road cyclists, the tracks,
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My Bike: Retro-direct

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Scott Mayson has revived an ingenious, lost gearing system, with the aid of a 3D printer. Retro-direct gearing provides two forward gears by pedalling either forward or backwards. It was invented in the 19th century and developed by various people before being patented in a single-chain version by Hirondelle in 1903. Once derailleurs and internal hub
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On the trail of Hannibal

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Hannibal’s extraordinary invasion of Italy over 2,000 years ago is the stuff of legend. Intrigued by the journey, Aussie brothers Danny, Ben and Sam Wood followed Hannibal’s 4,000km route by bike, and managed to persuade the BBC to make a TV documentary of their adventure. Sam Wood shares their amazing story with Ride On. “E`
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