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Commit not to quit

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Excluding any thought of quitting is the key to completing this epic feat of solo endurance. Ultra-endurance cycling events are a small, but growing, niche, with examples like the Race Across America, Tour Divide (North America), Freedom Challenge (South Africa) and Transcontinental (Belgium to Istanbul) growing in both attendance and media attention. But if there’s
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World tour with baby

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Travelling anywhere with children can be a challenge, let alone 15,000km, by bike, with a five-month-old baby. Céline Pasche shares the highlights from her family’s bike riding adventure of a lifetime. Words by Céline Pasche. Photography by Xavier Pasche. 50,000km by bike—including 15,000km with a baby—may seem insane, but pedal-by-pedal, we brought our daughter into
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Saturday 6th June 2015. Trois Etapes Giro 2015. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield)

Hamish Blake Interview

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Australian comedian, actor and Gold Logie winner, Hamish Blake, has set himself the task of conquering one of Australia’s toughest bike rides, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek, all in the name of charity. Ahead of the ride, Hamish shares his journey into the world of road riding with Ride On. RO: Have you always been a
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Light on Voigt

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The affable uber-domestique, Jens Voigt, who suffered nobly in the service of so many team leaders, is coming to centre stage in Australia. Ahead of the upcoming The Tour on Stage, he told Ride On of the highlights and insights of his long career. RO: Do you still ride for fun? Voigt: It’s coming back
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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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Profile: Alison McCormack

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From pedaling primary schooler to passionate roadie and racer, Alison McCormack tells Melissa Heagney why she’s working to get more women riding. Name Alison McCormack Age 41 Member of Team Bicycle Network and St Kilda Cycling Club Job Head of Commercial and Visitor Services ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). WHEN Alison McCormack was
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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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