Australia has, over the years, been characterized by a lively cycling culture. In addition to its unique domestic scene, the Lucky Country has done well internationally since the first Aussies went to the Tour de France in 1914. “Wheel Life 2” is a fascinating look at Australian cycling in the 1970s and 1980s, as it was poised for success.
Australia, once deemed primarily suitable as a dumping-off place for convicts, is in fact a stunningly beautiful land. Its wild countryside has attracted explorers and adventurers, but cycling around it takes a special dedication. Some of the brave and/or eccentric souls who did are the subjects of a new book by Daniel Oakman, “Wild Ride.”
Chris Selden was recently at the headquarters of the Australian Cycling Academy on the Sunshine Coast in Australia where he was lucky enough to catch up with two former stars turned team managers. Matt Wilson of FDJ, Garmin, GreenEdge and track star Ben Kersten.
After consistently delivering podium results for the Australian squad, Emma Johansson won a three-up sprint in Gooik to take her well-deserved spot on the top step of the podium. It is the double Swedish National Champion’s first victory in ORICA-AIS colours and her second win of the season.