Although I have been covering this wonderful international sport
for the best part of 20 years as a sports journalist, I must confess
my experiences as a rider have been relatively short - just four
years in fact!
I love to ride my bike, and a weekend never goes by when I'm not
pushing the pedals with a bunch or simply riding to work. (Being a
sports journo working on weekends comes with the territory).
I haven't had the courage to race at Heffron Park, yet despite the
many attempts from club officials such as John Buckton and Frank
Fortuna. I dare say my time racing on the famous track will come
sooner or later.
I have grown to love the sport and I'm sure you'll agree it is
very addictive - whether it be as a spectator, competitor or one who
chooses to ride on a reacreational basis.
Who needs performance enhancing substances when you can jump on your
two wheels and ride with the wind in your face and the sun on your
My future reports will simply reflect what is ringing through my
brain in the world of cycling - from the professional scene in
Europe where so many Aussies are performing exceptionally well,
to asking questions on why our roads are in such shocking conditions
for bike riders - for example.
Thanks to the RBCC Committee for their confidence in choosing me
as club patron because cycling is beautiful.