2021 Paris-Tours

2021 Paris-Tours

Chartres > Tours 213km As the cycling season starts to draw to a close, it’s time for the 115th edition of Paris-Tours. The organisers have stuck with much the same route as previous years, that means we have nine sectors of gravel in the last 50km of the race, the sectors add up to 9.5km of pain. Throw in some horribly steep climbs, some immediately followed by gravel, and you can see why this race is normally very selective. The route means no Deceuninck – Quick Step, big Pat isn’t a fan of the route as it means you need...

Australian Road Nationals 2017 – ITT Preview #Roadnats

We are back on the traditional route for the TT in the last few years, a very demanding out and back course in Ballarat. The men have to cover 40.9km, with the women and under 23s doing 29.3km. It’s a horribly demanding route and one that requires excellent pacing. We’ve witnessed some riders going out too fast in previous years, you need to save a lot of energy for the return leg. The road back to town features the harder side of Hardies Hill, 1.2km at 5.3%, but then the riders have to climb all the way to the finish....

Australian Road Nationals 2017 – Criterium Preview

Racing is back people, it’s been a long winter! As usual, we start in Australia with the criterium championships. Like previous years, the race continues in Ballarat. The race uses a classic “hot-dog” circuit, which has to be covered the following amounts:- Under 23 Men’s – 30 laps, 33km. Women – 30 laps, 33km. Men – 40 laps, 44km. Under 23 Men Reigning champion, Jesse Kerrison, has moved up to the elite level, so he is not here to defend his crown. Instead, it looks like being a battle between Dan Fitter and Sam Welsford. Fitter was all set to...

Mauro Finetto

What a season Mauro is having. I first interviewed him back in December as part of my 25 riders to watch in 2014 list. He is doing us proud. He took a brilliant victory in GP Lugano, against Colbrelli and Ulissi. He has placed in the top 10 on many occasions and made the crucial selection in Milan-San Remo. Disaster struck, when he crashed in the last corner and he lost the chance to sprint for victory. I caught up with Mauro, before he started a hectic couple of weeks, with Coppi e Bartali, De Panne and Limburg. What a...

GP Costa degli Etruschi – Alta Maremma 2014

European road racing returns on Sunday 2 February, with this 1.1 race from Italy. The Italian teams are all here, but the northern European teams are at GP La Marseillaise. It’s the 1st round of the Italian Cup, for the teams from the federation, it’s also the first for new coach of Italy, Davide Cassani. The race takes place in the Etruscan region of Italy, an area roughly corresponding to Tuscany, western Umbria and northern Latium. The race is 190.6km long and has 3 different circuits for the riders to complete. The 1st climb of the day is in the...

Cyclingmole No More!

I am delighted to announce that all my work will now be appearing on pezcyclingnews.com A massive thank you to everyone who has read and enjoyed my work. All work will appear under my real name, David Hunter. Hopefully you will follow me to Pez!

Australian Nationals 2014 – Road Race

Sunday 12 January The individual time-trial threw up a surprise result, with Michael Hepburn taking home the jersey, but what will happen in the road race? The riders go 18 times around the 10.2km circuit, covering a total of 183.6km. The circuit starts with a climb up Buninyong Hill, 3.1km at around 5%. On the surface it isn’t too difficult but the riders have to tackle it 18 times! In 2013, a large group escaped at the start and Luke Durbridge didn’t come back. He lost his ITT crown on Wednesday and will be keen to try and retain this...

Australian Road Nationals 2014 – ITT

We start the cycling year off with a 45km ITT, for the Australian National Championship. There aren’t many corners and looks like being a course for a powerful rider. Luke Durbridge won in 2013, over 37km. This year the route is harder. The riders climb for a long way before hitting point 1, it is officially 7.4km at 1.6%. Point 2 is only 300 metres at 7%, before a long descent to the finishing line. The top 4 in 2013 were Durbridge, Dennis, Matthews and Porte. They were separated by 48 seconds, with Durbridge winning by 21 seconds from Dennis....