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  1. On Tour, Down Under

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Beardy Mcbeard & Kei Tsuji | Date:

    As the curtain rose for another season of spills and thrills in the professional peloton at the Tour Down Under (TDU), Rapha photographers Beardy McBeard (Marcus Enno) and Kei Tsuji were on hand to capture the excitement.

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  2. Surveying the scene

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Photography: Emily Maye | Date:

    Team CANYON//SRAM Racing’s Tiffany Cromwell and Alexis Ryan lean their bikes against the alabaster walls and make their way through the entry hall of the Sant Salvador monastery. It’s the off-season but the two cyclists are in good company — old woolen world championship jerseys hang on the wall.

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  3. Island in the blue

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Harry Dowdney | Date:

    The sun was shining and the Mediterranean stretched to the horizon as, suddenly, there they were: bullets of black and blue, spiralling up the switchbacks one by one, each rider a minute apart. It was the team’s fabled off-season mountain time trial, taking place before our very eyes. Rumour has it that Colombian climber Sergio Henao had set the fastest time during his final preparations for the Tour Down Under. He’s already shown that form on Stage 3 of the race up Corkscrew Hill.

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  4. Bonkers for Jonker

    Words: Tom Southam | Photography: Cor Vos | Date:

    In what was his last professional race, Jonker took the start at the head of the composite UniSA team as the proverbial underdog. The wily four-time Tour de France finisher wasted no time in making his first move however. Noticing a strong tailwind out of Adelaide, the lanky local attacked as soon as the flag was dropped on the first road stage to Kapunda.

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  5. New world racing

    Words: Tom Southam | Photography: Beardy McBeard | Date:

    Unlike its antiquated stage-race siblings in France and Italy the Tour Down Under (TDU) is a very much a new world proposition. The race has never laid claim to being the hardest, the longest, or the toughest on the calendar, instead the South Australian race has become regarded as a palate-tantalising hors d’oeuvre for the cycling season. With a spot on the racing calendar that comes just weeks in to the new season the TDU is a hard race to predict a winner for, something echoed by the fact that no rider has ever managed to defend their title at the race. Local riders do enjoy a strong advantage however, with Australians having won ten of the seventeen editions.

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  6. Field Notes: US Cyclocross Nationals 2016

    Words: Jordan Reid | Photography: Jordan Reid | Date:

    When the cyclocross riders arrived for the 2016 edition of the US National Cyclocross Championships this year, they did so under the long shadow cast by a larger-than-life name in United States history: the Vanderbilts.

    The Vanderbilts made their wealth in the early 1800s when many illustrious families like the Rockefellers and Carnegies were also were staking claim to industry. The patriarch of the family, Cornelius Vanderbilt, built his empire in the railroad and shipping trades, but it was his grandson George who undertook the enormous task of building up the family estate in North Carolina.

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