the egalitarianism of cycling


by Kate Smart… who is Australian, if you didn’t know…


Road cycling’s increasing popularity in Australia can be linked to our recent successes in Europe, especially since Cadel Evans won the TdF in 2011.

After enjoying the Bay Crits series from the sidelines last week, it struck me as somewhat odd the sport hasn’t traditionally had a bigger following here.

We Aussies like to believe in a myth that runs along the general lines of ‘the fair go’. We like to think we are an egalitarian bunch that lives in a traditionally classless society.

This logic states that our society has not been born out of an ideological drive for equality but rather that its formation has more to do with rejecting the society of our colonial founders. I should point out that I don’t agree with this myth, but its presence has always hovered in the background of…

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