Perth Criteriums Photos

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Mic Cullen was out shooting cyclists over the weekend.

He got some wonderful photos on day three in Victoria Park and day four in Leederville of the Perth Criteriums.

You can see his photos by clicking here. (Day four photos will be up in the next day or so.)



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What's your passion?

Isn’t it great to see someone who is so passionate about something that it just oozes out of them?

I spent a large part of the weekend helping a friend of mine, Gary Suckling, with the street commentary for the Perth Criteriums cycle racing. While I was able to make a few informed comments about cycling and cycle racing, he knew all the riders, all the tactics, just everything about everything to do with cycle racing.

Gary was a very competitive racer in his day and can still leave most riders in his dust.

Passion like that is a very powerful thing. You don’t have to ask if he loves cycling, it’s obvious in everything he does.

I wonder what your passion is. What is it that brings you to life?



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A tiring weeked

How has your Australia Day long weekend been going so far? It’s been a very busy one for me. I’ve been helping with the commentary at the Perth Criterums cycle racing.

The events started in Joondalup on Friday night followed by an afternoon race in the city on Saturday. Yesterday the racing was in Victoria Park.

There has been some excellent racing and it’s been good to see a fairly solid crowd cheering the riders on as they put everything into their efforts to cross he line first in the Perth summer heat.

There’s been juniors, ladies and mens races and the standard has been very impressive.

If you’re in the Perth area and you want to see the calibre of the racing you should head to Leederville this afternoon. The café strip is sure to be very busy with the final races for the series being played out on a very technical course. Racing gets underway just before three with the main race starting at five.

Good to see some excellent sport taking to the streets. Best part is, it’s completely free to watch.

Being a cyclist myself I reckon I could keep up with the guys that are racing ….. for about half a lap.



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Perth Criteriums

I mentioned the Perth Criterium Series 2008 a few days back.

The Perth Criteriums is a four-event cycling series being held across Perth over four days.

The first event of the series gets underway at 5:55 p.m. in Joondalup tomorrow. Race two action begins at 12:30 p.m. on Riverside Drive in the city with the spectacular Swan River as its backdrop. On Sunday afternoon the action will be in Victoria Park from 2:40 with riders taking on the challenging but popular Albany Highway circuit. The final race will be help on the public holiday Monday afternoon on Oxford Street, Leederville starting at 2:55.

Perth is home to some of Australia’s most talented bike racers, many of whom will be lining up for the Perth Criteriums so I’m looking forward to seeing the racing and being part of the commentary team.

This morning on 98.5 Sonshine FM I spoke to local rider Ryan Suckling about the series. You can click on the audio player at the bottom of this post if you’d like to listen to our conversation.



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I've talked enough about me …

… now you talk about me for a while.

How much is too much? How much do you really want to know about a person the first time you meet them?

On my regular Saturday morning ride with friends today we were joined for a couple of kilometres by another cyclist who happened to be going in the same direction as us.

He cycled next to one of the other guys in our bunch and immediately struck up a conversation … about himself. Within a very short time he had divulged his recent work history and his current yearly earnings (which are, I must admit, substantial) as well as several other bits and pieces about his life.

My friend who was chatting with him let him know where we meet on Saturday mornings and invited him to join us. I hope he decides to come riding with us; we’re always looking for extra cyclists to be part of our group. However, if he does join us, I hope he’ll quickly discover that he doesn’t need to impress us with his achievements. We’re more than happy to simply take people as we find them.

Have you met people who want to bombard you with impressive facts and figures within moments of meeting? How do you react? What do you think it says about someone’s self image if they act that way?



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