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Adam Semple

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About

I am a self-taught pseudo-intellect specializing in the art of cynicism and judgementalism. My short temper often bares itself through words and onto paper.

Member Since:
January 2013
Based In:
Perth, Australia
Favourite Sports:
Cycling,

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What does all this Dauphiné activity mean for Le Tour?

What does all this Dauphiné activity mean for Le Tour?

16 Jun 2014

As the American Andrew Talansky took the Critérium du Dauphiné into his own hands and won the overall honours last night, Lieu Westra pulled off the surprise of the century in the previous night’s miraculous comeback with around three centimetres to go. Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador was lining up two slaps back in time for the […]

Tour of California proves that downhill rules can be broken

Tour of California proves that downhill rules can be broken

21 May 2014

Not all descents are created equal. Some allow people that are crazy skilled – and plain crazy – to go faster than others. On the other hand, some are just wide open roads that don’t turn much. These, like headwinds, provide an interesting dynamic with a bunch of cyclists – it feels excellent being in […]

What really happens in a bunch sprint

What really happens in a bunch sprint

14 May 2014

When we see a bunch sprint, it’s easy to assume the rider at the finish has just sprinted faster than anybody else to win. Maybe they got lucky and avoided a crash, maybe their final lead-out was stellar – maybe it’s time for an article on history’s best lead-out men. Or maybe, like Robbie McEwan, […]

Temptation for pain killers anything but temporary

Temptation for pain killers anything but temporary

5 May 2014

There are many reasons why it’s not recommended for cyclists to take pain-killers. There are also many reasons why it’s not recommended to drag your body 1200 kilometres in the saddle each week, drink coffee to avoid the symptoms of horrendous fatigue, and strive for three per cent body fat. This comparison isn’t supposed to […]

On crashing, pedalling, and being patriotic

On crashing, pedalling, and being patriotic

29 Apr 2014

How Dan Martin crashed in the final corner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege is anyone’s guess, but it’s not of supreme importance given he had spent the majority of his biscuits in the previous 200 metres. It was a valiant effort from the 2013 champion though, and his attack proved the perfect moment for Roman Kreuziger to mysteriously […]

Why Wiggins will be foiled by cobblestones

Why Wiggins will be foiled by cobblestones

19 Apr 2014

In memory of the recently passed cobbled classics, let’s reflect on what makes a winner, what a cobblestone is, and why it’s okay to be confused. Firstly, the word cobble comes from ‘cob’, meaning ‘rounded lump’. It’s what I consider the most understating descriptor of cobblestones imaginable, setting the scene of an almighty shock for […]

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