Author: Lachie Ambrose

February 16, 2017 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

Cycling must Support Cycling After being involved in cycling at different levels for well over a decade I have witnessed first-hand the evolution of the sport and its rise to widespread popularity. However, as a rider, team manager and administrator, the sport continuous to confound me. Cycling is so popular in its basic format across…

September 25, 2016 Lachie Ambrose 2 comments

Time to Rethink Prize Money At the recent National Capital Tour, there were a few people upset at a decision made not to offer prize money at the event. While accepting that some riders rely on prize money to supplement their incomes, for cycling to develop into the future, we argue this decision was the…

August 4, 2016 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

Running a National Road Series Team on a Budget Anybody who has purchased a bike knows that cycling is an expensive sport. Running a cycling team in the National Road Series takes it to another level again. To race a UCI level event in Asia teams have no costs once they step off the plane….

July 12, 2016 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

Winter Cycling Tips – Trainer Time For the second in our series of winter cycling tips, I thought I’d give a few ideas on what I do to help get through those dreaded trainer sessions.     1. Precaffinate Ergos (especially early morning pre-work ones) are always hard to find motivation for, so go for…

June 1, 2016 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

Moving Things Forward The cornerstone of Van D’am Racing will always be the team. However it has also given us opportunities to work on other projects, mainly here in South Australia, to help grow the sport and return it to a more sustainable model. We wrote a list of things we wanted to achieve this…

April 18, 2016 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

What is the National Road Series Missing? Following on from the articles I wrote a few weeks ago on the topic (here and here), I think it’s time to throw my thoughts on where domestic cycling in Australia, and in particular the National Road Series (NRS) is struggling. With cycling becoming more and more popular…

February 18, 2016 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

So What is on Offer? Continuing on from last week’s theme, the question has to be asked: what is it that we can offer businesses in return for their investment in our product? The Tradition
 Traditional sponsorship packages rely on selling mobile billboard space. I still believe this is valid. A prominently located billboard in…

February 11, 2016 Lachie Ambrose No comments exist

The Approach to 2016 Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields is not, and is not trying to be, just another cycling team. That’s not to say that other teams, past and present, don’t do things well, but even well and professionally run, successful teams have suffered issues in gathering backing. There are a few things that…

February 4, 2016 Lachie Ambrose 1 comment

CIC-Cervelo Super Series Round Up The inaugural series for the team, and the latest incarnation of the South Australian team series has come to an end. The team had some great results and showed that we shouldn’t be underestimated. However bike racing is a sport full of ups and downs, with things not always going…