Craig Fry

Freelance Writer

I am a freelance writer and public health academic based in Melbourne, Australia. I research and write about cycling history and culture, and drugs and health in society and sport.

This portfolio includes a link to my first book published in June 2016. It also shows a selection of my writing for various cycling magazines, The Age, The Conversation, SBS Cycling Central, and Cycling Tips.

Portfolio

LATEST WORKS

Australians at the Giro d'Italia: by the numbers
The 100th edition of the 21 stage Giro d'Italia starts this Friday 5th of May. As SBS no longer has broadcast rights to the 'Corsa Rosa', Australian cycling fans will have to...
Aussies at Liège-Bastogne-Liège: by the numbers
First raced in 1892, La Doyenne (or "the Old Lady of the Classics") as the race is affectionately known is the oldest one-day classic, starting just three years before the first...
Australia does Paris-Roubaix: By the numbers
It's a big day in Australia for cycling fans. The 115th edition of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic starts from Compiègne just after 11.00am local French time today (around...
Hell of the North: Australian connections
I first saw the iconic images of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic long before I turned a road bike pedal in anger. It was the early 1990s, and a friend had shown me some...
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race, and the questions we are left with
“What happened?” my nine-year-old daughter asked me. I was sitting at our kitchen table staring into my laptop at the news reports, and outpourings on social media and the...
Does everything and nothing change when a cyclist dies?
Two weeks ago today, Arzu Baglar died while cycling in Melbourne's inner west. She was hit by a truck turning the corner of Somerville road and Whitehall street in Yarraville....

BOOKS & JOURNALS

Ride: A Memoir To My Father
Lindsay Fry died at home alone from a pulmonary embolism, just a few weeks after a diagnosis of cancer in his lung and spine. He was two weeks short of his 70th birthday....
Cycling
Victoria has always led the way in Australian cycling. A number of Australia's cycling firsts took place in 19th century Victoria, not long after the first velocipedes ('bone...
The Chase
Imagine you’ve entered a 24-hour, five rider time trial on the open roads. You’re trying to beat the Australian record (770km), and the World record (778km) for this event set...
Herald Sun Tour Cycling Race
The 62nd Herald Sun Tour was held in February 2015. Originated in 1952 by The Sun News-Pictorial and the League of Victorian Wheelmen, it is Australia's oldest road cycling...
Bring truth into play by saying yes to drugs in sport
This book examines anti-doping regulation in Australia and globally, and presents a range of opinions on the ethics of drugs in sport. Elite sports people are always seeking a...
Unofficial rules of the Tour de France matter most
A Year in the Life of Australia tells the story of politics,sciences and the arts in contemporary Australia from some of the country’s sharpest academic minds. It is a...

BOOK REVIEWS

Wheel Life - Cycling Recollections of the 1950s and 1960s (by Ben Schofield)
Australian cycling seems in great shape these days, with good crowd numbers at the elite races and championship events, and a new media broadcast deal by Cycling Australia set...
Major Taylor in Australia (by Jim Fitzpatrick)
The Major Taylor story is such a fascinating chapter in the history of competitive cycling, and this account of Taylor’s time in this country is an important part of Australian...
Wheeling Matilda: The story of Australian cycling (by Jim Fitzpatrick)
Jim Fitzpatrick is widely regarded as one of Australia's foremost cycling historians and now the US-born writer has revealed his latest book, Wheeling Matilda: The Story of...

WORD SLIDES & PODCASTS

Australia's first Giro rider, Garry Clively.
As the @100th_giroditalia approaches lets remember Australia’s first Giro rider, Garry Clively. He went to Italy as an 18-year-old amateur with 17-year-old David Allan – another...
The first Australian Paris-Roubaix riders in 1914
Paris-Roubaix 1914: Somewhere in there are the first Australian riders in that race - Queen of the classics. It was a group including Ivor “Snowy” Munro, Don Kirkham, Charlie...
Sir Hubert Opperman would have rated the Indipac highly
Australia's greatest ultra-endurance cyclist, Sir Hubert Opperman, would have rated the Indipac highly. His 1977 autobiography tells how he was inspired as a boy by Francis...
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race: Overlanders of the 21st Century
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is a gruelling 5,500 km coast-to-coast bicycle race across Australia. The race features the two leading long distance bike racers in the world as...
Barry Waddell's 1966 Adelaide to Melbourne record
Even the pro riders sometimes had a crack at long distance riding in Australia. They were all about the distance and time records. In 1966, Barry Waddell set a solo record from...
Australian long distance started in Melbourne nearly 150 years ago.
Shortly after the first velocipedes arrived in Melbourne from Europe in 1868, the first long distance velocipede ride was on Monday 4 October, 1869, when the 24 year old civil...
"Le Ride" Documentary at the Sun Theatre Yarraville
Le Ride is a documentary about two riders who retraced the 1928 Tour de France in which Sir Hubert Opperman, two other Australians and one Kiwi cyclist teamed up to compete....
1981 Melbourne to Warrnambool finish
1981 Melbourne to Warrnambool finish - L to R: Peter Cox NZL 1st, Colin Hately CPD 3rd, Terry Schintler BGO 2nd. Colin Hately, finished the race 10 times during the 1980’s, with...
Conquering Contador, Cheats always prosper, or do they?, and Nove Mesto by Cycling Central Podcast
This week on the show, the Giro d'Italia takes a dramatic turn as Fabio Aru explodes on the road to Aprica, and Richie Porte pulls the pin, what to make of sport when the cheats...

MAGAZINES

Riding through rough times
Expert Comment - When my father passed away suddenly in October 2015, the resulting grief floored me. Alongside the love and support from family and friends, I found my bike...

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