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Wildside video: The mobile mechanic, part I

  • By Anthony Tan
  • Published Jan. 30, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM EDT

How do you service the needs of almost 500 riders in a multi-day mountain-bike stage race?

Ian Smith, chief mechanic to the participants of this year’s Pure Tasmania Wildside, talks to Singletrack.com about the most commonly encountered mechanical problems, the challenges in servicing an eclectic mix of bikes and group sets, and the differences in requirements between the amateur and pro rider.

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Race report


Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan

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