AusCycling: Our Olympic Team Pursuit squad was entitled to expect better

Alex Porter of Australia crashed in the men's Team Pursuit qualifying round after a bike failure
Alex Porter (Australia) crashed in the men's Team Pursuit qualifying round at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2021 after an equipment failure (Image credit: Getty Images)

The investigation, initiated by AusCycling, into a handlebar failure that sent Australian Team Pursuit squad member Alex Porter crashing to the boards at the Tokyo Olympic Games, indicates that it was far more than a piece of equipment that failed.

The report concluded, among its 13 findings, that the Australian Cycling team provided inaccurate specification for the design and manufacture of a replacement pursuit base bar, reduced fatigue strength testing cycles without justification, while policies and procedures were scant and those in existence were not followed.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.