Punk's not dead. Or perhaps it is. Perhaps it is and we should quit living in the past. Or perhaps it is, and that's a good thing, because it has morphed (and continues to morph) into something more interesting. Punk, however, doesn't have layers of bureaucracy, administrative bodies, government subsidies - punk is not, despite the best efforts of a bevy of major corporations, institutionalized. Perhaps this why punk, in its different forms, continues to thrive.
Cycling, unlike punk, is institutionalized, which is why it ends up in situations like this or this. It's pretty easy, however, to simply blame the governing bodies in question. That's how things work in an institution - when something goes wrong, you blame those above you. But perhaps, if cycling - and in particular track cycling - is going to continue, we need to think more like punks. We need to take events out of the hands of the institutions and run them ourselves. The events we run and the track cycling we race won't look the same as the events and races that have been organized by Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia over the past one hundred years, but they will be more inclusive, more vibrant and, what's more, they'll be ours. For us, by us.