5 Countries 5 Kits

This week we take a look at:

  • End of an Era – Adelaide Cyclists
  • Adelaide Weather and the damage to our hills
  • 5 Countries – 5 Kits, a look at kits around the globe, and
  • Van D’am Racing, an interview with South Australia’s only elite u25 Road Cycling Team

However, before i get stuck into that, I have 2 items I’d like to discuss.

1 – Looking for help finding a job for a mates son.

I have taken on a mentoring role with a recent Adelaide Uni mechanical engineering graduate called Alex, and am initially looking to help him find his first job in the engineering world?

Alex is the son of a mate of mine I went through Uni with. Alex has followed in his footsteps into the world of engineering. Alex is also a mechanic at a LBS in Glenelg.

With the Adelaide market being what it is, Alex is having trouble getting his foot in the door, so I’m contacting my contacts to see if I can help him.

If anyone knows of any openings, please contact me on wednesdaylegs@gmail.com

2 – I’m realigning the stable at home, have sold my old EMC2, am looking to buy a cx bike and am looking to sell my current commuter, an Argon18 Plutonium Alloy. If anyone is interested in a second hand alloy bike, please contact me on wednesdaylegs@gmail.com

Sorry for the public announcements, now please enjoy this weeks postings.

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End of an Era – Goodnight Gus

Afew months back i featured Gus as a rider of the week. Gus was the developer and owner of the Adelaide Cyclists website.

Well, Gus has pulled the pin, and heres why.

Hello cycling friends,

This might come as a shock to you but the time has come for me to close Adelaide Cyclists.

While it’s been on my mind for a while, I’ve been forced to assess the site and its viability due to a price rise by the site’s platform owners.

Adelaide Cyclists started in March 2009 so it’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly. It’s akin to breaking up a relationship.

I know many people have made great friendships through this site and cycling in Adelaide. Riding groups have formed and grown, romantic relationships have developed and there’s also a child or two about the place.

The love of cycling in this great city has been highlighted, issues have been highlighted and mostly solved and more and more people are riding on a regular basis.

Read more about why and what is means on the site: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/profiles/blogs/adelaide-cyclists-to-close

Our annual H’eroica ride to Anderson Hill Winery will be the last official riding event on Oct 9. Come along, it’s a great day out.

There will be a ‘wake’ of sorts. Combining my other passion, good beer, it’ll be at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Oct 21 from 6pm. Watch out for the event posted soon.

Time to ride off into the sunset.

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Visit Adelaide Cyclists at: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

 

So, on behalf of myself and the reders of WdednesdayLegs, Goodnight Gus, it’s been a pleasure reading and participating with Adealdie Cyclists.

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Adelaide Weather

Last week Adelaide was hit by a severe storm, with flooding in some areas of the Adelaide Hills. By the looks of the weather forecast, we are about to be hit by something very similar later this week.

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Unfortunately one of the best descending roads in the Adelaide Hills, Montacute Road, was severely damaged and is likely to be out of action for a few months.

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Five Kits – Five Countries

In the first of what will be a quarterly feature, I will be taking a look at what kit designers are thinking and producing from around the world. If you have anything you feel I should take a look at, don’t hesitate to contact me in the usual way.

This week I take a look at Japan, United States, Spain, United Kingdom and of course Australia.

Japan – Pedal Ed

Whilst Japan is seen by some as a mass producer of kitsch crap, there is some stunning design work going on in a broad range of sectors, cycling included.

Pedal Ed produce some well thought out gear, nothing bling about it, stylish all the way through their range.

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PEdAL ED began out of a love for cycling.
In 2007, Hideto Suzuki started creating beautiful and functional apparel to complement his cycling lifestyle in Tokyo. Since then, he has gone on to create a number of award-winning collections based on his belief that each feature of a garment can improve function and performance, not simply aesthetics.

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Founded and handcrafted in Japan, PEdALED has grown internationally and recently also started a new collaboration in Italy, the heart of cycling apparel production.
Here Hideto’s creative talent has been able to develop new ideas, bringing together his unique understanding of materials and designs with the best of Italian manufacturing tradition.

They design and sell a wide range of cycling riding gear as well a swathe of other top end active wear like a hiking boot, jeans and jackets.

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  • – LARGE REAR POCKET WITH ADDITIONAL ZIP POCKET
  • – FRONT ZIP POCKET FOR VALUABLES
  • – THERMO REGULATING AND 50+ UV PROTECTION
  • – MADE IN ITALY

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Designed for long periods on the bike, technical lycra fibers combine a soft feel for the skin with efficient temperature regulation. A snug, athletic fit is delivered through a vertical stripe of horizontal 4-way stretch technical mesh for breathability and longer life. Features include a front access chest pocket, custom elastic hem, zippered chin protection, and two large rear pockets, one open, and one zippered for valuables.

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United States – http://searchandstate.com

If you’ve been keeping a keen eye out in the pores over the last few years, you would have seen reference to these guys mentioned in esteemed publications such as GQ, Bicycling, Outside, Men’s Journal, The Radavist, Cycling Tips, Playboy…and many others.

Our story is a simple one.  We design and manufacture some of the world’s best performance and lifestyle apparel.  We know this because it’s what we hear from you, year after year.  We’ve won awards and won over loyal customers who recognize our attention to quality, fit, styling, and an unmatched selection of luxury performance fabrics.

We produce every piece in Midtown Manhattan, the home of New York City’s original garment district.  This is our home and where we learned the craft but we work here because you could search the whole world and be hard-pressed to find better talent and craftsmanship for garment making than in New York City.  There is also no substitute for watching every single piece being made to ensure it flawlessly matches our original design intention.

Whether you’re on a training ride, or on a trainer in your basement.  Maybe you’re in a stage race, or following a stage of the Tour de France.  Whoever you are and wherever you ride, we have a piece for you that will not only perform, but also make you look and feel better than anything else you’ve worn before.

S1-A Jersey

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Distinguished design, luxurious fabric, and rugged components are the hallmarks of our highly evolved take on the classic, three-pocket, cycling jersey. The S1-A sets the bar high and has established a new standard of what the riding jersey should be. You’re going to look, and feel, good in this jersey.

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REFINED FIT – Cut like a tailored garment without being too tight or too loose – it’s just right. You’ll be happy riding, racing, or maybe even sleeping in the S1-A, it’s that comfortable.

MADE IN NEW YORK – Two centuries of Manhattan’s garment making expertise precede the birth of the S1A which is built entirely of USA produced fabric.

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S1S – Bib Short

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Their kit can be found in Australia here

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SpainCima Coppi

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Cima Coppi Custom was started by a Canadian and a Spaniard in 2008 in Vancouver’s Little Italy in Canada. Back then, the pair traded bottles of wine for wool and a few trade secrets from Angelo and Renzo – two of the finest Italian tailors on ‘the Drive’. Mostly though, the visits were simply motivated by a fondness to hear craftsmen talk about their trade and share first-hand stories about Coppi and Bartali. It was Renzo Montagliani, a tailor for 53 years, who proposed the name Cima Coppi.

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In the latin languages the word ‘Cima’ means ‘peak’. And Coppi, is for Fausto – who was perhaps the greatest war-era racer. Today, the Cima Coppi highlights the highest mountain pass in the Giro d’Italia. Mostly, said Renzo, it is a symbol for passion, individualism and the pursuit of excellence. “You’ve got to be good to be first up the Cima Coppi.”

Today, Cima Coppi Custom is based in Oviedo, Spain. A made-to-measure, custom clothier for cyclists and athletes with products focused on natural and traditional performance materials. Fundamental to our ethos is the evolution of the master tailor; the owner, designer, maker and end-user. Our inspiration is the intrepid adventuring of yesteryear; 100+ years of wool-clad cycling heroes surviving the cobbles, conquering mountain passes and exploring the unknown.

Wool Cycling Jerseys

The material of choice of professional cyclists for over 7 decades, wool provides a versatile, comfortable jersey with an unsurpassed useable temperature range. Merino wool is a finer, softer and naturally odour resistant textile reducing the need for over-washing; merino is the clear choice for multi-day adventures. We design, cut and sew traditional jerseys of mid-weight European Wool with a tailored jersey fit featuring three seam-anchored pockets. A Spanish-made, durable and structured jersey, built to handle full pockets and ambitious rides.

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And their jackets and caps look pretty good too.

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United Kingdom – Svelte 

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I’ve had a few chats with Tom from team Svelte over the last few months. Hopefully we can land something as they are passionate and provide a simple but stylish approach to kit design.

Svelte began right in the heart of London. The capital of a country renowned for its cycling history, now a city pervaded by every type of cyclist. From the track riders revolving the velodromes, road cyclists making a break for open countryside, to the city commuter darting under streetlights. Clothing is an imperative element to all cyclists – forging the connection between the rider and the bike itself.

Svelte originated with the vision to transcend the beauty of cycling apparel. To design products focused so exclusively on quality and minimalism, that they create an elegantly versatile connection between the bicycle and the clothing that rides it. To design a truly timeless range, such that it permeates the heart of cycling, and far beyond it.

Slowly but surely, the finest range of apparel emerged. Apparel that subtly, yet exquisitely, conveyed the beautiful unity of cycling, elegance, and lifestyle.

It was slender; it was minimalistic; it was Svelte.

THE STORY

By way of a story, it all began with our flagship product, The Heritage Jersey. Whether riding the great Alps on a hot sunny day, or heading to have coffee with friends, The Heritage’s founding principles were to ensure it was graceful company both on and off the bike, to enhance every aspect of your day.

In the development of The Heritage Jersey, we worked with cyclists across the entire spectrum – from the 5am, cold-morning, relentless road cyclists, to the casual city single-speeder. And what did we achieve after months of tiresome research, scrupulous tweaks, and continual testing?

A jersey that provides the security and performance of an athletic fit, without losing the relaxed cafe culture styling that we love so much. This was the core belief from which Svelte grew.

Heritage

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The Svelte Heritage Jersey is the marriage of minimalist design and functional fabrics. Produced in London from Merino perform fabric, it features the breathability and body temperature regulation of merino wool, while benefiting from the strength and resilience of a synthetic fabric.

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Red Continental

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Classic styling meets modern functionality. The Continental Jersey features a race fit and is made of a high-tech fabric that enables it be to lightweight, streamlined and durable.

Classic Bibs

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AustraliaLumiere

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And over here in Australia, we have some pretty unique kits on the market, Lumiere up with the best of them.

Designed in Melbourne Australia, we produce premium cycling apparel for discerning cyclists who appreciate distinctively different cycling garments.

We believe fit, form and function reign supreme, but aesthetics don’t need to take a back seat.

Lumiere is light.

Milkshake Long Sleeve Jersey

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The Milkshake jersey is constructed from the finest quality, fleece lined MITI fabric, in our newly developed Lumiere long sleeve cut. Wear this jersey alone in temperatures between 6°C-14°C or pair with a gilet and/or baselayer for additional warmth.

Our model is 175cm, 66kgs, 28inch waist size and wears size extra small.

Our kit is a true pro fit with high stretch. It is designed to be worn against the skin.

Black, Charcoal and Navy Bibs – Men’s

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Our bib shorts feature top end MITI fabrics, Cytech chamois and a 7.5cm silicon injected powerbands. We have kept the bib short design minimal with only a woven tag to the rear so they remain timeless.

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Tool Time – Silca T-Ratchet + Ti-Torque

Silca make some amazing tools, and these are no exception. Aparently their kickstarter campaign is breaking the internet!

The T-Ratchet is a lightweight and compact multi-tool that converts between T-handle tool, ratcheting tool, and flag-handled screwdriver.

It uses a 72-tooth ratchet mechanism, which is twice as many points of engagement as many other ratcheting tools.

The T-Ratchet uses magnets to hold bits in place. It comes with 10 hardened steel bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm hex bits, as well as T10, T20, T25 and #2 Phillips bits). The T-Ratchet is compatible with any 1/4in bits, so owners can customize it as the wish.

Ti-Torque is a extender for the T-Ratchet that uses a titanium torsion beam to measure torque readings from 0-8Nm.

 

They have been able to Extend the PRE-ORDER of T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque to our own website.  Projected shipping dates for these Pre-Orders is January 2017 due to the absolutely overwhelming demand.

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Link here: https://silca.cc/collections/silca-tools/products/57b6f72295673c11003e392f

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Between 2 Wheels – Van D’am Racing

A small departure from the norm, this week I sit down and have a chat with the Team Principle of Van D’am Racing, Lachlan Ambrose.

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Lachlan has been involved in competitive cycling since 2006 and raced the NRS each year since 2009. He has raced all notable local and national events and spent time racing overseas including in New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and France, and is passionate about providing young cyclists with the right opportunities and environment to reach their potential.

  • Who are Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields?

The short answer Van D’am Racing is South Australia’s only elite u25 Road Cycling Team.

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  • The team name is quite distinctive, where does it come from?

Van D’am Racing is highly reflective of me in the way things are done (it is my baby after all), the name also carries this link. So my mother is Dutch and her maiden name was van Breda, and my surname was anglicized by my grandfather from D’Ambrosio to Ambrose. I think it works based off the fact that you have the combination of two cycling mad countries (with the Dutch roots of van Breda and D’Ambrosio being Italian) and with the similarity to 90’s action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme, it just had a nice ring to it. Naming things is hard!

Butterfields Services is our major sponsor. They are a proud South Australian company who really share our vision of supporting riders in a healthy environment, enabling them to achieve on and off the bike. They are an air conditioning, electrical and plumbing project solutions provider, and are starting to expand interstate, so hopefully we are helping spread the word on what they are doing!

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Van D’am Racing represents the teams identity. Unlike other sports, cycling teams have no real identity, and are too heavily tied to the sponsor. I would wager no one would feel particularly comfortable going to a game and yelling out the major sponsor’s name. The consequence of cycling teams’ not having identity is that teams struggle to develop a following. This identity will never be lost from our name. Developing continuity and a connection with teams is a key step in developing long term sustainability.

  • What as the original idea behind VDR?

So I have raced bikes in Australia and overseas for over 10 years. In this time the support pathways for riders in SA (beyond the institute track pathways) were almost non-existent. I really want to help these riders stay in the sport, love the sport and progress through it. I feel I have a lot to offer, especially with my relatively diverse background, both on and off the bike.

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  • What is your objective?

So unfortunately my competitive nature from years of bike racing continues. The goal is always to be the best the team can be, and I have dreams of taking the team to the world. But on a smaller scale I really want to provide riders with opportunities that I feel that I missed out on. Helping riders achieve their goals is pretty special.

  • What are the biggest obstacles to meeting your objectives?

Funding. Unfortunately I picked the most expensive sport. It’s expensive to ride a bike, it’s more expensive to race. Running a team takes it to a whole new level. Of course we don’t deserve money for nothing, so we are trying to create a model which is financial viable, with our key focus on creating interest and a following in the team. The are some roadblocks in this goal, but at this stage we are happy with the progress we are making.

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  • Where would you like the team to be in 5 years time?

I think in 5 years I would like the team to be a strong continental team, with a focus still on rider development, but with an expanded race focus to start including some racing in Asia and OS. We have a few other ambitions (a women’s team for instance), but one thing at a time.

  • What is your vision for the cyclists on the team?

I want the best for them, no matter which direction they go. Obviously I hope they have the opportunity to progress as far as they want to in the sport. Apart from that I hope they will all leave the sport when they are ready, and not be burnt out by the process. Aside from that we hope that they set themselves with a career path which they enjoy, enabling them to prosper off of the bike.

  • What is the local U25s scene like

Pretty poor to be honest, and I could talk all day on why I think this is the case… A lot of this comes down to it being such a hard sport, and when you are isolated from most of the big races here in SA, and don’t have any team support it gets pretty hard and lonely. So we are trying to address this, but it will take time.

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  • Who are your main local rivals?

I think SASi (SA sports institute) would be the obvious one, but at the same time coming from SA we actually have a pretty good relationship and try and help each other out where we can. We naturally like to try and beat the bigger interstate teams, but that doesn’t happen as often as we would like.

  • How has the team been going?

We’ve had a pretty good first year. Rhys Gillett won the Mount Baw Baw Classic (which is probably the hardest course of the year, if you have never heard of the Mount Baw Baw it’s definitely worth a look.)

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We also won two of the Cycle Closet Winter Road Series Rounds here in South Australia which was great as it was something we helped get off the ground with the help of Cycling South Australia and the member clubs.

Besides from the obvious successes, i’ve been really proud of how the team and riders have developed both on and off the bike. It’s been a pretty tough year for a couple of the guys as they made the progression from school to uni and I’ve been impressed with how they’ve handled it.

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They’ve still maintaining an incredibly professional approach to training and racing.

  • Who designed and / or supplied your team kit

So we were pretty lucky to be put in contact with Joel Pearson, who is the Australian Director of Sportful Custom. If the kit is good enough for Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador, it certainly is good enough for us. Joel was really good to us and we are really happy to be continuing this relationship in 2017.

  • How do riders get on your roster?

So the nice things about the SA scene is that it’s a pretty small community, so I generally have a pretty good idea of what is going on. Our key criteria is that they really need to be good people, and that they need to have the drive to take the sport as far as they can. We also have a team policy that all riders must be either working in the chosen profession, or studying. So in other words it’s not all out what they can do on a bike (though that’s still important).

  • How much time does your team train and how do you manage training?

So depending on the riders program they’ll probably do between 12 and 20 hours a week on the bike. We do have team sessions, but they are only once or twice a week. With riders living on each side of the city and with pretty full time tables it can be pretty hard to get everyone in the same place!

We keep an eye on all the riders training (as this is part of the quest to make sure that they stay healthy). A few of the riders are coached by Tim Clayton of Omnis Development who is our performance manager but different riders prefer different styles of training, so it’s important they find someone who matches what they want to do.

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  • You have two other key staff, who are they?

Our Sports Director is Nils Wartemann. Nils holds a degree (MA) in Sport Sciences with minors in Sociology and Educational Sciences, and starting as a rider some 3 decades ago and was a founder of a springboard program assisting riders to race in Europe.

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And lastly, one of the most critical members if you ask the riders is the Team Physio,  Dave Moen. Dave has a Masters in Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy and is the director of Form Physiotherapy in Adelaide. Dave works alongside the coaching staff at Van D’am Racing to optimise the athletic condition and fit position of team cyclists, with the goal of improving performance. He also manages bike fitting, motor control and strength programs, as well as injury prevention for the team.

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  • What bikes, wheels etc does the team ride?

So unfortunately we don’t have team bikes yet. At this level no team gets given bikes, and i wasn’t comfortable asking riders to buy bikes (even though we did receive a couple of generous offers).

Bike Society have been pretty generous and helps us out where they can, so a big shout out to them!

  • What is the best part of the team?

It’s definitely sharing the success. People tend to forget how much of a team sport cycling is, so when when one rider wins, it a contribution of what everyone has done, even when it’s not so obvious. We all rely heavily on each other (riders and staff).

So who is the team?

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Top – left to right

  • Tom Allford (19yo/71kg/188cm)
  • Connor Butterfield (17yo/62kg/168cm)
  • Ethan Egglestone (18yo/62kg/177cm)

Bottom – left to right

  • David Fumpson (21yo/64kg/167cm)
  • Shaun O’Callaghan (22yo/70kg/173cm)
  • Callum Pearce (18yo/71kg/181cm)

(Eds note for perspective – iPib (51yo/81kg/178cm)- ouch!)

  • How then would you you define success?

Obviously those sought after wins, but I really define success for the team as sticking to the goals that we set out to achieve. That is to support up and coming riders, ensuring that they stay healthy, develop on and off the bike, and importantly that they come out the other end still enjoying riding their bikes.

  • You mentioned your major sponsor Butterfields, and Sportful, has the team got any other sponsors?

So we do have a couple more sponsors. Brentnalls SA gave us some really good support. They’re an Adelaide based Chartered Accounting firm who really share our vision of supporting young South Australians. We also were supported by Rojomoma Red Art, a boutique winery from the Barrossa Valley. Definitely worth checking out if you are heading down that way. Their Grenache Shiraz is my personal favourite.

We were also supported by WHS and Dr Jones & Partners, who surprisingly for a cycling team, we didn’t need to call on this year (well touch wood).

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Thanks Lachie, its great to see someone with a passion put back into the cycling community. Wishing you all the best in the coming years. I’ll look forward to touching base again in 2 years time to revisit this interview.

You can follow them on their facebook site here:  https://www.facebook.com/VanDamRacing/

I recommend you have a read of this article about the NRS prizemoney and the troubles facing the Domestic Cycle Racing. It not only shines a light on the prizemoney isues, but also offers up some thoughts on  what should be done with what little money s available with the aim to make the domestic scene sustainable in the long term.

http://vandamracing.com.au/2016/09/25/prizemoney/

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Wednesday Legs

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till next time

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R2TR – “It was just a brutal, brutal ride”

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As you know I’m still recuperating from my face plant a few months back and have been unable to get out on the road. So I set myself up with a Sufferfest membership and set about trying to keep a level of fitness so i hit the road running (not literally in two senses) when I got going again.

Not having undertaken any level of serious stationary training previously, apart from the odd dabble or 2 at the gym and at ERGO, I was a little unsure what to expect.

I’d heard all the negative remarks about how it was boring as bat shite, and my limited solo exposure to training at home tended to back up the general consensus.

Looking back on what I have achieved over the last 2 months, I would have to disagree with that thought about stationary training. My observations would be that if you find it boring, you are just not doing it right. Not that I’m saying that I am the master of indoor training, but with the right setup and mental approach, it became a routine that i quite looked forward to.

I certainly think riding at a dedicated training venue like ERGO has many benefits over home training, but I love the convenience of home training.

There are many training videos in the market place, and it just happens that the one I chose was Sufferfest.

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I can’t compare against any others because I haven’t tried them, but i found Sufferfest to be user friendly with a wide variety of  rides to keep the repetition factor at bay.

You can purchase the videos individually, as a package, or you can stream the videos using the Sufferfest in much the same way as Netflix in that you can wifi stream the training ride you want. If your trainer is tucked away in a dead zone, you can download the ride onto your device for watching offline, which is what i did given I’ve set my trainer up in the garage.

With my hands in splints, I couldn’t grip, so I purchased a set of aero arm rests, placed the ipad mini on the bars, connected the ipad to some old computer speakers i had set up in the garage, and away i went.

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The app is simple to use.

The videos are quite entertaining, if you can call them that, with footage across the videos from some spectacular climbs around Europe.

What keeps the boredom away are the specially designed programs which are designed for specific purposes like speed, power, climbing etc. The instructions throughout the videos are quite clear on when you change up or down, timing, time left, effort levels and cadence.

The music is well styled for the type of riding, not what I’d choose to play on a cruisy Sunday afternoon, but perfectly suited to the pain cave.  The app allows you to pair to your cadence sensor, power meter and heart rate strap thus showing you your effort throughout.

Funny thing, I bought a cadence sensor about 4 weeks ago to help with the training as i was training based on perception only. I knew i was riding at a low cadence, but had limited feedback to modify my style to match the training purpose.

Unfortunately i couldn’t get the pedals off to slip the cadence magnet on because of the splints.

I was only able to remove the pedals over the last weekend to install the magnet, and was pleased i did because it helped me cycle to the requirements of the training video.

So, the training. 35 sessions over 2 months. Fingers crossed I’ll come back a new improved me. I’ll let you know how i went next posting.

Below are some screen shots I took of some of the sessions in some of the quieter times.

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Hell, they even have a training video that focuses on your style, which is something they recommend you come back to on a weekly basis for 6 or so weeks.

The app streaming costs $10pm, which given there are 34 videos in total, provides a relatively cheap way of gaining access to some terrific training material

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Grinduro

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Well, this looks interesting. From the originators……

Welcome to what we believe will be South Australia’s premier gravel centric bike event!

With so much great and largely un-explored gravel out there the team here at Gravel Riders SA HQ (comprising Peter Gratwick, Graeme Thiessen and Russell Schrale) are delighted to put in this event especially considering there are so many other well-known and attended independent bike races and events out there in this wonderful State!

As the famous quote from Field of Dreams goes, ‘If you build it, they will come’……so we put our collective thinking caps on, spent a lot of time eating burgers and looking at what others had done in the past and came up with an event concept that we think will fit in really quite nicely here in Adelaide’s gravel road network.

This event be will be the first of a number of similar events that will take place across the State, with a series of unique and seemingly largely unridden routes either currently planned or in development.

The overarching aim of the organisers, both with this and subsequent events, is to galvernise the gravel riding scene here in Adelaide; to bring like-minded individuals together and open people’s eyes to what is out there and waiting to be ridden once you turn and point your wheels away from the tarmac.

You may notice the liberal use of the word ‘event’ thus far. This is quite deliberate. What we are aiming to achieve here is not just another organized ‘turn-up-heads-down-mash-your-legs-go home’ thing. This is about forming the nucleus of a growing scene that exists currently in small, usually isolated pockets and to that end, we are hoping and indeed expecting that the emphasis of this will be on the fun and social side of riding with those riders who are involved – not just disappearing off on their own in a cloud of gravel dust with the sole aim of getting round the route as quickly as possible.

Therefore there are no prizes on offer here – well, certainly no prizes here for first place!

The format will be loosely based on the well establish U.S. ‘Grinduro’ format: that is to say a pre-determined route with a number of timed ‘stages’ along the way. However – and to really put our own South Aussie stamp on it – there will also a few unexpected twists thrown in to the mix to try to ensure as best we can that the whole field arrive back at the Start / Finish within a relatively narrow time window. This is a deliberate ploy to allow all the riders to mix, share stories and experiences, eat some well-earned quality food and drink a few cold ones in the sunshine.

However, please don’t ask for the route details. These will only be provided a few days before the event. Details of the sections won’t be provided to riders until you have signed in and, as for the twists, well – you will just have to ride the route and expect the unexpected!

All we can tell you is this:

Make sure Sunday 30th October is free in your diary and that you can get to the start / finish point in Mount Torrens by 9am. To register, simply book in via this link:

https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=226462&bof=1&_ga=1.67365649.1287200114.1470910082

Oh, and expect to ride between 66 and 100km, at least 90% of which will be on unpaved roads…….

The boring bits (rules, registration fees, minimum kit lists, etc) to follow shortly so keep a close eye on your inbox.

Thanks for being part of what we hope will be a great origin story.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Gravelaide!

There are a good number of “pinches” and two climbs that would rate as “significant” (factoring in both grade and length), three if you are doing the full route, but being gravel and in a reasonably hilly region (aka: most of the area around Adelaide), you should expect to use up a fair number of calories! Elevation is within 2k meters.

Daisy Burger on board to cater for this event! The ticket price includes for a post event burger and fries.

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Daisy Burger has a history of supporting cycling events in our great city and so it seemed very fitting to have them partner with us.

The course connoisseur has advised the following: “There will be smooth roads, muddy roads, rocky roads, sandy roads, steep roads, and even some non-roads.

The takeaway from this is that you are going to need tyres no smaller than 32c, preferably with some tread on it. That is a minimum, bear in mind. The bigger the better, but if you choose to turn up with anything less, there is a good chance you’ll be walking some sections, and/or experience unnecessary punctures.

Some of the roads are extremely well groomed, but for the rest, a tyre with a knobby tread would suit best.”

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La Vuelta

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The Tour of Spain introduced a women’s criterium on the final day of the three week stage race for the first time in 2015, called La Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta.

 And after winning La Course by Le Tour de France with Chloe Hosking, Wiggle High5 took out La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta with Jolien D’hoore. Hosking added to her success at La Tour with a second placing at La Course with Marta Bastianelli (Alé-Cipollini) in third.

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Vuelta

With a 3rd & 6th plus four stage wins, this years Vuelta turned out to be something special for Orica Bike Exchange.

As you probably know, the guys at OBE have been producing their  backstage pass for quite a few years now, and they are always entertaining and a fascinating insight into the relationships built up in a well oiled team, but the backstage pass that came out after stage 20 was probably their best yet.

That was the stage where the OBE team worked superbly to jump the Tinkoff team with a superbly timed attack to elevate Chaves up over Contador to take a podium position. So, if your only going to watch one backstage pass, this is the one to watch.

So, on with the show.

Stage 9

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David De La Cruz winner and new GC leader

David De La Cruz winner and new GC leader

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Stage 10

Bridge in Cangas de Onis

Bridge in Cangas de Onis

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Stage 11

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Froome & Quintana

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Stage 12

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Stage 13

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Stage 14

JOSE ANTONIO MIGUELEZ

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Stage 15

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froome & yates come through, dropped by chase group

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Stage 16

JOSE ANTONIO MIGUELEZ

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Stage 17

JOSE ANTONIO MIGUELEZ

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Stage 18

JOSE ANTONIO MIGUELEZ

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Stage 19

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JOSE ANTONIO MIGUELEZ

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Jonathan Castroviejo

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Stage 20

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Esteban Chaves

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Stage 21

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DIA 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE ULTIMA ETAPA Y PODIUM FINAL DE LA VUELTA CICLISTA A ESPAÑA 2016 EN MADRID

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Race to the Rock

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The following photos are a mix from personal Facebook and Instagram sites, Race to the Rock Facebook and Cycling Tips.

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I can’t even start to get my head around what drives these R2T Rockers to push on through what is arguably Australia’s most extreme sporting contests. Riding from Adelaide to Uluru is a 2,300km journey across some of Australia’s loneliest and toughest roads, and then being responsible for your own support from whoa to go turns an extreme adventure into a survival logistical nightmare. Have a think about the last time you rode a long community ride, or for those Hells 500 riders, an everesting. In the days leading up to the ride what were you doing? Quite probably you were pulling together your gels and bars, worried about whether you were taking too much or not enough. And what about your clothing, how many times did you check the weather forecast each day in the week leading up to it? Were you packing too much or were you going to be left with the consequences of poor decisions.

Hah. That is not anywhere near what these R2T Rockers had to sort out. They were totally responsible for everything. Where and when to sleep, how much food and water to pack to last them to the next town, one with a shop. What time the shop was open, because if they turned up after hours, there was no opening it back up. Bad enough when you are trying to plan it out before the event, but throw in the unknown, such as the extreme weather cells that they had to ride through/around/behind/in front of, the impact on their timing. Its Bear Grylls on 2 wheels.

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Hardly seems enough does it!

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After 8 days of riding, Sarah Hammond crossed the finish line some 200kms ahead of the nearest rider, Gunther Desmedt.

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The brains behind the race was Jesse Carlsson who unfortunately had to pull out in the first week whilst in the lead.

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“It was just a brutal, brutal ride,” Hammond told Ella CyclingTips. “The country was mind blowing but you are just in such hell.”

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“These weren’t roads that were meant to be ridden by bicycle,” said Hammond. “This stuff it just destroys you mentally. There were times I would stop and was literally yelling at the road.”

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Whilst you’re reading this, bear in mind that Sarah rode the American Trans Am 3 months ago, and was leading in the first week, so she is one gritty competitor.

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Some of the Facebook comments from the competitors.

long stretches of sand and mud… fatigue…four hours of sleep in the last 60 hours…

Blew up both knees on the way into Laura last night and couldn’t even ride out of town this morning

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The first half of it was fine, the second half of it was horrendous, it was just mud pits, mud pits, hiking through water … and it was pitch black.

Arrived back in William Creek at 4 AM… 16 hours in the saddle and haven’t moved a centimeter closer to the Rock

The Rock it north… The pilot in William Creek warned me. The track is still closed and some rain is expected later this afternoon. You could get in trouble… This wasn’t just trouble. This was hell. Type 3 fun. The whole track transformed info a sticky mud pool after 120 kms.

 

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Dirty Dozen

This is just a quick recap of the Adelaide Dirty Dozen held just over a week ago in atrocious conditions. As I couldn’t participate in this years ADD, I decided to head out a play the role of a roving photographer, funnily in much the same way i did 3 years ago when i was recuperating from a broken bone in my foot. After seeing what these riders rode through, I couldn’t have picked a better year to miss.

See all my photos at this link.

The below are some of my favourite.

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Rider of the Week – Anthony De Leo

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I caught up with Anthony on one of his trips to from Melbourne to Adelaide a few months ago and had a great chat and coffee. Below is Anthony’s story. Be warned, one photo is pretty gruesome and shows the aftermath of a cycling accident, but is important to the Anthony’s story.

  • What first got you started in cycling?

 

    • We moved to our current house which is a few hundred metres from a bike Trail that can take you either into the city or to the beach. I was unfit and my wife was saying why don’t you try riding. I borrowed a mates old MTB and really enjoyed it. My best friend Hayden Bradbury was a proffessional cyclist rang me and said there is this brand called Azzurri and they are selling bang for your buck MTB I should have a look. Buying that first half decent MTB opened up an obsession 6 years ago. I started riding that MTB every day before work and loved it.

      Then Hayden gave me one of his road bikes a stunning Bianchi L’una and that totally got me hooked on road riding. I was riding 5-6 days a week and was the fittest I had been for years.
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      Riding changed my life.

 

  • You started an online cycling business called Full Beam, can you tell us what the business is, how it started and if possible, where is it going?

 

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Full Beam Australia was conceived by accident. As I was riding early every morning I needed good lights. I become quite frankly light obsessed. Wanting brighter and brighter lights. I had tried a number of leading brands of which some were very good but I wanted more. Riding at 5.30 am through pitch black trails wanted more. Call me crazy but you get so used to what you have. I was searching for high powered self contained lights having used the best Exposure lights had to offer I wanted something brighter.

After spending many hours late at night trawling through the internet reading reviews on lights. I stumbled across a fantastic review on a 3000 lumen integrated light set (which at the time was the world’s brightest integrated battery light on the market) from a small company in Scotland called Full Beam. After contacting Full Beam about their lights we started talking about the possibility about possibly selling the lights in Australia. After receiving a range of Full Beam Lights in late 2013 I put them through their paces and was blown away with their build quality (Hand made in Scotland) and their performance was unlike anything I had seen. 

My everyday job is as a product manager in  high end Hi fi and Audio/Visual so I thought I would try and have some of the products reviewed locally and see how it went. At the time I didn’t take it too seriously just was dipping my toe in the water so to speak. Then in November 2013 I had a serious MTB accident that saw me spend a week in hospital having to have plastic surgery and dental work, however the main issue that came out of the accident was not the cosmetic damage (My modelling career was over) but I had neck damage caused by the fall.

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At the time it took 72 hours for them to clear me of a Neck fracture so I spent 3-days staring at a ceiling in hospital but thankfully I was cleared.

Unfortunately severe whiplash has caused me ongoing issues for the last 3-years but that’s another story.

After the accident I had quite a bit of downtime so spent more time trying to develop Full Beam. Having never delved into Social Media I thought I better start Facebook and Twitter for Full Beam. In may 2014 I built a website of which had 4 products on it. It’s fair to say Full Beam wasn’t really going anywhere.

Over the last two years we have developed the business and now have over 200 skews from 12 different manufacturers. We do everything from the social media, to  the website to packing all the orders. Even our kids help with putting address labels on orders. We are a true small family business. We try an offer a very personal service even though we are an online business we strive to bring old fashioned service to a modern way of retailing.

 

  • What lights do you have on your bike?

 

As I have no shortage of choice it depends on the bike, the situation etc. If I am riding on the trail which is pitch black I generally run a Trail LED XXX or DS helmet light

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and on the bars either a My Tiny Sun Folkslight or Four4th Holy Moses.

 

If I am on the road I use a Four4th Scorch and a Niteflux Red Zone 8 tail light.

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  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike? 

 

I own 4 road bikes the MTB was retired after my accident. My main go to bike is my Cinelli Experience as I use it in the wet or on gravel and drag the kids around it.

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It’s a great knock about bike and just keeps going. When I want to go for a more serious ride I love my Cinelli Very Best Of it’s just super comfy and just feels right.

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My Bianchi L’Una is 10 years old but is just an absolute delight to ride and is a real head turner.

  • What bike do you covet?

Not Sure what covet means?

 

  • How do you store your bikes?

 

All stored inside

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  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

 

I do general maintenance myself more specific repairs, tuning etc I use Mikes Mobile Bike Service he is great to deal with and knows how to get Campagnolo running sweetly. It’s hard to find mechanics who are good at getting Campag to run spot on.

 

  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

 

Repair Stand, Torque Wrench, Torx Bits, multi tools, Chain cleaners, etc etc.

 

  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?

 

Warmfront Thermal bib and Maglianera Socks and Cinelli Ram Bars.

 

  • What do you love about cycling?

 

For me it’s a mental release from the daily grind and stresses. Working 2-jobs with a young family it’s me time. When I am on the bike I think of none of the normal worries of life I just pedal and de-stress.

 

  • What annoys most about cycling?

 

Some Cyclists attitudes and arrogance. I am often amazed and saddened how some cyclists behave.

 

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

 

I’ve never been one to have any sporting idols in life in any sport I have loved (Football, Cricket etc) it’s the same with cycling. I admire and respect my best friend Hayden Bradbury who helped me find a love for cycling, but also he is an elite cyclist in his own right.

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  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

 

Mario Cipollini because he seems like a rockstar on 2-wheels and I love his bikes. (It’s an Italian thing) Dave Edwards who just attempted 5 everesting rides in 5 countries. He is real, inspiring and just whole lot a fun to have a beer with. Drew Ginn an inspiring human being and just a freak athlete I would love to delve into what makes him tick.

 

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

 

On a winter’s evening at 11pm I took a friend for a ride on a local trail and it was -2 degrees but other than frostbite it was amazing we saw owls, foxes and even a hare. Another ride that was memorable was my first long ride 130km through Kinglake in an organized Genovese classic and  it was the first time I had ever done a lot of climbing even at my fittest I wasn’t built for climbing.

The whole ride was in rain and from the 95-105 km mark it was just climbing. It was then a 10km descent down the mountain which was definitely the fun part.  After getting back to base and loading up the car I was heading to a cafe with a mate to have an obligatory coffee.

I drive a manual car and I remember pressing the clutch in for the first gear change and getting the worst calf cramp I have ever had in my life. Suffice to say I stalled the car and stumbled out of the car and had to stretch for 5 minutes. (An embarrassing event).

When I finally got home I downloaded the data from the ride and was shocked and mortified that at one point on the descent I hit 91km/h in the wet. That was made all the more scary when I checked over the bike post ride their was a hole the size of a 5 cent piece in my rear tyre that was just about to break through the casing. To say it sent shivers down my spine was an understatement. I was one very lucky boy.

 

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

 

Aunt Billies Caf’e in Blackburn. Anything sweet

 

  • Do you have a favourite overseas country?

 

I haven’t ridden overseas but I would love to ride in Italy.

 

  • What is your favourite local training route?

 

A 40km loop along the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne it starts 400m from home and you can ride it anytime and it’s a whole lot of fun at night.

 

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?

 

I will be home in an hour

 

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

 

How long have you got. I would love a set of Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 wheels and new frame.

 

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Thanks Anthony, that accident sounded truly horrific, but as they say, one door closes, another opens, and the focus you now put into Full Beam must be very satisfying.

 

 

And that brings us to the end of another posting.

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till next time

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We’ll begin with a spin trav’ling in the world of my creation

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Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination

We’ll begin with a spin trav’ling in the world of my creation
What we’ll see will defy Explanation

Another sad day yesterday, but a day to look back and remember the enjoyment this comedic mastermind brought into my life. Who can forget the jail scene when the Waco Kid demonstrates his hand speed to the new sheriff.   200_s

But I shoot with this hand – bwahahahahahahahaha.

Reminds me, must watch blazing saddles again, never get tired of it.

RIP Gene

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Yes They Can

The Para Olympics starts  and Channel 4, who set the benchmark for Paralympic broadcasting, have produced probably one of the best ever adverts, full stop. Their “Yes I Can” campaign is breathtaking, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you must have been living under the proverbial rock. Have yourself a gander here.

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Running from September 7 to 18, the games feature 17 medal events on the track for with men and women competing individually or in mixed teams, and 33 medal events on the road.

Australian Cycling athletes are:

  • Alexandra Lisney – Disability Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
  • Alistair Donohoe  – Disability Physical Impairment – Erbs palsy
  • Carol Cooke – Disability Physical Impairment – Multiple sclerosis
  • David Edwards
  • David Nicholas – Disability Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
  • Hannah MacDougall – Disability Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency
  • Jessica Gallagher – Disability Vision impairment – Stargardts macular dystrophy
  • Kieran Modra – Disability Vision Impairment – Juvenile Optic Atrophy
  • Kyle Bridgwood – Disability Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
  • Madison Janssen
  • Matt Formston – Disability Vision Impairment – Macular dystrophy
  • Michael Gallagher – Disability Physical Impairment – Erbs palsy in right shoulder
  • Nick Yallouris
  • Simone Kennedy – Disability Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
  • Stuart Tripp – Disability Physical Impairment – Right leg limb loss
  • Sue Powell – Disability Physical Impairment – Spinal cord damage

Good luck guys.

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Full Beam

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I had been trialling a front commuter light at the start of winter, but haven’t been able to get around for a write-up til now (sorry Tony).

Full Beam has had an interesting company development phase. Tony, the owner, had a stack a few years back requiring hospitalisation for a while, and as most of you would know, recuperation time also lends to thinking time, and it was during this thinking time that Tony decided to get involved with something he was passionate about. With lighting being in his blood, he decided to start an on-line cycling lights business. Starting small, he has slowly sourced lights from around the globe, including our very own Niteflux in Adelaide, and has branched out into other products, as listed later on

Tony lent me an Ituo front light and a 3D printed mount.

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As you can see, the 3D printed mount provides for a neat cockpit up top, and the light is not too large that it gets in the way of the cabling. Being go-pro mount ready, it makes it easy to pull on/off and allows the mount to be used for other purposes, including mounting your Garmin in top.

The light itself is a rugged little unit, not an overly blinding light, but still pumping out an strong 800 lumen from the Cree led. Riding home at nights, it certainly outshone most lights I came across. And being made from aerospace grade aluminum alloy, it is still light but has a solid feel.

The light comes with standard modes you see on most lights these days, but what adds to its flexibility is the fact that it is programmable by the user, meaning you can set the flash modes, frequency to whatever your little heart desires.

Like a few of the more recent good quality lights on the market place, the light projected from the Ituo is a white colour giving a more daylight beam appearance, easier on the eye allowing better distinction of objects and other such things on the road. The beam is not super wide, but wider than other lights in this price range.

Its marketed as a commuting light and sits at $149,. which is more than the average commuter would be prepared to spend on a light, however the quality and light on this is far superior to those standard commuting lights, helping in both “seeing” and “be seen” compartments.

Further details here on the Ituo light here – Ituo

Further details on the 3D Printed Mount here – 3D Printed Mount

 

  • Abloc Arrive S Water Bottles
  • Handup Gloves
  • Bike Lights – Niteflux, My Tiny Sun, Four4th, Ituo, Full Beam, See.Sense
  • Ass Savers
  • Maglianera Cycle Socks
  • Maglianera cycling kits
  • Morsa Modular mounting kits
  • Raceware Direct 3D Printed Mounts
  • The Upstand
  • Warmfront Thermal Base Layer
  • Trail Led apparel

By all accounts, the red zone rear light is absolutely stunning and will be looking to review in a future post.

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And one last thing, Full Beam is one of the suppliers supporting David Edwards on his World Everesting project.  A brief commentary on that later on this posting.

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Adelaide Dirty Dozen

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The fifth installment of Radelaide’s spring classic will bring more distance, more climbing, and more suffering.

Why?

Because too many people finished the event in 2015, and it is going to cost too much to keep updating so many names on the Adelaide Dirty Dozen Honor Board!

Starting and finishing at Red Berry Espresso, Le Strange St, Glenside, the 2016 Adelaide Dirty Dozen will see us traverse about 140km and climb about 3500m vertical. Yes! It is supposed to be a bloody hard challenge to complete.

To spice up this year’s ride, we will be bringing you some new hills that you may not have ridden before, as well as retaining some old favourites. But I’m going to unveil the route climb by climb this year.

The major climbs on this years ADD are:
Name Distance Elev. Diff. Avg. Grade
Mt Osmond (Beaumont side) 2.2 km 220 m 9.7%
Dirty Dozen 2014 – Lynton to Sheoak 11.0 km 438 m 4.0%
Sheoak Rd Climb 1.2 km 107 m 8.4%
Edgecumbe Parade Hill sprint 0.3 km 23 m 6.7%
Oakridge Rd Climb 2.9 km 177 m 6.1%
Lewis Street Climb 0.2 km 38 m 17.3%
Hicks Hill Rd north 0.7 km 54 m 7.0%
Dorset to Frith just on the bitumen climb 1.4 km 124 m 8.8%
Ironbank Road Climb 0.8 km 133 m 15.3%
Mark Oliphant Hill 0.8 km 70 m 7.7%
Sturt Valley Rd 1.3 km 87 m 6.6%
Up Sturt Valley Road 0.7 km 44 m 5.6%
Ayers Hill Road 0.8 km 53 m 6.3%
Parish Hill Road 0.4 km 58 m 12.2%
Nicols Rd South 0.7 km 83 m 11.7%
Nicols Rd from Greenhill Rd 0.5 km 71 m 12.9%
Knotts Hill and Pound Road 2.6 km 212 m 8.0%
Cherryville 2.1 km 230 m 10.8%
Up Coach Rd to roadblock from Old Norton (unsealed switches) 2.9 km 177 m 6.0%
Coach House Drive and Woodland Way 2.7 km 277 m 10.1%
Woodlands Way (Triple Kicker) 1.4 km 169 m 11.7%
Col du The Parade 0.3 km 46 m 11.7%
Coach Rd (Parade to Bishop) 1.6 km 165 m 9.4%
Short n Steep 0.5 km 62 m 10.8%
You just gotta query the quality of schooling these days, by my count I get 24 climbs.
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Blame this fella – Adam “I couldn’t give a flying toss” Wills
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Having completed the last 2 of these, I was looking forward to the challenge of the reinvigorated 2016 ADD, however the recent fall has put paid to that. The hand splints came off last week, but it’ll be a few more weeks before I get the strength back to ride on the road, so……good luck to this years riders.
With a bit of luck, I’ll get out and take a few pictures for posting in my next blog.

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Ride2Climb

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Last Friday, 13 SA MFS firefighters left Adelaide on a nine-day bike ride to arrive in Melbourne on September 3rd.  Once they get there, after pedalling the 1,100 km ,they will don full firefighting kit with breathing apparatus (25kg) and run up the 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel – all in the name of charity.

Ride2climb is the name of this effort from The Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF). Click on the Facebook link here for updates on their ride. Ride2Climb 2016

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Donations can also be made through this facebook page. 

Ride2climb’s aim is to raise $10,000 in public donations which will be presented to the Melbourne Firefighter Stair climb who is aiming to collect $350,000 for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – the leading child health research institute in Australia, with a strong 30-year history.

Status as of Tuesday night was $249,000, so a way to go, but a great effort so far.

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Below are some photos from the ride so far

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Race to the Rock

In a few days time, 3rd September, Jesse Carlsson is going to ride unsupported 2,300km from Adelaide to Uluru via the Mawson Trail and Oodnadatta Track. 

Others have been allowed to ride, but they are riding on their own. Their aim is to beat Jesse before he gets to Uluru. 

They’ll need to do their own research on the route and decide what equipment, food and water they’ll need to carry with them. No one will be out there to help them.

The route covers some rugged, remote country in the Australian outback.

You can track the race here…
http://racetotherock2016.maprogress.com/

The route can be found here…
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15180278

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World Everesting

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I was hoping that by the time I got to posting this late blog that I would be crowing about the exploits of local Radelaidian and all round cycling nutter Dave Edwards. You see, three weeks back, Dave departed our fair shores for an epic trailblazing world Everesting project consisting of 5 Everestings in 5 countries on 3 continents in 3 weeks. Mad.

The mountains were:

  1. Mt Fuji Azami Line – Japan @ 11km, 1118m of gain per climb, 10.1% average
  2. Rocacorba – Spain @ 9.9km, 745m of gain, 7.4% average
  3. Colle Delle Finestre – Italian Alps @ 17.8km, 1688m of gain, 9.4%
  4. Saint Gotthard Pass – Switzerland @ 11.8km, 897m of gain, 7.5%
  5. Mauna Kea – Hawaii @ 68.6km, 4284m of gain, 6.1%

Just in (5:30pm 31/08/16/) from Daves “With All I Have” Facebook site

Didn’t make this one. A lot of factors led to this being the hardest ride I’ve ever done. I made the summit, and temps were in the minus. Got a lift home from some incredible strangers after that. Back safe in Hilo now, trying to put the shittest day I’ve had on a bike behind me. Sorry everyone, the tally will stand at 4.

Have a look at the vlog posted by Dave in the above Link, he hs left it all on the road, and is so disappointed that he was unable to complete the last climb, the dude is almost in tears, but have a listen and look at the conditions of the road and the weather, in Daves words

The gravel is fucked, the heat is fucked, the humidity, is fucked, the altitude, its all fucked

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Sorry to hear that it finished this way Dave. I know that in years to come you will look back on this adventure with pride and character building, not that you needed the latter, but what you achieved has been astounding.  I’m not really sure how your going to top this one.

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The Pain in Spain

GC placings after Stage 1:

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 38:37:07
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:57
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:58
4 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:02:09
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:02:54
6 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:02:57
7 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:03:03
8 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:03:06
9 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:14
10 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:03:20

 

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Ruben FERNANDEZ

A victory salute for Ruben Fernandez, alas he was in second place at the time.

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Sergey Lagutin

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Jean Cristophe Peraud after teh finish (France AG2R)

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JOSE ANTONIO MIGUELEZ

FOTO/PHOTO: J. A. MIGUELEZ/UNIPUBLIC.

Valverde (Spain) Froome (GB) & Chaves (colombia) next up

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Talansky USA Cannondale & Scarponi Italy Astana just behond teh GC leaders

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Darwin Atapuma Colombia BMC after finish

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Omar Fraile Spain Dimension Data 4th

Pete Kennaugh GB Sky shows teh efforts of helping froome today

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De La Cruz Spain Etixx tried hard but lost leaders jersey today

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Rider of the Week – Dave Parsons

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I first bumped into Dave a few years ago when he had set up ERGO on Pulteney Street, and watched with interest how he took his training ideas and turned it int a smart training studio with his network of interactive trainers all connected through into Zwift.
So it was with pleasure that I got a chance to revisit Dave a his new studio called the Wattage Cottage at the back of a perennial favourite café of mine, Bici, on Hut Street.
Below is Dave’s story.
  • You’ve been involved in cycling for quite some time, can you give a brief overview on your cycling life.

I was never the fastest kid. My first race was on a pink K-mart ‘Huffy’ that my dad and I ‘rattle canned’ yellow and black. I finished second out of 30, about half a lap behind. I thought I’d got away without anyone noticing I was riding a girl’s bike, unfortunately the teacher noticed it was obviously a modified ‘step through’ cheapy and began asking all about it in front of all the other kids. One kid, very keen to see the pink underneath, said he’d scratch his bike if I scratched mine. I agreed as long as he went first, he did… and then I rode off.

I’d always been keen on Pedal Prix, ever since as a 7 year old I’d seen them out training and exclaimed to my Dad “What is that?!”. My passion for tricycles continues to this day, 18 years later I’ve only missed one year when I was living overseas.

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It was my passion for Pedal Prix that led me to Road Racing. In 2008 I joined a new team, SASI/CyclingSA, managed by Max Stevens. We had an awesome team: Jack Bobridge, Dale Parker, Mike Stallard.. and then there was me…who up until a few months prior didn’t even own a road bike. Unfortunately, after my first race with them I was cleaned up by a car riding home from school and so had to give cycling a break for a while.

When I decided to have another crack I went all out. I’d saved up nearly 10k working in a bike shop and bought the second di2 group in SA. The SRAM engineer who was visiting from the US said I was making a ‘big mistake’ going with electronic, I still remember his words when I keenly asked what plans SRAM had for electronic: “You’ve seen Mavic Zap, it’ll never happen”. I paired the group with Zipp wheels and a team edition Felt AR1, the most aero road bike in the world at the time.

I built it up and entered the Alphutte as a complete unknown. My father questioned my decision to buy such an expensive bike when I’d hardly raced, my reasoning… if I have the absolute best then I have no excuses, it’s me and only me to blame if I don’t do well. I got up that morning, with only 3 hours sleep after my girlfriend’s formal ‘after party, and was handed a 19 minute handicap… perfect! I went over the finish line without even knowing I’d won (that’s a story for another day).

Not long after I met a coach by the name of Kevin McIntosh, recently retired from a very successful career in Paralympic coaching.

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He took me from absolute ground zero, trained me up and then paired me with this young unknown Asian rider by the name of Sanghoon Park. We trained so hard over the summer together, I went from C grade to A grade in 6 weeks and within a few months entered my first National Road Series event in Geelong. As for Sanghoon, he won the Junior World Championships that year, the first ever Korean rider to do so. Sanghoon recently got a bit of media attention at the Olympics after being taken down by Cav’ on the track.

 

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I crashed racing in Tasmania late in the season and hurt my knee really bad. However, just before the start of the next season I got a call from one of my NRS team mates asking if I was keen on racing in Belgium. Three weeks later I was on a plane to Flat Landers territory. For those who know me, cobbles and cross winds aren’t my speciality! But I had a ball, again, plenty of stories for another day.

When I returned to Australia I decided to turn down a renewed contract with my Belgian team for the following year and instead become a tandem pilot for vision impaired Para athletes. Fast forward to 2014 and I found myself paired with a machine of a rider by the name of Kieran Modra. We entered the National Champs in Echuca on a bike we’d only received the night before. We won! I really can’t take credit however, Modra’s so good he likely could’ve done it with a 12 year old on the front…though they’d need a bit of weight to hold the front wheel down when he breaks into a sprint!

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And that’s pretty much it, I started Ergo at the end of 2014 and the rest as they say, is history.

  • What are you doing in Adelaide now?

I’ve been working very hard on Ergo’s ‘Wattage Cottage’, my little cycle fitness studio behind ‘Bici’ cafe on Hutt Street.

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We have been running sessions here for 7 weeks. It’s quite a bit different to our original studio that we started out in last year with the one big screen. We’ve been working quite closely with online virtual cycling company ‘Zwift’ which is super exciting. We took the plunge, fitted out individual TV’s & Alienware computers and now do almost all of our training on the platform. Initially ‘Zwift’ were a little confused by the concept: when I first became involved training on Zwift had only been focused on the individual home user, however cycling is predominantly a social activity and best when you’re with others. So creating a place to hang out, do your hard workout being spurred on my mates and a cycle coach (that’s always looking over your shoulder) has been a great success.

  • You have some new plans afoot, what are they?

It’s a secret, stay tuned

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?  

10 all up. My favourite (complete bike) is my SAECO Cannondale, closely followed by my 80’s Apollo (I also have the female version of the same year.. keeping it for the future ;P), Vivelo Raw as my current road machine. Cannondale Caffeine (Lefty) MTB, that’s the main ones you’ll see me on anyway.

  • What bike do you covet?

A bike that is currently in pieces for restoration: my grandfather’s ‘Ian Steel’- ‘Viking’. He did a 24 hour Audax ride of over 250miles on this fixed gear bike, through the hilly county of Kent. Talk about tough! I have the medal from the event which is pretty special.

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  • How do you store your bikes?

Lining the walls of my studio at home, at my biz ‘Ergo’, my parents’ shed…I have a few!

  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

I’ve worked as a bike mechanic for quite a few years so I do pretty much all my own maintenance & repairs. If I get stuck or need an unheard of tool for some crazy bike I’ve found, then my ‘go to’ shop is the very quirky old shop ‘International Cycles’ and the owner Pete Giessauf.

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  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?

Saeco kit, maybe my Aussie kit, and of course the Ergo jersey is right up there!

  • What do you love about cycling?

What’s not to love?! My main love is the bicycle itself, the riding of it is definitely up there but when I walk into a cool bike shop I’m like a kid in candy store!

  • What annoys most about cycling?

Road cyclists… joking!!What could possibly annoy me about cycling?

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Cipo. if only I could be that cool haha

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be?

Bernard Hinault, so hard, typically french, had a coffee with him once and it wasn’t long enough. Jens, the funniest bloke, needed just in case Hinault’s in a bad mood that day and Cipo, to keep it going all night long.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Too many come to mind! Probably getting lost riding from Belgium to London in a day (there was a ferry crossing just before you start jumping to conclusions!) I’d been doing really well for time: landed on the shores of Dover mid morning and the weather was great, but by mid afternoon the wind had picked up and I somehow lost the map about 50k to go. Long story short, I ended up on the 10 lane M1 at one stage, back & forth through the suburbs and finally made it to Greenwich just after dark by following signs and asking walkers.. big day!

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot? 

I’m going to have to say Bici! Big plans for a new cycle friendly bar to the back of the cafe coming soon, stay tuned.

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  • Do you have a favourite overseas country?

That’s a really hard one, I’ll say no. It’s hard to choose between playing ‘chicken’ with cars in the grungy outer ring of Shanghai and cycling the pristine roads leading to Zermatt in Switzerland. I’m very keen to visit World Bicycle Relief in Africa one day.

  • What is your favourite local training route?

Again, too many good ones to choose! I’d say Riding up through Belair National Park via Melville Gully, through to Sturt Valley Road into Stirling, either linking that to Aldgate Valley road and off towards Strath’ for a long ride, or if you’re short for time, nipping back up through Piccadilly and back down Norton.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?

I told my bike that age and weight don’t matter and that I would never trade her in for a younger model. That’s the partner you’re talking about right?!

  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?

I’m not one for making requests Ian, surprise me!

  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

I’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the cycling community over the past year and a half since starting Ergo. Too many to name! So instead I’d really like to wish Kieran Modra good luck in Rio!

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  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Plenty, but I’m keen to get on the bike! Catch you at the cottage or on the road soon!

 

Thanks Dave, as always a pleasure to talk to a someone so enthusiastic not just about cycling, but life. All the best with the Wattage Cottage, and whatever your secret plan is.  Oh, and don’t hold your breath for  a surprise birthday gift from this little black duck, I’ve got strong a mean scottish bloodline somewhere in my heritage.

 

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till next time

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Head over Heels

Rio

Its been an interesting week over at Rio.

To start with, wasn’t it fantastic to see the beaming smile of Anna Meares.

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Anna was only Australia’s second cycling (track) flag bearer behind Dunc Gray in the 36 Hitler Olympics.

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Dunc Gray leading the Australian Team

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With the Tour only finishing a few weeks back, its been hard to get excited over the cycling at Rio, but as it turns out, its been an entertaining week with plenty of stories to talk about.

The first was Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) crash in the Womans Road Race. Annemiek suffered severe concussion and three fractures to her spine after a nasty crash on the descent of the Vista Chinesa in the final 12km of the Olympic Games women’s road race on Sunday.

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Annemiek was in the lead of the road race, heading for a potential gold medal with a 30 second lead on Mara Abbott (USA) on the technical, damp descent when she overcooked an entry into a corner, and unfortunately cartwheeled into the concrete kerbing in a dramatic fashion.

Her teammate Anna van der Breggen went on to claim gold over Sweden’s Emma Johansson and Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy).

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In a twitter update from Annemiek she was in high spirits from her hospital bed, obviously disappointed, however she was starting to come to terms with the fact she in all probability lost the gold medal, but wasn’t blaming anyone except herself “it is very difficult to accept this. I was so close, but gave it away and it was my fault”.

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Over at the men’s road race, Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet snatched gold in an incident-packed men’s Olympic road race, out-sprinting Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang alongside the Copacabana beach after.

It looked as if the mens race would be won by Vincenzo Nibali as he descended down the Vista Chinesa, but Nibali and Sergio Henao careered out of control at speed leaving Poland’s Rafal Majka out on his own as the race returned to the ocean front.

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Majka strived hard to solo to gold, but he was always up against it, in the end being caught by van Avermaet and Fuglsang who reeled him in with little more than a kilometer of the 237.5km race remaining .

Van Avermaet then applied the perfect finish, accelerating to an epic victory, with Majka hanging on for the bronze.

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At the time trials, Kristen Armstrong won her 3rd womans time trial in a row, amazing effort for someone who turned turns 43 on August 11.

The American fought back to beat Russian Olga Zabelinskaya by five seconds in a time of 44:26.42. The Russian had only returned to cycling in 2015 after serving an 18-month doping ban.

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And over in the MITT, a fitting win for someone who is retiring at the end of theis season, Spartacus.

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Unfortunately for Australia’s Rohan Dennis, he came in 5th after a forced bike changeover after his handlebar broke, and whilst in his words he wouldn’t have wo gold, he certainly would have been pushing for a podium.

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Bring on the Track.

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Cycling Helmets at the Tour de France

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Now helmets have been around for quite some time, but in the professional cycling scene, they were predominantly used on the tracks.

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Cycling Head Injuries

Since my relatively minor accident a month back, I’ve given some though into cycling injuries and the impact a relatively benign accident has on our ability to operate in a world that is mostly designed to support the able bodied person. Whilst society has evolved to assist the disabled and incapacitated, even with this help it is difficult to get through the rigours of daily life. Simple things we take for granted can be it extremely difficult. My thoughts didn’t get me too far, and  Its fair to say my injuries are a minor short term inconvenience, but upon reflection it wasn’t far away from being something quite major. A fraction of an inch here or there could have seen more sever facial injuries and a longer time in recuperation and rehabilitation.  In my case, my helmet remained unscathed because I used my face as an air bag.

Got me thinking about helmets and whether they are the best we can get for a sport that is inherently dangerous. I don’t think so. The guys at Giro are looking at a new internal shell designed to stay stationary on the scalp as the outer shell moves, great for the side on glances.

So, i had a look at what other sports use to protect themselves to see if there is anything we can learn from them.

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White Water

 

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Baseball Umpire

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Surf

Snowboard-&-Skateboard-Helmet

Ski / Snowboard

ski jump helmets

Ski Jump

Helmets, Ski Magazine Buyers Guide 2013

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Rescue Helmet

Rescue

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Field Hockey Goalie

LaCrosse

Lacrosse

Ice Hockey goalie helmet

Ice Hockey Goalie

Ice Hockey field helmet

Ice Hockey Field

Grid Iron Titanium Helmet

Grid Iron

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Cricket

Climbing Helmet

Rock Climbing

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Fencing Mask

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Military

 

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Diving

 

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Kendo

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Bob Sled

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Boxing

 

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We all like the freedom of the wind on the face, being able to chat to your mate next to you, being able to clear your nose and spit, anything more would just be a damn nuisance. But, if you are looking to provide some form of protection to the face, i would have to say a  cross between the Grid Iron and the Lacrosse, with perhaps some additional ventilation vents would provide that frontal protection but still provide some form of lightweight ventilated head protection.  Just saying…..

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Graham

Graham, a sculpture commissioned in Australia to show the perfect body for automobile accidents (Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission)

The human body wasn’t built to withstand the impact of colliding in an automobile with other objects at high speed. But that’s why artists and researchers in Australia have designed Graham, the monstrosity you see above. He represents the perfect human body-perfect for getting in a car crash, that is.

Graham, the dozen-nippled art piece, was built to raise awareness about road safety by the state of Victoria in Australia.

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I reckon i know a few Grahams on the road!

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Concussion

An extract from http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=6892, by Anna K. Abramson M.D.

One of the most feared consequences of contact sport is traumatic brain injury. Concussions are a form of brain injury resulting from a direct blow or rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain inside the skull and alters the cellular processes in the brain.  Concussion can occur without direct impact or loss of consciousness, and can be present with normal hospital imaging. Concussion can result in symptoms that are evident immediately, or may evolve over the course of hours, days, and even months.  Perhaps more concerning is that some symptoms are only evident with specific testing or questioning. Furthermore, after an initial injury, the brain is susceptible to repeat injury. Equally important, disequilibrium and slowed reaction times that may be caused by an initial injury increase the athlete’s risk for further head injuries.

By wearing helmets, cyclists significantly decrease their odds of head and skull injury, but cannot prevent concussion completely.  Ideally, following any suspected concussion, a properly trained medical staff member would perform a complete neurologic exam.  However, teams may not have access to a team physician and the peloton may not wait for this type of thorough investigation.

The following guidelines are intended for education of cycling team managers, coaches and athletes of the symptoms and management of concussion in athletes but are not a surrogate for evaluations by appropriately trained medical professionals. These guidelines pertain to adult athletes, as children and adolescents are at an even higher risk of concussion and protracted recovery requiring a medical professional.  This concussion statement is based on current knowledge and best practices, and will need to be modified as more information emerges.

Actions to take in the pre-season

  • Education of athletes on the importance of taking responsibility for their own health is imperative.  Cyclists should be encouraged to be honest with any new symptoms they develop, especially after injury or concussion sustained during the season.
  • Obtaining an assessment athlete’s baseline neurologic function.  This is one of the most important aspects of good neurological care for all athletes. Establishing an athlete’s baseline neurological function allows for a more accurate diagnosis in case of future injury and helps guide for the safe return to cycling.  Cyclists with history of prior concussion are at an increased risk of repeat injury, so it is particularly imperative for these athletes to have a baseline cognitive assessment performed with the SCAT2 (iPib note – SCAT3 is the 3rd generation assessment tool – link here – SCAT3) or computer based ImPACT testing prior to the start of the racing season by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of sport related concussion.
  • Most accurate assessments would occur with a baseline functioning test by a trained neuropsychologist, primary care physician, or certified athletic trainer using established tests such as SCAT2 or ImPACT as a means of assessing baseline data.
  • For athletes without access to formal testing, having a written account of at least the following two items reviewed with the cyclist pre-season would aid a trained medical professional in the case of a future concussion evaluation:
    1. Document history of possible head injury or concussions in the past, including when the injuries occurred, what symptoms the athlete experienced, what testing was done, length of recovery, and how the athlete was cleared for competition. Cyclists with prior concussions resulting in extended symptomatic periods are at increased risk for prolonged recovery after any additional injury.
    2. Romberg test of balance – can the athlete stand feet together, eyes closed for 30 seconds without tilting, becoming unsteady or falling.  If athlete is unable to do this, he or she needs a professional evaluation.

Evaluation for concussion after injury

1. Communicate to riders and staff the importance of immediate assessment for possible concussion after a crash by medical staff.  This includes any damage to rider’s helmet, face, or neck. In the event of a high-speed impact, an evaluation for concussion is warranted regardless of the rider’s complaints.

  • Fast and effective evaluation can ensure proper triage and safety for the athlete.
  • Cooperating with medical staff performing the exam will speed up the process. If the athlete is safe to return to competition following these guidelines will help him or her get there faster.

2. In many situations medical staff will not be on hand after a crash but team staff may be present. In these situations it is important to be aware of symptoms of severe injury to the brain or spine that can become life threatening. Should riders develop these symptoms, they need to immediately be withdrawn from competition and transported by emergency medical personnel to a medical facility. These include:

  • Loss or change in consciousness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Disorientation
  • Inability to speak or swallow
  • Amnesia
  • Significant trauma to the head
  • Clear fluid leakage from the nose or ears
  • Inability to walk or ride their bike in a straight line
  • Seizure

3. Riders, who have sustained a minor injury leading to concussion, can be more challenging to identify. The tests immediately following trauma are imperfect as symptoms of concussion can evolve over time. Symptoms of concussion listed below (see #5) should signal that the athlete may need medical attention, and if still on the bike, to immediately withdraw from competition for further assessment.

4. Cyclists suspected of a concussion would ideally be observed for 15 minutes following guidelines established in other sports. This may not be possible in the context of most bicycle racing. Those athletes that are suspected of having a concussion but do not demonstrate life threatening or initial symptoms of concussion outlined in #2 and #5, should have at the minimum the following brief exam prior to clearance to continue the race:

  • Observe the athlete stand feet together, eyes closed, and head tilted back. If the athlete is unable to maintain their balance they have failed this assessment and cannot be returned to competition until assessed by a medical professional.
  • Ask questions like the following four, to assess memory and comprehension (if you know this information, otherwise ask questions you are able to answer yourself): What is the name of this race? Which city were you in race in last week? Can you name four teammates in this race? Can you name all of the months backwards, starting with December?

5. Initial symptoms and signs of a concussion may include6:

  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Poor balance
  • Nausea
  • Decreased reaction time
  • Memory disturbance
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to noise or lights
  • Dizziness
  • Emotionality
  • Head shaking, trying to “clear the fog”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or anxiety

6. Regardless of if the cyclist finishes the race after a suspected concussion, symptoms can evolve for up to 14 days and persist for many weeks afterwards. Monitor for the following symptoms and signs as these suggest the need for further medical evaluation. Changes in mood or memory noted by team members/family, including:

  • Increased irritability
  • Disinhibited behavior
  • Increased sadness, anxiety, or nervousness
  • Aggressiveness
  • Change in sexual drive or behavior
  • Ongoing headaches
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Ongoing difficulties with concentration or “fogginess”
  • Insomnia / trouble falling asleep
  • Changes in reaction time, especially if athlete has increased number of crashes

7. Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should AVOID the following or consult a physician prior to:

  • Strenuous physical and cognitive activity for at least 24 hours or until previous symptoms are completely resolved as such activity can delay recovery
  • Consuming Alcohol
  • Taking sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications
  • Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or narcotics. However, can consider using acetaminophen for headaches and general aches instead after evaluation for concussion
  • Driving or operating machinery, including their bike

Return to sport considerations after concussion

The return to normal activities is a critical step in the recovery of concussed cyclists. However, to do this safely it requires supervision by a physician trained in the care of concussed athletes. Though each cyclist’s recovery has to be evaluated on a case by case basis, a few basic premises should be followed to maximize safety and allow for proper recovery. These should serve only as educational guidelines and not rules for unmonitored return to competition:

  1. The primary treatment for concussion is to rest the brain. Cognitively stimulating activities such as physical activity, computer work, e-mail, watching videos, school or work, or event attending loud or stressful events, continue to stress the brain and prolong recovery.  Await complete resolution of post-concussive symptoms such as headache and dizziness prior to initiating any such activity.
  2. Once concussed cyclists are asymptomatic use a step-wise approach when increasing level of activity:
    • Start with a low impact stationary bike or trainer, keeping the goal HR <70 percent maximum and monitor for symptom recurrence. If the athlete becomes symptomatic, stop the activity immediately, and rest the athlete for 24 hours. Reattempt exercise only if the athlete is asymptomatic
    • Gradually increase level and duration of activity only if there is no recurrence of symptoms over the following 24 hours. Continue this daily progression until the athlete is able to train at pre-injury level without recurrence of symptoms. If the athlete develops symptoms during any stage of the step-wise progression, rest the athlete 24 hours, and then if asymptomatic, resume the progression at the last level the athlete could complete without symptoms.
    • Pay special attention to the athletes balance and reaction times as these may take longer to return and ongoing deficits may cause repeat injury once the cyclist is back on the road or mountain.
    • Delayed presence of symptoms or recovery may indicate ongoing trauma or mark another serious condition that requires attention by a physician

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Australian Cycling Injury Patterns

 Olds K, Byard RW, Langlois NEI, Injury patterns and features of cycling fatalities in South Australia, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2015), doi: 10.1016/ j.jflm.2015.05.018.

There has been an increase in cycling in Australia. This means that more cyclists are at risk of injuries, which account for a proportion of transport-related fatalities. In this study, all cyclist fatalities from 2002-2013 in South Australia where post-mortem examinations were performed were investigated. There were 42 deaths representing 3% of the total road fatalities over the same time. Of this total number of cases, 13 deaths (31%) involved collapse (mostly natural causes from an underlying medical condition) and 29 (69%) resulted from trauma. There were no cases of hyperthermia. Of the decedents 95 % were male, and the mean age at death was 47 years.

Fatal incidents were more likely to occur during April and November, and on a Monday.

The majority of riding fatalities were as a result of collision with vehicles (81%). Drugs (including alcohol) were detected in two (15%) of the 13 cases of the collapses, and in seven (26%) of the 27 trauma cases tested. In trauma cases, death was most often due to multiple injuries. The most frequent area for injury was the head (found in 90% of traumatic deaths). Despite the increasing numbers of cyclists on South Australian roads over the last decade, death rates have trended downwards suggesting that road safety campaigns and the provision of more dedicated bicycle lanes have had a positive outcome.

In a report conducted by the AdelaideUniversity in 2013 (AVAILABLE FROM Centre for Automotive Safety Research http://casr.adelaide.edu.au/publications/researchreports)  Cyclists involved in crashes were generally found to be experienced road users who undertook road cycling activities on a regular basis. On average, cyclists self reported that their road cycling exposure involved close to 10,000 kilometres per annum.

Male cyclists between the ages of 36 and 55 years were found to be the group most frequently involved in crashes involving a motorised vehicle. Vehicle drivers undertaking a turning manoeuvre posed the biggest threat to cyclists who were generally travelling straight on a carriageway. Those drivers undertaking a right turn manoeuvre were found to pose the greatest threat, particularly those turning across multiple traffic lanes and in peak hour traffic conditions. These crashes were more likely to involve young drivers.

The most serious injuries incurred by cyclists were fractures, followed by those who sustained internal organ injuries. Close to a third of cyclists experienced a loss of consciousness following the crash. More than half of the cyclists involved in the crashes had an injury severity score (ISS) of five or less, however, five per cent of the crashes resulted in the cyclists sustaining injuries where the ISS was 21 or more. Those cyclists who struck the side of a vehicle were generally found to sustain more serious injuries when compared with other crash types and resulted in hospitalisation for longer periods.

 

So, its a dangerous game we play.

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Wouldn’t give it up for the world.

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The Soup Boys

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It is the year 2013, in a university classroom tucked away in the back streets of Port Melbourne, Australia, when the powers of the Age of Mythology were at play again as worlds collided and when the Soup Boys Cycling Collective were founded.

The very first AGM was held over fish tacos and beers at an inner city taqueria, where  and where a vision for the Soup Boys was forged.

Since that day, the Soup Boys have spread the message, of love, good times, going fast and banter on 2 wheels all across the country. Whilst staying true to their roots of Melbourne postcode 3032 (#represent), they are made up of members in South Australia, throughout regional Victoria and into New South Wales, occasionally meeting all together in the same place to give thanks to Zeus, Tom Boonen, and cause a gaping hole in the space/time continuum.

Through the bicycle, photograph and design they aim to celebrate what seems to be missing all too often in the (Australian) bike scene: where calories consumed at the pre/mid/post ride cafe stop hold significantly higher importance than those burnt on the bike, where banter is permitted, nay welcomed with no prisoners held, and where creativity & a distinct lack of seriousness and professionalism reign supreme.

They think of themselves as a growing team of “The Expendables” just only leaner, more creative, living a more action packed life, and with a little more wit. They like t think they are the cutest teens on 2 wheels, despite the fact we predominantly sit in our mid twenties, chasing local C grade glory, and morning bunch ride bragging rights.

They are borne of Instagram and Twitter notoriety, award winning photographers, creators of mass physical envy, great engineering prowess, powered by bananas, mangoes and cherries (by the box) and ruthless in the deliverance of power outputs, and banter.

You can check out their adventures on website soupboys.cc or on social media as @soupboyscc.

Las week I got a chance to have a natter with one of the Adelaide Soup Boys – Alex Toumbas.

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Rider of the Week – Alex Toumbos

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Alex is 22 and has been cycling for 3 years. He started cycling when he lived in Melbourne, and moved back to his home town Adelaide earlier 2016 because of the good weather and even better cycling culture.
You’ll be able to find him riding in the Adelaide hills and on instagram as @looc.cool. He is part of the Soup Boys Cycling Collective which is a semi-unprofessional up and coming lean teen cycling team.
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  • How and when did you get started in cycling.
I got into cycling about 3 years ago after my bro gave me a fixie and told me i should start riding to work to save time when i lived in Melbourne and caught public transport. Then I started riding around the city with some mates and fell in love straight away.
  • Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?
I mostly just ride road but used to love getting onto the boards for some Tuesday track nights.
  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
At the moment i just own 2 bikes. I have a 2013 Boardman AiR (Chris) that i use for commuting and general riding around. All of my training and racing is done on my BMC tmr01 (Denis). I probably end up spending the same amount of time on both since i don’t drive, so I’d have to say they’re both my go to bike.
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  • How do you store your bikes?
Well Denis sleeps in the living room/hallway inside the house and Chris stays outside at the moment, but i spotted a bit of rust on his cassette the other day so I’ll probably bring him inside too…
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  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I do most of my own maintenance but for anything that I either can’t be bothered doing myself (glueing tubs), or don’t have the tools to do myself (truing wheels, installing headsets/bottom brackets, cutting steerers), I see the friendly staff at Treadly on Ebenezer place in the city.
  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
My “bike shed” aka “bedroom” has a pretty basic setup. I pretty much get by with a good set of allen keys, torx keys, spanners, a track pump, and basic maintenance stuff like tire levers. I’d say the only bike specific tool i have is my track pump. I don’t even use a torque wrench.
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  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
It would have to be my Pearl Izumi Pro Leader road shoes. They’re light enough, stiff enough, and just fit so nicely. They have worn better than any other shoe I’ve used too.
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  • What do you love about cycling?
The reason I fell in love with cycling and the reason i will cycle for as long as i can is just the sense of freedom. You can go wherever you want, for as long as you want, as fast or slow as you want, experience things you wouldn’t be able to without a bike, meet new people, push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of, and stay healthy and fit in the process.
  • Is there anything that annoys you?
The long sock dogma and being hungry.
  • If you could sit down with the local politician, what advice (cycling related) would you give them to help improve cycling in Adelaide?
I’m no expert on the topic but i think the most important thing is to get as many people cycling as possible. I think a lot of people are pushed away from cycling because they don’t feel confident riding next to cars on the road, or next to pedestrians on the footpath. So my suggestion would be to separate bike lanes from the footpath and the road to accommodate for newer and less confident riders. That and more beautiful, instagram worthy bike paths.
  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Mark Cavendish. Best sprinter of all time hands-down. No argument or discussion, he is the best. Sorry Cipo.
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Mark Cavendish pictured during stage 14 of the 2016 Tour de France from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux – photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2016

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  • If you could have dinner with 3 people from the cycling world, who would they be?
Oleg Tinkov, Tom Boonen, and Luca Paolini.
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  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
I’d have to say the Willunga Hill stage of this year’s Santos Tour Down Under. Just riding with mates in an amazing atmosphere in my favourite place to ride in Australia. I will also never forget the days of riding fixies around Melbourne during the summer of 2013/2014.
  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Can’t go past Cherry Darling’s Bakehouse. The cupcakes and custard filled donuts are something else.
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  • Have you ridden overseas? If so, where? If not, where would it be?
Unfortunately i haven’t had the opportunity to ride overseas yet, but I’d really like to go to California and Colorado. The roads over there look great.
  • What is your favourite training route?
At the moment I’d have to say it’s Gorge rd > Corkscrew > Cherryville > Woods Hill rd > Greenhill rd > Mt Osmond. Plenty of steep stuff and you’re never too far from the city if it all becomes too hard.
  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I don’t have a partner (I’m single and ready to mingle) but I’ve told my Dad I’d saved $4000 for a bike but actually just paid for it on my credit card because i didn’t want to wait.
  • What would you like for your next birthday?

I wouldn’t mind a trainer…

  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
I’d like to give a PSA type shout out to 2 particularly shining beacons of the cycling scene.
First one being the Soup Boys for their love and support as my racing career grows through its infancy, and for the regular good times aboard our two wheeled machines. The second is a store back in Melbourne, Essendon Cyclery for the type of patience normally only reserved for parents and primary school teachers. They’ve helped with new bikes, broken bikes, last minute services and tune ups and just general banter yet haven’t blacklisted me or any of the Soup Boys from their store…yet
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Thanks Alex, a pleasure to chat, and thanks for the tip about Cherry Darlings Bakehouse , a café I haven’t been to yet but is deefinitley on the agenda.

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Wednesday Legs of the Week

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till next time
Safe cycling and tight spokes
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