Charity Starts at ….

Cannondale Slate 105 Ride Review


It’s not often a bike comes along that has you excited like a kid on Christmas day, and for me, that opportunity came along last weekend.

The guys over at Velo-Porte have just taken on board a few of the Cannondale Slate 105s, with plans to get some more in over the next week or so. When I saw the next bikes Keith & Alexis were planning to purchase for their bike hire business, I was on the phone to them faster than a dissapearing zepolle at a post ride coffee stop, asking whether I can give it a whirl. Thankfully they agreed.


And this is it!


Have you seen it yet?


Have a look at this.


Doesn’t it just blow your mind?

There aren’t too many bikes out in the marketplace that promise so much just on looks alone.


So, i took the bike for a bitumen/gravel ride on Sunday morning.


A climb up to the Bollards to catch up with the ride group, then leaving hem for some solo riding around Mylor, Mount Bold and the back end of Clarendon Weir.

Not an extended amount of gravel out there, however there enough variation on both bitumen and gravel to light up my weekend.



OK, the review – the quick details:

  • Frame – Aluminium Di2 resdy
  • Drivetrain – Shimano 105: Rear – 5800, 11-28, 11-speed: Front 52/36 FSA
  • Brakes – Shimano Hydraulic Disc – BR785/505
  • Saddle – Fabric Scoop Radius Sport
  • Fork: Cannondale Lefty Oliver Carbon w/ PBR, 30mm Travel, 45mm off-set
  • Rims – Slate Disc, 650b
  • Hubs – Lockout equipped Lefty 50 Road front, Formula 142x12mm thru rear, 28h
  • Cannondale Slate Folding TRS tubeless, 650x42c, by Panaracer

I’m sure you would agree, the Slate would have to be the most distinctive bikes on the roads in Adelaide, all down to the single sided (Lefty) front suspension wheel mount.

The concept of the Lefty didn’t concern me – I expected that a company with Cannondales reputation wouldn’t release anything that hadn’t been put through the wringer. I was just very curious how it would translate to road handling both on the black stuff and the lose stuff.

As their website says.

A full-tilt road bike with legitimate off-road chops, the Slate brings a whole new dimension of hard- cornering, curb-hopping, trail-shredding fun to the concept of “road-riding.

The initial “out the driveway” experience was a little strange – it took me a few minutes to get my head around Lefty. Also, not having ridden with 42 mm tyres previously, there was a small adjustment to make with the cornering. I found the front end, lets say, a little lazy on the corners when compared to my normal road bike, a Scott Solace. As the bike has been designed to do things that Scott wouldn’t dream of doing, its only natural that there will handle a little different. My feeling was that it didn’t want to lean as much into the corner as I am used to. Only fractionally, but enough for me to notice. A minor adjustment that’s all, and didn’t take long to forget all about it.

Whilst I know I shouldn’t have been, but I was. I was surprised with how stiff front end was and super impressed with its stability. I felt no pull or anything to suggest that it has a Lefty suspension system. Nothing untoward on the fast descent down Old Belair Road, no pull when both hands were off the handlebar (sorry Keith – ignore that). Apart from the slight lazy feel on the sharp corners, it all behaved as one would expect of a standard road bike, except that it was more fun because of its off-road capabilities.

With 650b wheels instead of 700c you see on road bikes, Cannondale have introduced a slightly smaller mountain bike wheel onto a road bike, but by shodding with 42mm tyres, they are effectively the same outer diameter as the 700c tyres.

The 42mm tyres provided were close to knobless, so having the extra width didn’t slow me too much on the road with only marginal impact on performance. However, I felt they were lacking on some of the more loose gravel roads I road when i got a bit of speed up. The wide tyres seemed at times to sit atop the gravel. I think with some tyres with a little more grip they should perform well.

The Slate’s Lefty allows for manual control of the amount of dampening and speed of fork recovery by the Push Button Rebound (PBR) located at the top of the Lefty. By depressing the PBR, you activate the suspension, and by rotating the dial, you can change the recoil speed. For my test ride, I left the suspension off, and not having ridden a mountain bike before, i can only guess at how well it works.  Given the opportunity , I’ll give the PBR a go on my next test ride(Keith?).

I loved it. Its got the feel of an endurance bike, fits nicely into the new ‘gravel bikes’ genre, but takes it even further by allowing the opportunity to ride it like you were a kid again.

So to sum up.

Its kinda looks like a road bike, but its not.

And its kinda handles like a road bike, but it doesn’t.

Its kinda fun.


It takes me back to my childhood.


Oh, and it looks like changing front flats has all of a sudden become a little easier. ……..




Think about it.


Thanks to Alexis and Keith at Velo-Porte for the loan of the Slate – its was much appreciated.

Give them a buzz on +61 (0)432 542 560 if you want to find out some more about these stunning bikes, or jump onto their website by clicking on their logo below.



Ouch 1


Speedy recovery to Graeme T from Sticky Bidon after his crash coming down Greenhill Road on Monday. He was the fallout from a 2 car collision.

From Graeme’s Facebook Page

The bike was surprisingly ok, I’m told, and the injuries are, from small to big, black eye, cuts and bruises, fractured: massively sore muscles (good thing I don’t have many) from bracing at impact, a very sore jaw (I’m not convinced it’s ok but everyone here says it is) and the corresponding stitches in my chin, a big (deep) hole just above my knee which is what will keep me off the bike for a while, fractured rib, a small kidney laceration and a bigger liver laceration, which is why I’m remaining in hospital for observation.

I’m not dead, brain-dead, or paralysed, which is a win, and reasonably astounding.

Ouch 2

Peter would have to be one of the unluckiest riders around. Riding along the Brighton Foreshore a few weekends ago, Peter was suddenly seen performing his cirque du Soleil act with his double tuck somersault over his handlebars for no apparent reason.

The cause, he had ridden over a trailer U Shackle the exact size of his tire which clamped his tire and got pulled up into the fork, which then resulted in a sudden wheel stop and bike dismount.


Remind me why we ride again.


Peter Sagan – Back to Back World Championships

A brilliant year that respected the rainbow colours of 2015. For a 257 km ride in extreme heat, it only took 5h40mins for an average of 45 kph – ouch. Big respects to all who rode at that furious pace, and hard luck for Bling who only just missed out in the podium.

The way Peter Sagan is going, I’m looking forward to seeing how he backs up again next year.

This year saw him achieve the following.

World Champion
European Champion
Tour of Flanders
3 TdF stages
TdF Green Jersey
14 victories

I came across the blog of his wife, Kate Sagan. Link here.  katesagan.blogspot

It provides an interesting insight into a  snippet of the life of a World Champion from a wife’s perspective.

A few snaps from Doha


And from the UCI gala ball – the Johnny Depp of the cycling world



Custom Kicks

There are some pretty naff kickers out there, some of the ones crafted at home are pretty hard to spot as being home made.

While were on instagram, check out Chris Auld here .

Chris is a pro-photographer specialising in cycling and has some great cycling photos.



Over the last few months, I’ve been keeping tabs on cycling charity rides as a possible posting, and it seems there is an extraordinary number out there.

There are quite a few types of ride categories:

  1. One person charity rides where someone has had a close personal experience with either there own or a close family member suffering an affliction of sorts
  2. Organised small group charity rides where a group of riders decide to raise funds for a charity, either driven by someone in their group who as for the one above has a close personal experience, or by a group aligned to a charity they have an affiliation with
  3. Large organised charity rides where the charity themselves is the instigator of the charity ride, or a similar variant.
  4. Large public rides where the ride organisation is donating part proceeds to a charity

So, here’s my take on some of the charity rides out there. I know I have missed quite a few and will endeavor to follow through with a backup in a later post.


Chain Reaction


The Charity: 

They support a variety of Charities

Since its first ride in 2007 Chain Reaction has raised $18,700,044.00 on behalf of its charity partners.

Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation raised funds of $3,066,324 from activities relating to four rides that took place in the 2016 financial year. Expenses relating to these rides accounted for $670,954 and distributions made to charities for the year ended June 2016 amounted to $2,297,000.

The Victorian ride raised $1,171,719, the NSW ride raised $640,958, the Queensland ride raised $1,019,639 and the Women’s ride raised $191,626.

AEIOU Foundation (331,000)
AMAZE (40,000)
Brainwave (25,000)
Freedom Wheels (80,000)
Good Cycle (10,000)
Heart Kids (25,000)
iCope (10,000) (25,000)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (60,000)
Learning for Life (20,000)
Mansfield District Hospital (25,000)
Mercy Health Breast Milk Bank (10,000)
Monash Children’s Hospital (355,000)
Radio Lollipop (80,000)
Ronald McDonald House (60,000)
Starlight Children’s Foundation (681,000)
Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (40,000)
TADNSW Freedom Wheels (45,000)
Very Special Kids (20,000) (355,000)
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (380,000)
Total Distributions to Charities (2,297,000) (2,251,000)

The Ride:

Chain Reaction is a Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.

Chain Reaction concentrates on selected individuals who want the physical challenge. In return, they benefit from a valuable networking opportunities and the immense satisfaction of directly helping sick children.

There are a number of rides each year.

Women’s 300 – A 3 day, 300 kilometre road ride that will take you to the Goulburn Valley and Mt Buller regions of Victoria.

VIC RIDE – 10 mountain peaks on a journey from Canberra to Melbourne. Riders crossed the Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps, climbing ten mountain peaks along the way that included Mt Stromlo, Charlotte Pass, Cabrumurra (Australia’s highest town), Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Dargo High Plains and Mt Baw Baw.

NSW Ride – Hosted in Queensland in 2016

QLD Ride – Hosted in South Australia in 2016


Next Ride:

Women’s 300 2016 – 11 – 13 November 2016
VIC RIDE 2017 – Heading up to NSW 11-17 March
NSW Ride 2017 – Heading over to NZ 25-31 March
QLD Ride 2017 – Heading down to NSW


1,000 Ks 4 Kids – Camp Quality –

The Charity:

Camp Quality is the children’s cancer charity.


Our purpose is to create a better quality of life for every child living with cancer across Australia.

The services we provide for children (0-13 years) living with cancer and their families help create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey and we couldn’t do this without the support of our amazing fundraisers; so thank you for creating a better quality of life for children living with cancer.

The Ride:

Starting in 2011 with a single ride in Newcastle, the ride has raised over $2,000,347 to support kids with cancer, and along the way grown to 3 separate rides in 2016.

There are a number of distance choices, ranging from 1,000km (Ultimate), 750km (Supreme) to 400km (Hardcore).



Next Ride: 



Mercer SuperCycle – The Hospital Research Foundation  –


The Charity: 

Mercer SuperCycle has partnered with SA-based charity The Hospital Research Foundation for the last five years. Together, we are raising much-needed funds to build family-style accommodation in Adelaide for country cancer patients as part of project called Under Our Roof. Find out more about this important cause here.

We have raised over $1.5m for cancer patient accommodation over 5 years.

The Ride:


Mercer SuperCycle is a five star fully supported multi-day and multi-distance cycling tour through regional South Australia.

The ride is peloton-structured and team-based, and takes you through some of the most picturesque regions of rural South Australia while giving you the chance to raise money to help support cancer sufferers from regional SA.


Next Ride: 2017 – 1 – 7th April 2017


The SLOG – 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre.  –


The Charity: 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre.

The MISSION of 4C’s Crisis Relief Centre is to minister honour, generosity and hope through the practical and Christ like provision of practical aid to the crisis torn, the poor and the marginalised of our community and to undergird that practical help with emotional and spiritual support.

The 4Cs assist approximately 40,000 individuals and are presently faced with a growing daily clientele. As a charity the 4Cs need to raise approximately $500,000 per year to keep their many services available to those in need.

The Ride:

Held annually, The Slog raises much needed awareness & support for the local charity,

The Slog is three separate loops that travel through the country towns of West Gippsland and up into the Strzelecki Ranges, a scenic and challenging ride along quieter roads.

Over the past 12 years, over 2,000 riders and our sponsors have helped to raise more than $300,000 for this fantastic charity. The Slog is a community focused event and we pride ourselves on our rider support, we care about each of our riders.


Next Ride: The SLOG 2016 will be held on November 5th 


MS Melbourne Cycle –

The Charity: 

By participating and fundraising for the MS Melbourne Cycle, you help MS to provide a range of essential services and support for people living with multiple sclerosis

The Ride:

The MS Melbourne Cycle is a family oriented charity ride with 3km, 6km, 30km or 50km course around Melbourne raining funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. The event organised by Multiple Sclerosis Limited since 2007, has generated over thirty-five thousand cyclists and raised over $4 million to support people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Their 30km and 50km courses ride through Docklands,  over the West Gate Bridge, and cross the finish line at Flemington Racecourse.

Next Ride: Sunday 26th of March 2017


1200km for Kids

The Charity: 

All proceeds raised go towards research and equipment for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.



The Ride:

Each year, an inspiring group of cyclists and their support crew ride the east coast of Australia to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.


The ride was established by Gary Richardson and Trevelyan Bale back in 2005: two friends looking for a way to give back to the hospitals that had helped their own sick children.

Next Ride: October 2017


Beat Cancer Ride – Cancer Coucil SA –


The Charity: Cancer Council

To cover costs and ensure fundraising dollars go where they are needed, riders are required to pay a registration fee of $4,000, and fundraise $15,000.

Funds raised through the Beat Cancer Tour fund vital cancer research through Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project. 42 research projects are currently being funded, and for every dollar invested in the Beat Cancer Project, $3 of research is undertaken due to matched funding by the Government of South Australia and leading universities.

The Ride:

The team is limited to 30 cyclists per day and it is first in best dressed. Cyclists follow the same route as the TdU riders on all race days, which equates to around 150 km a day riding at an average of 30 kms/hr.


As part of the ride, each rider is provided with:

  • accommodation in the official hotel, Hilton Adelaide, along with the pro teams;
    being presented as a team on the main stage as part of the official pro teams presentation;
    riding every stage (over 800 kms) of the Santos Tour Down Under before the pros each day, crossing the finish line of every stage including the two city circuits;
    full mechanical support;
    VIP hospitality and seating at the finish site of every stage;
    Soigneurs and Domestiques who provide support on the road and massage each night;
    transport to and from stage starts and finishes;
    a ticket to the Legends’ Night Dinner;
    two Beat Cancer Tour team Santini cycling kits (UV rated), UV cycling sleeves and off bike team uniform;
    Beat Cancer Tour team mechanic workshop in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village;
    Beat Cancer Tour team support vehicles;
    feed bags provided in Feed Zones;
    nutrition, electrolytes, water, drink bottles and Cancer Council sunscreen supplied;
    a training program and fundraising support; and
    peace of mind with a paramedic travelling in Beat Cancer Tour team support vehicle to attend to any immediate medical needs.

Next Ride:January 2017


MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® – Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research –


The Charity: 

The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, with the money raise benefitting the  Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Western Australia’s premier adult medical research institute.

Since 2012, the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $19.5 million for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is on a mission to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease. The Perkins is uniquely positioned to fast track the development of new treatments and new ways to diagnose cancer and other diseases, including tests that enable doctors to select the best approach for each patient.

The Ride:

2 days riding throughout Western Australia’s countryside in two days. The tour begins with an Opening Ceremony, where those lost to cancer are remembered and those continuing the fight honoured.

The ride will  take you through Perth’s urban centre and the rolling countryside at the foot of the Darling Range. Day One culminates with arrival at Camp in Mandurah, where drinks, shower facilities, massage and evenings entertainment is provided.

Next Ride:

October 2017


The Charity: 


Ronald McDonald House Charities® is an independent, non-profit organisation that helps seriously ill children and their families when they need it most. Funds raised from this year’s event will further our two education programs – the Ronald McDonald Learning® Program (RMLP) and EDMed™.

The RMLP helps primary and secondary school children recovering from serious illness catch up on missed education. The EDMed™ program provides accredited professional development sessions with resources to schools to assist teaching staff.

The Ride:

The 2016 Ride for Sick Kids SA event will be starting in Mt Gambier and making it’s way back to Adelaide. The team will set off on Sunday 20 Nov and ride over 1,000km’s arriving in Adelaide 7 days later on Saturday 26 Nov.


Riders are fully supported by an on road support crew including bike mechanic, first aid and massage. Accommodation and meals are provided.

Next Ride:

Assume November 2017


The Captains Ride – Steve Waugh Foundation –

The Charity: 


The Steve Waugh Foundation raise funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation to champion the stories of and provide life changing support to children and young adults affected by a rare diseases.

The Ride:

The Captain’s Ride is an exclusive ‘by invitation’ 6-day on-road cycle event .

The Captain’s Ride is about people from all walks of life leading, inspiring, supporting and guiding each other. At the core of The Captain’s Ride is a Leadership Program for Captains of Industry, immerging leaders, and anyone who wants to be Captain of their own life.

The Captain’s Ride 2016 will commence on the 29th October in Mittagong, concluding 6 days later 3rd November in Mt Kosciusko Park. 70 riders take on the enormous challenge.

Steve Waugh shares stories of the Foundation and the children it supports, and specially invited VIP’s, champions and celebrity guests share their personal experiences which provides the leadership experience and motivation riders need to make the distance each day.

Next Ride:

Assume October/November 2017


The Charity: 


What started as a humble ride in memory of Adam Smiddy, has grown into a wonderful series of challenges. Over the past ten years, together you’ve raised over $7 million for cancer research at Mater.

This year they want to raise over $1.3 million for Mater Research, a world-class institute that’s investing in some very promising work in the cancer space. This money will go towards:

  • funding a range of potentially life-changing projects for those suffering from melanoma, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer, and
    contributing to global research impact by funding key collaborations with researchers in Queensland, Australia and around the world.

The Ride:

When Adam Smiddy passed away in 2006, his mates placed a stake in the ground and committed to the long road to fight cancer. Ten years later the Smiling for Smiddy legacy continues.

There are 4 events.

1 – Four days. 800 kilometres. Start and Finish in Brisbane

The only Smiddy event to start and finish in Brisbane, this ride will navigate the Brisbane Valley, Great Dividing Range and the Darling Downs before returning to Brisbane through the Lockyer Valley.

2 – Alice to Darwin

An 8 day, 1500 km 50-strong, fully supported ride to Darwin.


3 – New Zealand Challenge

700 km from Christchurch to Queenstown, riding through the Southern Alps, through valleys and up mountain, finishing in Queenstown


4 – Townsville to Brisbane

1600 km from Townsville to Brisbane through deserted outback highways, country towns, ranges and farmland.


Next Ride:

Refer website



Ride 8848 – Ride Everest Outride Cancer! –


The Charity: 

The ride is a new endurance event with a mission to raise funds to continue the research into how to beat cancer and support the work of the Cancer Council NSW.

The Ride:

The 8848 Royal National Park is a mass participation Everest cycling event to raise funds for Cancer Council.

The ride was held in the Royal National Park at Garie Beach just over an hour south of Sydney in September 2016


There are 3 rides to choose from, an EVEREST 8848 (solo full Everest, 235km), EVEREST 4424 (solo half Everest, 118km), or EVEREST 2212 (solo quarter Everest, 59km).

Set in the Royal National Park, it offers support and services to reach the summit! Base Camp at Garie Beach is transformed into a Himalayan mountain village providing a place to rest, eat and caffeinate. The 2.5 km climb to the summit is a floodlit, car-free, paved road.


This year, 35 completed the full Everesting climb.

Next Ride:

To be confirmed


Ride Like Crazy –


The Charity: 

In October 2008 Senior Sergeant Mick “Crazy” Koerner of the South Australia Police was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. His work colleagues and friends established a cycling event called Ride Like Crazy.

On 22 January 2009, more than 600 riders took part in the fundraising event.

Due to the overwhelming success of Ride Like Crazy, South Australia Police has adopted the ride as a community event promoting the fight against cancer. Mick “Crazy” Koerner passed away on November 14 2009, but his legacy continues with the ride.

Since 2010 Lightsview Ride Like Crazy has attracted over 10,200 riders and donated over $1.3 million to charity.

Every cent of profit raised during Lightsview Ride Like Crazy 2017 supports the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation and the Neurosurgical Research Foundation.


The Ride:

The ride is presented as a lop of the Adelaide Hillls, starting and finishing in Adelaide. The Full distance is 107.05km, with a half distance of 51.24km.


Next Ride:

Traditionally held the weekend before the TdU, the next Ride Like Crazy will be Sunday January 15, 2017.


JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes –

The Charity: 


The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charity ride located in the Barossa Valley, raising vital funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Our mission is to accelerate life‐changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. They collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D.

The Ride:


The JDRF ride is a professionally managed ride with cycling option of 35, 80, 120 or 160km. Support is provided to the riders with bike mechanics on hand and massages at the finish.

The ride starts and finishes at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort.

The available packages are the full package, weekend only rider and the day only rider,

The Full package details are:

Minimum Fundraising Target – $3500 with a registration Fee – $100

  • Return airfare from nearest capital city to Adelaide
    Return coach transfers from Adelaide airport to Barossa Valley
    2 nights twin share accommodation
    Meals including 1x Friday dinner, 2x breakfast, 1x Saturday lunch, 1x Saturday dinner
    Option to ride 35km, 80km, 120km or 160km on Saturday
    Official Ride jersey (optional)
    Official merchandise kit
    Fundraising Deadline #1 – 1st Feb = $1000
  • Fundraising Deadline #2 – 1st May = $3500

Next Ride:

Next ride: 5 – 7 May 2017


Big Red Ride-SA – Muscular Distrophy –


The Charity: 

All money raised is put straight to work to provide Muscular Dystrophy SA’s clients with services such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, counselling, advocacy, equipment, camps & getaways, support groups and more.

The Ride:

The ride is a 48km from Glenelg to Outer Harbour and back.


Next Ride:



Tour de Cure – Riding to cure Cancer –


The Charity: 

Tour de Cure is a Tier 1 cancer charity. Since 2007, they have raised in excess of $25 million and funded over 252 cancer research, support and prevention projects. Their funding has results in 18 scientifically-recognised cancer breakthroughs.

They have funded many of Australia’s leading research institutes including the Garvan Insitute, Flinders, University of Queensland, Telethon Kids Institute in Perth.

The Ride:

In May 2007, what started over a coffee between two mates quickly progressed to three friends registering Tour de Cure as an Australian charity and the launch of an inaugural cycling tour.
Since then Tour de Cure has annually cycled through either Queensland, New South Wales, SA, ACT or Victoria.

They have a variety of long and short rides every year that all help raise funds for fighting cancer.


L’Étape Australia – Race 157km or Ride 126km through the NSW Snowy Mountains.

Peter Mac Ride – 375 km along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, stopping in Apollo Bay and Barwon Heads before returning to Melbourne.

WA Country Tour – Starting in Margaret River for a 491km ride to Cape Leeuwin, Cape Naturaliste through Busselton, before finishing in Perth.

High Country Charity Ride – The ride starts in Wangaratta and travels through the High Country of Bright, Omeo and Mt Beauty, tackling the climbs of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek over 4 days of cycling.

Signature Tour 2017 – This is their big one – the signature event of the Tour de Cure.In 2017, it will take the riders from Hotham to Hobart – that’s 1270km of riding with 12,000m elevation.  A ride through Victoria’s high country and along the Mornington Peninsula before boarding the Spirit of Tasmania for the trip to Devonport. The riders will then explore the east coast of Tassie on their way to Hobart.  For the full 9-day Tour experience, you’ll be required to fundraise $12,000 (minimum); $15,000+ (stretch); including a $1,000 personal donation.

Next Ride:

L’Étape Australia – 3 December 2016

Peter Mac Ride – Sunday 13th November to Tuesday 15th November 2016.

High Country Charity Tour – Friday 24th February – Monday 27th February 2017

Signature Tour 2017 – 24 March – 1 April 2017



Cancer Voices SA  Challenge Ride –

The Charity: 


Join their team and support the 100% volunteer work they do for people affected by cancer.

‘Cancer experience’ is not a pre-requisite to join the Cancer Voices SA team. You don’t need to have had cancer, or know anyone with cancer to join the team. Some of our riders are cancer survivors, partners, family, friends, neighbours or supporters of someone with cancer.

Their aim is to ‘raise a voice for people affected by cancer’ whenever you ride with them.

The Ride:

Cancer Voices SA  Challenge Ride is a free ride starting at Kensington Gardens Reserve on your choice from 3 Challenge ride options (67km, 35km, 20km) that loop into the Adelaide hills and return to the start.


Next Ride:

Oct 2017 – tbc


Ride for Pain –


The Charity: 

PainAdelaide is a collaboration between our three major universities, Pfizer, ReturnToWorkSA, The RAH, and SAHMRI (the groovy new medical research building on North Terrace!). We are a network of scientists, health professionals and consumers who are dedicated to taking on this massive challenge.

The Ride for Pain is one way you can help, and help yourself in the process. This is a unique, challenging and altogether fantastic community cycling event. It will be intentionally tough.

The Ride:

Three challenge levels are offered, the 2 hour, 4 hour and 6 hour. The aim is to see how far you can get before your time is up and you have to return to the start
No course pampering. Water will be provided but riders will have to manage their nutrition and bikes too. A free BBQ with drinks is provided at the finish.

Starting and finishing is at Uni SA’s Magill Campus.

Ride for Pain routes involve some of Adelaide’s toughest climbs. Last year, about 65% of those who took on the 6 hour ride finished the whole route.

Some of the better known climbs are:
2 Hour – Montacute, Marble Hill
4 Hour – Montacute, Marble Hill, Little Italy, Range Rd, Nicols, Deviation, The Ledge, Collins Hill, Pound Rd
6 Hour – Montacute, Corkscrew, Marble Hill, Little Italy, Range Rd, Nicols, Mt George (Heart Breaker), Spring Gully, Parish Hill, Deviation, Leslie Rd, Collins Hill, Pound Rd, Coach Rd (The Wall) and Woodland Way.


Next Ride:

Sunday November 20th, 2016


Ride the Range –


The Charity: 

Rotary Ride the Range has been supporting both locally on the downs, across Australia and the world supporting many worthwhile projects and charities.

Over the last six years alone they have raised over $115,000 to help:


The Ride:

Ride the Range is has choices of either a 112km, 85km or 50km course or the new 100 Mile Challenge (164k). There iss also an off road where the riders take in one of South East Queensland’s MTB trail networks  in Jubilee Park. This year they have two options – a 25k or 50k MTB course.

The 100 mile challenge has close to 1600 metres of climbing weaving down the range, make your way to Upper Tenthill, over to Mulgowie, back into Laidley and then onto Gatton, finishing up a climb to Picnic Point.


Next Ride:

March 2017 – tbc



The Tour Duchenne –


The Charity: 

Duchenne is an insidious gender-linked (in 99% of cases) muscle-wasting disease that leaves little boys (and in some cases, girls) unable to walk before they make their teenage years. As there is no cure, Duchenne results in premature death by late teens/early adulthood in 100% of cases. Even though it is a genetic disease, in up to 40% of cases there is no family history and the disease arises by way of a spontaneous mutation at conception.

The Tour Duchenne has raised over $2.5 million which has gone towards research and respite care in the Duchenne community. Funds raised have gone to research at both the Institute of Neuro-muscular research in Sydney and the National Muscular Dystrophy research Centre in Melbourne. Also respite funding was given to muscular dystrophy associations in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia to help support the work that they do. As well as raising valuable funds the Tour Duchenne has created awareness nationally for the Duchenne community and helped raised the profile of this insidious disease.

The Ride:

The Tour Duchenne is a 1000km, 8 day course around the Tasmania including the East Coast, Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, the SW National parks, Lake St Clair and Hobart and surrounds.

The ride includes
– On road support vehicles, bike mechanics & crew
– Twin share accommodation
– All meals
– Tour Duchenne casual shirt & jacket
– Tour Duchenne cycling kit





A few weeks back it was reported that Adelaide Cyclist was closing down. Site creator Gus Kingston announced in early September that due to several factors, including rising costs, the site would close.

Great news. The site has been saved.

The Bicycle Institute, SA will take over all of the site’s operations from November.

The Bicycle Institute heard the community’s response to the announcement and concern that an important local network and voice for the cycling community in Adelaide would disappear, and has offered to take it over.

Adelaide Cyclists was created in March 2009 by Gus Kingston as a way of connecting cyclists in Adelaide. It has a signed up membership of over 4800 users and over 20,000 daily pageviews.

The Bicycle Institute plans to continue the site as it is currently. They will use the site to support and connect with cyclists and gauge their opinions on cycling infrastructure issues as they arise.

‘This aligns perfectly with our goal of making Adelaide a better place for cycling as we have worked on for four decades,’ says Fay.

We’ll continue the site’s tradition of catering for all cyclists,’ says Scott Sims, a Bicycle Institute committee member who saw the site’s value and will assume the role of site administrator.


Visit Adelaide Cyclists here: adelaidecyclists



And so we come to the end of another posting.


I hope you enjoyed it

Till next time

tight spokes


Almost a Wrap

Meanwhile – over in Qatar

Bloody Bloody Hot.

With the temperatures getting up around 35 deg C, the dry heat of the desert will be hard to ride in after a long year starting way back in January.

“I am afraid of what can happen with dehydration,” Spanish national team doctor Iñaki Iñigo told El Mundo. “The Europeans are not used to the high temperatures of Qatar. It could be very difficult.”

The UCI announced several contingency plans in place to help deal with temperatures that can easily reach 40 degrees. But following the team time trial on Sunday, where we saw first-hand examples of the heat, riders are speaking out that the heat is simply too much.

There are questions about why the hell the worlds have been scheduled in Qatar. Well, why was the world cup awarded to Qatar. A biking trip here is a true cyclist’s dream! It is one of the main cycling destination in the world. Many professionals and amateur riders enjoy the good climate, the variety of the roads and the quality of the hotels.
There are are volcanoes with impressive landscape, and amazing routes. Another destination of professional teams especially for the stages at high altitude. Whoops, hang on, thats a tourist description for Mallorca.

What about Qatar – well according to Wikipedia

Qatar is a sovereign country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island country of Bahrain, as well as sharing maritime borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Qatar is a high income economy and is a developed country, backed by the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves.[20] The country has the highest per capita income in the world.

Ah, there it is.

The UCI’s hefty fee and and the promise of potential additional sponsorship money for the sport is the rationale behind the unconventional destination.

Although, they do seem, on paper anyway, to have provided a fairly unique route for the TTT.


Eight men teams took to the road under the blazing desert sun in the Sunday’s truncated pro team time trial — not all teams attended over a spat over travel costs (hang on a minute – refer to Wikipedia note above about their gas and oil reserves).

BMC’s winning streak in the Road World Championships team time trial has come to an end with Etixx-QuickStep taking victory in Doha on Sunday.

The Belgian outfit completed the 40km course in a time of 42:32 (56.4km/h), taking back the world title after two successive victories to BMC. BMC was second on the day, 12 seconds behind the winners, while Orica-BikeExchange slotted into third, a further 25 second behind.




Road World Championships 2016 TTT men

Team Etixx – Quick Step photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Road World Championships 2016 TTT men

photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016

UCI World Road Championships - Mens TTT

Etixx in the Elite Mens TTT of the 2016 World Road Championships

And Boels Dolmans were the victors in the Womens TTT in extremely opressive conditions, starting mod afternon, the friggin hottest part of the day.

During the women’s team time trial, where the temperatures neared 40C, Koster, who rides for Rabo-Liv, appeared to suddenly lose all control and veered off line, flipping over her handlebars. She was helped back on to her bike looking extremely dazed and managed to finish the race.

“The heat in Qatar is extreme,” her team-mate Roxane Knetemann said. “I cannot explain how excruciating it feels to be riding 40km through the desert. You’d expect organisers and the UCI to have some knowledge about cycling.

“If you send out people for a team time trial in this heat, make sure there are at least 10 ambulances ready to look after the riders. The UCI didn’t think this through. The heat, it’s just not to do and certainly not in a time trial. It’s like a sauna.”


Road World Championships 2016 TTT women

Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team) pictured during TTT women Team Time Trial of the UCI Road World Championships 2016 in Qatar. – photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016


Still to come

  • Wednesday, October 12 Men Elite Individual Time Trial
  • Thursday, October 13 Men Under 23 Road Race
  • Friday, October 14 Women Juniors Road Race
  • Saturday, October 15 Women Elite Road Race
  • Sunday, October 16 Men Elite Road Race



I’ve mentioned the guys over at Biketivist before, and reviewed their season 1 jersey and gilet last summer. I These guys are based in Adelaide and produce some damn fine kit. Their season 2 kit has been out for a few months now, but supplies are running out so if you want to support a local Adelaide outfit and strap some great gear in your winter body, you better get in quickly as there are only a few left out there.

“We used bold colours and sharp shapes and came up with 2 pieces for men and our first ever female specific jersey and bib. Once again reception from our fans was great and we pretty much sold out online with a few pieces left at Bike Society (Anzac Hwy Store) and Cycle Closet in the city”


“I’m planning to launch Season 3 soon, looks like first release will come in November (really funky kit) and second release prior to the TDU in Jan”
Watch this space for further news in November.
2016 UCI Road World Ranking –

Men Elite

UCI Individual World Ranking


1 Peter SAGAN (SVK) 4579 points

Peter Sagan has done the rainbow band proud with an outstanding season in the rainbow bands, with 10 of his 13 wins coming at WorldTour level and helping him to top the end-of-season rankings.

Among the highlights were a Monument breakthrough at the Tour of Flanders and three more stages at the Tour de France, with plenty of success outside of the WorldTour, including victory at the European Championships.



2 Christopher FROOME 3771

Well, what can you say about Chris Froome, what can you say. This year he seemed to go out of his way to prove his critics wrong by attacking at some crucial stages of the TdF. Hell, he even almost broke the internet when he discarded his bike on stage 12 on the climb to Ventoux after a crash woth the moto, and then taking on a neutral bike that was too small and had different pedals.


3 Greg VAN AVERMAET 3608





Greg had a decent year, starting with a win at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February. Later at the Tirreno–Adriatico, where he was on the winning team of the opening team time trial and won won the stage 6. Following Tirreno, he crashed and broke his collarbone in the Tour of Flanders.
After his return from injury, he stage 5 of the Tour de France, and also captured the yellow jersey, which he held for three days.

He then capped off a stellar year with a scintillating win at the Olympics Road Race.

Other rankings include:
UCI Nations World Ranking – FRANCE
UCI World Tour Teams Ranking – MOVISTAR TEAM
UCI America Tour Ranking – Greg VAN AVERMAET (BEL)
UCI Asia Tour Ranking – King Lok CHEUNG (HKG)
UCI Europe Tour Ranking- Baptiste PLANCKAERT (BEL)
UCI Oceania Tour Ranking – Sean LAKE (AUS)

Women Elite

UCI Individual World Ranking






UCI Olympic Qualification Ranking – Emma JOHANSSON (SWE)
UCI Women’s Individual World Tour Ranking – Megan GUARNIER (USA)



Radar Pace


Oakley have recently launched their new sunnies, the Radar Pace, a collaboration between Oakley and Intel, designed to give real time feedback on training and performance. At its heart is a set of Oakley’s Radar glasses, which are equipped with earbuds and a microphone.

Oakley also provides a touch pad on the left side of the glasses, which can be touched or swiped to control functionality. There are also sensors built into the glasses: an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and pressure, humidity and proximity sensors. Radar Pace is recharged via USB and is IPx5 water resistant.


There’s Bluetooth connectivity to other devices such as mobile phones for calls, texts and music. You can also get data from other external devices such as power meters, heart rate sensors and GPS units, both via Bluetooth and ANT+.

Part of the Radar Pace package is a set of training programmes appropriate to your experience and goals. The athlete’s interaction with Radar Pace is via Intel’s Real Speech technology. This allows you to ask questions and receive feedback and metrics in real time.



Rider of the Week – Nigel Parsons


I’ve known Nigel for over 9 year now, having been first introduced to him when i first started riding with the Sunday Muppets, the first group riding i was involved with, and all these years later, till riding with.

I’m in awe of Nigel (don’t tell him i aid that though), but i don’t think I realised how much until i was riding behind him one summers evening on the way to the Crafers Hotel. Screaming down Mt Lofty Summit Road heading towards the Crafers roundabout, you know the hill, heavy, a long gentle right hand curve before heavy on the brakes at the bottom.

It wasn’t that i was out of control, nowhere near it, but watching Nigel brake and manouvre at the bottom made had me thinking about how the hell he does it.  You may not know, but Nigel rides with a prosthetic arm, and his ability to control his bike in fairly extreme situations like this I find extraordinary.  Think about it, think about riding down Greenhill road with one arm on the bars, the you have to steer, brake, be aware of whats happening around you, and balancing. I’m in awe.

I got a chance for a quick ride with Nige the other day, this is his story.

  •  What first got you started in cycling?

I started watching the Tour de France in the late nineties and loved it and in 2003/4 a mate from work was raving about how good his first weekend ride through the hills was after his recent purchase of a bike. His enthusiasm got me interested.

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

I own 2 road and a mountain bike but my main go to bike is a Colnago clx2


  • You ride with a prosthetic arm, can you describe how you set up your bike because of this?

As I ride with a right arm prosthesis I’ve had a couple of modifications with the break cables both going to the left hand sti lever through a splitter. The rear gears through a bar end shifter . see pics sent via sms. It works beautifully albeit not electric which would be nice to try.



  • What are the some of the difficulties in riding with a prosthetic.

Some of the difficulties of riding with a prosthetic – The arm socket can get a bit uncomfortable on long rides on hot days. People expecting a high five…….,

  • You’ve had a few crashes in your life, any memorable ones (so to speak)

Crashes: Yes, had a few. Wrecked three helmets and not allowed to wreck anymore . My first crash was a case of getting too much of a buzz from speed and I didn’t see a sign for an extra tight bend, the bike came out from under me and got a tremendous arse burn. The most memorable one would be hitting a kangaroo at reasonably high speed
defending Norton. The roo become a jump ramp and got airborne , needless to say I came off second best.

(I’d like to add one in here as well Nige. Riding behind Nige  (hang on a minute i see a trend here!) as we were coming down Tiers road – the long straight from the top of the hill down to the bridge just before you hit Woodside. The unfortunately was a 1″ step between the road bitumen and te bridge deck, which under normal circumstances is not such  big deal. Rick was the first to hit the bridge, got the wobbles and pivoted to warn Nige. Unfortunately Nige’s wobble was a little more catastophic than Ricks, he lost purchase on the bars and somersaulted over at high speed. Suffice to say he wasn’t a pretty site, and it did take him a while to come too, but fortunately the St Johns crew in Woodside attending the Ride Like Crazy ride were able to attend before the ambulance was able to get there. Scary stuff)

  • How do you store your bikes?

Hang the bike up on a wall. Other in shed on trainer.


  • What do you love about cycling.

The things I love about cycling are the adrenelin rush that comes from riding in the hills, mostly the only sound in your ears is the wind rush, the never ending views you get on a long ride, the coffee banter afterwards, the great feeling after a good ride.

  • What annoys most about cycling?

Punctures, crashes, hitting a wall (so to speak) when you’re a long way from home, drivers and cyclists who don’t share the road.

  • Who is your favourite Cyclist?

Eddie Merckx – he’s the greatest, Robbie McKewen – he tells a great yarn, Lance Armstrong – would try and get him drunk and see if he might really spill the beans on what really went on.

(Mentioning Lance – i have to add this little story. When Lance came out to ride in the TdU, Nige was among the throng at Norwood at the start of one of the stages, and was able to get his signature. Being the opportunist he is, he grabbed the first thing he could lay his hands on for Lance to sign, his prosthetic arm. He was proud of Lances signature, although I’m fairly certain he’s long since scrubbed it off) 

  • What would be your favorite cycling holiday destination.


  • What is you favorite training ride

My favorite local training ride is a 40 km loop from Stirling to Basket Range and back via Deviation Rd. and back over Mt. Lofty.

Thanks Nige. Its always  pleasure to ride with you. Good luck with your training for next years 3 Peaks.



Cafe of the Week – Hustle

I passed this little cafe cafe on the way back from my LBS the other day, it was lunch, i hadn’t had a coffee for a while. A quick look at the food through the open window, and the coffee machine and I thought, why not.

Well, the coffee hit the spot, and the Chicken and Mayo Focaccio hit the spot. Its only a small cafe with about 6 tables, tucked away in a small nook fronting light square. They’ve only been open for a few weeks niw, so i suspect their offerings in their display is on the cinservative ide until they build up their clientele.

The map below is a little misleading, the cafe is open to the footpath. 155 Waymouth Street


Open 7:00AM – 3:00PM Monday-Friday, next time your passing, pop in and grab a coffee.

That’s the end of another posting.

til next time

tight spokes



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

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

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


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:

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.


Visit Adelaide Cyclists at:


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.

Okabe Jersey



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.




United States –

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


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.


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.


S1S – Bib Short


Their kit can be found in Australia here




SpainCima Coppi


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.


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.


And their jackets and caps look pretty good too.



United Kingdom – Svelte 


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.


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.



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.


Red Continental


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





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

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

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.



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.





Link here:


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.


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.



  • 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!


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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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.)


Mt Baw Baw

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.



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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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?


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).


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:

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.


Wednesday Legs


till next time

tight spokes


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


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.


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.


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.




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




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:

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.


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.”


La Vuelta


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.








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




David De La Cruz winner and new GC leader

David De La Cruz winner and new GC leader


Stage 10

Bridge in Cangas de Onis

Bridge in Cangas de Onis






Stage 11

31-08-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 11 Colunga - Pena Cabarga; Pena Cabarga;

31-08-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 11 Colunga – Pena Cabarga; Pena Cabarga;

31-08-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 11 Colunga - Pena Cabarga; 2016, Team Sky; 2016, Movistar; Froome, Christopher; Quintana Rojas Nairo, Alexander; Pena Cabarga;

Froome & Quintana


31-08-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 11 Colunga - Pena Cabarga; Pena Cabarga;

Pena Cabarga; Ouch;

Stage 12

01-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 12 Los Corrales De Buelna - Bilbao; Bilbao;



Vuelta a Espana - Stage12

Jens Keukeleire wins stage 12 of the 2016 Vuelta a España

01-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 12 Los Corrales De Buelna - Bilbao; 2016, Orica - Bikeexchange; Keukeleire, Jens;

Keukeleire, Jens;

Stage 13

Vuelta a Espana - Stage 13

02-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 13 Bilbao - Urdax; 2016, Lampre - Merida; Conti, Valerio; Urdax;

Stage 14



that would mske a good climb

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Stage 15


quintana colombia Movistar & brambilla ita etixx

froome & yates come through, dropped by chase group

froome & yates

loic chetout france cofidis

loic chetout

Stage 16





Stage 17




Stage 18



Vuelta a Espana - Stage 18

Magnus Cort Nielsen

08-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 18 Requena - Gandia; 2016, Orica - Bikeexchange; Nielsen Magnus, Cort; Gandia;

Stage 19




Vuelta a Espana - Stage 19

Jonathan Castroviejo





Stage 20

Vuelta a Espana - Stage 20

Esteban Chaves



10-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 20 Benidorm - Alto De Aitana; 2016, Ag2r La Mondiale; Latour, Pierre Roger; Alto De Aitana;




Stage 21


11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Orica - Bikeexchange; 2016, Tinkoff; Nielsen Magnus, Cort; Bennati, Daniele; Madrid;11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Orica - Bikeexchange; 2016, Tinkoff; Nielsen Magnus, Cort; Bennati, Daniele; Madrid;11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Orica - Bikeexchange; Nielsen Magnus, Cort; Madrid;11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Movistar; 2016, Bmc Racing; Quintana Rojas Nairo, Alexander; Valverde, Alejandro; Atapuma Hurtado, John Darwin; Madrid;11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Orica - Bikeexchange; Nielsen Magnus, Cort; Madrid;


11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Team Sky; Froome, Christopher; Madrid;11-09-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 21 Las Rozas - Madrid; 2016, Movistar; Quintana Rojas Nairo, Alexander; Madrid;




Race to the Rock


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


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.



Hardly seems enough does it!


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


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


Inspired by Jerome Murif, the first person to ride from Adelaide to Darwin in 1897.jerome-murif-the-first-person-to-ride-from-adelaide-to-darwin-in-1897

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


“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.”


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.


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

then we slogged it sometime more

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.



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.



Rider of the Week – Anthony De Leo


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.

      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?



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.


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


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.



  • 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.


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.


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



  • 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.



  • 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.



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.


till next time

tight spokes