Head over Heels


Its been an interesting week over at Rio.

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


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

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Dunc Gray leading the Australian Team

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

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



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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


Bring on the Track.


Cycling Helmets at the Tour de France








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


Eddie – 1972




Cycling Head Injuries

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

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

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

whitewater helmet

White Water


umpire mask

Baseball Umpire

surf helmet



Ski / Snowboard

ski jump helmets

Ski Jump

Helmets, Ski Magazine Buyers Guide 2013


skateboard helmet

Rescue Helmet



Field Hockey Goalie



Ice Hockey goalie helmet

Ice Hockey Goalie

Ice Hockey field helmet

Ice Hockey Field

Grid Iron Titanium Helmet

Grid Iron

cricket helmet


Climbing Helmet

Rock Climbing

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Fencing Mask

Military head ger








Fighter pilot helmet on a black background

Fighter pilot


Horse Riding






bob sled carbon-helmet

Bob Sled

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



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

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

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


I reckon i know a few Grahams on the road!



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

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

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

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

Actions to take in the pre-season

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

Evaluation for concussion after injury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Return to sport considerations after concussion

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

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


Australian Cycling Injury Patterns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


So, its a dangerous game we play.

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Wouldn’t give it up for the world.


The Soup Boys


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rider of the Week – Alex Toumbos


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


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

I wouldn’t mind a trainer…

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


Wednesday Legs of the Week

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till next time
Safe cycling and tight spokes

Where the streets have no name

You gotta love social media.



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The Tandem Project


Team Euride Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Cycling is administrating and conducting a Road Development Program for paracyclists in SA. The purpose of the program is to produce road competent tandem riders, to the extent that tandem teams can develop into competitive pairings at State and National level. The Tandem Project is working hard to extend our sponsorship base to support this program and financially support our athletes. Vision Impairment involves a degree of economic disadvantage for our athletes, and equipment purchase and repair is extremely expensive.

The Road Development Program involves 10-12 weeks of basic training, where athletes are facilitated through six levels of skills and fitness. during this period the athletes have access to senior instructors who are some of the most skillful and decorated riders in South Australia. The amount of time invested on a personal level by the team’s trainers is enormous. Successful graduates often go on to become trainers themselves by undergoing an intensive process to earn their “Instructor” and “Senior Instructor” status.


Those athletes who graduate successfully are offered positions within the team, and are offered assistance in identifying compatible and permanent competition partnerships for ongoing and advanced development of road riding. Riders are initially recruited into the Development Squad, and work their way through 6-9months of advanced training to reach the High Performance Squad.

Team Euride Mercedes-Benz Adelaide has a long association with paracycling and tandems, and subsequently our team members are encouraging and inclusive of tandems, placing our team in a unique position to facilitate this program.


The Tandem Project has achieved important progress in regards to athlete advocacy. When the project first started, there was only one cycling club that was willing to provide us with an opportunity to race – and this was for time trials only. Three months later, another club allowed us to nominate to race, this time in a road race. The attitude towards us was one of great skepticism and worry. Were we dangerous; would we crash; would we create mayhem and confusion if passing, or in being passed by the graded single bikes? At the end of a year we had achieved powerful change within many of the Cycling South Australia clubs. One club however was particularly welcoming and encouraging of us – the Skinny Lattes. The Skinny Lattes had an understanding of us that is probably borne of their own mission statement to encourage women to take on the sport.

The team remains as the only private team in Australia to run a squad to support vision impaired athletes. Racing with the Skinny Lattes in their competition series fulfills our commitment to advocating for fully integrated racing for our vision impaired athletes. We were notified recently, that our tandems have been given the green light to compete against the single bikes in future CSA races.

Further details on the Tandem Project here

Euride Mercedes Benz Adelaide Racing – Tandem Project


Tour de France

Congratulations to Chris Froome, he seems to have won over most of his detractors this time round. But I still wonder how well he’d go if Team Sky didn’t have such a large budget.


I’m pretty certain there would be quite a few of those stuffed lions in Kellan’s crib, and I’m also quietly confident he would have a few crystal trophies in the cabinet.


But after 2012,2013, 2015 and now 2016, it certainly would be interesting to see how he would go in a lesser team.

But well done, it was still a spectacular last week of the tour.


Tour de France stage 12

The crash in the last kilometer of the Mont Ventoux climb – Bauke Mollema – Chris Froome – Richie Porte  during stage 12 of the 2016 Tour de France from Montpellier to Mont Ventoux Chalet Reynard , 179.00 km – photo Pool Bernard Papon/Cor Vos © 2016






Tour Trophy

Lasvit, the Czech manufacturer of unique works of glass once again produced the crystal trophy for each of the category winners at the Tour de France. This trophy was designed by Peter Olah, under the guidance of Jozef Kabaň, the chief designer of ŠKODA AUTO, a long-term official partner of the race.

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Each trophy weighs nearly four kilograms and stands over 60 cm tall. The hand blowing and precise manual cutting required many hours of work by four glassmakers. Each piece is composed of precise cuts that within their crystalline form evokes a rotating shape.


North Adelaide Cycling Club


North Adelaide Cycling Club founded in 1883, photograph taken in 1890’s.

  • Uniform: Dark green velveteen jackets, corduroy knickers.
  • Back row: E Toms, R Fraser, AJ Hunter (sitting) DH Cookson, AJ Radford, Harold Lunn (sitting) JC Baker, GO Latham, TO Fowler, E Everett.
  • Middle row: Alfred J Young, FW Fowler, PJ Williams, HT Burgess, H Hayward, WHN Steed.
  • Lying on grass in front: George S Cockburn, FS Toms, H Cox

The North Adelaide Cycling Club, was  mainly a dining club. Some of their events included:

  • Annual strawberry . A run from North Adelaide via Norwood to Glen Osmond and then to Smiths Garden where the picnic took place.
  • A paper chase in 1897 took in the Gilberton, Medindie Botanic Park Norwood and Marryatville area. The pack ‘scampered’ by back lanes, alleys, over fences, across paddocks and over all sorts of rough places but the ‘foxes’ weren’t caught. The competitors then rode to Waterfall Gully ‘to meet the slow contingent accompanying the ladies on their ride to the waterfalls’ before cycling back to North Adelaide.
  • Concert run. Kelsey’s Assembly Rooms Henley Beach was the venue for a concert on 18 March 1897. Riders assembled at the corner of West Terrace and Hindley Street at 7.30 and cycled to Henley Beach for a program of songs and recitations

Big events might see a collaboration between clubs.

  • A ‘Monster Cycle Parade’ to Henley Beach on 8 May 1897 involved 11 clubs and a visitors contingent. Cyclists left in Club order from North Terrace to Henley Beach starting at 2.45. Sports at the beach included a tug of war. Tea at 5pm was available for 1s. a head. A hall was booked for the evening with a programme of music.


North Adelaide Cycling Club at the Briars, Medindie, the home of Hon. GC Hawker, captain of the North Adelaide Cycling Club.

Photograph was taken on December 19, 1891 by J Gazard (member)

  • Back row: WHN Steed, FG Edwards, JG Wanke, E Jeffery, S Burgess, HJ Wells, DH Cookson, RE Cussen, FW Fowler, Hon. GC Hawker, HT Burgess, AJ Radford, PJ Williams, JC Baker, RB Fraser, H Cox.
  • Middle row: George S Cockburn, IT Loutit, AJ Hunter.
  • Front row: FS Toms, TO Fowler, C Hills, HE Hayward, FV Cox, AJ Young, AE Elix.

The Hon. George Charles Hawker (1818-1895) was a prominent figure in political life in early South Australia. He entered SA Parliament only one year after its’ inception. He took a leading position to prepare for the growth of the young nation. He was a popular man, fascinating and polished speaker. He was knighted posthumously, he and Lady Hawker produced 16 children. He is remembered as an art collector, sheep grazier and a Member of the Lower House

Come to think of it, things haven’t hanged too much – food, drink and good times are still key to a good days ride.


Swiftwick Socks

I had some Swiftwick socks come across my desk a few months back now, so apologies for the delayed write-up. I trialed them before my face plant, unfortunately it was just when I transitioning over to my longs, so i didn’t get the chance to show them off to my mates.


Made in the USA, and distributed in Australia through Swift Sports, they are a new sock doping player on the Australian scene. They have a large range of socks as noted below.

with a large range of heights



Natural Socks
Synthetic Socks

and a significant colour range.

Green, and

Over a number of styles

Pursuit Wool


I tried the Aspire Seven black, fluro and the Merino Wool pursuit Seven. Being a compression fit, they were a comfortable fit providing good support under the arch. I must admit the longer height at 7″ is not what I usually ride in, but once on I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort around the calves.


I accidentally took a black pair of Swiftwicks into work one day as they got mixed up with my work socks, and didn’t realise until I slipped them on. They certainly were a definite improvement over the standard black work socks.

This from their website.

The value of a Swiftwick sock

The average life of a Swiftwick sock is three years under normal, extreme use. An active person will purchase and destroy 12-24 pairs of cotton socks during the lifespan of one pair of Swiftwick socks. Swiftwick socks are actually a better value in the long run!

Swiftwick socks are 100% made in the USA

We’re proud to develop and manufacture our socks in the United States. When you buy American-made products, you are making our country (and our world) a better place. Our commitment to United States production enables us to provide our customers with the highest quality socks and stand by our “Best Socks Ever” guarantee.

Swiftwick guarantee

At Swiftwick, our team takes pride in helping our customers achieve their athletic goals. We embrace this passion and aim to fuel your adventures with the best socks designed by athletes for athletes.

With our various lines, you are certain to find the perfect sock for your adventures. If our product does not perform to your satisfaction, customer service will replace them – even with a competitor’s product.

To contact Swift Sports, you can file your request here.

Sustainable approach

Our athletic sock lines are knitted at 200 needles; the highest density you’ll find in socks. The higher the needle count, the tighter the knit. Our socks are so tightly knitted that trail debris or foreign material can’t penetrate your sock to cause irritation and blistering. This structure creates a second-skin feel, prevents shifting or bunching and eliminates the risk of friction blisters while making your shoes fit more comfortably. Our high-gauge construction produces a softer, denser and more durable garment. Wear Swiftwick and you’ll buy fewer socks — it’s that simple.

I have a pair of Aspire Sevens to giveaway to a Wednesday legs reader, and unlike last time i gave something away, I’m happy to dig deep into my pockets and post them to an Australian Wednesday Legger, providing of course you promise to buy me a coffee next time you visit Adelaide.


If you want these socks, send me an email at wednesdaylegs@gmail.com by Sunday night, and I’ll draw the winner out of a barrel and  inform the winner by return email.

You can get a 10% discount on any purchase using the Wednesday Legs Coupon Code


Rider of the Week – Simon Wong

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Simon Wong with Pilot Simon Veitch


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having a cup of coffee with Simon Wong on a cold but sunny Saturday morning. Simon had just finished a Tandem group ride down to Outer Harbour, and had pulled into Nanos to enjoy the post ride banter. Simon is a case manager/social worker at Guide Dogs SA with a vision impairment. Simon is a tandem cyclist.

Simon was born in Vietnam and came to Australia at the age of 13 with his parents, a younger sister and two younger brothers. They were fortunate that a business associate of his father in Adelaide was able to sponsor them to come to Australia under a humanitarian scheme.

Simon completed a Bachelor of Economics and a postgraduate degree in Social Administration at Flinders University in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a very challenging proposition given English was his second Language and he couldn’t physically read print. But assisted by some very supportive people, he graduated in the early 90’s.

Simon is vision impaired as a result of Optic Atrophy. His optic nerves have been pretty much dead since about age seven. The exact cause of his optic nerves to atrophy remains a mystery but he did suffer bouts of illness leading up you the vision loss.  He had to stop going to school for two years because he was simply walking into everything; people, polls, doors and windows.

The early days were incredibly tough. There were no support services in Saigon for kids with vision impairment.

Up until 15 years ago he could see some vague images/broad outlines of large objects such as trees and buildings close-up with the outer corner of my left eye. These days, all he has is some light perception, a shadow or two.

•How and when did you get started in cycling.

I was introduced to cycling 4 years ago when a work friend at Guide Dogs suggested I try Tandem riding. Three years ago I joined the Euride Mercedes Benz team with Simon Veitch as his Pilot

•What bike do you own?

I own an entry level Apollo tandem bike, bought on-line.

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•How many times do you ride a week?

I try to get out twice a week. I also race with the Veterans and Ladies Cycling Club with Steve Hampton as my pilot.

•Have you had any accidents?

I had the one down at Glenelg on the Tram Tracks. A different pilot to the one I ride with now.

•What do you like about cycling?

I find it enjoyable to get out on the road, the buzz and the general wellbeing.

•What are your craziest cycling memory?

One day when I was about 10 years old on the way home from school I was crossing a busy road and got absolutely cleaned up by a cyclist. I didn’t hear the bike coming. It was on my blind side and I had no idea I was going to be hit. All a sudden, I felt the back of my head strike something hard. When I came to my senses, I realised I was lying flat on the road looking up at the sky. I jumped up immediately, picked up my bag, and ran home as quickly as I could. My mother cleaned and bandaged up some cuts on my arms and legs. When she asked me what happened – I didn’t want her to worry or stop me going to school independently – I told her I just got a bit careless and had a fall on the school playground.

Whilst not a cycling memory, it is sporting related. I was lucky enough to be a torch bearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics Torch relay. The excitement of holding the Olympic torch high above my head; running along the streets of Adelaide CBD with my brother Charles as my sighted guide is an experience I will never forget. The torch relay made me feel very much included in the life of this beautiful country and a proud Australian.

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

Nanos in the East End

•What is your favourite training route?

Thursdays we generally head up the Gorge Road to Gumeracha.

•What sort of communication goes on with your Pilot?

It gets quite noisy back there, but apart from the general chat, It’s important to communicate thing like the pushoff, stop, unclip, sharp turn left/right and the like. That being said, I also take feedback from the pedals and the bike.

•Is there a local cycling club you would like to plug?

As noted previously, the VLCC is a great club to ride with.

•Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Based on his life experiences, Simon has some suggestions for life:

–          Set realistic goals
–          Be open to learning new things
–          Find out what you enjoy
–          Learning from others
–          Cultivate a keen sense of adventure – Helen Keller once remarked “Life is a daring adventure or nothing.”

Thanks Simon, it was an absolute pleasure in meeting you and I wish you all the success and enjoyment with your tandem cycling.


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Rio Cycling

Good luck to the cycling team across the 4 disciplines of Road, Mountain Bike, Track and BMX.


There are four gold medals on offer in road cycling- men’s and women’s road race and men’s and women’s time trial.

The road race course is 241.5km for men and 141km for women. Both of these are mass start events with the top three athletes to survive the gruelling roads of Rio claiming the medals.

The time trial is a race against the clock over a shorter distance with the men’s course lasting 54.5km and the women’s course 29.8km. Riders leave the start ramp individually at intervals of 90 seconds with the rider who records the quickest time securing the gold medal.


Mountain Bike

Competitors complete laps of an undulating race circuit designed to produce a specific winning time rather than a specific distance. Races are over 40-50km for men, and 30-40km for women. The number of laps depends on the track and weather conditions and a decision on the number of laps can be made by organisers at the latest two hours before the start of the race to determine the optimum finish time- 2hr 15min for men, 2hr for women.



Track cycling features three ‘sprint’ events- sprint, team sprint, keirin- and two ‘endurance events’- team pursuit, omnium. Only one athlete or team can compete in each event.





Riders launch from an 8m-high ramp onto a BMX track filled with jumps, bumps and banked corners.

The first round of the knockout phase for men is the quarter-finals and women the semi-finals. The top four riders in each race progress through to the next round. The eight that progress through to the final, compete for the medals.



Wednesday Legs of the Week



Till next time

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Olive Picking

So, I’ve finally joined that esteemed club last Tuesday on the way home from work. My front wheel slipped out from under me and I face planted.

It was on the bike path through the East Park lands just down the road from Channel 10. It was pouring, cold and generally not pleasant conditions to be out in. The section of path I face planted in had a caution sign, but it just cautioned me about olive fruit on the footpath.  Who knew that Olive fruit could be so dangerous. They’re worse than Kangaroos!

So, after falling off, I was looked after by 3 people, one of whom brought a first aid kit down from the nearby school. By the amount of claret pouring from my nose one could assume that I used my nose as an airbag. After stemming most of the blood, and declining a request for an ambulance, I made my way home (after they were sure I was ok) and checked myself in the mirror to see the damage.  Not flash.

The good wife took me down to the Wakefield where, you wouldn’t believe it, but the Surgeon who treated my bike induced dislocated shoulder 9 years ago looked after me again – Tony.

X-Rays of the Face, right shoulder, right wrist, left thumb and right knee found a hairline fracture of the right wrist and a possible fracture of the orbital socket. So into the CT Scan room i went, with 2 hairline fractures of the orbit (roof and floor) and 1 in the sinus cavity wall were confirmed.


Before they transferred me to the Memorial for overnight observation they kindly gave me a facial scrub to get out any remnant nasties in the wounds. Thankfully they gave me the twilight drugs so I wouldn’t remember a thing.

The next morning the Plastic Surgeon on his rounds gave me the all clear, no surgery required, just time.

The wounds were to be self treated with a vaseline type cream until i visited the plastic surgeon on the Friday for a checkup., where they advised I was meant to wipe off the old cream before each new application.. Whoops.  They want to see a nice pink skin, not a scab.

The new ointment they gave me was a clear silicone based ointment called Stratemed Needs to be applied between 3 – 6 hourly.


The recovery of the skin over the 7 days since has been quite remarkable.

Off to the bone doctor on Wednesday to see the damage on the wrist, but it looks like I’ll be off the road for around 4 – 6 weeks, so the indoor trainer beckons.



Brilliant wording, whats the danger, staining of shoes?


I walked home on Monday along that path. It was raining, and without a doubt, there were a few sections where the path felt treacherous underfoot, no wonder my wheel gave way on me.


Tour Talking Points

  • Cavendish is back

Mark Cavendish is back. After winning the final Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France in 2012 (four years in a row (2009–2012)), he’s had a lean spell at the TdF, and with the emergence of Kittel and Greipel since, it was thought that we had seen the last of the Manx Missile on a Grand Tour stage.
But no, after sprint wins on Stage 1, 3 and 5, he is back with a vengeance. And with it he also claimed his first Yellow Jersey.
The victories mean he has now won 29 stages of the Tour, one victory more than Bernard Hinault, and five below the even greater Eddy Merckx.

  • Contador’s crash and abandonment

A heavy crash for Alberto Contador mid-way through stage 1, and a second on Stage 2, he looked to have nursed his battered and bruised body back to health, before succumbing to illness in the Pyrenees and withdrawing with 100km to go on Stage 9.

  • Sagan wins a stage

Peter Sagan is well known for running second at the Grand Tours, not having won a stage since 2013. His stage two win put him into the yellow jersey for the first time in his career, becoming the first world champion to wear the yellow jersey since Thor Hushovd in 2011, and the first to win a stage wearing the rainbow stripes since Mark Cavendish in 2012.

  • Porte’s slow wheel change

Richie Porte is one of the podium contenders, but fell victim to a poorly timed puncture, where he had to stand for what must have felt like an eternity as neutral service performed a particularly slow rear wheel change. His own car was likely to be stuck further down the road behind the rapidly disintegrating peloton.

  • Stage 3 Boredom

At 223km long and virtually pan flat, stage three saw the Peleton taking it extremely easy, at one stage they were rolling along at 33kph. The pace didn’t seem to raise a sweat for a good 150km before it finished with a in the final 10km, with Cavendish equaling the tally of the great Bernard Hinault.

  • Kittel gets his stage win

Marcel Kittel, after being outpaced by Cavendish and Sagan in the first 3 stages, finally gfets his win in Stage 4, with Cavendish’s poor positioning preventing him from seriously challenging for the stage win.

  • A surprise winner in Greg Van Avermaet

Greg Van Avermaet won the Stage in a surprising successful breakaway. At one point, the Belgian Classics specialist had a 15-minute lead before the Peloton brought it back down to five-minutes.

  • Stage 8 before the first abandonment

All 198 riders made it to the start of Stage 8, the first time in the Tours history, with Michael Morkov (Katusha) became the first rider to abandon the 2016 Tour de France.

  • Steve Cummings long range attack

Steve Cummings went solo to take the stage win at the Tour de France, making it four out of seven for his Dimension Data team after Mark Cavendish‘s three sprint victories.

  • The flamme rouge comes crashing down

The flamme rouge inflatable collapsed on the road, with Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) being caught unawares and ending up on the road requiring stiches to his chin.

  • Froome attacks to take yellow

After being protected by the awesome Team Sky, Chris Froome moved to the front of the peloton over the summit of the Peyresourde, then surprised everyone by continuing his attack by tearing down the descent to win by a margin of thirteen seconds. His unusual downhill aero position had the tongues wagging, particularly as his descending skills have been weakness in the past.

  • Tom Dumoulin climbs again

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) has before defied expectations time and time again by refusing to be dropped on the many summits of last year’s Vuelta. His win on Stage 9 was one of his best climbing performance of his career to date – over the day’s five mountain passes he ultimately got the better of a breakaway group

  • Adam Yates

Adam Yates’s has been skillfully managed over the last few years, and whilst there is still 12 stages to go, Adam Yates has shown maturity across the mountains to be in second position to Chris Froome after 9 stages, ahead of the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Richie Porte (BMC) and Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep). He also holds the leader of the young rider’s classification.

  • Nairo Quintana bides his time

Nairo Quintana’s (Movistar) tactic for the race so farr has been to limit any losses to Chris Froome by sticking to his wheel. He has in the past lost time to Froome early on only to gain some of it back in the Alps, so perhaps he is playing the waiting game this time around.

  • A need for speed

Leigh Howard hit 122kph, Jeremy Roy recorded 127kph (79mph) on the descent of the Côte de la Comella while Marcus Burghardt topped out at 130.7 on the long downhill section from the first climb, according to his Strava upload.

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Rider of the Week – Dave Platten

I bumped into Dave about a month back when I dropped into Bike Express one Saturday morning to get some new gloves exchanged as they were de-threading. We got talking about this and that, and discovered a story that I thought you would be interested in, so please enjoy the following discussion with Dace, or Uncle Fester as some know him as.

  • How and when did you get started in cycling?

I started when I was about 8 years old, after jumping on a mate’s bike and promptly crashing into a fence buckling the wheel, my dad thought it best I have my own bike to ride. At 18 I discovered cars and girls and did not take up riding again until 1990 when a strangulated hernia stopped me from: indoor and outdoor cricket, weight lifting, roller skating and table tennis.  My father in law had 2 bikes lying around and he charged me $20 each. Little did he know what those bikes would lead to!

I started helping out at my local bike shop just holding customers attention until the real sales people could come and serve them, somewhere along the way I became aware I could sell as well as they could. I’ve always considered myself loyal and only ever worked at 2 shops in 26 years ending up at Bicycle Express for the last 16.

  • Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?

I actually started as a mountain biker racing against ridgid’s, and saw the introduction of ‘v’ brakes, disc brakes and duallies.  I retired from racing in 2000 following a race at Gawler. I started over thinking my racing and with mountain biking you can’t afford to over think things, riding has to be instinctive and fluid.

Not wanting to stop riding I switched to road riding and touring. Even though I’ve had 3 accidents in the last 16 years I wouldn’t change a thing, although the last one challenged me with a broken pelvis, 3 cracked ribs, cracked sacroiliac and a broken humorous that now has a surgical nail in it. It has taken over twelve months and I am still not riding at the same level, fitness wise.

Over the last 26 years I’ve also been involved in pedal prix and been lucky enough to have meet some great people while watching my children grow up doing it.

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

I have 3 bikes, a flat bar/hybrid that converts to a mountain bike, a roadie that is weapons grade and a bike I never thought I’d have….. a tandem.


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Kathys CLX3 A

  • How do you store your bikes?

Because like everyone I have limited space I have a Dual-Touch™ Bike Stand that takes 4 bikes (handy when you have to keep your wife and daughter’s bikes out the road)


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My tandem hangs from the ceiling using a pulley system.

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

I do a lot of the work myself but the tribe at Bicycle Express are always ready to help, a lot of the time I use the team because while I can do things – they do bike work all day 6 days a week that means they are just so much quicker at it than me. Interestingly though there are things that 26 years’ experience gives you.


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

In my shed there is a bike work stand, derailleur trueing tool, cables, lubes, brake pads and cleaners, stationary trainers, a TV DVD player and lots of cleaning tools.

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

It has to be the Garmin’s – I can remember when speed and cadence were all that was available, with the ease of use, accuracy and myriad of features there are few excuses for not keeping tabs on your progress.

  • What do you love about cycling?

Even at an early age a bike represented speed and freedom, time with my mates throwing bikes around like skid kid’s, braking frames and forks. Now it represents speed freedom and time with my mates – some things never change!

  • Is there anything that annoys you?

People who steal bikes! They don’t work for them, love them or love riding but they are prepared to take from those who do!

  • You’ve had a bit of a health scare a while back, can you tell us little about this and how it impacted on your life in cycling.

December 3, 2011 I was diagnosed with peritonitis after my bowel had ruptured, I was fitted with a colostomy bag and told unless I could meet certain requirements I would not be eligible for a reversal. My wife and I (along with the Doctors) put together a plan to reach the targets and move forward, I rode between each round of surgery getting weaker each time – eventually completing them all and being ‘reconnected’. To my amazement I am still able to ride but my style has changed. Prior to bowel cancer my average cadence was around 75rpm now its more like 95rpm. I am still weak but getting better every day!

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Cadel Evans – because he was a successful mountain biker when I was racing, and then went on to conquer the heights of world cycling.

My least favourite is Lance Armstrong – because he shattered a belief!

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

Cadel Evans (MTB & Road), Lance Armstrong (Road) & John Tomac (MTB)


Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

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John Tomac rests during a ride at Phoenix’s South Mountain Park.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Craziest memory – was from a Coast to Coast ride one year, we had just bought the tandem and it was our first challenge ride, the last hill into Victor Harbour we had been passed by many people going up we reached the top our energy reserves just about exhausted I said to my wife ready? Got a tap on the bottom as acknowledgement and I felt her weight on my backpack, we flew past everyone only slowing for some slower bikes passing another rider.  There were a number of friends riding that day who queried our pace but with 2 computers on the ”bus” they couldn’t argue.

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

Exchange coffee shop and the salted chocolate chip cookies are too die for.

  • Have you ridden overseas? If so, where? If not, where would it be?

We rode in New Zealand (a kind of little Europe) and would like to ride France and Germany along the Rhine river.

  • What is your favourite training route?

Along the Southern expressway and through to Willunga and up the hill.

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

I’m just going out for a short ride – and returning hours later.

  • What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?

Ground effects Rock Lobster – you can never have too many.

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

Bicycle Express – we’re not a team, we’re a tribe! I’m treated like family and allowed to be there to make a difference to our customers.

I get excited every Saturday just to be there, and every Saturday I learn something new, not always about bikes but often about life!

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Cycling is such a leveller no matter how much money or how little you’re only as good as each pedal stroke. I only wish more vehicle users would take up riding to have a better understanding of the challenges we riders face every time we go out pulling up and being abusive never placed anyone’s agenda in a better situation.

To all the other riders be they road, bmx, hybrid, or tandem a polite wave or hi never hurts.

Thanks Dave, it was a pleasure chatting with you, and all the best in the Future.

If any Wednesday Legger pops into Bike Express on a Saturday morning, say G’day to Dave, you cant miss him, he’s the Uncle Fester lookalike.



Cafe of the Week – Bar 9 Outreach


A social collaboration between Bar 9 and St Vincent De Paul, Bar 9 are looking to expand upon their mission statement of Enabling Life’s Best Work through to the community.

St Vinnies for 12 years have owned and maintained the old iconic Iliad building to serve the homeless and those from their shelter. During the day time it has, until now, sat vacant. Bar9 are working with St Vincent De Paul to re-energise the space and breathe new life through the gorgeous old character laid building.

Bringing our interpretation of specialty coffee, quality breakfast and brunch served in a relaxed and approachable setting we’re really excited to work with this really unique space.  With a menu that gives a polite nod to the heritage of this classic building before, this non liscensed venue should have enough nooks and crannies to suit all walks of life.

We also hope to inspire others, both those who are currently sharing tough times and also other businesses who have the capacity to perhaps help others in need, by sharing the stories and growth of all of those that we work with.
We invite you to be a part of this movement by helping us share the word, and hopefully together we can enact some real, significant and long lasting social change.

Bar 9 Outreach is located in the vine-covered premises that was once the renowned Iliad Greek restaurant. The Iliad has been closed for around 30 years and the space has since been used as a dining room by St Vincent de Paul volunteers to prepare and serve meals to homeless people.

I got s chance to catch up with the owner Ian Callahan on a recent visit to the outreach. Ian, says he was originally approached by St Vincent de Paul (SA) CEO David Wark about running a coffee training course at the site. That spurred further thought about what more he could do.  They started talking about working with a shortlisted focus group of up to 12 people and taking more time to develop their confidence and skills to see what they can do and hopefully help them to get to the next level.

They serve Bar 9’s signature Five Senses coffee plus a great range of breakfasts, brunches and of course cakes.

There’s plenty of room outside for bike groups, so if you get a chance, pop in and help support a lovely venture that is looking to help the homeless.

Till next time

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The Meaning of Life

Velocio Gilet



People on this side of the planet are right in the midst of winter. And whilst we dont get the snow and sleet that our Northern Hemisphere friends get, it still gets bloody hard to get the motivation going for an early morning ride. The time to pull together the layer upon layer of clothing, its just the pits.

I had a Velocio quilted vest come across my desk a month back, something I was very much looking forward to taking out for ride in this colder weather.


It didn’t disappoint, in fact it took me some time in working how best to layer up as it almost works too well. Climbing the hills gets pretty warm wearing the vest, but with the 2-way zipper, you can regulate, but you need to have you base layers all worked out. The standard 2 layers underneath a vest are unnecessary,  so a nice long sleeved winter top by itself works well.

But rolling through the hills and coming back down it works an absolute treat. And – sitting around outside at the coffee shop, not only does it look pretty good, it stopped me from cooling down too much too quickly, which is a riders curse.

The sales pitch off the velocio website:

The RECON Quilted Vest is made to extend that cool weather comfort beyond pedaling. The fit and versatility of our Wind Vest with added warmth, protection and style thanks to Global Merino Ponte merino wool base fabric and an ultralight Pertex Quantum shell. Quilted side panels offer a subtle detailing that, paired with a moto-inspired metal zipper, looks clean and casual after the pedaling stops. Wear it over theRECON Wool Long Sleeve. Wear it over a button down. Wear it with denim. The RECON does insulation duty without sacrificing performance or style.

  • Global Merino Ponte merino wool for warmth, mobility and excellent moisture management
  • Pertex Quantum DWR 100% windproof “outer” front panels for protection
  • Two-layer quilted design adds protection without bulk
  • 2 front & 1 rear zippered pockets
  • Reflective logos and trim details and light loop for visibility
  • Shaped collar and longer hem at the back for a tailored fit in the cycling position
  • YKK two-way nickel plated metal zipper


And here’s a picture of yours truly building up the courage to brave the weather.


Me and this vest will become good friends this winter.

Further details here. velocio.cc

The Cycle Closet in Adelaide sell a range of Velocio clothing. I don’t think they stock the Recon vest, but worth a drop in anyway cyclecloset


Adelaide Airport Bike Facilities

I came across this information as I was wondering around the airport the other day.

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Bicycle facilities and services were upgraded at Adelaide Airport in time for the last Tour Down Under. The facilities now provide a secure Adelaide Metro bike cage for use by customers with a registered Metrocard. The facilities are located at the Southern end of the old International Terminal.


Cyclists can visit an Adelaide Metro Info Centre to add the ‘bike cage fare product’ to their registered Metrocard. Users can simply show their photo ID and pay an annual fee of $10. Customers then simply use the Metrocard touchpad to open the bike cage door and lock their bike to one of the rails. 

Other bicycle facilities at Adelaide Airport include:

  • Bicycle service stations for assembly, disassembly and minor maintenance of bicycles;
  • Free bicycle racks for up to 12 bikes; and
  • Bicycle box ‘recycling’ service during major cycling events.

By all accounts, Adelaide Airport checked in more than 3,300 bikes in the 3 days following the end of the event, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

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Lofty 105


Its back, the Lofty 105 is an off road Gravel Grinding Gran Fondo/ cyclo sportive style cycle challenge through the South Lofty Ranges. cyclocross, mtn and hybrid bikes suitable..

The Lofty 105 Cycle Challenge will take place on Sunday the 11th September! This year they have added a new Classic Vintage category for those with bicycles pre 1987 ! No carbon, internal routing of gears, disc brakes etc. Just straight out classic old school style…

The EVENT PROGRAM for the Lofty 105 will be available and sent out a week before the event. This will be essential reading for all competitors as it includes all the final information for the event.


LOCATION: Monarto Sports Complex (Schenscher Rd, Monarto) Off S.E.Fwy/Old Princes Hwy


  1. Lofty 105 – $60
  2. Lofty Mid 65 – $50
  3. Lofty Mid Lite 45 – $50
  4. Lofty Fun 21 (Ride Only) $25

The Lofty 105km Full Course Map shown below. Entries are open via the website www.lofty105.com.au.



Lofty 105 2016 facebook


BUPA Jersey Tender

For all those up & coming kit manufacturers, the tender for the 2017 BUPA Community Challenge is out now on the SA Tenders Website. Link here  tenders.sa.gov.au

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) is seeking to appoint an experienced jersey supplier to supply jerseys for the 2017 Challenge Tour with an option to extend for two years until the completion of the 2019 event.

The jersey supplier will be responsible for producing a high quality jersey for approximately 6,000 participants.  The artwork for the jerseys will be provided by the SATC.

The SATC seeks a supplier with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the mass production and supply of cycling jerseys for a major event.

The successful supplier will be responsible for managing the production and delivery of the Challenge Tour jerseys including, but not be limited to the following:

  • Order and delivery
  • Colour/Design
  • Size and Measurements
  • Jersey Quality & Style
  • Guarantees

1. Order and delivery requirements:

a. Delivery to a location within 20km of the Adelaide City will be required to be received in full by January 9 each year.

b. Deliver jerseys within a timeline which will allow SATC to maximise participation sales. Previously approximately 3,500 sizes are ordered on October 1, an optional second order in the second week of November and the remaining on 20 November. The SATC is open to later ordering dates provided the final delivery date remains the same and quality is not compromised.

c. Facilitate the printing of team names onto the back of team jerseys within agreed timeline. Note: The final list of team names and their corresponding sizes will be submitted for printing in December; Team names are generally limited to 25 characters including spaces and logos or images are not permitted by SATC; approximately 2,000 participants in 200 teams registered in 2016; and the design of jersey provided will allow space for this printing to occur.

d. All of the above ordered jerseys must be at the same cost.

e. SATC must receive a packing list with the jerseys.

f. Team jerseys must be individually wrapped and then packaged as a team. Boxes must be clearly labelled with which team jerseys are included.

g. All remaining jerseys should be individually wrapped and boxed according to size with the box clearly labelled indicating how many jerseys are contained and what size they are.

h. Any jerseys missing – following a stock take undertaken by SATC – must be printed with a 4 day turnaround.

i. SATC must be able to order additional jerseys after the participant registration close off date in early January. It is not anticipated that this order would exceed 500 units. Any jerseys ordered in January must be delivered to a designated location within Adelaide no later than the Thursday morning of the event week.

2. Colour/Design restrictions

a. Provide information on colours available and any restrictions from design e.g. shading colours or use of multiple colours.

b. Provide details of any design/colour elements that would alter the price.

3. Size and measurements

a. Provide a complete jersey breakdown of all sizes available from smallest to largest in each style available e.g. extra small, small, medium etc.

b. Supply measurements for chest, waist, hip, sleeve and length in centimetres for both jersey and t-shirts.

c. Advise in the same chart which women’s size would best suit each size. i.e. Size 10 = Small.

d. Provide jerseys as ordered within the size breakdowns. If there are any variances, the jerseys must be collected by the contractor and resupplied with the correct sizes no later than 10 days prior to the event (teams must be fixed no later than 14 days prior to the event).

4. Quality/style of jerseys

a. Deliver jerseys of high quality.

b. Jerseys supplied should be sufficiently durable for extended use by riders in the Challenge Tour and beyond the event.

c. Sample jerseys can come from contractor’s general stock as long as they don’t have any branding other than the contractors and must represent the style and material to be used in the final orders.

d. Colours of jerseys must match that of the artwork provided (confirmed during sample process).

e. Have a full length zip.

f. Customised zip tag (ESA to provide the artwork).

g. Have 3 pockets incorporated into the jersey design, sewn onto the back of the jersey.

h. Provide information including any known restrictions or recommendations for jerseys styles available i.e. cafe, race fit, relaxed fit, material options.

i. Advise if any styles have design restrictions e.g. number of colours that can be used, patterns can or can’t go over seams.

5. Guarantees

a. All products must carry a guarantee on materials of a minimum of six months.

b. All products must carry a workmanship guarantee of a minimum of six months. c. The service provided must comply with Fair Trade guidelines.



Association of Professional Cyclists


Immediately following the tragic crash and death of Antoine Demoitie the CPA has worked directly with riders to develop a Security Plan.

A few weeks ago the first version of our plan was submitted to the UCI and discussed with UCI staff such as Matthew Knight and members of the UCI Road Commission.

Since the CPA presented its security plan, many more riders got in touch with the CPA in order to add their ideas to the project, showing a lot of enthusiasm for the initiative. The riders have, also through social media, asked the UCI to support the plan of the CPA that collects their ideas and the advice of those who really live the risks during the races.

In the last days the majority of the riders (96%) voted again in favor of the plan, on the CPAOCS, the new online communication system of the riders.

CPA President Gianni Bugno will present the updated and revised version of the CPA Security Plan at the next meeting of the UCI Pro Cycling Council held on the 21st – 22nd of June in Switzerland.

“We expect that the UCI and the other stakeholders will listen to our suggestions,” Bugno said, “and that they will make them effective by adopting our points into the action plan that the UCI is generating. We plan a further discussion of this issue during the Tour de France, when, together with the AICGP, we will organize a meeting where the UCI and the organizers will be invited in order not to lose the attention on this important subject.”

Key points from the Safety Plan are:


The absence of clear UCI Regulations for safe course design results in unnecessarily dangerous finales and avoidable crashes, as we have recently seen in:  Stage 1 of 2015 Pais Vasco; Stage 2 of Qatar 2016; and the 2016 Le Tour de La Provence.
The UCI Regulations currently contain only one rule related to course safety inside the final 3 kilometers:

UCI Regulation 2.2.017:

A zone of at least 300 meters before and 100 meters after the finishing line shall be protected by barriers. It shall be accessible exclusively to representatives of the organiser, riders, paramedical assistants, sports directors and accredited personnel.

Proposed Solution:

new UCI Regulations mandating best practices for safe course design inside the final 3 km.


1.1 The final 3km shall be reconnoitered and a Mandatory Risk Assessment shall be completed and made available upon request, to the following parties, a minimum of 30 days before the day of the race: The President of the UCI Commissaires’ Panel, A representative of the AIGCP, A representative of the CPA

1.2 The condition of the final 3km shall be reconnoitred on the day before the race, the morning of the race, and again within a minimum of 30 minutes of the arrival of the first riders.

1.3 The road must be clear of any debris and, if necessary, shall be swept before the arrival of the first riders.

1.4 Bridge expansion joints and tram lines shall be temporarily filled in with plaster or covered by a rubber strip securely attached so that it will not move out of place as the race vehicles pass over it.

1.5 The organiser shall request the public authorities to adapt or remove obstacles inside the final 3 km (removal of plastic bollards screwed to the ground, smoothing out speed bumps, etc.). If the removal of an obstacle is not possible, it shall be protected as follows in 2.



2.1 Riders shall be protected from traffic islands, central reservations and any other obstacles taller than 5 cm by the careful positioning of wrapped straw bales.

2.2 In addition to this protection, riders shall be warned of approaching dangers. These warnings shall be both visible and audible.

2.3 The organiser shall allocate two marshals with whistles and yellow flags to obstacles taller than 5 cm: the first person shall be positioned 50-100 m before the obstacle; the second person shall be immediately in front of or behind the obstacle.

2.4 Signs indicating a narrowing of the road or a roundabout shall be located 200 m and 100m before the danger point to ensure the riders are fully aware of the danger.

3.1 Barriers shall be set up on both sides of the road for a minimum of 500 m before the line and 100 m after.

3.2 Barriers for the last 400m shall have hidden bases, such that the feet of the barriers do not encroach on the roadway.

3.3 Barriers shall be firmly anchored to the ground so that strong winds or spectators cannot knock barriers over.

3.4 Any advertising media such as boards, flags or inflatables, shall be firmly anchored so that they cannot become detached in strong winds.

3.5 The event announcer shall pass on messages urging the public to take care and in particular not to cross the road.

3.6 The organiser is responsible for controlling access to the finish line. Access shall be restricted to accredited persons (organisation staff, security personnel, team staff, photographers, journalists, etc.).

3.7 Riders shall be preceded by a vehicle to clear the route for them. This vehicle shall accelerate in the final 800 m to cross the line at least 30 seconds ahead of the first rider.

3.8 Motorcycle photographers shall arrive before the race and park on the roadway in an area reserved for them.

3.9 The finishing straight shall be kept completely unobstructed until the last rider has finished.


Cost of Life

There has been a lot, and i mean a lot of talk about cycling safety, lack of infrastructure, every second man and their dog calling out for licensing and registration of cyclists etc blah, blah blah ad nauseum.

We all feel that if the government built more cycling friendly infrastructure, more people would be prepared to venture out onto our roads for obvious reasons. The flow on effects have been well documented, so I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but  reduced traffic congestion, a healthier society, reduced burden on the ailing healthcare system and budget, delayed road transport infrastructure upgrades are the obvious benefits, but hard to quantify.

How much do the tiers of government spend on cycling infrastructure? Buggered if I can find how much the SA State Government and local councils allocate to upgrading cycling infrastructure, probably impossible to extract as they’re bound to be buried deep within the capital works programme, but a study three years ago indicated that the State Government spent less than $3 per person on upgrading infrastructure. With a population of around 1.7M, that translates to a spend of around $5M.

That’s woeful.

The NSW government recently announced in their state budget a spend of around $80M for cycling infrastructure in their 2016 budget. With a population of around 5M, that translates to around $16 per person. That’s better, but could still be improved.

So, looking at it from another angle, how much is the state prepared to spend to save money, by that i mean how much to reduce accidents that cost the state in productivity and eat into our health budget. From bean counters perspective, how much is life worth.

What is the value of life the state place upon us? From the amount the states spend on us, its obviously very little, but statistically speaking, what value does the government place on each of our lives?

How much is a life valued at?


You’ve probably already picked up the gaping hole in my argument – i.e. you can’t directly translate infrastructure spend to savings through accident reductions



but what if you could?



The following is an exert from the Best Practice Regulation Guidance Note put out by the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (Commonwealth Government tier for those outside of Australia).

The value of statistical life is often used to estimate the benefits of reducing the risk of death (EPA 2000, Viscusi 2003). The value of statistical life is an estimate of the financial value society places on reducing the average number of deaths by one.

A number of empirical studies have derived estimates for the value of statistical life using the above methods. In reviewing the studies relevant to Australia, Abelson (2007) noted that the estimates range from $3m to $15m. Based on economic theory, international research and international practice Abelson argues that the most credible estimate is $3.5m for the value of statistical life (2014).

Importantly, the research into the value of statistical life, including Abelson (2007), has argued that the estimates will vary according to the characteristics of the people affected and the nature of the risk or hazard. For example, the value of statistical life is likely to be higher if it is based on younger people with longer to live and particularly painful deaths are likely to attract a higher willingness to pay to avoid.

If the building of infrastructure is to have an impact in future years, as opposed to a once off benefit,  then the benefit through reducing deaths of cyclists in future years also needs to be taken into account.

The current 10-year annual average is 3.4 cycling deaths.

So lets say a state government had an objective to reduce the number of cycling deaths by 1 per annum, then their would be an expectation that they would need to spend somewhere in the vicinity of $3.5M per annum, which actually is just below the $5M noted beforehand.

What about if we upped the ante, and aimed for 0 deaths, all it would take is around $12M. Not significant in the overall big picture of things.

As i said before, its hard to translate directly from spend to savings, and spending more isn’t going to necessarily going to prevent accidents from happening, particularly when a significant portion of accidents are the result of driver inattention, but surely there would be some longer term intangible benefits from upping the spend?

Worth a think about it when you next speak to your local minister.


 Rider of the Week – Gus Kingston


Some say he is more brittle than High Modulus Carbon Fibre, and that his hacking skills have him on the ASIO watch list, all we know is he’s called Gus.

Gus moved to Adelaide nine years ago and while he rode a bike in Sydney, in Adelaide he
became a cyclist. Setting up the Adelaide Cyclists website in 2009 he’s a well known
member of the Adelaide cycling community but that doesn’t make him obsessive about cycling, in fact he’s far from it.
  •  How and when did you get started in cycling?
I moved from Sydney nine years ago but before I moved I’d started riding a mountain bike around to lose some baby bonus weight, and then I started commuting to work. It was at the start of the cycling re-revolution and safe routes were starting to open up and drivers weren’t out to kill us. When I moved to Adelaide I was invited along to a group ride. Then I was given an old Giant OCR2 to keep up and after some serious struggles up to Mt Lofty, I was hooked.
  • You run the popular Adelaide Cyclists forum, tell us a little about why and when you started it, and what keeps you going with it.
So after I’d been in Adelaide a year and my second son was born I’d seriously started
reading more and more about cycling—mostly urban cycling blogs and sites like
urbanvelo.org. At the same time I was going through a career change from being a sound
engineer to a web content producer. I saw it as an experiment outside the confines of my
workplace to see how social networking and online communities could grow. This was 2008- 09, a time when Twitter had just started and Facebook had a mere 100mil users worldwide (it’s now 1.4bil).
So one morning I just started it with no members. Later that day there was one, then two, then four, six, sixteen, twenty and suddenly it was 300 which is the tipping point of social networks when they take on a life of their own. All the members were people looking for the same thing, information about cycling in Adelaide.
Of course, it was based on Sydney and Melbourne cyclist sites, but not related (although I do know the creator of those now too).
Its role has changed a lot due to the dominance of Facebook. It was a place for networking, asking questions, discovering like minded and creating pages for riding groups to communicate.
With that shift in mind I try and keep it specifically local — local cycling news, events, services, black spots, advocacy, suitable winter clothing, and best bang for buck training routes etc—because there are hundreds of sites on the web to ask what wheel set to buy but not many about riding in Adelaide. I don’t think if I was to start it today it would work. It just wouldn’t get that critical mass to survive birth.
  • What are some of your fondest thoughts about the forum, and conversely, any negative thoughts?
Coming to Adelaide as an outsider (I’m a member of the ‘guys dragged here by Adelaide born wives’ club) most of the people I know I’ve met through cycling and the site. It’s played a role in advocacy, helping people after accidents, getting new riders up and going more confidently, helped share great charity events.
One of the biggest, but also saddest, times was the Ride for Respect to remember Simon Whitely who was killed on Anzac Hwy in 2010. A member was affected by the event and created a ride the following Saturday to complete Simon’s ride drawing a huge peloton. It was nice to be able to help share that event.
Cycling has become so much more popular and Strava has certainly changed the way people ride. I decided a few years ago that I didn’t want to organise bunch rides. There are plenty of other people who do and can share them on the site or any other platform. They are difficult to manage with differing abilities, especially at the Adelaide Cyclists typical member level, and Strava has planted a competitive seed that wasn’t there before. Maybe there should have a no-Strava bunch ride.
  • You’ve had a bit of time off the bike recently, why is that
Sometimes life just gets in the way. Luckily it’s winter. My wife has had to travel on weekends a bit so I haven’t been able to get out on those weekends. I used to ride one or two mornings a week but I’ve got soft. I used to beat myself up about it but made peace with myself. While I still ride to work and on Sundays (if it’s not bucketing down), I spend my winter nights staying up late, reading, talking to my wife and kids, binge watching TV, brewing beer and, of course, watching the Giro and the Tour de France.
I will admit, come spring it’s hard to get going again so I do keep up some indoor training and cross-fit.
  • Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?
Mostly road.
I’ve got a Giant TCX cyclo-cross bike. I’ve raced it but in all honesty, I don’t have that taste for blood to be a racer. CX is fun, but if I’m not in competition I don’t really have the drive to train for it. It’s still a great bike to ride some gravel adventures, take on holidays or use as a commuter. I kind of like mountain biking, and the options in Adelaide are so good, but it cuts into the time I have on the road so I don’t do it much.
  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
Five. Giant OCR 2 (for the trainer), my old Giant Boulder MTB, Giant TCX CX bike, lovely old Adelaide built steel framed tourer called a Sierra but my main bike is a 2011 Focus Cayo 1.
  • How do you store your bikes?
All over the place but securely locked away and locked down in that locked away place (you hear horror stories thanks to Strava).
  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I mostly do my own … well my riding buddy and neighbour helps me out a lot. He’s very mechanically minded and fastidious. I’ve learnt a lot from him but most of all, if you keep your bike clean and lubed, especially the drivechain, it’ll love you back and you won’t need to get it serviced often. Learn how to reset gear indexing, change a chain and cables and watch for end of life wear on chainrings, cassettes and rims and you can avoid big service bills.
Also a clean bike is a mechanic’s dream. Most of the work they do on your bike is de-gunking it to find the source of an issue. Keep it clean and they can spend more time on the important stuff. Saying that, there are many great mechanics in Adelaide but I’m not going to pick one… or maybe I will. Shaun Caire of Bicycle Caire is a lovely guy who knows his stuff and isn’t going to rip anyone off.
 Link here – bicyclecaire
  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
The best service ‘tool’ is a Morgan Blue chain keeper. You screw it into your dropout and it holds the chain in line for cleaning when the wheel is removed. You can really get stuck into cleaning your chain so well you could eat off it but it. It also stops it banging and scraping along your rear stays.
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I think every cyclist should have a bike repair stand, a proper set of Allen keys, a pedal spanner, a lube you go to and use regularly (Morgan Blue Race Oil), a degreaser (although cleaning your chain in diesel is good, except if you have a white bike). A torque wrench is also a good idea. You can get good priced ones. Go see Brian at Road Rage Cycles.
  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
I could say Dura-ace wheels, Rapha race cape, Castelli Gabba or Specialized shoes (they’ve been really good) and I’ve got over 35 cycling caps, but to be different I’ll say my Belroy Elements jersey pocket phone/stuff holder. Excellent functional and stylish design. It’s
better than a zip lock bag and it’s Australian. I’ll also give a credit+ to my Icebreaker merino undershirt. It’s 11 years old and still going strong (and warm).
  • What do you love about cycling?
I could say the feeling of freedom and staying fit, but I really like the history and tradition of cycling. I love reading about the golden era of cycling of the 1940s and ’50s. The panache and the Italian heroes and the French challengers, how they trained (or didn’t) and the passion of the Italian Tifosi.
I love the current era too but I’ve read some great books on that time. One you have to read is Twenty-one Nights In July: A Personal History Of The Tour De France.
It was written by Adelaide writer and cyclist Ianto Ware as a 30,000 word fanzine every night as he watched 21 stages of the 2008 TDF. It was picked up by a publisher, rewritten and published and distributed via Penguin. The sleeve describes it best: Part love letter to the humble bicycle, part history of the Tour de France, Twenty-One Nights in July reveals how cycling transcended mere sport to become a philosophy for the modern age.  Ianto Ware also introduced me to some other great texts like One More Kilometre and We’re In The Showers>>Sex, Lies & Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil>>Put Me Back On My Bike, the Tom Simpson bio>>When We Were Young, the Laurent Fignon bio.>>Tomorrow We Ride, Jean Bobet>>Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour De France>>A Race for Madmen: A History of the Tour de France— there are so many.
I also love the films A Sunday In Hell>> Hell On Wheels>> Viva Le Tour and I just watched Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist on Netflix. A tragic story with questions that may never be answered. Did the Mafia kill him because he wouldn’t ‘throw stages’?
  • Is there anything that annoys you?
Apart from the Mafia and doping… maybe I don’t get annoyed but I find the whole cycling advocacy and the public outing of bad drivers and video camera activists exhausting. Sadly people are turning to Fly6/12/ GoPro cameras for good reason, to protect themselves, but that comes at the cost of enjoying a ride. It’s easy to understand that when someone has almost be flattened by a car, or experienced a road rage situation, they are going to be angry and go online and share their feelings. This is often perceived as whinging but put yourself in their shoes. Unfortunately it comes at the costs of all the good cycling experiences and sunny day rides that go unshared.
  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
My neighbour and ride buddy (and mechanic) Simon who always gets me home on time, keeps the chain tight, waits for me at the top of a climb and patiently rides with me every weekend even though he can outpace me anywhere. I also love the panache of Fausto Coppi.
  • If you could have dinner with three people from the cycling world, who would they be?
Jacques Anquetil, because he famously said ‘To prepare for a race there is nothing better than a good pheasant, some champagne and a woman’, and also, ‘You can’t ride the Tour de France on mineral water’, so there’d be some fine eating.
Fausto ‘cycling is suffering’ Coppi to get the Italian balance and …
I’m not a Jensey fan-boy so I’ll pick Wiggo … no, actually, Adam Hansen. I like him
Giro di Turchia 2013

Giro di Turchia 2013 – Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey – 5a tappa Marmaris – Bodrum 183 km – 22/04/2013 – Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) – Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) – foto Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2013

or Pierre Rolland.
  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
The most painful or wettest are the most memorable. I remember riding back down the Gorge Road in the pouring rain that had set in following a wheel. I was freezing, drenched and eating Belgian toothpaste when it occurred to me that I loved cycling. This is so horrible, but also really great.
  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Harvest Cafe Mylor is a great stop for a long black. I’m weak for banana bread or chocolate brownies but I feel bad because my ride buddy and I say we only train on half a peanut and a piece of ice. When I was on long service leave I’d ride everyday and go into Red Mill on Hectorville Rd and they got to know me and my order. Check them out, they’re open early.
  • Have you ridden overseas? If so, where? If not, where would it be?
I haven’t, except when I lived in the UK 25 years ago and almost crashed my cousin’s racer into the 400 year old dry stone church wall riding home from the village pub at night. I’d love to ride the Italian lakes—Como and Garda—and the Dolomites and perhaps the Loire Valley. An adventure ride to Patagonia would also be awesome.
  • What is your favourite training route?
I don’t know about this idea of ‘training’, but Norton, Lofty, Lower Sturt to Scott Creek, Mylor, Aldgate Valley Rd, Ashton, Montacute is pretty good. My simple evening or morning go-to route is Norton-Marble Hill-Montacute. I’ve ridding it hundreds of times and I never get bored. I try to look for something new or different every time. Recently I’ve been enjoying Lwr NE Rd, over to Seaview Rd, Rangeview Rds, Paracombe, Gorge. Actually, that is a good training route.
  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I blamed a nonexistent flat when stopping a Cudlee Creek seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
Focus Izalco Max or Cannondale Evo with SRAM eTap, Zipp 404s, or maybe a leave pass to go over to Bright and ride the Victorian three peaks.
  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
Adelaide Cyclists’ H’eroica Ride, our nod to the Italian L’Eroica, is back for its sixth year on October 9. This year we’re encouraging the vintage bikes out of the shed to either ride to Anderson Hill Winery via the back roads like Blockers and Mawson or come out for a ‘Show and Shine’. More info here. http://bit.ly/adl_heroica
  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
Ride your bike, don’t be obsessed, if you want to race, join a club and pin on a number. If
you’re slow at climbing just remember that 60 per cent of the peloton are also more than half and hour behind the grimpeurs on mountain stages. Don’t forget your spouse and find another hobby for the winter.
Thanks Gus, I feel like you had a bit of fun opening up like that, there certainly is a lot of passion hidden behind that poker face of yours.


Leg of the Week

probably NSFW
more new legs in the Legs page – link here.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks legs
Oh, and don’t forget about that little race over in France.
till next time
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