Raining fire in the sky

Le Tour de Yorkshire

Word on the street was that more than two million spectators took in the four days of spectacular cycling action in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

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Stage 1

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Stage one of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire was a 182km ride from the East to the South of the county, and 450,000 people turned out to watch  Harry Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg). made history with this win, becoming the first UK and, to the delight of the county, the first Yorkshire rider to win a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.1a7f2654d1b7801707d1c1d90e81e9c678272cfd7dcdf1af1a94c9185344ca5711d88ec61563c301f56bdb33626b4b470729fb2d983c7042e42c3cda

 

Stage 2

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Magnus Cort Nielsen of Astana Pro Team powered his way to victory at the first ever summit finish of the Tour de Yorkshire and once again the Yorkshire crowds came out in their thousands to cheer on the riders.

600,000 spectators lined the route of a tough, yet stunning, stage today that saw the both the mens’ and womens’ teams ride from Barnsley to Ilkley and conclude with an iconic climb finishing on the famous Cow and Calf summit.

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Stage 3

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The third stage, one of ‘market towns’, saw the riders pedal along 184km of the county’s most beautiful landscapes on their way from Richmond to Scarborough; and the crowds were amazing from start to finish.

650,000 spectators lined the roads on a day that saw the sun beam down on God’s Own County and add to the magic of an already iconic stage with the finish on North Bay.

Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and blue jersey wearer, Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) battled for the line with Walscheid taking the win on the third day, his first win of the season and Eduard Prades Reverter (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) in third place.

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Stage 4

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Stephane Rossetto was king of the road on stage 4. The Cofidis Solutions rider produced a spectacular performance, riding over 100km in a solo breakaway to take stage 4 on the Headrow in Leeds; the start point of the Grandest Ever Grand Départ of the Tour de France just four years ago.

Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) was crowned the overall winner of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire as he finished second in a thrilling sprint to the line that included title rivals, Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data) and Eduard Prades Reverter (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias).

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oh, and guess what’s heading to Yorkshire next year?

 

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The 2019 UCI Road World Championships – September 2019.

The Championships will include a wide range of men’s, women’s and junior races, which take place over nine days. Harrogate will host two circuit races and the other races will start in locations in right across the county.

 

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It’s gonna be stunning.

This weeks Business of the Week – Rodeo Labs

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Who are Rodeo Labs and what do you do?

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Rodeo labs is a small group of dedicated riders at the core of a more broad dispersed community. At our core we love riding bikes, making bikes, and surviving to tell stories about it. I run the company and spearhead a lot of our initiatives with the support of some great collaborators – whether that be on the community side, the bike development side, or the back end of the business side.

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What is the story behind the Rodeo Lab name and it’s existence?

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Rodeo started as a very informal, very unstructured team of riders in Denver, Colorado in 2014. We formed as a backlash against what was predominantly a very rigid, racing driven road bike culture. We didn’t find the rules of the sport to be very enjoyable and we just wanted to ride bikes our way without anyone telling us what to do. I think a major decision when you participate in a culture is whether or not you want to be a part of the flow or if you want to shape your own flow. Rodeo is the latter.

Rodeo evolved from the team into the company through inertia. We experimented a lot with ideas because we were curious what was possible. Bad ideas died and good ideas flourished to be point where the team could no longer just be a loose group of people having fun. We had to evolve into a company with a bit of structure in order to justify the time and resources that Rodeo seemed to want and need. You can’t make bikes and develop products as a hobby, so Rodeo grew up a little bit along the way.

 

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Who are the people behind Rodeo Labs and what part do they play?

I think a lot of people on the outside looking in think Rodeo is bigger than it is. Maybe(?) they see the output of what we are doing and think there is a small army behind it, but there isn’t. Rodeo was run out of a 120 square foot office from 2014 to late 2017. We kept overhead low and relied on collaboration with a network of dispersed people to make it work. I’m the hub of the spokes. I have a business partner Glenn who collaborates on generally making good decisions  – or at least if we make bad decisions we try to do it knowingly! Jenn keeps track of the details, builds, inventory, and the chaos in the office.

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We collaborate with a half dozen engineers and designers as far away as Japan when we’re working on our bikes. Generally we’re fairly location agnostic and prioritize working with good people and getting the ideas in our head out into the real world. We work with a local shop SloHi Bikes whom we share a building with to build all of our custom bike builds. We work with a single wheelbuilder in Portland , Oregon (Magnetic Wheel Co) to do all of our wheel builds one at a time. Everything about Rodeo is modular and everything is a measured effort. If there is a new task that needs to be done I first look for friendly, skilled, and most of all trustworthy people to add to our equation. There are no luxury perks, fancy offices, sprinter vans, trade shows, travelling demo programs, advertising campaigns, or any other thing that would add to overhead or make us less manoeuvrable.

You have some fine steeds in your livery, how do they differ from the mass production steeds in the market?

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That’s a tough question. I think high level our bikes aren’t incredibly different from a lot of what is out there – now that the entire economic engine of the bike industry seems to be focused on the emerging “gravel trend”. Our bikes are built around fun first and versatility a close second. We want to make bikes that fulfill the implicit promise that we make with them. Do they make you faster? No. Are they aero? No. Will they make you more pro? No. Are they fun? Yes. Are they adaptable? Yes. Are you a bit more likely to try something new and have a great time on them? Yes.

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We do not develop anything about our bikes based on industry trends. If the bike industry is the sun then Rodeo is the smallest moon orbiting the smallest planet in the solar system. We’re still part of the overall conversation and we’re excited to be a part of it but very little of the glow of the sun hits us. We develop our bikes based on the inspiration we draw from riding the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Rockies are incredibly challenging and rich for inspiration on what an adventure bike needs in order to be successful.

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If we ride over a summer and have some take-aways about what we want our bikes to do differently we roll that thinking into the next iteration. We tend to iterate pretty frequently and I think we’re a bit more adaptive than a larger company might be because larger ships are slower to steer.

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About 80% of the framesets we make are built into complete bikes by us. 100% of those bikes are custom specced as a result of a real conversation with each customer about what they want the bike to be. The level of attention and detail that we put into each bike is unique, and even though we don’t customize each frame’s geometry and layup for each rider our end product strives to be the best expression of the bike that each rider will have fun on and enjoy.

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Ultimately I would say that if you buy a bike from a mainstream brand you’ll get a more calculated, superbly executed machine. Almost in a robotic way. If you buy a Rodeo you get a bike developed and executed entirely in passion, and you’ll get a bike with a healthy helping of story and soul.

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Our bikes lean towards experimentation and towards jamming in as many features as we can into each design. The “Lab” in our name is not titular. Our bikes are about asking why and what if and then learning from the results.

What is your material of choice, and why?

On a personal level I love a good carbon bike because I love a lighter, more nimble overall feel. Four years ago I might have been arrogant about that and looked tersely at the steel bike cult. But the steel bike cult is quite loud and passionate and they’ve genuinely given me an education in keeping feel, durability, and function front and center.

We didn’t develop our steel Flaanimal because I believed in steel bikes.

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I was skeptical. Why would anyone chose to ride a heavier bike that might be susceptible to rust? But a half dozen key people in our community kept asking for it and finally I listened to the wisdom of the mob and decided to give the project a chance to prove itself. What I’ve learned is that steel is just as fun as carbon. The two can be very different and I would recommend different materials to different people regardless of price. The more profound thing I’ve learned is that when you are on a good ride the bike and the material that it is made of tends to fall away entirely and become background. The experience, the friends, the surroundings – those are the end game for Rodeo. We do not seek to elevate the bike or the bike’s material above what you do and where you go with the bike.

A simple question and no doubt the answer can be complicated, but what is the trigger for the decision to come with a new bike design?

The trigger for developing a new bike design is when the current bike design can no longer keep up with the demands that you are making of it. I’ve often wondered if some day we might plateu at Traildonkey 5.5 or some such thing.

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What if we over time iterate to a point where the bike just makes us happy and does what we want it to do? What then? Do we come up with a manipulative engineering or feature stunt to drive sales or interest? No we do not. I’m not sure that The Perfect Bike is somehow attainable as a set goal but there is a point of diminishing returns isn’t there?

What if at some point we make a bike so good that we can take a year or two to let off the R&D pedal and we can focus more on riding further and telling better stories, or maybe we can focus more energy on how to contribute to the culture of the sport. That sounds high-minded but Rodeo does not have a bunch of shareholders that it needs to please. We can balance profit and soul as we see fit.

Even as is Rodeo is a stable, profitable company to the extent that it provides a real living to key people and contributes to its surrounding economy. So instead of chasing new features and increased sales through iterative bike designs we should instead focus on preserving the integrity of the core company, community, and brand.

What are the key principles behind the Rodeo Lab name?

Our motto is “Ride. Explore. Create”

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If we succeed at doing that then we’re doing it right. Each of those things flows into the other almost like the classic recycling symbol.

What are the key steps between the time when you decide a new design would be a great idea, and delivering to the market? And probably more important, how do you decide on the colour schemes?

Bike design is relentless, grueling cycle. The basic steps of: idea > drawing > prototype > testing > refinement > testing > production hurdles > release are pretty basic but NOTHING ever goes as planned.

Designing an adaptable bike that works in a spectrum conditions and with a spectrum of parts is mostly about trying to avoid your own blind spots. What I find fascinating is that nobody has all the answers. Engineers have huge blind spots. Ideas people have blind spots. Sometimes cold hard engineering is the wrong way to solve a problem, and taking an intuitive approach results in a more elegant execution.

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With regards to colour schemes honestly I just design what I like and hope other people like it too. I’ve been designing things for a long time and I never want to be arrogant about it but I think I’ve seen enough ideas work that I trust my intuitions enough to follow them. I very much try to keep the designs of anything we release rooted in something about our story or team culture so that the designs have a sense of continuity over time.

On Flaanimal 4.0 I designed two generally agreeable color options in blue and orange and then I designed one much more risky idea with the brown / celeste. I made that last color to make myself happy because I don’t wanted to feel like Rodeo takes risks. To my surprise the brown and celeste Flaanimal has been our most popular color. It was the quickest to sell out and it is currently the most backordered color. I would have never guessed at that being the outcome.

With our 3.0 Flaanimal we had a beautiful powder blue color as an option and it was the runaway success.

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I remember when I started thinking about 4.0 my only rule was that we wouldn’t repeat that powder blue because it was too safe to just repeat ourselves, to expected. If Rodeo looks backwards for color or design ideas or plays it safe then we’ll start to look like so many other bike companies. To me that is a fate worse than not selling a lot of bikes.

Are all your sales in the USA, or do you sell overseas as well?

We will ship a frameset or a bike anywhere. Often overseas sales are limited by shipping costs or tariffs in the importing country so someone usually REALLY has to want one of our bikes to buy it from overseas. We are exploring international distribution for EU right now so that we can get costs down for more people but we’re taking it really slow and we’re intentionally working with passionate guys who are not industry veterans so that we can try to find a way to do it that works in the context of our ethos.

Does your crew have any interests outside of cycling?

 Does taking photos of cycling count? We love to try to master the art of taking photos out on rides. Photography is an endless challenge and it is a big part of how we’ve told our story since day one. I think a common theme is that everybody has big personal lives outside of bikes with a lot of other interests.

 

I have a wife and three kids and nobody else in my family is really into bikes as a passion. and I think that is true of a lot of people at the core of our team. I think that helps keep us from being too much of a mono culture.

It appears that you have ridden quite a few challenging trails, do you have any favourites? Why?

 Instead of rattle off the iconic Colorado trails that we love I should direct people’s attention towards Steambat Springs, Colorado. No matter what type of bike you ride there is world-class riding to be had there. For people who like to ride a single bike across a bunch of different terrain types in a single day it is hard to beat Steamboat. Ride a path to the road, the road to the gravel road, the gravel road to the trails, etc etc.

My current personal obsession is Colorado’s high alpine offerings usually accessed via trails and mining roads. The world above 11,000 – 1,3000 feet (3962m) is some of the most sublime, challenging terrain I’ve ever ridden. I cannot shake the lust for those views and those huge days where you feel like you’re seeing some of the world’s most beautiful sights and you were transported there on your bicycle.

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Denver is a city that is changing quickly as it grows but it is still fundamentally a city that is small enough to be fairly sane while being large enough to have a cultural center of gravity. It has great metropolitan activities and it is nestled against a mountain playground that cannot be fully explored in a single lifetime. The sense of nearly endless mountains is what makes me happy here.

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What major challenges and problems does Rodeo Labs face?

Rodeo’s fundamental challenge is dealing with its own success. It is extremely difficult to keep up with the pace of growth that we’ve seen in 2018. We’ve continually run out of framesets, rims, forks, and build components because we under-estimate the demand. But the flip side of that is that when you put a product into production you have to make a confidence bet. How popular will it be? How much capital can you risk on it? Rodeo is not debt financed so we are conservative with our output. That conservatism can mean a lot of missed sales opportunities.

Another major challenge is the time that it takes to bring a quality product to market. We almost always under-estimate how long everything takes to make and sometimes we end up disappointing customers with delays that they weren’t told to expect. Each time you make a mistake you try to learn from it and move forward. Thankfully our customers and supporters tend to be extremely understanding and forgiving when we communicate truthfully about mistakes that we make.

The overall difficulty in all of this is that once again a lot of people think Rodeo is bigger than it is and there isn’t a lot of built-in understanding on the customer side when things down flow smoothly. People are pretty well-trained in this culture to fork over money and be gratified quickly, and Rodeo has asked a lot of customers to just be patient and bear with us this year. Thankfully they have!

What are the major issues facing cycling over the next 5 years?

As someone running a company that I consider to be a small moon orbiting a distant planet orbiting the bike industry I’m not sure I’m qualified to diagnose the ills of the industry at large. But I will say this: I hear a lot about the industry grappling with bike shop struggles, cashflow struggles, major changes to distribution models, or declining sales. I know all of that is happening but we are experiencing the opposite.

SloHi the shop we collaborate with on builds seems to be doing great as a bike shop and just opened a second successful location.

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If “bike shops are in trouble” how it possible for shops to buck the trend? I feel like both Rodeo and SloHi are running good, stable, healthy companies by genuinely loving what we do, genuinely listening to our customers, adding value through the culture of our brands, and carefully managing how we run our business based on what works for us not based on “that’s the way things are done”. Keep in mind our goal is not to build a monolith bike brand. If you want thoughts on how to do that then you should speak to an industry veteran. High level I really should try to over emphasize that I can only speak to what I see working for us.

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Denver, Colarado – The Mile High City

300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene and natural beauty combine for the world’s most spectacular playground.
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Denver is near the mountains, not in them. The Mile High City is located on high rolling plains, 20 km (12 miles) east of the “foothills,” a series of gentle mountains that climb to 3,300 m (11,000 feet). Just beyond is the “Front Range of the Rocky Mountains,” a series of formidable snowcapped peaks that rise to 4,200 (14,000 feet).
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The mountains dominate the city. The picturesque mountain panorama from Denver is 225 km (140 miles) long. There are 200 visible named peaks including 32 that soar to 3,900 m (13,000 feet) and above.
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Denver has a population of 682,545 while there are nearly 3 million people in the metro area.
The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland, containing  15,449 km (9,600 miles) of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and more than 1,000 peaks 3,218 m (two miles) high.
The road to the top of the  4,346m (14,260-foot) peak of Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America.
There are so many options when it comes to cycling in and around Denver. climbing up the Rockies on road or trail looks absolutely awesome.
Whilst there are many rides to choose from, and from my local knowledge of Adelaide Hills, I suspect the locals have their own favourite rides that probably shit all over what I have been able to find on my brief search researching for this article, but that being said, the following 7 Classic Colarado rides look stunning.

PIKES PEAK
Length: About 30km one way
Top elevation: 4,3002m

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MOUNT EVANS
Length: 44kms one way
Top elevation: 4,306m
Overview: Perhaps the most challenging ride in Colorado

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TRAIL RIDGE ROAD (ESTES PARK ENTRANCE)
Length: 77km one way
Top elevation: 3,704m

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INDEPENDENCE PASS
Length: 30 one way
Top elevation: 3,686m

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VAIL PASS, FROM THE WEST
Length: 24km one way
Top elevation: 3,250m

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COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Distance: 56km loop
Top elevation: 2,023m

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PEAK TO PEAK SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY
Distance: 88km one way
Top elevation: 2,834m

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 Trawling through the Rodeo Labs Journal, there are so many I have yet to dive into, however I did find this haven’t yet read through them all, but I’ve grabbed a few words and photos from this ride writeup which have left me salivating.
Words by @kaizergilroy, Photos by @denvercx & @kaizergilroy

Firstly, a grab from Wikipedia: Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,271-foot (4350 m) fourteener is located in the Mount Evans Wilderness, 21.6 km (13.4 miles) southwest by south of the City of Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County, Colorado.

The peak is one of the characteristic Front Range peaks, dominating the western skyline of the Great Plains along with Pikes Peak, Longs Peak, and nearby Mount Bierstadt.  Mount Evans dominates the Denver Metropolitan Area skyline, rising over (9,000 feet).

I was pulled out of my morning reverie by a text from Peder – “Evans today. Interested?”

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With some snow on the ground, slicks would be unsuitable – my 45s would be perfect.

It turned out that Peder couldn’t have chosen a finer day, with Denver in the 70s, Echo Lake in the 50s, and the summit of Evans somewhere between 30-32° with 20mph winds.

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As time and pedal strokes were not at the forefront of our minds, we exchanged stories and revel in the beauty of slowly winding our way up to 14,000ft.

Riding through the drifts was not any easier as they required loose body English and power akin to riding through a sandpit in a cyclocross race.

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The clear skies allowed you to see for miles, Denver was visible on the plains to the east and the other peaks glistened to the west in their snow white caps.

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We certainly stole some candy out of the mountain jar. It is a rare day that the weather is nice enough for a summit of Mount Evans in late November.

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Revelling in what we had just done, it was smiles and heat at full blast on the toes all the way down to Idaho Springs.

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And if that hasn’t inspired you to grab your bike and head over to Denver, here are some more great photos  – @denvercx

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And here’s a pretty cool Colorado website, Out There Colorado

We are storytellers and local experts. We aim to inspire, inform, and guide you as you seek meaningful experiences beyond the screen. We are a small but mighty team of 7, bolstered by an incredible group of collaborators and contributors from across Colorado.

Together we’ve climbed 85 fourteeners, we’ve skied over 1000+ days, we’ve lived in Colorado for over 92 years, and we’ve spent 100’s of nights under the stars. We explore, we seek, we yearn for more, outdoors. We are storytellers, programmers, entrepreneurs, designers, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.

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Out There Colorado

Note: In the mountaineering parlance of the Western United States, a fourteener is a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet (4267 meters).  This link takes you to a website dedicated to bring you information about the Colorado 14ers

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Well, I am now champing at the bit to get to Denver – so any cyclo-tour operators looking for some “journalistic” help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

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Oh, and there’s some race called the Giro going on somewhere.

till next time

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Deviations

Rogaining

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Rogaining is an outdoor treasure hunt, like no other. If you’re the type who enjoys the ‘great outdoors’ via the TV at the end of a treadmill, then rogaining probably won’t be your thing.

The aim of the game is to race against the clock in teams to find the most controls and gain the highest points. Teams travel on foot*, armed only with the course map and a trusty compass. The new kid on the block of rogaining is velogaining.

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In order to gain points for a checkpoint teams must record their visit to that checkpoint using the recording device provided by the organisers.  see here for the rules of rogaining. https://sarogaining.com.au/resources/rules-rogaining-technical-regulations-2012/

Velogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation for teams travelling on bike. The object is to score points by finding checkpoints located on the course within a specified time. Checkpoints may be visited in any order.

Every team has a different idea of how they are going to tackle a velogaine. Some are out to win and find every control out on the course – if they can. Other teams want to head to the hills to enjoy mountain-top views. Yet others want to hit the flatter areas and discover hidden gorges and explore river beds; immersing themselves in nature. That’s the beauty of rogaining. The setters provide the location and teams get to choose their own route, pace, and adventure.

The 2018 Velogaining event took place last Saturday, starting in Dutton, approx. 6km north of Truro, they hit the back roads and track networks north of Truro.

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And here’s the link to the Velogain route map if you want a better quality printout.

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https://sarogaining.com.au/event/four-hour-velogaine-2018/

Looking at the results page, I was surprised by the number of competitors.

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And here’s a brief write-up of the event from the RHOFO team.

Race report – Saturday the 21st of April saw representatives Gerbil and Spurticus of the dirty RHOFO branch shirking their responsibilities and heading North to Dutton, just outside of Truro for the running of a four hour Velogaine in the surrounding area.

What is a Velogaine you ask? Basically, it’s a navigational event in which you have checkpoints to collect and a time limit in which to collect them. Before starting you are presented with a map showing the checkpoints and you need to work out the most efficient way to collect them. Checkpoints have different values. If you collect them all (clear the map) then your place is determined by who clears the course the quickest. If you return over the alloted time then you are penalised points for each minute that you’re late.

Good weather greeted the team and sign in and map collection was completed quickly. Upon receipt of the map Gerbil quickly pulled out some unusual instruments, tea leaves, his lucky rabbit foot and a half used tube of KY, and then began chanting and mixing. Spurticus was quite sure he wanted none of it and took a chance for a toilet break. Upon returning, none of the aforementioned items were present and a highlighted map of our course with a list of instructions had replaced them.

The start was reasonably cruisy with the team finding themselves taking a completely different course to the vast majority of other teams, of which there 34. Confident of his divining abilities, Gerbil continued to bark orders and the team set a cracking pace and set about clearing the Southern check points. Once complete the team headed to the Northern check points battling a head wind, but looking forward to the boost it would give on the way South back to the finish line.

Roughly 60 kilometers in the team decided to pick up an out of the way but high value check point as pace had been good and time seemed to be sufficient. Shortly after the collection Spurts decided to die as only Spurts can and things backed off a little. Still, the team was on target to clear the map.

The final check point required going through the finish line and then back again. The team looked strong for the final leg, collecting the controls and turning around to find a team not far behind on the road. Assuming they were also on their way to clear the map, one final burst was mustered to check in to the finish with just under 10 minutes remaining and their map cleared.

Unfortunately Rogaining have a tradition of reading the results of every freakin’ competitor from last to first, so the wait was long, and tense. The tension built as the results got into the top 5. Gerbil knew the result would be solid from experience, Spurts was just happy to not be yelled at anymore.

Results were in, the team placed second in the whole competition, one of only three teams to clear the map. They were the first MTB based team to come in, only to be beaten by a team equipped with cyclocross bikes, and cleaning up a few other cyclocross riding teams in the process.

A productive day at the office due to some strong riding and excellent course planning.

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Spring Classics

With the Tour Down Under a distant memory, the Spring Classics have come and gone in a blink of an eye, wrapped up last weekend with the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Mens and Femmes.

Femmes

Anna van der Breggen won 2nd edition of the women’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège ahead of Amanda Spratt and Annemiek van Vleuten.

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Mens

Capping a monumental springs classics season for Quick-Step Floors who have had 12 different rider tasting success this year, Bob Jungel won this yeas LBL.

Bob Jungels won the 104th edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège ahead of Michael Woods and Romain Bardet.

A sample of some great photos and footage snippets from Steephill TV below, or you can see the full suite here – http://www.steephill.tv/classics/liege-bastogne-liege/ 

 

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A classic  photo of the climb cote Saint Roche in Houffalize ote

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You can catch some other great photos here at Rouleur.

https://rouleur.cc/editorial/spring-break-images-liege-bastogne-liege/

Meanwhile, over in Switzerland

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2018 Tour of the Alps overall podium 2nd Domenico Pozzovivo- 1st Thibaut Pinot – 3rd Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno

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275 Deviation Road Carey Gully

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Saw a For Sale sign on this property on last Sundays iPib Mystery ride as we were heading South towards the Uraidla bakery.

Now you would all know that living in the hills, to me, would be 7th heaven, however i have a wife and daughter who like life ot far from the city, so riding in the hills is a win win compromise for me.

But, just have a look at this.

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The house looks presentable, but at $625,000 with views like this, and only 20 minutes from town by car, 40 minutes by bike (a little bit longer going the other way), if you were looking to set up house/shop on the Adeladie hills, how could you go wrong.

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On an allotment with 4.6 acres, with panoramic breathtaking views looking back out over the Mt Lofty ranges, with a little imagination you could set up an absolutely superb outdoor entertainment area. Imagine wiling away an autumn evening with your mates, a few local Uraidla brewery ales in your esky,  some roo on the bbq and the sun setting over the hills to the west – how sweet would life be.

For those living interstate and looking for a cycle change, how could you resist. Really.

The fabulous Adelaide Hills for riding, wine regions at your doorstep (Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa all within a half hours max drive, the city 20 minutes away and the beach just over 30. Just wow.

Views from inside the house are just as superb, so if it’s sweltering outside, or frigidly cold, a seat inside would be just outrageous.

4 bedrooms, open plan living,  slow combustion heater & a split system air-conditioner, great bike storage with the 6.8m x 5.2m (approx.) shed, 100,000 litres of rainwater storage supplies ample water to the home.

Whats holding you back.

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Road Raise – its a wrap!

You would have heard all about the Road Raise cycling charity event for 2018 early April – well they all successfully completed the ride from Adelaide to Melbourne, chapeau to all who rode and all the fabulous support team. Volunteers – most events just wouldn’t happen without them.

It was pleasing to see both the mainstream and social media platforms really get behind this crew and rev it up.

Steve Sanders, who I had the pleasure of riding with when i did my cyclo-tour of France last year with George from Unique Cycling Tours (Steve was one of the support teams members – invaluable).

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This is Steve’s wrap-up of the road raise event.

Hello again

I sit here on a Sunday afternoon looking back at was an amazing experience and one that I was proud to be a part of. Our group rode 1100 kilometres over 7 days in fine weather, with great team spirit and most importantly raised over $235,000 for charity.

Again we were joined by two young CanTeen members, Hannah and Angus, both who have embraced and been assisted by this organisation. Their stories are personal and I feel it not right I talk on their behalf but what I did witness with Angus showed care beyond his young years.

At our team dinner in Mt Gambier we were joined by some local members and their parents. Sitting next to me was a mother and her son, Janet and Caleb – who is in grade 5 at a local school. Janet has cancer with a prognosis that is not rosy and Caleb, being raised by only his mother and with no siblings has a future that can only be described as uncertain. Angus spoke at length with Caleb and for a few hours made a positive impact and formed a relationship that hopefully gives Caleb some comfort – after all, Angus has been in that position too. I had seen plenty of courageous acts in my working life when with the Crows but this was very moving and emotional.

I guess what this did for me was give me an understanding that yes, I like riding my bike but it was a deeper and more worldly view I now have about why we do this ride. Canteen is a fantastic, caring and supportive organisation and I thank you for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to witness all I did. It’s not to late to help and for the last time I attach a link to my fundraising page.

https://roadraisecanteen2018.everydayhero.com/au/stephen

Kind Regards,

Stephen Sanders

That’s an amazing amount Steve et al – well done.

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Got me thinking about getting involved for the 2019 event……..

 

 

 

 

Oh, I still find it hard to believe I was cycling over in France just under a year ago. That’s me in the centre left  on the Unique Cycling Tour’s main page – just wow!

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Gravel Riding around the Barossa

I’ve always had in the back of my mind a desire to explore some of the dirt roads in the Barossa Valley

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Quick fact – Who thought the name Barossa Valley linked back to something Prussian or Germanic?

I did – until i was doing a little research for this posting.

Apparently the Barossa Valley derives its name from the Barossa Range, which was named by Colonel William Light in 1837. Light chose the name in memory of the British victory over the French in the Battle of Barrosa, in which he fought in 1811. The name “Barossa” was registered in error, due to a clerical error in transcribing the name “Barrosa”.

The Barossa Valley is bounded by two ranges – the Western Ridge which is part of the North Mount Lofty Ranges and the Eastern Range which is part of the South Mount Lofty Ranges. The southern extension of the Eastern Range is also known as the Barossa Range.

It was the Southern end of the Barossa Range around the Williamstown that I wanted to explore last Saturday.

What a beauty it turned out to be.

Parking the car in Williamstown, heading North with the gravel bike I had the intention of trying to find out if the fire racks on the maps were navigable.

Within 5 minutes I got held up by something I haven’t seen for a long long time – A  cow Crossing. After a few minutes of waiting for the startled cows to cross the road, the farmer came out to create a gap for me to cross through. Friendly people around here – all smiles and a friendly wave.

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A No Through Road, now that’s a challenge.  The map on my phone showed it turning into a fire track and connecting up with grave roads on top of the range.

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So gravel turned to dirt

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Which turned to fire trail with a few obstacles

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A doer upperer at the end of the track. I reckon I could have gobne a little further, but it was all up and no visible tracks from creek where I came to the end of the made trail. So back I went.

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And onto Trail Hill Road. The first of the “real named” roads taking me a cross the range.

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The biggest surprise of the ride was a fabulously smooth bitumen climb on the eastern face of the range on Trial Hill Road.

Starting at an elevation of 358m, it climbs only 89 m over only 700m at an average gradient of 12%. The bitumen is superbly smooth, its hard to believe a climb this good is out in the middle gravel heaven.  (I don’t think this has been Everested yet.)

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Its got a lovely stone wall from the hairpin up to the lookout.

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A nice sweeping switchback.

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With the bitumen finishing at the Steingarten Rad, which is a blue gravel road across the top of the range and back down towards Rowland Flat.

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Look at that view. Stunning.

The strava segment is this – https://www.strava.com/segments/3536512

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From here I turned back to Trial Hill Road and resumed my track east towards Pewsey Vale before wrapping back south west towards Williamstown

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Picking up the Heysen Trail

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Crossing Springton Road and hading into Mt Crawford Forest was a turn up for the books.  I wasn’t intending to take to forest trails today, but something was calling, and before I knew it, I had hit the end of the trail and blocked by a few barb wire fences and a river.

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Alison Hope, born Roxburgh Scotland, 1821.

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Allison’s resting place is a long way from her original home

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The dilemma was – do I turn around and backtrack, or do i have a look to see whether I could walk through to the rail on the other side.

Yeah, ok, it was a day for adventuring……

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Fortunately for me the river was dry, allowing me to navigate across over to the trail on the other side and resume my ride.

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Love the sign –

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Unbeknown to me, the JDRF ride was also on today.

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Finished of with a nice coffee and a slice of orange and almond cake at the Williamstown bakery.

A brilliant day.

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And the rest of the valley and eastern ranges beckons.

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Business of the Week – Will Ride

Will Ride store

  • What is Will Ride and where are you located?

We are an adventure brand targeting sustainable mountain bike activities in recreation, tourism, transport, and high performance. Located in Stirling, Adelaide Hills, specialising in e-bike sales and service, e-bike guided tours, e-mtb hire, and mountain bike coaching and advice. We are licensed National Parks tour operators and accredited coaches.

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https://willride.com/

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  • What makes your shop unique?

We are Australia’s e-performance specialists in e-bike sales and service, E-mtb guided tours, and E-mtb hire. Pedal assist bikes, not electric motor bikes. There’s a big difference.

With five legalised bike parks within 20-30 minutes of the store, we are able to take you on an E-Bike tour of the Adelaide hills highlighting hidden legal trails.

Our tours are designed specifically to cater for the interests, fitness, experience and time that suits our clients.  From two hours to two days, with or without accommodation, and for individuals and small groups, we organise tours to meet your needs.

Our tours use our 2018 Giant dual suspension Full E+ E-Bikes making them a great option for groups of different ability and fitness.  It is also an excellent way to try an E-Bike and see if it is what you want.

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  • What is the story behind Will Ride and how long has it been in existence?

We have been open for 6 months now. Our mission is to expose people to e-bikes in a positive way. To get people to understand where the bikes can take them. These bikes arn’t just for old people or injured people. They can be used for high performance, skills training, heart rate zone training, and much more. The concept started a few years ago from seeing what these bikes were capable of in places like the Swiss Alps.

  • Who are the people behind Will Ride and what do they do?

We are a small store, but have a huge support group and a strong team at Will Ride.

I did my apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic with Cavpower, and prior to that I was lucky enough to race on the Downhill World Cup circuit. I have a passion for Adelaide Hill’s, and now for e-bikes. I want to share my passion with others new to the sport, and show them that mountain biking isn’t as dangerous as people think, if you have the right advice and correct bike setup.

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At the Will Ride store in Stirling, we have our dedicated and passionate staff Roger and Kane who are both bike nut’s! Importantly they both have background’s in car mechanics, and high performance racing. I feel this is our edge. We all strive for perfection and all feed off each other’s ability to troubleshoot and find better ways to improve the way we do things. We also have Troy Brosnan, who needs no introduction. Troy and I run the MTB coaching clinics.

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  • Can you provide a brief cycling history of yourself

I started riding when I was 14. We grew up riding and building on a dirt rd we lived on with my friends in the Adelaide Hills.

I worked my way up as a junior racing SA and Australian national DH rounds. I won the U19 Australian DH MTB series and was selected on the Junior Australian team in 2007 in Scotland.

I was fortunate enough to then be selected on the Senior Australian team in 2009 in Italy, and went on to race on the World Cup circuit for 4 years. Every day riding and racing was surreal. It was my dream. I got my first factory ride for Pivot global team in 2009, they made me a custom big bike to suit my lanky arms and legs! However, shortly after signing in the off season, I flared up my re-occurring back injury. I spent 8 months back home in rehab and went back to race the next season, however, my back wasn’t 100%, and I couldn’t confidently ride a full World Cup weekend fast, let alone back it up each weekend. Retiring so young was the hardest thing to swallow, but I am grateful to still be healthy enough to ride for fun now.

  • What are your team’s interests outside of cycling?

We all love bikes and all have a passion for sharing our trails with others. Roger and Kane and both active guys. Roger has a race car background working on a high end Porsche team, so loves tinkering! Kane is a professional photographer. Kaneophoto known to most! His shots are incredible and you will see him out at most state, and national bike events.

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  • What are your favourite cycling routes?

Locally

In ADL Winter, Eagle MTB is great. The wet sand just grips up so well!

In ADL Summer, Fox creek. Hard pack clay makes for high speed riding!

Nationally

Bright, Mt Beauty, and Thredbo have the best gravity fed, natural Downhill tracks.

Internationally

Verbier Switzerland, Morzine France, Val di Sole Italy, Maribor Slovenia.

  • What bikes do you have in your garage?
    • Giant Full E+ e-bike
    • Giant reign Advanced 0 enduro bike
    • Giant STP hardtail
    • Giant TCR roadie
    • 2019 Rocky Mountain Powerplay e-bike
  • What do you like about Adelaide and why – can be cycling or non cycling related?

I think we have the most accessible riding in the World. Road, MTB, CX, BMX. It is all within 30 minutes. I don’t think there is anywhere in the world that has the variety so close together like Adelaide does.

  • What major challenges and problems does Will Ride face?

For us, it is trail advocacy and education around e-bikes and mountain bikes. There are so many people who have worked so hard to legalise trails for mountain bikers. We want to educate people how to ride in the parks and share the trails with others. We do this through our guided e-bike tours. I am a downhiller at heart, and love riding down a hill at pace, however, I now know where you are allowed to do this, and where you aren’t. Cleland is a perfect example of this. Riding slow, acknowledging other trail users, respecting the trails, and respecting closed trails are just some of the rules that must be followed when riding in these parks, or it is quite simple. Riders will be locked out of the parks in future.

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  • What are some of the more popular bikes or projects coming through your shop?

I am really excited for the future of e-bikes. Some smaller brands are making some unbelievable e-bike systems like Rocky Mountain, which just gets you wondering where the big brands will get to in terms of design and innovation. I love continuous improvement and technology. E-bikes are evolving so fast and we see new technology every week. I cannot wait to start building up the e-bike tourism side of the business. The tours are perfect for families, couple dates, birthday presents, or just if you want to test an e-bike. We refund the tour or hire price if you go ahead and buy an e-bike through us.

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  • What are the major issues facing cycling over the next 5 years?

MTB trail access, e-bike education, safety for all riders on roads. Emergency access for helicopter and ambulance personnel into MTB parks.

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Have a look here if you want to find out more information about eBikes from Will Ride.

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What can I say – another Epic posting.  Please do me a favour, forward this on to two of your friends, and ask them to do the same.

 

till next time

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“200 kilometres on the attack in Flanders’ most beautiful race”

Well, this looks interesting.

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EXHIBITORS

01   |     MOORO CYCLES
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02   |     KUMO CYCLES
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03   |     WHEELWORKS HANDBUILT WHEELS
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04   |     STOEMPER
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05   |     TOR BIKES
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06   |     BIKES BY STEVE
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6A  |     CURVE CYCLING
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07   |     GOODSPEED BICYCLE CO.
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08   |     G.DUKE HANDMADE BICYCLE FRAMES
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09   |     DAMU PLYCYCLES
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10   |     BAUM CYCLES

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11   |     RICHARD WALKER CUSTOM BICYCLES
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12   |     BLACK STUMP CYCLES
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12A|     HTECH BIKES
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13   |     SOYUZ BIKES
14   |     COLUMBUS
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15   |     TRISLED
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16   |     DEVLIN CUSTOM CYCLES
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17   |     GELLIE CUSTOM
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18   |     LLEWELLYN CUSTOM BICYCLES
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19   |     BASTION CYCLES
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20   |     PROVA CYCLES
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21   |     ENVE COMPOSITES
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Weekend Ride – Stone Hut Road

I know I keep on harping on about how good it is to ride in the Adelaide hills, and there’s good reason for that – it’s bloody brilliant, and bloody accessible.

Last Saturday morning I was keen to give the new gravel bike – a GT Grade Carbon – a decent workout in the hills, so aimed for a few roads and tracks up behind Norton and Marble Hill, specifically I was aiming for a fire track that I found a few years back but wasn’t brave enough to explore with a bike I was trialling – an ASTIR titanium bike.

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I found the track, which was everything I expected and some. I haven’t ever had a need to jump off a bike going downhill, but this time I did – the track, which in this location is part of the Heyson Trail, was graded dirt, extremely steep and not exactly smooth or packed, and dropping the bike at an uncontrollable speed on the dirt was definitely on the cards if I attempted to ride it to the bottom.

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This track took me down to Corkscrew Road.

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If you were to continue on Private Property when you hit the bottom of Cherryville, this is where you would eventually come out.

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I was toying around with the idea of looping back home, but was curious about a road (Batchelor Road ) in Castanbull off Gorge Road that led up into the hills behind Kangaroo Creek Dam, so decided to investigate.  The gravel climb up Batchelor Road is remarkably steep, but the road is well made and maintained as it is the main entrance for the contractors working on the Kangaroo Creek Dam upgrade. Dodging cement mixers and semi trailers on my short steep climb, the road continues on up past the dam entrance and takes you up over the ridge line up towards Lenswood.  The tracks are effectively fire tracks, relatively well looked after, but rugged and in parts very steep.

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Kangaroo Creek Dam in the distance

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The track is a very well known ad established Mountain Bike region, predominantly accessible from Lenswood – Croft Road.

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There were more than a few times I had to jump off the bike on some of the steep loose climbs, and by the time i got home, what was going to be a few hour ride turned into a gruelling 4 hour ride, with over 1,800 m climbing in 68 km, but was a fantastic days ride and one I will look to get back to.

Strava link here – https://www.strava.com/activities/1493538091

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Knee pain in cycling

Adelaide cyclists are incredibly spoilt, and perhaps autumn is the most striking example of this. But the joy and creativity of cycling can be interrupted by niggling odd-bits of pain. Without an understanding of what is happening it is easy to retire for a period of rest thinking that the painful part needs time. But in most cases rest is not required, and an intelligent strength program plus a few simple adjustments can keep you pedalling pain free, out in the crunch of autumn leaves.

We treat a lot of cyclists and the most common complaint is knee pain. A quick goggle will incriminate all sorts of structures, but a more detailed literature review will illuminate the poor quality of diagnostic tests and point to the benefits of a simple exclusionary diagnosis. That is, rule out the bad things and receive a green light to move. Although it is tempting to label your pain with a ‘this’ or ‘that’, the reality is shades of grey, and many common bicycling complains are probably best described in terms of non-specific cycling related pain.

Fit-related factors
If your cleats are forcing you to ride in a position of ‘heel in’ or ‘heel out’ that does not match your lower limb alignment then the increase in load could plausibly lead to a cascade events ending in pain. Likewise, if your seat is significantly too low or too high then this may be related to your pain. We can generally resolve fit-related problems quickly in an initial appointment – if you are interested in this then please let us know before your session.

Strength-related factors
For most people, a gym-based strength program will improve or resolve cycling-related knee pain. The high load of lifting triggers positive adaptations in muscle and tendon and can help settle a sensitive pain system. Many people are cautious of heavy strength training, but once you get started the fear generally resolves quickly and the benefits can become addictive. Have a read over our first article in this series or be in touch for more information.

Pain-related factors
No matter how it feels, pain is one hundred percent of the time produced by your capable and protective nervous system. Your pain system learns over time, and generally becomes more sensitive the longer you have had pain. Developing an understanding of the basic workings of your pain system will help you to better direct treatment decisions and has been shown to reduce pain as a stand alone treatment. Science has been interested in this for a few decades now but the clinical world is only really cottoning on, so if this seems new then you are quite normal. To find out more visit Tame the Beast, Body in Mind, Noi group, Pain Revolution or give us a call.

In summary
Although knee pain can be disruptive it is generally safe. Stopping cycling is probably not the best solution. Instead, address any obvious contributing factors, learn about your pain and get strong. If you would like direction in this process then please give us a call.

Dave Moen, 0403786778
FORM Physiotherapy | 177 Gilles St, Adelaide SA 5000.

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Paris Roubaix

Deepest condolences to the family, friends and team mates of the young Belgian professional Michael Goolaerts, who died late on Sunday night suffering a cardiac arrest riding his first Paris-Roubaix race.

The Verandas Willems-Crelan confirmed the news, saying: “It is with great unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts. He passed away Sunday evening at 22:40 in Lille hospital in the presence of his family members and loves ones, who we keep in our thoughts. He died of cardiac arrest, all medical assistance was to no avail.”

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Goolaerts was born in July 1994 in Lier, a town in East Flanders 20 kilometres south-east of Antwerp. He won medals at junior level in the Belgian national championships, including gold in the team sprint in 2012.

On the road he was a regional time trial champion, and  in the summer of 2012 placed on the podium at the Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich followed by eighth place at the junior Tour of Flanders.

Studying accountancy and trying to become a professional cyclist was difficult, and something finally gave when he was awarded a stagiaire position at the Verandas Willems team in 2013 which turned that into a full-time contract for 2014.  He dropped his study.

He earned a placement with the Lotto Soudal’s development team, but it didn’t materialise into a contract, however he did turn professional in 2017 when he returned back to the Verandas Willems as they entered their first season as a Professional Continental team.

Goolaerts was regularly to be found in breakaways t some of the biggest races, and at the Tour of Flanders, his first Monument, he made it into the early break and spent more than 200 kilometres at the front of the race.

“200 kilometres on the attack in Flanders’ most beautiful race,” he wrote on social media. “Goose bumps all day! A day I won’t forget in a hurry.

Goolaerts kicked off his 2018 campaign with three top-10 stage finishes.

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He didn’t finish the Tour of Flanders, and a week later he took to the start line of his first Paris-Roubaix, the morning seemingly rife with possibility. So it was for his life and career but, tragically, we will never know what Michael Goolaerts would go on to do, achieve, or be.

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Paris-Roubaix

The weeks leading up to the race has the organisers repairing segments of road where  the cobbles were getting too smooth.

And in the days leading up to the Paris-Roubaix, the riders were left to ponder what lay in wait for them as they recon’d the route and experienced rain, mud, puddles and potholes – it wasn’t looking too flash.

Fortunately Sunday turned out to be dry, the roads dried up quickly and little evidence of the horrendous cobbles they rode the days before.

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Leaving the vanquished to retire to the microphones, cuddles and HOT showers in the Roubaix changerooms. A renovated Robaix velodrome shower? who woulda thought!

 

And someone to clean up the mess

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And surprisingly, the second placegetter,  Silvan Dillier, posted his ride on Strava – one hell of a morning ride.

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https://www.strava.com/activities/1500016860

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Flanders

And the previous weekend saw the continuance of Quick-Steps dominance this season so far with Niki Terpstra taking out Flanders

 

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Commonwealth Games

I wasn’t expecting to get excite by the Commonwealth games, and generally that has been true, but the track cycling was brilliant tv.  Some stunning individual and team performances from the Australian team, with some world records broken on the super fast Anna Meares Superdrome.

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  • Tiffany Cromwell
  • Gracie Elvin
  • Katrin Garfoot – gold medal in the women’s individual time trial
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  • Chloe Hosking
  • Shannon Malseed*
  • Sarah Roy*
  • Mitchell Docker*
  • Alexander Edmondson
  • Mathew Hayman
  • Cameron Meyer – gold medal in the men’s individual time trial
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  • Callum Scotson*
  • Steele Von Hoff*

TRACK ENDURANCE

  • Ashlee Ankudinoff – gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Georgia Baker*
  • Amy Cure – gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Annette Edmondson – bronze in the women’s individual pursuit, gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Alexandra Manly* – gold medal in the team pursuit
  • Rebecca Wiasak* – silver in the women’s individual pursuit,

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  • Leigh Howard* –  – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record
  • Jordan Kerby*
  • Cameron Meyer
  • Kelland O’Brien* – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record
  • Alexander Porter* – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record
  • Samuel Welsford* –  – gold medal in the 4000m team pursuit + world record 3 minutes 49.804 seconds, shaving nearly half a second off the record

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  • Nicholas Yallouris*

TRACK SPRINT

  • Kaarle McCulloch – gold medal in the women’s time trial, bronze medal in the women’s sprint, gold in the team sprint final
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  • Stephanie Morton – bronze medal in the women’s time trial, gold medal in the women’s sprint, gold in the team sprint final
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  • Patrick Constable* – bronze in the men’s team sprint.
  • Matthew Glaetzer  – gold in the men’s scratch race (the first sub 3:50 ride in history), bronze in the team sprint, gold in the Keirin , bronze in the men’s team sprint.
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  • Nathan Hart – bronze in the men’s team sprint.
  • Jacob Schmid* – bronze in the men’s sprint , bronze in the men’s team sprint.
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    Nathan Hart, Matthew Glaetzer, Patrick Constable and Jacob Schmid
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    Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly

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    Alex Porter, Kelland O’Brien, Leigh Howard and Sam Welsford

PARA TRACK (TANDEMS, 

  • Jessica Gallagher* / Madison Janssen* – Pilot. Gold medal and world record in the Tandem women’s sprint flying 200m.
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  • Bradley Henderson* / Thomas Clarke – Pilot – Bronze in the B&VI 1000m time trial
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The official 153 page Gold Coast Olympic Games Track results book can be fiund here- https://www.gc2018.com/sites/default/files/2018-04/GC2018_CTR_Results_Book_V1.pdf

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till next time

tight spokes

iPib

Stelvio comes to Adelaide

Slaughtering Goats & ebike tariff

The notification that specific e-bike imports into Australia must pay a 5 percent surcharge took the nation’s bicycle industry by surprise. And no wonder. The official notification, issued Feb. 14, was buried at the bottom of the last page of a 14-page government document — underneath new tariff considerations for tools used in the slaughter of goats.

The tariff will mean a price increase on e-bikes made in Taiwan, Europe and India. Countries with existing free-trade agreements with Australia — China, Cambodia, Indonesia and the U.S. — would be exempt from the additional tax.

An unknown company has also filed a request to slap the 5 percent tariff on regular bicycle imports, including frames and framesets, but it has yet to take effect.

Bastards

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Bont Cycling launches new road shoe with innovative closure design

Bont Cycling’s new Helix road shoe has a new cable closure system that wraps around the shoe, through the carbon chassis and back around the other side of the upper. The system uses a single BOA dial for closure and adjustment.

“The system, in combination with an overlapping upper, allows for more adjustment and volume control. The continuous wiring spreads the load for a secure hold without localized pressure points,” the company said.

“The cable integration system has allowed us to keep the weight low, while adding even more to the concept of custom fit. Working with BOA and taking the wire completely around the shoe, we are able to ultimately fine-tune the fit and control the volume adjustment.”

The Helix also features Bont’s unidirectional monocoque carbon sole, a TPU ventilated toe protector, and a lightweight Durolite upper and tongue. The upper is designed to be anti-stretch so the fit does not change over time.

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Stelvio comes to Adelaide

Well………

I saw the ad on the back of the latest SA Life saying the new Alfa Stelvio was now available and ready for  a test drive, so up i popped to the local Alfa dealership to see if they would allow little ol’ me to take it for a drive. Alas no, the marketing people had jumped the gun and the Stelvio wasn’t due for another 3 weeks.

But that was 3 weeks ago, so I popped around last Saturday and took the Stelvio for a test drive – up the old Mt Barker Road, around devils elbow, up past the Eagle on the Hill, left up towards Mt Lofty Summit Road, with a little detour up Blackburn Drive, which is a steep prick of a road that was in last years dirty dozen (#adamisajerk), across to Greenhill road and back down to the showroom.

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The drive had Mrs Wednesday in the back, with unfortunately, but understandable, one of the salesman sitting in the front seat. But Long was good. He was the new salesman in charge wigth Gordon over in Melbourne at the GP because of Alfas return after 30 years to Formula 1 as the new engine supplier for the Sauber team. 215b3c13d2c04578713e78823511469d

Mrs Wednesday decided to come along at the last minute, which was a little concern because whenever we have driven on the hills previously I’m told to slow down, and the Alfa test drive wasn’t going to be an occasion to slow down.

The Stelvio is a sports car masquerading as an SUV, thankfully, because the thought of a sports marquee succumbing to the financial temptations of the rampant SUV segment was a little disturbing.

“The first SUV by Alfa Romeo draws inspiration from the legendary Stelvio Pass. A road with over 75 hairpin bends that is widely seen as the greatest driving road in the world”

We drove the new petrol Stelvio first edition, a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 148kW/330Nm. The Stelvio is an all-wheel drive car with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Some stuff off the interwebby thing:

  • 8-Speaker Sound System
  • 8 Airbags
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Rear Back-Up Camera with Dynamic Gridlines
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Seats with Electrical Adjustment
  • Passive Entry
  • 35W Bi-Xenon Headlamps
  • Android Auto
  • AlfaTM DNA Drive Mode System
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Cruise Control
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Leather Upholstered Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Rear View Mirror Autodimming
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • 7-Inch Colour Instrument Cluster
  • Apple CarPlay

In addition to the above, the First edition includes:

  • Exclusive 19” First Edition wheels
  • 14 Speaker 900W Harman Kardon Premium Audio System
  • Privacy Glass – Rear Side and Rear Windows
  • Sport Steering Wheel
  • Front and Rear Frequency Selective Damping Suspension by KONI®
  • Aluminium Sports Pedals
  • Gloss Black Side Window Surround
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Sports Leather front seats with heating function
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Aluminium Interior Trim
  • Red Brake Calipers
  • Gloss Black Painted Roof Bar

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OK, by now, after 4 years or so of writing this blog, you’ve probably realised I’m no Jeremy Clarkson, so I’m just going to say the following.

Coming over from an 8 year old Subaru Forester, which has a 4 speed automatic, driving the 8 speed auto Stelvio was always, always going to be a massive step up. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Forester is a very good workhorse, it’s been very reliable and has served the Wednesdays very well. It’s gotten me to 3 Peaks twice, through the fabulous Flinders Ranges and around the streets of Adelaide with nary a problem. But, it does tend to roll like a pregnant whale in our hills, and it does go searching for a gear on the South Eastern Freeway.

So, when given the opportunity to take a sports marquee up through the Adelaide hills, albeit on a short brief test drive,  it is good. On the sweeping bends up heading up towards Mt Lofty, the body roll is tightly controlled providing a stable platform to enjoy the ride. The grip is plentiful and response from the twin turbo engine bay, with only a tiny delay before the turbo kick in, is quite stunning. For an SUV, its packs a decent punch, the change up and down through the gears is silky smooth, and Mrs Wednesday in the back there wasn’t complaining about any body roll and sea sickness like symptoms like she would have in the back of the Subaru.  Of note is the Carbon Fibre drive shaft – doesn’t mean much to me other than the fact it therefore has something in common with my bike. The internal seating is very comfortable, with excellent thigh support to hold you in place as you take on the sweeping bends, and the front seats have small seat extensions to provide support for the longer legged species.

The Q4 all wheel drive system sends 100% of the engine’s power to the rear wheels in normal conditions, but will split the power 50/50 between the front and rear axles when things get a little slippery.

Outside, the styling is classical Italian flair, all the curves are in the right place and a sweeping roofline. The new larger triangle-centered Alfa grill on the front clearly marks it as something special.  From the front quarter view, the lines are stunning. Unfortunately it is hard to make the back of an SVU sexy, but Alfa have produced something a little better than its competitors.

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So, all up, it was an enjoyable car to drive and would be something that I would love to have in the garage. Even Mrs Wednesday was happy with it and suggested as we crossed Glen Osmond road walking back to the Forester, that if I mentioned that if I wanted that car, she would struggle to say no. That’s a ringing endorsement in anyone’s books.

Get in now to Solitaire

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Gravelaide

A week ago, in a country town far far away from Adelaide…..

It is a morning of great expectation. In excess of 200 cyclists of all varieties, striking out from Mt Torrens Oval, nervously looking in the sky for signs of the great winds that were forecast to hit later that morning, remembering the gale force winds that howled down on and through the brave cyclists the last time Gravelaide struck out from Mt Torrens.

During the first stages of the battle, where the cyclists headed South before looping around North before dropping down on the Murray Plains, the threat of what was to beset them was ever present, a cross wind hear, a tail wind there, all the time knowing full well the benefits of the howling winds would eventually turn nasty.

There would be no secret weapons to overcome the evil winds, it would take gritted teeth and mindful determination to turn the corner around 60 kms into the ride and head straight back into the beasts teeth.

 

Hats off to the three Gravelaide Amigos – Graeme, Russel and Peter, who have put such a lot of time and effort into delivering an absolutely awesome gravel route, again.  I knew the gravel roads East of the Mt Lofty Ranges were superb, but these guys have introduced me to gravel roads I would never have found by myself, and have given me  inspiration to strike out further from my traditional bitumen roads in the Adelaide hills, much as I love them, but there is just so much more out there to discover.  look, those who know me know I am not an evangelist, but let me just say this – Do yourself a favour, make your +1 bike a gravel bike, and get out and explore. Apart from the stunning vistas and the many varied road surfaces you will discover, the road traffic is far far FAR less than what you would encounter on the bitumen roads. Don’t quote me, but I can only recall around 10 cars passing me, in either direction, over the 5 1/2 hours to complete the 102km ride. That to me is such a great, stress free ride. Almost zero aggravation to me and the drivers. Brilliant.

Just have a look at the photos below, taken from a GoPro on the front of my bike during the ride. How could you not get excited about Gravel roads.

 

 

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Video of the Week

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Its a long video that has been stitched together from 10-20 seconds bursts taken at various points around the 102km route.

Do yourself a favour, grab a cold one, bring it up on your smart tv, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Then jump onto Facebook, like/follow Gravelaide Facebook site, and make sure you get yourself a ticket to the next Gravelaide.

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Kangaroo Creek Dam

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You will have noticed the works being undertaken at Kangaroo Creek Dam. The works being managed by SA Water will make sure it complies with ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams) standards.  The upgrade will widen the spillway, raise the wall and strengthen the wall. These upgrades will help manage major floods and also increase the dam’s ability to withstand earthquakes. The works are due to finish by the end of 2019

The dam is has been slowly drained over summer, and is now effectively empty, at less than 1% capacity.

This means some of the old roads and bridges are now exposed.

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Batchelor Bridge – Old Gorge Road

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Rock to strengthen the walls is be being removed from the other side of the dam, it’d be a shame to see these gravel roads disappear once the works are completed.

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Thinking differently about bike fit

This week we have a second instalment from Dave Moen, Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist at FORM Physiotherapy, Adelaide

Introduction
This article is an invitation to think differently. It might take a bit of effort to hear it all clearly, but the argument offers a massive upside if you take the time to read it well. To find out more, visit www.tamethebeast.org. Or if you’re a sceptical science mind, look at The Lancet’s recent series on back pain.

The Argument

Set up

  • To understand comfortable cycling it is important to understand comfort and cycling
  • Comfort is a feeling. Cycling, as I mean it here, is the human mechanics of the task
  • It is possible to have terrible mechanics and still feel comfortable. But you can’t have comfortable cycling if you’re feeling uncomfortable
  • For me, a bike fit is comfortable when my awareness of the bike disappears. For you it might be a feeling that things are in their right place, or an absence of pain.

Comfort

Our feeling system, i.e. the collective anatomy that makes us feel sensory stuff, does not give us a true readout of tissue signals – there’s simply too much information coming in to surface it all. Instead, the system prioritises sensory information based on perceived importance. Important information is felt, and the other stuff disappears into the background.

If I tell you that while cycling your left knee rolls in and looks a bit off, your feeling system will become more interested in your left leg and effectively turn up the volume on that part. If there’s a good reason to do so your feeling system can even make a feeling – let’s say pain – without anything happening in the tissues. The feeling system is part of a wider protective system that aims to re-direct your attention and encourage you to take protective action against perceived threat.

How this relates to cycling.

1. If you feel that your bike fit is off you are likely to feel uncomfortable, irrespective of the biomechanical correctness of the fit
2. Focusing on small details can reduce comfort by making you more sensitive to small details
3. Aim to get your fit right and then forget about it, or review it at pre-planned intervals. I am confident that we can achieve this for you, but you can probably get it quite close using info from the web
4. Use strength training to make your body more robust and functional (read the previous post) so that you can better deal with the demands of the sport.

Good luck! Be in touch if you have any questions at dave@formphysiotherapy.com.au

 

till next week

tight spokes

iPib

 

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