Rider of the Week – Neville Bebee

Oh dear, it’s been a very very busy 3 weeks, only got around  getting stuck into the packing for my trip to France to join George Wilson and the Unique Cycling Tours team over in Provence.  Bike packed yesterday, spent a good portion of this afternoon trying to get 35 kg down to below 30.  I got there, but jeez, 30kg isnt much when your travelling with a bike.

Anyway, suffice to say I’ve had no chance to think about this weeks blog, let alone pull something together.

So, fortunately I can draw upon one of  my  riders of the week to help out.

This guy is so special, he’s got the whole of this weeks blog to himself.

 

Lets give it up for Neville Bebee

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  • So, let’s hear a little about you.  How long have you been cycling?

As a kid, my bike was freedom from home. I remember ending up in an ambulance once when I rode into the back of a parked car at Firle – showing my “no hands” skill! I have been crashing ever since.
I bought my first “real” road bike – a steel Shogun Katana 7 speed from the now closed bike shop on Kensington Road – best guess in the late 70’s. I still have the bike and actually rode it in Gus’s H’eroica a couple of years ago. Going up Blockers at 20% I understood why bike invention and technology keeps going forward…

  • What got you started in cycling?

I am Adelaide born and bred so I don’t really know the answer. I loved sport so a bike just got me to the footy oval or tennis court.
It wasn’t until I left Adelaide in 1994 to work in Perth that I became more than just a weekend occasional rider. My older brother had been in Perth for many years and I convinced him to dust off his clunker so we could check out my new city. Next thing we stopped to watch a Vet’s race (now Masters) and we both decided to give it a crack.
It was an interesting experience getting smacked in a sprint by a 70 year old with a false hip, but I persevered and learnt a few tricks from these old guys – many of them ex-pro’s. From that came the cycling holidays and I was hooked.

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

I have never sold a bike, so the collection has grown somewhat. In order of purchase:
Shogun Katana 7 speed steel
Wheeler 7100 9 speed Aluminium
Colnago C40 – Geo 10 speed Campag Record
Scott mountain bike that never gets used
De Rosa King – 10- speed Campag Record
Colnago EPS – 10 speed Sram Red
Merida Scultera 907 (my first 11 speed) Ultegra
BMC Roadmaster 2 (my first disc and Ultegra Di2)

I ride most of them still but my favourite work of art is the C 40. The BMC though is the most compliant and reliable bike I have ever ridden. It looks like it belongs in Vietnam with the “bold” colour scheme, but a cracker bike.

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• What bike do you covet?

Nothing on my radar but I reckon I have a bike or two in me yet, subject to Finance Minster’s approval. I may look to get some lighter wheels for the BMC next year.

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

After Perth we lived in Sydney for another 7 years. I met a great cycling community (Sydney Easyriders) but the squeezy living with 6M people did my head in. When we came home to Adelaide 5 years ago we bought a little hobby farm at Ashton, not far from the Co-Op. Upside is I have a massive shed and a bike man cave inside the massive shed. Nirvana.
To justify all that to my wife, I needed to pretend to fix stuff. These days I will try just about anything – new chains and clusters no worries, and I have moved onto cables etc. Rebuilt a hub last year but no skills in truing a wheel – yet.
I do understand the need to support the local bike shop, so in need, I use Whippets or BE. Both have been very good to me.

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

Gee, just about everything – I have Campag, SRAM and Shimano stuff. Even went for the digit floor pump. My last buy was a little tool to get the bolts off your front chain ring. Will have a crack at that when my 34 tooth inner ring next packs it in.

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

I do actually enjoy the Ashton Cycling Club kit. It was a joint venture of design from about 10 people and the end result gets a lot of good comments. I would tell anyone to think twice before embarking on that custom kit journey though – it comes with some pain along the way.

  • What are your pet love and hates about cycling?

A tad tricky, because most of my best days in the last 20 years have been on a bike – and most appeared to involve Hop Based Sports drinks (thanks for that one Dave Edwards) followed by crushed grapes. Shared with mates, either in the Adelaide Hills or overseas, you get a chance to just relax from pressures of the world and just be you.
A few years ago I thought that absolutely no wankers ride bikes. Yes it is true, triathletes may not have any personality, but they may still be nice people. With the corporatisation of cycling, I do see a lot of mini groups with thousand dollar bikes and two dollar legs. You see them riding all over the road and sending drivers into a frenzy. Fortunately the hills are not their favourite haunt so I am largely spared.
We are (or at least should be) a fraternity. Regardless of who is passing you, you don’t need to exchange latest low carb diet recipes, but just acknowledge their presence with a nod or little Aussie finger wave.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

I can’t say how blown away I was with the IPWR and how gutted I was with the way it ended. I met one of the riders heading up Greenhill Road on my commute home. 100% admiration, but they all have a screw loose.
Like most I suppose, I like the hard men of the peleton, even though I am sure I would not qualify in that space myself. I heard Jen Voight at one of his earliest post retirement talks, with Stu O’Grady, and he was brilliant.
I get a sense from reading his book, that Robbie McEwen would have been a tad prickly to have in the bunch, but his win stage 1 of the TdF 10 years ago was truly epic. Older readers may remember he fell with 10 kms to go and his entire Lotto team came back to collect him. He chased on to the back of the peleton and then ripped them a second one.
Not sure I liked Cipollini when he was racing, but after being in Italy, I had a better sense of the over the top style aspect of Italian racing. The only time I can recall actually being in tears watching racing on telly was when Mick Rogers crashed and broke his collarbone whilst being the virtual TdF leader.
No mention of Cadel – good rider but…..

  • Where would you take them to eat?

Lost in the Forest, at Uraidla. Good home-made pizza matched with good local crushed grapes.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

So many, but three stand out. Four of us had a Winnebago TdF trip and we were parked in Burgundy to chase Le Tour. We left at 10 am, road lots, met Didier (The Devil) then embarked on drinking and riding a quasi-progressive dinner chasing other friends of ours.
We finished back at the van about 2 o’clock the next morning – still in lycra.

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The other two come from a fairly recent trip to Dolomites. The Sella Ronde is just an amazing place and day ride – postcard perfect.
Finally on the same trip we climbed from the Bormeo side of Stelvio and down Umbrail Pass into Switzerland, then around the base before climbing again back up the more famous side of Stelvio. We were gone for some 12 hours of pretty hard riding, burnt out a pair of carbon wheels but got back to the hotel just in time for dinenr – and many Hops Based drinks.

  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?

You know the saying – only two types of cyclists. I am very much the first kind. I’ve busted a few collar-bones over the years. One got pinned, and the anaesthetic crept into my lungs and shut them down. I ended up in ICR on life support till I could breathe on my own. It was not nice waking up that one – but better than not waking up.
Another collar bone parted company only 3 weeks before I was travelling overseas to ride. Double handle-bar tape and plenty of Hop Based Sports drinks got me thru. Mainly fall to my left side, so clearly I need to concentrate more on that side.

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  • What is your favourite post ride cafe, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

We really try not to ride the same circuits too often. Aaron at the Aristologist at Summertown has no religious senses at all, so open on all Public Holidays. Woodside has a couple that we use, and the Organic (Stirling) or Freds (Aldgate) are perfect on a nice sunny day. Puss-in-boots at Cudlee Creek also makes some mean scones. We usually aim for a Hill’s mid ride coffee, and then if time allows, a Hop Based recovery drink after.

  • Do you have a favourite overseas country in mind you’d love to take your bike to?

Curses to SBS for not showing the Giro, and house renovations means I have no Foxtel at the moment. I would love to ride from south to north through Sardinia and into Corsica. The Finance Minister is now claiming she wants to be more involved, and has suggested we do the Belgian Spring Classics for the frites. She is a keeper.

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  • What is your favourite local training route?

The new BMC has helped me explore a bit more gravel – not that I was lacking prior anyway.
So many secret rides. My favourites vary according to the seasons. The Brikunga loop always surprises me with its beauty.

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

She may read this so I have never told a cycling lie……………..

The Colnago EPS was bought on E-Bay by mistake. The crazy bid that actually won. It was supposed to end up at a mates but he was too short, so I kept it…at least that is what Marg was told….

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

I am pretty tight on spending for cycling accessories. I did lash out on a new pair of cycling shoes recently, but most of my “kit” gets many years of work (although never a fan of transparent knicks). I would like a new set of photo-chromatic sunnies and/or maybe a new helmet…but not a poxy Poc.

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

Not really. “My” club (self-appointed President and route-master), the Ashton Cycling Club is very inclusive and always open for riders to join in. “We” (sometimes just me) ride almost exclusively through the hills for 70-80 kms with a coffee stop somewhere. You only need a fair base of fitness and not be a wanker to join us.

  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?

For me personally I love the Hills. It is a true 4 season climate, and I live 30 mins from the CBD Post Office but on 18 acres for the cost of a 2 bedroom s$ithole apartment in Sydney. Great sense of community up there still and we know all our neighbours.

  • What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?

I work hard to get people as lost as possible in the hills. I bumped into a large Queensland cycling group (The Fox & Hounds) at the last TDU in Uraidla. I took them over to the Burdetts Road descent. Despite my warning, one of them took most of his backside clean off after going over his bars. Felt bad for him. His week was finished on Day 1.
I never get sick of Montacute Road descent – do it 2 or 3 times a week and love it each time. I would then take them back home via New Norton, with a possible detour via The Scenic or to Uraidla for rehydration and most think they have had a good day. Can always toss a Cherryville in for the guns.

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Two things whilst I have my 15 mins of Wednesday Legs fame.

1 – I am so tired of the car v bike aggro. We are without doubt the more vulnerable of the two on the roads, and it makes no sense why we go out of our way to be dickheads when riding. I do often ride two abreast, but always aware of my surroundings and jump into single file at the first sign of traffic, and it costs nothing to acknowledge the driver with a quick nod if they do the right thing as they pass. Let us start the move towards safer roads. Legal requirements and posting videos on social media will never solve the issue.

Secondly, I have seen a lot of one day classics and all three Grand Tours overseas, and the TDU stacks up very well. After 20 years we seem to be getting a bit tired of the event, despite it getting bigger each year (records crowds each year ???) . Embrace the race!! It would be an economic and social travesty if we lost it to those Victorian Mexicans. Take the week off like I do, and get out on the pedals with me – you are guaranteed a ball, and plenty of Hop based sports drink…

 

Thanks Nev, it’s been an absolute pleasure, and am looking forward to getting back out on the road with you again, it’s been too long between drinks.

 

Till next time, whenever that is

Tight spokes comrades

iPib

 

And so Autumn turns to Winter in the Southern Hemisphere

The Furore

Don’t forget

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Celebrate the Queens Birthday Public Holiday on Monday 12th June with only the fifth ever opportunity to complete your Radelaide winter endurance riding test: The Furore.

You may be able to ride 5 ways up to Lofty on any day of the year…and it is certainly a solid ride. But only one day per year you get to claim to have ridden “The Furore”. It can only be done on the Queen’s Birthday Holiday Monday and it is undertaken regardless of weather conditions.

Starting from the bottom of the freeway – the north east corner of Portrush and the freeway under the big gum tree (not at the toll gates) – climbs will be in order of:

1. Freeway and summit via Shurdington Rd
2. Down Greenhill Rd to the Glynburn Rd roundabout then climb straight back up
3. Down Sheoak Rd & Belair Rd to the Springbank Rd intersection then climb straight back up
4. Down Greenhill Rd to Onkaparinga Valley Rd in Balhannah then climb straight back up
5. Down Norton Summit Rd to Magill Rd via Woods Hill Rd then climb straight back up

Finish with the descent of the Freeway again.

Each ascent will conclude at the summit of Mt Lofty (not the Lofty Gates).

Total distance is approximately 144km with around 3500m vertical.  Strava segment here.  https://www.strava.com/segments/4367485

The nature of this long ride does not suit one big group riding at a common pace, so each to their own pace – if a group(s) form, then that is fine. There is no set start time; start when you want.

There will be no briefing because there is none required.

Further details here – The Furore

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Bike Kitchen – Indy Pac Wheel Race

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The Adelaide Bike Kitchen exists to promote bike and DIY culture, helping you build a relationship with your bike, help you learn how to keep your steed rollin’ fresh, all in a relaxed environment where the catch up and shared dinner is just as important and the bike building and shared tips.

If you ride, or even if you don’t, if you know heaps or purely think a handlebar is a (perfectly respectable) type of facial decoration, you are welcome to swing by, drop in or call past to check out what we are doing, what people are making or what we are eating. we WILL most likely be talking about bikes though.

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The Adelaide Bike Kitchen hosted a unique event last Sunday, a post Indian Pacific Wheel Race discussion from the SA riders Claire, Sam, Davin, James, Hugh and Chris, talking about their experiences on the road, the highs and lows, the tears, the laughs.

I wasn’t able to get there, but I have been given permission from Darren Williams to post some photos from his Facebook Site

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A pic from the Bike Kitchen

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Giro Classica

Tom Dumoulin produced a superb time trial on the last stage of the Giro d’Italia, coming from fourth place after an out and out classic mountain stage the day before,  to win the race by 31 seconds from Nairo Quintana.

Just 53 seconds behind Quintana coming into the stage, Dumoulin, was the favourite to take the overall win, and although his efforts were not enough to deny compatriot Jos Van Emden the stage win, it was enough to give the Netherlands a first ever Giro d’Italia victory.

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A few other photos from the earlier stages that stand out in my eye

Two weeks before My Cycling Tour to France

Hard to believe my trip to France with Unique Cycling Tours it is a short two weeks away. I’ve barely had time to give it some serious thought, other than getting the training in to get the VAMs into the legs.

I haven’t quite been able to get the continuous riding in across multiple days, so how the body will respond after multiple riding days, but all things considered, I’m not as apprehensive now as I was a few months back.

  March – 611km 13,178 vam March

April – 723km 17,828 vam

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May – 652 km 16,868 vam

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Some of the climbs on offer include:

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Provence, which is one of two regions we are riding through, also features the stunning Gorge de la Nesque and the village of Sault, the Plateau d’Albion which is the second highest mountain in the region. The area is cycling nirvana with the Montagne de Lure (at 1800m) and between the Plateau d’Albion and the Baronnies to the north is the 1212m Col de l’Homme Mort – Dead Man’s Pass!

 

I’ll be setting up an electronic travel log for the trip, posting the trip, you can watch me here.

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https://www.polarsteps.com/IanPibworth/131732-unique-cycling-tours-france-trip

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Autumn Photos

Well, winter hit us in Adelaide on Sunday morning with spectacular fashion. Needless to say that all that remains of the beautiful Autumn riding in the Adelaide Hills are memories, and the promise that Spring is not that far away.

So, to help keep those memories in the medial temporal lobe during these upcoming dark cold winter months, below are some photographs that I have captured over the last few months.

 

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The Tile

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OK, It’s stupid O’Clock in the morning, it’s so cold and dark outside, so warm and enticing under the duna, but you roll your sorry ass out of bed, roll through the motions of gearing up, but you can’t find your phone. You can’t leave without that safety backup. You just never know when you need to call a friend to pull you out of deep doodoo.

Fear not, as the Tile Mate will help you find your phone.  All you have to do is press one of the small ‘tiles’ and it will send a signal to make your phone ring.

This also works vice-versa — attach one of the tiles to luggage, a backpack or even your bike and ring from your phone and it will play a loud tune until you find it.

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There’s also an app if you’ve left your item out of earshot and need to find its last location. Perfect if you have a habit of misplacing your keys, or anything else you fancy attaching a tile to.

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Given my history, I’m gonna need to buy some shares.

Available at the apple store, JB HiFi Superstores and Harvey Norman

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Blast from the Past

From the ever fascinating The Cycling Scrapbook Facebook site.

 

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CAMERA BEATS WEATHER AND JUDGES ?
At the 1979 Australian Road Championships at Adelaide’s Paracombe circuit, the weather was atrocious making photography very difficult but the camera at least got a grainy result.
It was possibly not the same result that the Judges got.
The Championship for the Juniors was awarded to Tasmanian Greg Lawler (left) from Jeffrey Beer NSW (right) ….. Hmmm !
Third place clearly to Maurice Shannon NSW. [Copyright]

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Rider of the Week – Mark Matthews

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This weeks riders is one of Adelaide’s cycling characters. Mark loves cycling with an absolute passion, has a wonderful finance Sarah who is equally passionate about cycling, and has a young daughter Ruby who is growing up surrounded by bicycles.

This is Marks story.

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Mark is a Systems Administrator and Asset Accountant in a major metropolitan council, working with an infrastructure asset management system for which he was part of the implementation team a couple of years ago. It definitely provides him with all of the challenges he needs, and with his diversity of experience,  he also gets to work in other areas such as payroll, finance, fleet and IS.

  • Smudge Monkees,  what is that all about?

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This started off with me wanting to do some fund and awareness raising for several charities, but not wanting to do it under my own name. Creating a brand gave me something to hide behind, and it didn’t have to be about me. I have a strong history of mental health issues, suicide, and cancer in my family, so these hold a special place for me.

  • My First Bike

This pains me deeply to say, the first bike I bought for myself was a gold glitter painted dragster, complete with 6 foot chrome sissy bar, ape hangers, and 3 speed Sturmey Archer.

Why the pain? Because as a ten year old, I resprayed it rattle can blue, threw away the sissy bar, ape hangers and gears, and added a small saddle, cow horns, and strategically wrapped copper wire in the hub, so that by back pedalling, it would change gears. I really wish now that I had kept it all original and actually looked after it!

  • What got you into cycling.

I guess I stopped cycling at about 19 or 20. I may have purchased a panel van at about that age also, but I’m sure the loss of interest in cycling was just a coincidence, and not attached to that event at all.

Approaching my 40th birthday, the Dadman was diagnosed with his first bout of bowel cancer, I was topping the scales at well over 100kg, and a work colleague invited me to join in on a corporate triathlon, offering to buy me a extra extra extra extra large t-shirt to compete in. To assist me in my preparation for the tri, he lent me a Giessauf road bike to train on, and from that point on, I was addicted once more.

  • How many bikes have I owned

That’s a little scary to think about, there have been a few. From 0-19, I worked my way through seven bikes, starting from the classic three wheeler, progressing to a Standish with a whole 12 gears! That was a pretty awesome moment having a bike with more than three speeds.

From 40, I have had a few different bikes, bought some, inherited some, found a couple in hard waste, totalling 20 bikes. So 27 in 52 years is pretty reasonable I think….

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Naturally I don’t still have all of these, some have been given to friends, some to new arrivals in Australia, and a couple to ABK. I think at the moment I am down to 10 bikes, being a mix of road bikes, mountain bike, fixie, vintage, cyclocross, tandem, choppers and a cargobike.

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There is also a vintage tricycle hanging from the roof of the bike shed for decoration!

I don’t have an actual favourite in the current collection, but my Wilier CX is my go to commuter and tourer, the Focus roadie is my go to when I want to ride faster, and the Christiania trike is the go to for quaxing and transporting Miss Ruby.

  • What bikes do I covet

Oooh, bright shiny thing! This is an ever changing list, for so many different reasons.

If I can put together about $7,000, it would be a Christiania Taxi. We had the opportunity of taking a lady with a brain tumour out for a ride a month or so ago. It was a real feel good moment, not just for me, but for her, and her husband. I’d really like to be able to do more rides like that, and give others the opportunity to do it too.

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I would love to have the old rainbow Giessauf back, but if I was going to buy a replacement, I did spy a rainbow Stinner the other day that was just draw dropping.

  • What do you get out of cycling.

Poorer. I get poorer.

Apart from that, I got a fiancée and an awesome daughter, they were two unexpected bonuses from cycling.

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Personally, I, like many, rely on cycling to help with my overall wellbeing. I find that time on the bike, any bike, and any amount of time, just helps to keep the black dog at a safe distance. As a consummate hubbard, I also like to help others with their cycling, whether that be teaching them some of the basic skills of holding a wheel, or helping them climb a hill. I’m not a competitive cyclist, I don’t find any personal satisfaction in racing, but I do enjoy watching it, and cheering or heckling.

I also love seeing Miss Ruby grow up in our cycling community too. She’s been riding in a cargo bike since she was three days old, she currently has two balance bikes, and for her third birthday she got her first pedal bike.

We recently added a WeeHoo to the stable too, which allows us to take part in events such as the Lofty 105 and Gravelaide as a family, and she loves it.

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  • Do you do all your own maintenance

No. Well, we do some, but generally get others to do it, so that we can spend our free time riding bikes, and make sure that the work that is getting done is done right. We’re really spoiled for choices in Adelaide for bike shops, but the main ones I frequent are International Cycles Stepney, and Standish Cycles Mile End. Yes, these are smaller stores, but the staff are always awesome, and you always receive personal professional attention. Having the range of bikes we do, there are other shops we get to less frequently such as MiCycles, 99 Bikes Prospect and Bicycle Express Halifax St, but they all cater to the various needs we have with such a wide cross-section of bikes.

  • Favourite bit of kit

I use Champion Systems currently for all my kit, as we get all of it custom-made for us, and we don’t have to buy in large quantities. There is no doubt for me that the Barrel of Monkeys kit I’m currently wearing is my favourite design so far, but my go to piece would have to be a musette. Yes, I am that Hubbardy that even off the bike, I use a musette to carry stuff in.

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  • What was your best cycling dinner

I’ve had a pretty amazing time in cycling, and last year we had the opportunity to have dinner with the Orica team at the Legends Dinner, which included having Jens come join us for a while. That was pretty much living the dream for us.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories

One of the cycling community from the former Adelaide Cyclists site decided to run a session at the dog kennels, teaching people how best to ride hills. I decided to go along, just in case he needed a hand in running it, or taking groups up to the Bollards after their skills session on the stationery trainer.

I was chatting with various riders who I already knew, and then got chatting with one I hadn’t met before.

We rode down Cross Rd together, me chatting away merrily, not realising that this rider was actually trying to race me down the hill to coffee, even though her participation in the conversation dropped the faster we pedalled.

One ride led to another, and before we knew it, we were making life plans together, which of course changed dramatically after one particular ride, which resulted in Miss Ruby joining our tribe.

We’ve had some crazy rides together, most of them have included some very special people who we hold very dear to us, including riding to Lorne to do the Amy’s Gran Fondo, and riding from Port Pirie to Wentworth with another crazy mate who was riding from Perth.

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  • Have you had any nasty crashes

I’ve been pretty lucky with my cycling, and haven’t had too many significant crashes. I was used as a bonnet mascot by a driver when I was early forties, which fortunately only resulted in dermal abrasion therapy to my face and right arm. I had a touching cloth moment when I was descending at stupid speed and got the death wobbles. Really thought I was going to go over the edge, but managed to get it back under control before getting thrown off.

  • Whats the biggest cycling lie you told?

Am I nuts by saying that if you have to lie about it, you’re not going to enjoy it? Sarah and I are in the envious position of both of us loving our cycling, and being honest about our bike lust with each other. Naturally, this does tend to result in N+2, as if one of us gets a new bike, well, it’s hardly fair that the other misses out now is it?

  • What is the next cycling related thing you’d like?

I’d always welcome a new bike, and remember folks, bikes aren’t just a birthday gift, their an everyday gift, but failing that, probably some new light weight camping gear. What passed as light weight hiking 35-40 years ago, is almost triple the weight of the new gear! So standard stuff like a tent, insulated sleep mat, and some cook wear. (I have an itemised priced list if you want mate?)

  • Local Group to Plug

Since we’re out of the game temporarily of organising rides and events, there are a couple of groups out there doing awesome stuff for cycling.

The Port Adelaide Cycling Club has to be the friendliest, most accepting and welcoming club I have ever been involved in. They organise competitive events for all skill levels, social rides, forays interstate to take part in other events such as CX Nationals, and are family friendly. So friendly and supportive of family, that they actually have categories for the kids in the CX races. (Kids race free this year at CX, you just need to buy a licence for them, which is very awesome!) There were 3 kids in little crossers on the 7 th May, and about 40 in junior crossers! Massive shout out to the committee and volunteers who make all of this possible for us to enjoy.

The other would be Gravelaide. This is a new group to the scene, developed by three mates with a passion for gravel cycling. We’ve had two events so far, and each has had its own unique tests and challenges. These are limited number events to somewhere around 125 participants, and you get the opportunity to ride places these guys have discovered, with some amazing views. Bonus of course is the beer and burger at the end of these rides.

For pre and post ride coffee, cake and meals, we are very fond of Bici. Danny and Toni do a lot for the local community, and especially for the cycling community. Danny himself is a very keen cyclist, and does so much to support quite a number of charities, including the Leukemia Foundation where he was a sponsor and participant in their recent Ride As One tour from St Kilda, Victoria to Adelaide.

  • What do I love about Adelaide

There’s a non-cycling persective to Adelaide?

We love living city fringe. For us, we can walk or ride short distances, and we’re at work, or we’re on Prospect Road, O’Connell St, or Melbourne St with all of the eateries and entertainment they have to offer. We live basically across the road from the parklands, so we get to go for runs or walks with Harriet Dumpsalot and Ruby, and not have to worry much about the traffic.

We love the fact that no matter where we go in Adelaide, we are invariably going to bump into someone we know.

  • What is your non-cycling go to place for interstaters?

Still not sure what you mean by non-cycling? If we have visitors come over, and they haven’t brought bikes with them, we lend them bikes. The beauty of Adelaide is that we really can get everywhere by bike, and we get priority parking right out the front when we get there!

If by chance they are non-cyclists, there is still every opportunity that we will ride somewhere to meet them, and that is usually a kid friendly place, or somewhere that Miss Ruby is already known to the owners.

E for Ethel is great for catch-ups with some of the interstaters we know. Dan does great food, (try his pancakes!), and there are play spaces nearby for the kids either before, after, or both.

  • Cycling and Us

In case you haven’t picked up, bikes are pretty important to us. We made the decision three years ago to get rid of the second car, and just keep one family car. It wasn’t as hard a decision as it sounds, as every time I went to use the second car, I had to call the RAA to jump start it for us. This has worked out really well for us, and most days our car is left unused, and we are on our bikes.

Getting the cargo bike was the icing on the cake for this. It means we can go out and do all of our shopping with bikes, and easily fit the weeks groceries and Miss Ruby in the bike. I’ve recently attached a fork mount to the pannier rack of the cargo bike, which means when we need to, we can tow another bike behind us to an event, or even to the bike shop for maintenance, without it impeding on Miss Ruby’s space.

  • Favourite Quotes

We love this shit!

Keep the rubber side down.

I’ll use the first half of the event as training for the second half.

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Hope you enjoyed this weeks posting.

The next months postings may or may not be sporadic, I’ll see what I can do.

 

Till next time we speak

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Stories From The Road – Riding the Indi-Pac

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Interested in a fun packed afternoon of listening to local Legends Jaimes Raison and Sam “Go the Mo” Jeffries talk? Next Sunday, May 28, between 2 and 4pm, you can listen to James and Sam bounce off each other as they try to outdo each other on their epic tales of courage, living off roadkill (roadhouse food) and shouting sweet nothings to each other in the dead of night as they made their way across the Nullabor Plain in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race.

Its not just limited to the 2 clowns, with SA riders Claire, Davin #900pumps, Hugh and Chris have kindly agreed to speak about riding Indi-Pac 2017

Head on down to the Adelaide Bike Kitchen, 22 Gibson St, Bowden (enter off Third Av.), Bowden 5007. Next Week, Sunday, May 28 at 2 PM – 4 PM

  • 2.00pm Meet and mingle with Adelaide’s cycling community.
  • 3.00pm The riders speak and answer questions about the Indi-Pac experience. The preparation, the highs and the lows and maybe show us some of their photos or video from the road. How to honour the loss of Mike? Would they go again?

It’s also a good chance to see and learn more about the Adelaide Bike Kitchen community who are kindly hosting us.

BYO chairs, snacks and drinks. Entry: Gold Coin Donation to support the Kitchen.

Watch the facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/309284002826064/

Crashes

There’s been a couple of talking points over the last few days around crashes, particularly the events directly after the crash.

The first you probably heard about the crash on Stage 9 of the Giro.

Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) found himself unable to avoid a police motorbike parked up on the left-hand side of the road on the approach to the concluding 13.6km ascent of Blockhaus.  He veered right, clipped the motorbike, causing a domino effect in the bunch that took out virtually the entire Sky team, including their co-leader, Mikel Landa.  Orica Scott’s Adam Yates was also caught up in the crash.

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Team Sky’s Landa got up quickly but a leg injury meant he lost 26 minutes.  Geraint Thomas chased despite his shoulder coming out of its socket and suffering multiple cuts. He lost 5:08 and declared his overall chances as ‘Game Over’. Adam Yates slumped to 17th overall at 4:49 down on Nairo Quintana. Kelderman was forced to quit the Giro d’Italia after fracturing his finger.

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The other one which I saw yesterday afternoon is quite frightening to watch the 30 seconds or so after the crash.

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Cannondale-Drapac’s Toms Skujins crashed towards the finish of the Amgen Tour of California.  He was later diagnosed with a concussion, left collarbone fracture and road rash.

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After staggering back to his bike and having the front wheel replaced by the neutral service mechanic, he mounted the bike, but immediately lost balance and crashed flat on his face, losing his glasses.  Staggering around the road whilst riders were screaming past, like a drunk sailor on a rolling deck, the passing riders had to make a choice which side to go. fortunately no one else got caught, but it could have been disastrous. I know they have no authority, however sometimes a call has to be made, and I think that was one of those times when the neutral service mechanic should have held him up till the race doctor got there.

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He was later pulled from the race under the direction of his team.

Fortunately no major damage.  “I’m feeling all right,” Skujins said. “I’m really bummed, of course. Besides that, I’m healthy. I’m good. We’ll assess with the team doctors and figure things out moving forward.

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Warm Front

I had a warm front pass through the labs a few weeks ago, a full beam warm front thermal base layer that is.

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It’s a strange looking thing, looking like a ribbed tea towel with a collar, lightweight (51g), and certainly got it’s fair share of ribbing at the Sunday morning coffee discussion as it doesn’t look like anything any of us have ever ridden with before.

A few weekends back, i decided to get in a long days ride, starting on the road at 4:30am, doing laps up to Mt Lofty till about 3 in the afternoon.  A lovely day, but to start with it was  friggin cold.  For some reason i left the arm warmers, base layer and long finger gloves at home, riding with the warm front, jersey and gilet. The war front was tucked on the back pocket on the way up, and pulled out for the trip back down. Having been in the back on the way up, it was in fact toasty warm from the body heat on the trip down.  It worked a treat.   It saved this little ducks bacon, and after 3 laps and the sun coming off, it was left of fr the remainder of the ride rolled up in the back pocket, light as a 51g feather.

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Its not for everyone, but certainly worthy of consideration at on those early morning rides where you know it will be cold coming back down those long descents.

Further details here  https://fullbeam.com.au/collections/the-warmfront-base-layer/products/warmfront-thermal-base-layer-for-men

Oh, the fashion police in my group understood its purpose, and made the one suggestion – I should have got the one with the white collar!

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Rider of the Week – Bria Smith

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I’ve seen Bria’s face pop up on a number of cyclists social media pages, the one that stood out was when she took a bike selfie with Benny JJ doing one of his nsane 12 in 12 Everests last year.  Poor Benny JJ was curled over his handle bars grind upwards once more, Bria was upright, smiling and looking fresh as a daisy – brilliant.

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Enjoy this weeks Rider of the Week. Oh, and be warned, there are some bloodied photos, so if you are squeamish, rule #5………………………………..

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I am a 27 year old Paramedic with the SA Ambulance Service. I got my first road bike around 2007 and started dabbling with group rides around 2008. I’m a super active, outdoorsy sort of person. When I’m not working or riding my road bike I also spend a fair hunk of time skydiving and sometimes riding my mountain bike, rock climbing at the gym or doing other activities.
I’m currently putting in a bit of training for my first ever triathlon, a half Ironman in Kangaroo Island in November with a view to do a full IM next year. I love travel and exploring and do that whenever I can. I am currently saving for my first home, and really need to stop spending money on bikes and fun things so I can afford a deposit 😛
  • Can you remember what your first bike was?
I had a few hand me down bikes from my big brothers at a young age and eventually got my own mountain bike for my 14th birthday I think it was! It might have been a giant yukon if my memory serves me correct (or maybe that was the second one and I had some repco thing first!)
I know my first road bike was an Avanti carbonario with a 105 group set. I got rid of that one crashing it at 60km/hr down from lofty!
  • What got you started in cycling?
As kids we were an active family and often went on rides all together when we were at the beach house. I always laugh that I can remember dad promising me an ice cream at Victor Harbour if I rode from Goolwa with him, now days I promise him a coffee at Glenelg if he makes it!! how the tables have turned!
I got my first road bike when I started uni to ride into the city on and to supplement my fitness training for hockey as running so much was giving me brutal shin splints! A couple of other friends got bikes at a similar time and we started doing what we thought were big rides from the city to Henley!! These mates soon after joined the Lakers triathlon club and I started riding with their group rides which really changed riding for me and was probably the true start of me being a cyclist

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  • At a guess, how many bikes have you owned in your life?
Ohh a few kids bikes, 3 proper dual suspension mountain bikes and I’m onto roadie number 4.
  • What is your main go to bike?
Currently I only have the two, and it depends on if I am heading to the trails or the road!
One mountain – a top spec Lapierre Zesty AM
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And the roadie, an ENVEed up cannonade hi mod super six Evo with e-tap! (refer to cannot afford house due to liking nice toys comment haha).
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I am hoping to see if Cracked Carbon and Bicycle Express might be able to mend my much beloved Lapierre Xelius 800 and throw some cheaper wheels and groupset etc on to rebirth him as a commuter (I feel a bit dirty downspecing my special bike but I figure its better than retiring him completely, on that note anyone selling decent alloy wheels cheap? hahaha!).
  • What bike do you covet?
 Ohh, I don’t really have any particular thing I have drooled over since forever, I really like smooth, sleek looking bikes in general. I guess if I had to pick one it would probably be a Pinarello Dogma F8 (or F10 now), yeah, I would like one of them, I wouldn’t be caught riding Campag on it tho!
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  • What do you personally get out of cycling?
A clear head, a smile on my face, and an excuse to eat a donut!
Mountain biking really is a bit of fun, kinda fills the no snowboarding in Adelaide hole in my life, lets me get some flow, adrenaline and hi fives into my life, it also gets me out into nature, on the dirt, away from the city, which I love about it!
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Road riding is super satisfying, I love how I feel after a solid ride through the hills, its a good kind of salty! Sometimes work or even just life can be a bit stressful or get me down and I find heading on a ride really makes everything seem a bit less heavy on my shoulders and gives me a clearer view of how to deal with what might be on my mind.
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I have also met some of my favourite people in my life through road cycling, so that’s pretty tops too 🙂
Obviously its pretty good for my general health and fitness too, being fit and healthy is important to me! I definitely feel better for riding, some years back I injured my knee snowboarding and had to have a few months off, it wasn’t until this point i realised exactly how important riding was for my general mental health and mood! (long story short, no riding for Bria = grumpy bria).


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

Haha hell no!

I used to bake cupcakes to get my LBS to do minor maintenance for me! I’m a classic for just riding in and going “its making a strange noise” or “something feels wrong” at the end of a ride, lucky they seem to tolerate me doing this! The best I do is a hose off, towel down and bit of lube on the chain! (and I might start checking my pivot bolt torques on the mtb after it fell out and I nearly crashed the other week!)
Bicycle Express on Halifax street do a pretty good job of looking after me and my bikes (I always get more than one hug per visit), I have been a loyal customer to them and they do their best to keep me happy (sorry Ben about all the times I text you out of hours – you probably should have never given me your phone number :P) 

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

I can tell you what my least favourite is, the bib knicks we had for the Beat Cancer Tour, being made to ride in mens knicks for the whole TDU had me super appreciating all of my nice usual kits! (#flapchat will forever be a thing now).

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My current favourite kit is probably my velocio, my favourite gadget is probably my Garmin (even if it made me ride 10 more laps than Rob Greenwood for the same elevation in our everest  – actually I hate my garmin, its evil, why would it do that!) and I am loving the SRAM e-tap on my new bike. 

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people from the cycling world (living or dead), who would they be and why?

I really have no idea on this one, I don’t really have any cycling idols as such! I always enjoy when I’ve been lucky enough to hang with Annette Edmondson or Patrick Jonker, they are top humans.

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I’ve a pretty funny story about meeting Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie when I was out drinking with friends as an 18 yr old too! I found George a super genuine and friendly guy, I’d happily have dinner with him again too.

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  • Where would you take them to eat?

I’d get Nick Filsell cook them some ace pizza at his Lost In a Forest restaurant in Uraidla

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  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?
Melbourne to Adelaide ride in 2010 for Butts on Bikes for bubs, well I think it was 2010, around about then! That was a crazy motley crew of such different riding abilities but somehow we made it all the way and raised enough to buy the Flinders Medical Centre a fancy new crib for their neonatal unit (which very cooly ended up housing the baby of one of our crew down the track!)
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Riding with the Beat Cancer Tour riders every stage, every day as their Medic last year. The opportunity to be a part of the tour and ride with some of the most inspiring people I have ever met is certainly something I will not forget. It was a huge week and really took it out of me as I was a late inclusion when their original medic fell through so my preparation was very sub par, but got through (admittedly with a small push from organiser Bade on the last lap of Willunga Hill which he will NEVER let me forget 😛 ) and loved the experience so much.
Completing an everest attempt I never intended to do (thanks to everyone that peer pressured me into that one……I think….and a special mention to Benny JJ for setting me up for success with it and to Anna Puckridge and Stuart Brand keeping me going on the day – lots of people helped me but these guys really went above and beyond)
But I think the pick is definitely getting my sub 10 hour 3 peaks Falls Creek last year.
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I had put in a lot of early mornings, huge kms, verts, and never ever visited Mt Lofty summit so frequently as the months leading up to that event with my super best bike buddy Rob Greenwood. I totally owe him for this achievement, he kept me motivated through training, believed in me when I thought it wasn’t possible, gave me a plan for the day and was waiting for me on the finish line after completing the event himself. I don’t think I have ever felt as elated as when I crossed that line at 9 hours and 53 minutes and Rob wrapped me up into the biggest/saltiest hug I’ve ever had (then force fed me about 5 cups of Hydralyte).
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I had plenty of battles on that ride, and to get across the line in the time I thought was a pipe dream was the best.
(WL Note – the time board at the finish line shows the elapsed time from the time the first rider crossed the line, not the individual rider times, therefore Bria’s ride time is less than the board time).
  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?
Haha oh I’ve had plenty, none TOO bad luckily.
Roadie wise I dropped that original Avanti down the old freeway from Lofty at 60km/hr (yep, that awkward camber left hand sweeping corner not long being devils elbow), I had some epic gravel rash down my left butt cheek and leg and felt pretty sore and sorry for myself but was super lucky to not break anything but the bike!
Daily visits to the doctor to further debride gravel and lycra fragments out the wound for a week but apparently I heal super fast and they were surprised I got away with no skin grafts (winning!). For the record you also get a lot of attention edging a rather broken bike down a hill with a bleeding arse hanging out the back!
I was also knocked off by a car riding into uni but lucky only did some minor shoulder and leg damage, the lesson learnt from this one is adrenaline lets you think you are not hurt and its not until you continue your ride into uni that you realise your front wheel is buckled and your body hurts and you probably should have got that cars details!
Mountain biking the crashes are endless, sometimes I go a bit hard haha. I’ve been through a few helmets and mild concussions, plenty of abrasions, last year managed to get 5 stitches in my ear in one crash and 7 in my chin and 3 in my arm from another. (I cracked the shits after that one and stopped riding mtb for a bit but am finding my flow again now!
LOOK AWAY NOW!
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  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?
I am currently single, so I don’t have to lie to anyone ;P


  • What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?
Weren’t we talking about that Dogma earlier? 😉 haha honestly I’d be stoked with some new bottles that actually fit in my smancy Enve bottle cages (matchy of course). My cannonade ones wobble around and my camelback ones get stuck, it makes me a bit irrationally annoyed when I’m tired on a ride!
One of Flic and Lobos RAD hats would be ace too.
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Or if we are talking mountain bikes I’m super eyeing off a lightweight full face enduro helmet, something like a MET parachute (I have chin fear after last year).


  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
Oh I guess I’ll give a shout out to the guys and girls who look after me at Bicycle Express. I’ll also say HI to Nat from Spin Cycle coz he’s a champ, and everyone should get on board with Flic and Lobos next round of caps when they release them (which I believe is soon!).  (WL note – too late, they’re sold out already).
Also cheers to the Lakers Triathlon Club, the Redline Cycling club and the Hells 500 Adelaide crew who provide me with all my decent group rides.
Lastly to Rob Greenwood and Anna Puckridge  for being my best bike buddies ever and supporting me in any silly bike related idea I might ever have.


  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?
Its an awesome place to live! I love how accessible everything is, in really not much time you can be down the beach, in the nature parks feeling like you’re miles from anywhere, in wine region, really almost anywhere you want to be! We have lots of super cool places to eat and drink and the best coffee, so many spots to get top coffee (which for a bike riding, shift worker is a HUGE plus).


  • What is your non-cycling go-to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?
My family has a beach house at Goolwa and I love taking people down there, or sometimes taking them to Langhorne Creek and sharing my other little amazing world I have there, as you’ll see in the next answer!


  • You participate in another outdoor activity that has you hurtling at a speed around 190kmph. What is this insane activity and what do you get out of it?

Haha! I recently completed my 400th solo skydive a few weeks back. Honestly it is the best thing ever. People always ask me why do you skydive? Its sort of one of those things you can’t explain to people who haven’t done it, to put it simply, it makes me happy, while I am there almost nothing else in the world matters. Sure it doesn’t solve any problems but somehow the time I spend there adds such quality to my life that I feel like my problems are never such a big deal after a couple of days with the amazing crew there.

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Its a real sky family, and skydiving is just pure bliss. You can really make it what you want, depending on what kind of jump I do it can either be adrenaline pumping, hi five inducing insane fun or really peaceful experience. I’m really just starting to learn more about performance flying my canopy too and am really enjoying that dimension of the sport as well now.
I think you should probably come with me for a jump and then you might be able to answer the question better for me! On that note if anyone from the Adelaide Cycling family wants to come for a skydive, flick me a message on Facebook and I’ll be able to organise mates rates for you at SA Skydiving!

 

Thanks Bria, a great read. I had to google a few of the terms you mentioned – #FLAPCHAT and Debride (To remove dead, contaminated, or adherent tissue and/or foreign material. To debride a wound is to remove all materials that may promote infection and impede healing. This may be done by enzymes (as with proteolytic enzymes), mechanical methods (as in a whirlpool), or sharp debridement (using intruments).

The first had me in stitches, and the second had me cringing.  Looking back to a face plant i had last year, whilst the staff at Wakefied didn’t call it debriding, they decided it would be best for me if they gave me some twilight anesthesia so i wouldn’t remember what they did to me.

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Amgen Tour of  California

Stage 1

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Stage 2

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After 9 stages, a few crashes, controversy on the blockhaus (slow news week I assume), Nairo Quintana stamped his authority over the race with a dominant win on Stage 9 Blockhaus to take the maglia rosa.

However after Stage 10 TT,  Nairo lost a wopping 2:53 to Time Trial winner Tom Duomolin, whom he now trails as they head on over to the mountains. Tom is targeting the GC this year, but realises Nairo is the superior rider, but its a long 3rd week coming up, so anything is possible.

1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 42:57:16
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:23
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:38
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:02:40
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:47

Stage 1 – Alghero → Olbia

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Stage 2: Olbia → Tortolì

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Stage 3: Tortolì → Cagliari

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Cefalù → Etna-Rifugio

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Stage 6: Reggio Calabria → Terme Luigiane

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Stage 7: Castrovillari → Alberobello

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Stage 8: Molfetta → Peschic

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Stage 9: Montenero di Bisaccia → Blockhaus

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Stage 10: Foligno → Montefalco

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Amgen Tour of Cal;ifornia

Stage 1: Sacramento → Sacramento

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Stage 2: Pismo Beach → Morro Bay

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Stage 3: Pismo Beach → Morro Bay

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hoping you enjoyed this weeks posting

till next time

tight spokes

iPib

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Shooup

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I first bumped into Tony Sandeberg, the Managing Director of ShooUp, at the 2014 TdU Village. Tony had some prototype rear lights he was trying to get off the ground. We got a prototype over into the Wednesday Legs test labs a few months later but we had a few issues and ended up sending it back sans review.

I touched base with Tony a few weeks back to see where he was at, whether he had decided it was all too hard, or whether he had persevered.

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I was pleased to hear back from Tony saying that he had persevered, and was a finalist in the Cycling Promotion Fund, a national event. That followed up from being shortlisted in ”The Australian Innovative Challenge in Oct 2012.

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From the Shooup website:

Shooup Liverider was invented in 2012 by adventurer and cyclist Tony Sandeberg. After continually hearing on the media “ another cyclists killed on our roads “ and one too many close calls, Tony had enough and decided to develop a product that would literally redirect cars safely away from the cyclist. That passion and determination underpinned the product development process that has resulted in the most innovative and effective rear safety bike light available today.

ShooUp Liverider is a new rear safety bike light designed to help save cyclists’ lives. The aerodynamic wing shape of 21 high visibility strobing red LED’s from the rear and 8 white LED’s facing oncoming traffic extends 265mm redirecting drivers safely away from the rider, providing added cycling confidence.

Main body is secured by a dynamic flex-back mechanism protecting it from knocks and impacts

Liverider quickly detaches from seat post mount for security and mini USB charging.

Tony will be heading over to Kickstarter soon to raise funds for the next stage. Watch this space.

Further details at the Shooup site here.   http://www.shooup.com.au/ 

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Red Hook Crit Brooklyn 10

This is  a format that is going from strength to strength, with stages held in London, Milan, Barcelona and the original, Brooklyn, down at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, NY

It is the self proclaimed, and almost certainly correct, World’s Premier Track Bike Criterium.  The Red Hook Crit series are held on a short technical circuit, with the heats during daytime and the finals at night.

Crit racing lends itself to be spectator friendly, with short lap times, allowing the spectators to get close to the action, follow the movements and show their support.

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Athletes from around the world compete in the four-city series to claim the coveted championship title.

In Brooklyn a 5K running race is held on the same night and in the same spirit as the bike race.

The 5K is open to runners of all ability levels and has acquired a cult following as one of the fastest races on the east coast. Runners complete multiple laps on a USATF-certified course; cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers and first lap prime winners.

This years Brooklyn event (Brooklyn 10) took place over this last weekend, with German Stefan Schafer taking the honors in the Mens and American Colleen Gulick taking the women’s.

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2 Colin Strickland Intelligentsia Racing usa
3 Aldo Ino Ilesic Specialized / Rocket Espresso slo
4 Davide Vigano Team Cinelli Chrome ita
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6 Addison Zawada State Bicycle Co. usa
7 Tristan Uhl Aventon Factory Team usa
8 Evan Murphy MASH SF usa
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10 Daniele Callegarin IRD Carrera Squadra Corse ita
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Davide Vignano 4th in his debut for Team Cinelli.

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Dangerous business this racing, as Cesar Valenzuela found out as he crashed and broke his collarbone  while leading the peloton with 5 laps to go.

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Colleen Gulick on her way to winning the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No.10

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Stefan Schäfer wins Brooklyn No.10

1 Colleen Gulick Deluxe Cycles
2 Eleonore Saraiva Aventon Factory Team
3 Carla Nafria Team Crit Life
4 Raphaele Lemieux Team iBike
5 Ash Duban Affinity Cycles
6 Jasmine Dotti IRD Carrera Squadra Corse
7 Sammi Runnels Aventon Factory Team
8 Tanja Erath Fixedpott
9 Tamika Hingst Canyon Rad Pack
10 Johanne Jahnke ELF Huez*

There were some pretty decent looking bikes on display at the RHCB10.

The colorful Allez Sprint track bike for the Specialized / Rocket Espresso Team.

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8bar team rider David van Eerd
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Wouldn’t it be cool to have something like this down at Adelaide’s Port Docklands Red Hook Crit Adelaide 

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Can you imagine the streets lined with thousands of spectators on a summers evening, floodlights lighting up the spectacular historic buildings music and race commentary blaring out of loudspeakers bouncing off the walls in the confined spaces. It would be phenomenal.

Who’s in?

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Cycling trip to Europe

As you would have picked up from my last posting, I  have signed up for my first overseas cycling tour with a local Adelaide company Unique Cycling Tours.

I’m doing the Provence and Allemont trip in June. At the end of the tour, I’m catching a train over to Annecy for a 5 day layover at a friends “holiday” house before heading back to Adelaide.

One of the classic ascents will be Mont Ventoux  (Windy Mount),  I’m not sure if I’ll tackle 1, 2 or 3 ascents in the one day, but the option is there.

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Some insights into Ventoux that you may not be aware of:

  • Ventoux has its own Club

Le Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux (Club of the Mads of the Windy Mount), is a club for riders that have climbed the col from all three routes in one day. If you can ride Bédoin, Malaucène et Sault in one day you can become a member of the club of the mad men (and women) of Mont Ventoux. Further details on the club here:  http://www.clubcinglesventoux.org/en/

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  • Ventoux has many Names

Mont Ventoux is geographically part of the Alps but stands alone from them. It is located in Provence, France, and it is easily the highest peak in the region.  The col has often been referred to as “The Beast of Provence” and “The Giant of Provence”.

  • The Bédoin Route is the Hardest

The Bédoin to the summit route is considered the hardest. It features an intense gradient-heavy section where gradients hit the 12% mark. You are also cycling the longest distance as your starting position is lower than the other two routes.

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  • The Barren Summit

The last 6 kms of Ventoux has been described as cycling on the moon. The barren land does give you a lunar landscape feel. The rock, however, is actually limestone. It has formed by the endless storms and freezing temperatures Ventoux experiences in the colder months. The road to the summit is closed for around six months of the year.

  • The Red and White Building at the Top

Resembling a lighthouse, the distinctive red and white building at the top is as a meteorological station. It was built in 1968. The building now is used to broadcast television signals as well as its original purpose.

  • High Wind Speeds

Ventoux’s microclimate keeps you on your toes. Yes you may have started the ride in brilliant sunshine, but when you hit the last 6 kms you could be riding in a thunderstorm. As you can imagine at high altitude with no cover wind speeds are high. So far, the highest recorded wind speed is 321 kph (200 mph).

  • Philosopher Quotes

Ventoux has inspired generations of cyclists and one happened to be a philosopher. Roland Barthes, arguably best known for his work on the intellectual movements of Structuralism and Post – Structuralism, was also a cycling fan.

Ventoux made such an impression on him, that he wrote two quotes that if you have ridden Ventoux you will probably be able to relate to. They are:

“The Ventoux is a god of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.”

And,

“Physically, the Ventoux is dreadful. Bald, it’s the spirit of Dry: Its climate (it is much more an essence of climate than a geographic place) makes it a damned terrain, a testing place for heroes, something like a higher hell.”

There are not many cols that can inspire philosophers.

To join the club, there are a few rules to follow:

The Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux is a closed club. It is open to people who respect the following rules:

  • Ascent by bicycle of the Mont-Ventoux from three main asphalted roads (Bédoin, Malaucène et Sault) at least;
  • the climb will be in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) , in the sequence and the date you prefer.

OPTIONS
You can choose between 3 options:

  • Cinglé (137 km and 4400 m)
    – Up and down, by bicycle, in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) from three main asphalted roads.
    Sequence of ride as you prefer.
  • Galérien (183 km and 6020 m)
    – Up and down, by bicycle, in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) from three main asphalted roads.
    –Up from the Forest road by MTB if possible and down from one of three main asphalted roads.
    Sequence of ride as you prefer.
  • Bicinglette (274 km and 8800 m)
    – Twice up and down, by bicycle, in the same day (between 0 and 24 hours) from three main asphalted roads.
    Sequence of ride as you prefer.

To register, fill the form and make payment.
Entries will be received throughout the year, at least 15 days before the attempt (21 days during holiday periods). You will receive a bicycle plate and a ride card;

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Rad Race – Stop Racism, Start Race-ism

Furious Fixies against Racism

Under the motto “Stop Racism – Start Race-ism” thigh muscles burn at the RAD RACE Last (Wo)Man Standing. Without gearshifts and brakes, riders compete in a relentless round robin knock out race. Tight bends and top speeds are a radical combination.

The 2017 Rad Race Series is a championship series for fixed gear bikes only. There are team and individual track bike categories. The following races are part of the RAD RACE SERIES 2017:

  • RADRACE LMS, Berlin, 04.03.2017 RADRACE (Done)
  • FIXED42, Berlin, 18.06.2017 RADRACE (Dusted)
  • BATTLE, Hamburg, 19.08.2017
  • RADRACE CRIT, Ostend, 02 & 03.09.2017

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There are a number of formats across the rad race series, including the Last Man Standing, which kicked off Europe’s fixed gear crit season during Berlin’s bike week earlier this year.

Based on elimination, each heat is made up of small groups, just about eight riders. Every lap the last one gets kicked out. The Berlin LMS was at an indoor Go-Kart track complete with foam mats for safety.

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Sophie Cape – AIS Experiments

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I was watching a recording from Auntie a few weeks ago, Australian Story, and came across a real belter. Sophie Cape. Does that name ring a bell?

Thought not.

Sophie Cape is a former professional athlete who retired from competitive sport ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to injury.

Sophie Cape is an award-winning artist based in Melbourne.

She grew up resisting the pull to follow her mother and grandmother, who themselves were successful artists, into the world of art. Her passion lay in downhill ski racer, a result of her father taking the family skiing in the Australian Ski Fields in her childhood.

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Sophie Cape dreamed of the Olympic Games as a downhill ski racer. Traveled to the Canadian ski fields to learn her trade.  She was building up a good career, but suffered a number of major crashes,  one in particular on Super G training.

“My leg snapped off at the top of my ski boot and it was just flapping around as I was cartwheeling down the hill with my, the boot and ski still attached and so it was just sort of my leg ended below the knee and then the sort of the suit and then there was, by the time I stopped, it was just my foot and everything was over there somewhere.”

She almost log her leg. It took  her 12 months to recover from that and get back skiing, something she was told that she would never be able to do again.

Later, as she was competing in the World University Games in Slovakia, she crashed out in a big way, her knees obliterated.

So that was that, until she was approached  by the Australian Institute of Sport who were trying to fill a gap in female track sprint cycling following the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and went looking for girls all over the country.  The program the AIS set up was effectively to develop competition for the then-rising track cycling star, Anna Meares, ahead of the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games.

Sophie was one of the 450 people that tried out, one of 20 to be selected.

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They gave  them a few weeks to train and then put them straight into the nationals. They we went straight into the velodrome, straight into the gym, straight into the sprints. It was all about power and speed right from the start, so it was no surprise that they started getting injured and over-trained and falling apart or just giving up then as a track cyclist.

Sophie started getting really serious leg pain and they couldn’t figure out its cause. Sophie underwent two very invasive surgeries, designed to try to help her.

The first was on her quads, where they cut the fascia off her quad muscles., effectively stripping the sheath off the outside of the muscles like the skin on the outside of a sausage, to allow them to grow, without restraint. It was pretty amazing when I went back training with these huge Frankenstein scars all the way down my quads.  As soon as she started training they just “went whoop!”.

Her resultant times were fast,  everything was great but then the pain came back again and it was much worse. So they tried the vascular surgery where they cut my stomach open on both sides and took veins out of my shins and put patch grafts into my arteries to make them larger. So she had these oversized arteries going into  oversized muscles.

Unfortunately for Sophie those surgeries didn’t improve or make a large difference.
They  tried everything, but they just came to the conclusion that it was severe over-training and didn’t know what the solution was. So that was the end of all sport for me for the rest of my life.

So, a an elite athlete having all that she was about being ripped asunder, her world came crashing down all at the one time. She fell into a  black hole for about a year, could barely leave the house. She was lost, suicidal. Everything she’d been working towards and training for and dreaming of, was now absolutely, truly impossible.  She didn’t really know what to do, or who she was was anymore. Nothing really made any sense anymore.

She tried a lot of things, but nothing replaced the challenge of training at the elite level. It was fate that she ended up at Art School.

Sophie Cape has since conquered her physical and psychological trauma, transforming herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists.

She draws on her catastrophic sporting injuries for inspiration in her artworks, creating work on a grand scale, often in natural environments, and using materials she finds outdoors such as animal bones and soil, as well as painting with her own blood.

This disturbed me on a few levels, but I’m also a little confused. The basis for the surgery was to attempt to overcome a particularly painful muscular injury, and one can argue that modern athletic surgery is really no different, however the bulging muscles and the patching of arteries with veins to increase the blood supply to the muscles seems to me a step over the wrong side of the line.

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Rider of the Week – Russell Schrale

Race day!

Russell Schrale is a late thirties Adelaide resident who along with being bike obsessed, works for Cancer Council SA.

  • You have an association with Gravelaide, for the uninitiated, what is Gravelaide?

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Gravelaide is a series of events that is designed to pull together the gravel riding community here in SA. The events will likely evolve over time but we’re committed to three key principles of showing some great new gravel roads in the state, providing a challenge to riders and most importantly having fun and not taking ourselves seriously. We don’t put on races and we want riders who are looking to have a good time come along.

  • You are one of a team behind Gravelaide, who are the others?

Graeme Theissen (aka The Sticky Bidon) and Peter Gratwick are the other guys involved.

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  • How did Gravelaide come about?

Peter simply posted up on facebook that he was looking to get a ride organised and asked if anyone else was interested. Graeme and I responded and a week later, the three of us were eating burgers and drinking a few beers in a pub drawing loop ride ideas on the back of bar coasters. We then spent a lot of time riding many roads, coming across many dead end paths and talking with locals about how awesome it would be if they let us ride through their properties!

We’ve brought a good mix of skills to the events. I’m a spreadsheet dork who likes running the numbers and the ticketing, Peter is an ideas man who brings great enthusiasm and business development and Graeme is obsessed with finding routes that will give riders a day out to remember.

  • You’ve just hosted G2, what has been the turnout for these rides.

For our first ride in October, we were hoping to get just 45 riders along and we ended up getting 87 which was great. For this last ride in March, we were aiming for 125 and ended up with 127 and sold out a week ahead of time (having to say sorry to those that wanted to sign up late). Obviously this is a great level of growth but we need to decided where to take it now. Do we go big and start trying to entice over interstate riders or do we keep it boutique and more manageable. We’ve scheduled a BBQ at my place for a few weeks time where these discussions are to be had!

  • Whilst I wasn’t at the second, I was at the first, and I was stunned at where you took us, public roads, private properties, over fences, down ravines the mars explorer couldn’t get down. How long did it take for the route to come together?

Glad you liked it 😉

For the first one, we probably went out there about 15-20 times to ride the course and see how we could make it link together. Both long course options have been 95%+ of gravel which is unheard of for events like this that are so close to a capital city. This is not done easily though and you spend many a Friday or Saturday night staring at a computer looking at Google maps trying to follow yellow paths of gravel. Then theses’ manually creating a route for your Garmin and then out on your bike the next day to see if it works. There have been times where we’ve found something that’s perfect and then when you knock on doors to seek permission you get a no from the landowner and you have to change 30% of the course again in order to avoid long stretches of paved roads. It takes time but we think it yields great results.

  • Have there been barriers to get these up and running?

There’s nothing really stopping anyone from getting started in putting an event on, you just need to do your homework and be prepared to put some cash on the line. Apart from that it’s just how much time you’re willing to put in. We’re all working and have families so really it comes down to watching the TV in the evening or typing away on the laptop and catching up for a meal after work to run through the to do list. Although it takes time, it is fun. I did not know Peter and Graeme before but now I’d consider them to be good mates and I always look forward to catching up with them.

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  • How frequently are you planning to run.

It’s a bit unknown at this stage. We’re looking to mix it up a little and perhaps the next one might be a bit more of a ride rather than an event. Peter in particular is a keen bikepacker so perhaps we’ll look at an adventure that incorporates this as well.

  • What have you taken away from Gravelaide personally?

I’ve always worked for an organisation and have had a boss. It’s been a real treat to be able to work with two guys and create something together, it’s allowed me to scratch my entrepreneurial itch without having to quite my day job! Apart from this, I’ve met some great people and we all get a kick from seeing people post online saying they have had a great day out. We all talk about the week long glow we feel after each event. There’s nothing like putting a smile on people’s faces.

  • To run these events you need a lot of support, what backing have you received to date?

Honestly, it’s just the three of us doing this without much support. This being said, we have had support from some sponsors but really, we only seek sponsors that can keep the costs of the event low. We’re not out to make a profit but we do want to keep the ticket prices as low as possible so this help from people like Swell Beer and Balfours has really helped.

There’s no doubt thought that the best support we get is from our wives. They put up with the days out of the house, the constant facebook messaging we do back and forth and the constant talking we do about it!

So, lets hear a little about you.

  • How long have you been cycling?

Since I was around 3 years old, must be something to do with having Dutch parents!

  • What got you started in cycling?

I must have been off my bike for at least ten years during my late teens and 20’s. I started to commute again about 7 years ago and then started looking at CX bikes. I made a deal with myself that I’d drop the cash on one if only I raced it. This lead to my dropping about 10kgs and having lots of fun racing with the great people at the Port Adelaide Cycling Club events.

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

I’ve got a very reasonable four bikes at the moment. An awesome Dutch commuter, a old banger mountain bike, a Bakefits Cargo bike and my jack of all trades Kona Jake the Snake CX bike. The Kona is definitely my go to given the many uses, especially as I have one wheel set with CX tyres and one with road tyres for a quick changeover.

  • What bike do you covet?

I’m actually pretty happy as is at the moment but a Salsa Woodsmoke would be pretty sweet. I’d set it up as a permanent bikepacking bike and it would also be great for weekends up at Melrose.

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

I love hanging out in the shed and working on my bike… but I leave big jobs to the experts and I have to admit I’ve had them fix a few mistakes that I’ve made when I’ve overestimated by repair abilities 😉

Bike Garage

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

A good quality stand and set of allen keys would be the most frequently used. Also, my Park Tool Dummy Hub has been fantastic but I do pick up tools as I need them. By the time I hit 60 I should have a pretty comprehensive kit!

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

My new Gravelaide cap that we got made for the last event. It gives me a kick every time that I put it on and I’ve met a couple of people out on rides that I’ve got chatting to about the event which is awesome as well.

  • What are your pet love and hates about cycling?

I love the comradery around the cycling world, you can always strike up a conversation with another rider as there is a shared sense of passion. I would not say hate but I dislike the perception that you need to spend big to get into cycling and the best kit is essential. Just get out there and have fun on whatever you have available to you.

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

At the moment, Matthew Van De Poel would be my favourite. He’s a beast and when he is fit he’s unstoppable.

Mathieu van der Poel in front of Wout Van Aert
Mathieu van der Poel in front of Wout Van Aert
  • If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?

Matthew Van De Poel, Jessie Carlson and Sarah Hammond. I was bitten by the IPRW bug and despite the Mike Hall tragedy, the event is a great demonstration of what humans can put themselves through.

  • Where would you take them to eat?

Knowing the IPWR diet, anywhere that’s not a roadhouse would be fine.

  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Riding a bike through Amsterdam would be the number one. Such a fantastic city and it’s a bike utopia. I wish we could fly all the residents of Adelaide there over to ride bikes for a week. We’d radically change the way we think about transport as a result.

  • Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?

Yep. I crashed during a CX race over in Melbourne. To cut a long story short, I snapped my arm and partially dislocated my shoulder. The end result was a bone graft and rehab that is still going.

  • What is your favourite post ride cafe, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

I don’t really have one. I tend to leave it all out on the road and my recovery is a cold beer whilst having a shower!

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  • Do you have a favourite overseas country in mind you’d love to take your bike to?

Riding from the North to the South of NZ is very high up my list at the moment.

  • What is your favourite local training route?

I like hammering my bike around the parklands making up CX courses as I go or alternatively, the up Mount Osmond, Lofty and down Norton is a go to.

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

There have been many but they all start with “I’ve been doing some research and I really need a …….”

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

More free time to get out an ride!

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

The Port Adelaide Cycling Club have done fantastic things for the CX scene in Adelaide. This has been a big feeder for the Gravel scene and there have been many many hours that they have put in. After organising a couple of events I’m more aware of just how much work it takes and we should all be grateful for clubs and individuals that give us an opportunity to do organised rides/races.

A not uncommon sight in my cyclocross 'career'

  • From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?

It’s just awesome. Sure we have our challenges but the quality of life is just so high that it’s hard to beat. To hard to name just one thing!

  • What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?

I’m a big fan of the small bar scene and what it has done for the night life in Adelaide. Peel/Leigh Streets are always on the agenda as a result.

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Nope! Thanks for the opportunity and for doing what you do to promote cycling in this great state,

Thanks Russell, keep up the great work with Gravelaide.

Gravelaide route planning _ photo credit to thestickybidon

Hope you enjoyed this weeks posting

till next time

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