Fathers Day

First up, we’ve taken the plunge and now have the house on the market.

Perfect for recovery after a long morning in the saddle.

The first open is this weekend Sat 25 August from 2:00-2:30.

The auction date is Saturday 15th of September 2012 @ 12:00pm

Further details at this link – Toops 6 Fort Avenue

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Well done to Jason Wyatt and Sam Salter, the young guns from bikeexchange.com.au  who have just taken out the Telstra National Business of the Year award. Started in 2007, the guys have come a long way.

Jason and Sam

Paging through bikeexchange is a great way to spend a few spare hours in front of the idiot box, particularly when you find little gems like this.

The last line looks to me like a divorce isn’t too far away.

Could be an absolute bargain for Fathers Day, which is only a few weeks away.

Sure as heck, I won’t be allowed to go for a ride and enjoy myself with my mates because the family will want me to enjoy myself with them. So, I if they want me, they’re going to have to buy me.

I don’t want much, but my Fathers Day wish list is:

Garmin Edge 800 GPS Cycle Computer

$419 from ChainReaction

Lemond

Lemond trainer at $599 from BikeForce

Ay Up Ultra Lite front light

$275 from ayup

Easton’s EC90SL carbon clincher wheelset.

Just a tad over $2,000 for the set from Wiggle

Bont vaypor

$230 from Wiggle

 

I’ve got buckleys.

 

 

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Vuelta – Wednesday, Week 1

This years Vuelta kicked off with a TTT in Pamplona, famous for the running with the Bulls.

Dragged for 30m, but escaped injury
Chris Froome leading Team Sky out at the team presentation

Stage 1: Pamplona, 16.2 km (TTT)

1 Movistar Team 0:18:51
2 Omega Pharma – Quickstep 0:00:10
3 Rabobank Cycling Team
4 BMC Racing Team
5 SKY Procycling 0:00:12
Movistar Team – TTT winners
Movistar 2012 TTT Stage 1 winners
Movistar Team’s Castroviejo

Stage 2 – Pamplona → Viana, 180 km

John Degenkolb won the second stage of the Vuelta a Espana, ahead of Aussie Allan Davis Ben Swift (Sky).

Alberto Contador with Miguel Indurain
The peloton passing by the citadel in Viana

Argos-Shimano’s John Degenkolb of Germany edges out Alan Davies of Australia to take out Stage 2

Stage 3: Faustino V → Eibar (Arrate), 153 km

Alejandro Valverde pipped Joaquim Rodriguez on the line. Not sure what Joaquim was thinking, he had it in the bag a metre out, but Valverde lunged whilst Joaquim eased off, wining by just a few millimeters.

Contador and Rodriguez

 

Alejandro Valverde (via news.yahoo)

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Toy of the Week – MCipollini FastLine rainstopper jacket

The body of the jacket has been realized in one only piece in rain- stopper material; double limpet and bottom of sleeve with velcro to keep out the rain; rainstopper zip; the hood can me removed through the velcro applied on the back side; lycra earmuffs to perceive the sounds; reflective points both on front and back sides of the jacket to garantee safety and visibility.

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Website of the Week – Architects Bushfire Homes Service

The Architects Bushfire Homes Service was established to assist people who lost their homes in the February 2009 Victorian bushfires.

This site is now archived, however it is still accessible and was developed by the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority following the Victorian fires.

The service offers people access to a range of house designs. The house designs are tailored to be able to comply with the new Australian Standard for residential buildings in bushfire prone areas.

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Last Sunday

Got more done around the house on Saturday than I thought I would, so made some last minute arrangements and planned a Sunday morning ride to Checker hill with a mate.

Whilst the form has dropped considerably since the 3P, the desire to climb still resides in my aging legs. My legs got me up Torrens Hill, Checker Hill and the Corkscrew. None of these were anywhere near my best time, but that didn’t matter.

It was a magic morning, cool, and a little damp, but ended up being good riding weather. The early view from atop corkscrew, looking back up the Gorge was just beautiful, a highlight of the ride. The Adelaide hills never cease to amaze me. The TdU sprint down the Gorge, with the long undulations as you enter the Kangaroo Creek Dam, followed by the stunning sweeping descent down to the corkscrew, and then the switchback climb up the corkscrew,  this coming summer’s TdU stage should prove to be an absolute ripper.

Tight Spokes

iPib

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