Dirty Dozen

An extract from Adelaide Cyclist

Over 3000m vertical in under 92km over a ‘Bakers Dozen’ of hills close to Adelaide.  Are you up for the challenge?

Starting and finishing at the Tower Hotel on Magill Rd, hills will be in order of:

Teringie Dve – 0.9km @11.5%

Magill to Horsenells Gully Rd – approx 3km @6%

Coach Rd – 2.4km @9.8%

Knox Tce – 1.4km @9.4%

Kensington Rd – 1.3km @11.5%

Ridgeland Dve – 0.7km @12.5%

Woods Hill Rd – 0.8km @8.1%

Burdetts Rd – 1.7km @7%

Knotts Hill / Pound Rd – 2.7km @8%

Fernhurst Rd (Cherryville) – 2.1km @10.8%

Corkscrew Rd – 2.5km @8.9%

Tay Rd / Kintyre Rd – 1.2km @8%

Coach House Dve / Woodlands Way – 2.7km @10.1%

With many lumps and bumps in between.  According to Ride With GPS – 3453m vertical all up, although strava pits it as closer to 3100m.

Route here – http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1272438

View or download gradients document here or view online – Open publication

Regroups will occur at the top of each climb so that no-one will be left behind, and there are ‘bail out’ (rest) options at the base of numerous climbs if required en-route.

7am – Sign On so that we can get a record of all participants (for future bragging rights of course)

7.15am – Riders briefing

7.30am – The wheels will turn

Will I be doing it – unfortunately not.  House to clean for Inspection number 2.  It does sound like a great mornings riding though.

Watch this space for details of a Summer SPACE ride in the hills.


Vuelta Update

As of Sunday night (Monday was a rest day), the top 10 standings are:

General classification after stage 9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 34:44:55
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:53
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 0:01:00
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:07
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:01
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:02:08
7 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:34
8 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:03:07
9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:18
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:27

Team standings are:

Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rabobank Cycling Team 103:45:24
2 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:27
3 Sky Procycling 0:03:26
4 Katusha Team 0:03:43
5 Movistar Team 0:05:35
6 Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:05:40
7 Lampre – ISD 0:09:12
8 Radioshack – Nissan 0:09:32
9 Astana Pro Team 0:12:40
10 Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:13:25
11 Caja Rural 0:14:32
12 Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 0:21:41
13 Garmin – Sharp 0:30:58
14 Cofidis, le credit en ligne 0:35:35
15 Omega Pharma – Quickstep 0:40:29
16 BMC Racing Team 0:40:58
17 Liquigas – Cannondale 0:49:20
18 Lotto Belisol Team 0:52:22
19 FDJ – Big Mat 1:03:36
20 Team Argos – Shimano 1:07:54
21 Andalucia 1:24:03
22 Orica Greenedge 1:45:55

Top Australians

85 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge 0:41:16
86 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:41:55

Stage 4: Barakaldo → Estación de Valdezcaray, 161 km

1 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge 4:30:26
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:02
3 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:22
Category 1 Puerto de Orduña

 Simon Clarke

Stage 5: Logroño → Logroño, 172 km

1 John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano 4:10:37
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
Degenkolb the finish line to win the fifth stage ahead of Bennati
John Degenkolb and his leadout man Koen de Kort

Stage 6 – Tarazona → Jaca, 175 km

1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 4:35:22
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:05
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10
Joaquim Rodriguez
Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 7 –  Huesca → Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón, 160 km

1 John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano 3:48:30
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge
FDJ-Bigmat’s Arnaud Courteille

John Degenkolb

Stage 8 – Lleida → Andorra (Collada de la Gallina), 175 km

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 4:06:39
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank

crossing the border into Andorra
Marker to the stage 8 summit finish
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) cacth up to Contador on the last corner
Alejandro Valverde

Stage 9 – Andorra → Barcelona, 194 km

1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:45:28
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:07
peloton exiting the Spanish Pyrénées
Montserrat – visited this some 15 years ago – awesome
Sagrada Familia – ditto
Joaquin “Purito” Rodriguez – still leading

Rest Day Monday


Website of the Week – ETSY



No point in me adding anything here, other than.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”


Happy Fathers Day

Have a greaty fathers day, enjoy the time with the family and make sure you build up those brownie points because spring is only a few days away (or if you go by the Spring Equinox (Ostara) – Spring occurs on September 22 @ 14:49), and your time on the bike will only be increasing from hereonin. 

Joaquim Rodriguez

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