Ah, spring is here.

They’re back

What fantastic weather it was last weekend. Great for riding, although I didn’t get a chance to pull the steed out due to house inspection preparation (toops) and Fathers day.

Some who did though were those attempting the inaugural Dirty Dozen.

Dirty Dozen

It looks like last Saturdays Dirty Dozen was an outstanding success. Anticipated 25, 50 rsvp’d, over 75 turned up. Over 40 finished, well done, an awesome effort.

Well done to Adam Williss for organising this effort.

See riding report in Adelaidecyclist

The Finishers and hard luck stories on Adelaide Cyclists can be seen here.

Photos can be seen here. Photos from Baronvonthierry via AdelaideCyclists

Much easier going down the cherry than……….
going back up….

What a cruel way to get those winter legs turning over.

One suggestion for next year – push it back a few weeks so those invlioved in weekend footy and didn’t make iot to the dfinals can participate – I know a few who were in that boat but would love to have ridden.


A get well quick call out to Stuart O’Grady and Daryl Impey who  both fell during the Vattenfall Classic suffering a mix of broken ribs, collarbone and an AC tear. Jens Keukeleire alos fell but only received stitches in his upper thigh.

Familiar territory for OGrady
Daryl Impey

From Greenedge website

It was a rough day in the office for ORICA-GreenEDGE at the Vattenfall Cyclassics. The team had high hopes for a strong showing in the presumed bunch sprint. The day started according to plan before things went terribly awry in the final hour of racing. By race end, we had three riders in the hospital.

victoria beckham


Vuelta Update

Current Standings

Looks like the Vuelta is there for Rodriguez, perhaps Contador, but Rodriguez has been marking Contador extremely well over the last 5 days, so I can’t see Contador catching up at this stage.

General classification after stage 16
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 63:38:24  
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 0:00:28  
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:04  
4 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:04:52  
5 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:06:58  
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:07:28  
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin – Sharp 0:08:28  
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:09:00  
9 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:09:11  
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:44  


 Aussie Simon Clarke leads the way

Simon Clarke


Mountains classification
1 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge 38 pts
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 36  
3 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 33  

Team Placings

Aussies hold up the table

Teams classification
1 Movistar Team 190:39:03  
2 Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:12:22  
3 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:14:52  
4 AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:13  
5 Katusha Team 0:22:14  
6 Sky Procycling 0:28:17  
7 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:40:04  
8 Lampre – ISD 0:45:05  
9 Caja Rural 0:53:16  
10 RadioShack-Nissan 0:54:05  
11 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:54:33  
12 Astana Pro Team 1:05:18  
13 Garmin – Sharp 1:23:37  
14 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:55:18  
15 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:17:32  
16 BMC Racing Team 2:21:49  
17 Lotto Belisol Team 2:22:52  
18 Liquigas-Cannondale 2:33:45  
19 FDJ-Big Mat 3:04:54  
20 Team Argos – Shimano 3:26:00  
21 Andalucia 3:55:42  
22 Orica GreenEdge 4:37:31  

Best Placed Aussies

65 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 1:31:43  
85 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica – GreenEdge 1:44:29  

Vuelta Stages

Stage 10: Ponteareas → Sanxenxo, 190 km

Joaquin Rodriguez

Stage 11: Cambados → Pontevedra, 40 km (TT)

Alejandro Valverde

Stage 12: Vilagarcía de Arousa → Dumbría. Mirador de Ézaro, 185 km

Final km with Alberto Contador leading Joaquim Rodriguez, but not for long
Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez

Stage 13: Santiago de Compostela → Ferrol, 173 km

Santiago de Compostela

Stage 14: Palas de Rei → Puerto de Ancares, 149 km

Asturia mountain range in northern Spain

Stage 15: La Robla → Lagos de Covadonga, 187 km


Stage 16

1 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 5:18:28  
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team 0:00:07  
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:02:39  
Dario Cataldo crawling up the final 200m which ramped up to 25%

Dario Cataldo


Para Olympics – Aussie Success

Para Olympics Winners
Silver medalists Pilot Bryce Lindores and Sean Finning , Gold medalists Pilot Scott McPhee and Kieran Modra and bronze medalists Pilot Diego Javier Munoz and Miguel Angel Clemente Solano of Spain
Bryce Lindores (back) and his pilot rider Steven George
Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton
Michael Gallagher
Simone Kennedy

Silver medallist Megan Fisher of the US, gold medallist Susan Powell and bronze medallist Alexandra Green
Paralympian Jayme Paris showcases the 2012 Australian Paralympic team uniform launch


Toy of the Week – Selina Kyle

Selina Kyle


Website of the Week – TourdeLygon

A great little Melbourne based cycling Blog.  Worth having a gander.



Cool of the Week – Rapha Cycle Club, SOHO

Rapha Cycle Club, SOHO, London
Rapha Cycle Club, SOHO, London
Rapha Cycle Club, SOHO, London
Rapha Cycle Club, SOHO, London

The first permanent UK Cycle Club now open in London’s Soho, builds on Rapha’s vision to provide a meeting place for the cycling community to eat, drink, watch racing and shop from the full Rapha product range, totally immersing themselves in a space dedicated to the pursuit of road cycling.

The Cycle Club aesthetic exemplifies the Rapha approach of premium design and materials while referencing workshop functionality. A double height rear feature wall creates a backdrop to the iconic Rapha ‘H’ Van, a constant element of the brand, evoking a strong image of 60s racing.

Bespoke cycle storage for visitors’ bikes and tools for basic bike servicing and maintenance are available, ensuring that the club is a key destination for both city cyclists and racers alike.

Integrated within the space is a custom-designed bar area with zinc-topped counter, reminiscent of timeless European café culture.

Visitors sit at laser-etched tabletops that feature famous alpine climbs, while watching racing on large screens positioned within the space. Solid concrete flooring combined with the unmistakable grey, white and pink Rapha colour scheme brands the overall space.

Leading with a London flagship, the Brinkworth concept will roll out internationally, with a second location opening in Melbourne, Australia late 2012 and further sites planned for New York, Tokyo and Osaka.


Photo of the Week

Tim Burton and Vincent Price.

Till next week.

Tight Spokes


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