Swanny – 2012 3 Peaks
Distressing news that one of our friends had a nasty accident on Saturday morning. Apparently a locking of horns as they came through the bollards, Swanny came off second best.

Broken pelvis, broken shoulder. Nasty.  Swanny’s had his operation at the RAH and is now on the long road to recovery.

All our best in our recovery Swanny and looking forward to sharing a grape or 2 at your bedside. Lets hope the Nurses are good looking and are giving you the treatment you deserve.

On a positive note, at least I’ll have you measure for a few months!


Cycling First Aid

One thing I have been looking into, sporadically at least, is a cycling specific first aid course. I had first aid training some 10 years back, and whilst comfortable in my first aid understanding, I know it is well overdue for refreshing.

I know there are quite a few riders out there who have never had first aid training. My question to you is, what would you do if your mate took a tumble?  How would you manage them until professional help came?

This is an issue which concerns me.

It concerns me that there is no cycling specific first aid course run in SA.

There are more and more cyclists riding these fantastic hills of ours, but what support can we provide our friends when the almost invitable happens?

I have seen first hand one nasty accident over the last 4 years – fortunately St Johns were just around the corner in Woodside supporting “Ride Like Crazy”.

I have three friends I ride with who have had accidents requiring first aid treatment.

I have personally disclocated my shoulder, although it was a stupid accident caused entirely by my ineptitude, but it did happen.

I’m not trying to scare any of you, but just raising attention to the elephant in the room and the support we may need to provide at some stage.

I made representation to a number of organisations last year (St Johns, Red Cross, Bike SA, YMCA (SA)) about running such a course, but there wasn’t much positive feedback at the time. I subsequently parked the issue.

Swanny’s accident has renewed my enthusiasm to get something in Adelaide off the ground, so I’ll raise it again, however I would appreciate some feedback if you would be interested in attending such a course?  

Just provide feedback through the reply/comments option in this blog, or for those on my distribution list, send me a return email. I’ll see what interest there is before I take it much further.

I am aware that in WA, Bike WA ran last year a bike specific course, so that would be the basuis of what I would like to get off the ground.  Refer part copy of course content below.

Course Information

This nationally recognised course is conducted over 3 evening sessions, through a mix of theory and practical experience with a prerequisite of prior learning via our online training module or our participant resource pack. This course will cover special content specific to cycling and cycling related injuries.

Course Cost: Senior First Aid (3 evenings + prerequisite prior leaning) $170

Course Topics

  • Legal aspects of providing First Aid
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Common injuries encountered by cyclists – demographics and location
  • Injuries sustained during racing
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist dislocations
  • Knee caps positioning and strapping
  • Adjustments on the bike
  • Rehab stretches post injury or fall
  • Medical emergencies including: anaphylaxis, asthma, chest pain, diabetes, fainting, seizures, stroke
  • Choking
  • Shock
  • Burns
  • Wounds/bleeding
  • Bites/stings
  • Head and spinal injuries

Please reply if this sort of first aid training is something you feel would receive support from the cycling community?


2012 World Elite Men’s Road Race

Phillipe Gilbert has had a very ordinary year, but as they say, you just can’t keep a good man down.

Mark Cavendish drops out at 120 km

After 260km a large group of riders started the final climb of the Cauberg together. The Italians set the pace but Philippe Gilbert accelerates and nobody can match him. His eyes are fixed the road ahead whilst behind Edvald Boasson Hagen hunches low on his bike and Alexandr Kolobnev cannot follow. Gilbert reaches the top of the Cauberg first and, aided by a tailwind, speeds at 60km/h to win solo.

This was the moment the race was won.

Philippe Gilbert
2nd Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway), 1st Philippe Gilbert (Belgium), 3rd (Alejandro valverde (Spain)


UCI 2013 world tour calendar

  • Tour Down Under (Australia), January 22-27
  • Paris-Nice (France), March 3-10
  • Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy), March 6-12
  • Milan-San Remo (Italy), March 16
  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain), March 18-24
  • E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke (Belgium), March 22
  • Ghent-Wevelgem (Belgium), March 24
  • Tour of Flanders (Belgium), March 31
  • Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spain), April 1-6
  • Paris-Roubaix (France), April 7
  • Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands), April 14
  • La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium), April 17
  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium), April 21
  • Tour de Romandie (Switzerland), April 23-28
  • Giro d’Italia (Italy), May 4-26
  • Critérium du Dauphiné (France), June 2-9
  • Tour de Suisse (Switzerland), June 8-16
  • Tour de France (France), June 29-July 21
  • Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain), July 27
  • Tour de Pologne (Poland), July 27-August 3
  • Eneco Tour (Italy), August 12-18
  • Vuelta a España (Spain), August 24-September 15
  • Vattenfall Cyclassics (Germany), August 25
  • GP Ouest France-Plouay (France), September 1
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada), September 13
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada), September 15
  • Giro di Lombardia (Italy), October 5
  • Tour of Hangzhou (China), October 9-13
  • Tour of Beijing (China), October 16-20


2013 Giro

With the full 2013 route to be announced later this month, Giro d’Italia organisers have released news that the 15th stage will finish at the top of the Col du Galibier in tribute to late Italian climber Marco Pantani.




I assume you’ve all seen pictures of the Pirata riding the Giro – awesome sight, what a gladiator, what a character. I wish I had been into cycling when he was around. Unfortunately there was a darker side to the Pirata.

Marco Pantini

Here’s a little something about Marco that I grabbed from the Guardian .

The charismatic Italian Tour de France winner Marco Pantani, enthralled cycling fans worldwide in the mid-1990s. His draw was his unpredictably romantic racing style, devoid of tactical nuances – “quixotic” was the term frequently employed.

“Families turn on the television in the afternoon to watch the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia because they know Pantani will always do something, the question is what?” said a reporter for La Gazzetta dello Sport in 1995.

The featherweight Pantani was a throwback to the halcyon days of Italian cycling, the 1940s and 1950s, and to one man in particular, Fausto Coppi, who was the first to achieve the double of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. Pantani emulated him in 1998. They rode the same make of bike, Bianchi, and, like Coppi, Pantani was famously unlucky, which merely added to the romance.

In 1994, he overcame a crash to finish third in the Tour de France. In 1995, he fought back from being hit by a car to take two mountain stage wins in the Tour and a bronze medal in the world championship

The worst crash, a broken leg sustained when a jeep drove into the pack in the Milan-Turin race that autumn, left him unable to walk, with a lump of calcified bone the size of a golfball on his shin, and holes where bolts had been put in to stop the leg shortening. These were oozing pus seven months after the crash, when he was still barely able to pedal his bike for fear of stressing the bones.

At a time when cycling was dominated by the machine-like, but utterly dull, Spanish figure of Miguel Indurain, Pantani was also loved for little touches of eccentricity. In 1996, when he returned to racing after the crash, he did so in disguise, wearing a blonde wig. He also wrote poetry, painted, and took to talking about himself in the third person.

The nicknames he acquired were legion: Elefantino, the Italian for Dumbo, because of his prominent ears; Nosferatu, because of his cadaverous appearance; Pac-man, for the way he gobbled up opponents on the mountain climbs.

The one that stuck was Pirata, for his buccaneering style and seaside roots. Pantani was the son of a family who earned a living running a kiosk in the small resort of Cesenatico, selling ice creams and pancakes. By 1999, he had turned the nickname into a trademark, sporting bandannas, earring and goatee beard, and sitting on a saddle with a skull and crossbones design, which was replicated on the t-shirts of his fans.

Pantani’s sporting zenith came in 1998, when he performed his Tour de France-Giro d’Italia double. That was the year of the great Tour de France drug scandal, and his victory was the only bright note amid police raids and revelations of systematic drug use. He became Italy’s most popular sportsman, so celebrated that his presence was required as guest of honour at the 1999 Ferrari launch, where it was apparently felt that Michael Schumacher’s image could only benefit by association.

But Pantani’s rise coincided with the institutionalising of drug-taking among professional cyclists, and, by June 1999, he had become a pariah after failing a blood test in the Giro d’Italia. Overnight, he went from a two-wheeled legend to cycling’s equivalent of Ben Johnson, mired in legal action and racing bans for the next four years. The court cases and scandals brought recreational drugs, depression and increasing bitterness.

“A lot of times, I’m convinced there is a car waiting round the next corner, and I will hit it,” Pantani told me. “I’m quite mad by nature, and it’s my craziness that has saved me from extinction.” It was clearly not enough, however, to keep him from the anti-depression drugs that appear to have ended his life, either by accidental overdose or suicide. Like Coppi, Pantani’s was an early, tragic death.

Marco Pantani, cyclist, born January 13 1970; died February 14 2004





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Tight Spokes


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